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Classical Music

Strauss: Don Juan [Wiener Philharmoniker/Böhm] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 26th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Strauss: Don Juan [Wiener Philharmoniker/Böhm] Blu-ray Review

Relatively short fare for the money, this is primarily a rehearsal document with a brief main course in the form of Strauss’ tone poem

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

Petit: Notre-Dame de Paris [Teatro alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 13th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Petit: Notre-Dame de Paris [Teatro alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

A reprise of Roland Petit’s balletic version of Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame gets an amazing performance

Classic Archive: Collector’s Edition, Vol. 3 [Rostropovich/Richter, Et al.] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 23rd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Classic Archive: Collector’s Edition, Vol. 3 [Rostropovich/Richter, Et al.] Blu-ray Review

This Collector’s Edition contains a raft of definitive performances of many core chamber music works

Chopin: Songs [Izykowska/Smitala] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 16th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Chopin: Songs [Izykowska/Smitala] Blu-ray Review

A definitive performance of the complete Chopin songbook supported by beautiful cinematography and excellent audio recording from Lipinski

Tchaikovsky: Juliet & Romeo [Ek/Royal Swedish Ballet] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 28th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikovsky: Juliet & Romeo [Ek/Royal Swedish Ballet] Blu-ray Review

Basically a wrong-headed and off-balanced recreation of this timeless story, Mats Ek’s realization will draw few fans into this ballet

Rossini: Le Comte Ory [Orchestra La Scintilla/Tang] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 20th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Rossini: Le Comte Ory [Orchestra La Scintilla/Tang] Blu-ray Review

This is the first performance of Le Comte Ory recorded with a period orchestra, ably led by Maestro Muhai Tang.

Rossini: Otello [Orchestra La Scintilla/Tang] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 19th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Rossini: Otello [Orchestra La Scintilla/Tang] Blu-ray Review

A rarely heard Rossini specialty, we get four good tenors contributing to terrific performance of Rossini’s retelling of the Shakespeare legend.

Schröder: Chaplin [Leipziger Ballet] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 19th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Schröder: Chaplin [Leipziger Ballet] Blu-ray Review

Mario Schröder gives us a clever reworking of the Chaplin life story with eclectic musical selections and terrific dancing

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess [San Francisco Opera/DeMain] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 11th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess [San Francisco Opera/DeMain] Blu-ray Review

San Francisco Opera’s 2009 production of Porgy and Bess presents this quintessential American opera with real opera singers and its leading proponent, conductor John DeMain.

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