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Classical Music

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail [Camerata Salzburg/Graf] Blu-ray Review

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

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail [Camerata Salzburg/Graf] Blu-ray Review

Mozart’s comic opera receives a makeover in an airplane hangar with modern dress, plot adjustments, and uneven vocal performances.

Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos [Glyndebourne Festival/Jurowski] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 14th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos [Glyndebourne Festival/Jurowski] Blu-ray Review

One of Richard Strauss’ vocal masterpieces, this Ariadne auf Naxos has its vocal strengths but is undermined by some bizarre dramaturgy.

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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg [Salzburg Festival/Gatti] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 8th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg [Salzburg Festival/Gatti] Blu-ray Review

Director Herheim’s reinvention of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg sheds new light with this production, well conducted and well sung.

Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie [Glyndebourne Festival/Christie] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 6th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie [Glyndebourne Festival/Christie] Blu-ray Review

This Blu-ray premiere of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie has some interesting if offbeat staging and is supported by great videography.

Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert [Villazon/Hampson] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 5th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert [Villazon/Hampson] Blu-ray Review

The Odeonsplatz Concert is a nicely done outdoor concert with a star tenor and baritone and superb musical direction and videography.

Classic Archive — Celebrating Strauss [Streich/Schwartzkopf/Topper/Seefried] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 31st, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Classic Archive — Celebrating Strauss [Streich/Schwartzkopf/Topper/Seefried] Blu-ray Review

EuroArts gives us some memorable archival performances of several of Strauss’ greatest vocal proponents caught in their prime

Donizetti: Don Pasquale [Glyndebourne Festival/Mazzola] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 31st, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Donizetti: Don Pasquale [Glyndebourne Festival/Mazzola] Blu-ray Review

A delightfully frothy and intimate Glyndebourne production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale is given a superb realization by all involved

Verdi: Aida [Wellber/Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 31st, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi: Aida [Wellber/Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

This fifth Blu-ray version of Verdi’s Aida, second from Arena di Verona, benefits from a mostly strong cast

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