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Choral/Oratorio

Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten/The Seasons [Harnoncourt/Wiener Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 15th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten/The Seasons [Harnoncourt/Wiener Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten receives a stellar performance from ancient music expert Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Verdi: Messa da Requiem [Barenboim/Teatro alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

Posted December 31st, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi: Messa da Requiem [Barenboim/Teatro alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

A towering performance of Verdi’s chorale masterpiece, the only flaw is the “halo” that enfolds maestro Barenboim on occasion and some motion artifact.

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Verdi: Messa da Requiem [Dudamel/Teatro Alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

Posted December 24th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi: Messa da Requiem [Dudamel/Teatro Alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

The downscaling by maestro Dudamel and the histrionics of tenor Grigolo may not appeal to all viewers of this Verdi’s Requiem

Mozart: Requiem [Abbado/Lucerne Festival] Blu-ray Review

Posted September 27th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Requiem [Abbado/Lucerne Festival] Blu-ray Review

Lucerne and maestro Abbado offer a moving and well-performed rendition of Mozart’s last work in this Blu-ray from Accentus

Ouverture Spirituelle [Nikolaus Harnoncourt/Concentus Musicus Wien] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 24th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Ouverture Spirituelle [Nikolaus Harnoncourt/Concentus Musicus Wien] Blu-ray Review

Two of Mozart’s choral masterpieces are given their due in the place of their 1776 premieres by early music specialist Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his hand picked group, Concentus Musicus Wien.

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis [Harnoncourt/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 23rd, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis [Harnoncourt/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

A celestial reading of Beethoven’s solemn mass by maestro Harnoncourt and a marvelous vocal quartet and chorus. The Missa Solemnis does not get much better than this inspired performance.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion [Fischer/Netherlands Radio Choir/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 15th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion [Fischer/Netherlands Radio Choir/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and its assembled soloists and choirs gives us an inspired performance, directed by Ivan Fischer. Excellent visual and audio recording makes this a disc worth owning.

Benjamin Britten: War Requiem [City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Nelsons] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 6th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Benjamin Britten: War Requiem [City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Nelsons] Blu-ray Review

In commemoration of its debut 50 years ago, Arthaus Musik has released a stunning Blu-ray version of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. Andris Nelsons directs a strong group of soloists, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a moving performance that gets my nod as one of the must-watch discs of the year.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion [Biller/Thomanerchor/Gewandhausorchester] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 16th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion [Biller/Thomanerchor/Gewandhausorchester] Blu-ray Review

The Bach St. Matthew Passion is given an authentic performance, complete with boys’ choir, in Bach’s own church. Sight and sound are simply awe-inspiring in this Accentus Music 2012 recording.

Handel: Theodora [Salzburg Festpiele] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 3rd, 2011 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Handel: Theodora [Salzburg Festpiele] Blu-ray Review

Christof Loy’s unconventional production of Handel’s oratorio Theodora is a stunning 3-hours of sight and sound. A superb cast and orchestra are ably led by Ivor Bolton in this 2009 Salzburg Festival performance.

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