A brief but penetrating look at a conflicted musical genius who gave few interviews with the gaps filled in by colleagues and friends.
Paths Through the Labyrinth is a definitive musical biography of Poland’s greatest living composer, Krzysztof Penderecki
Thielemann takes his Dresden Staatskapelle forces on a satisfying journey through all of Brahms’ symphonies with excellent results
A beautifully filmed and directed rendition of one of Mozart’s supreme romantic comedies that is abetted by a great cast of young singers
The downscaling by maestro Dudamel and the histrionics of tenor Grigolo may not appeal to all viewers of this Verdi’s Requiem
This account of Glenn Gould’s maiden voyage to the Soviet Union stands out as one of the most important cultural events of the 20th century
An innovative water-based setting of Mozart’s comic singspiel opera
Andris Nelsons and his Bavarian Radio Orchestra forces deliver an exciting program with three Blu-ray premieres that precede an absolutely splendid reading of the Dvorak “From the New World” Symphony.
Salzburg offers up an Otello with potential that falls short of delivering the power of this late Verdi masterpiece. Ricardo Muti’s conducting and Carlos Alvarez’s Iago are the main attractions here.
Parma provides a Falstaff that is well intended but ultimately disappoints due to its vocalism, saved mainly by the en pointe conducting by rising star maestro Battistoni