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Classical Music

A Nutcracker [Compagnie Malka/Tchouda] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 5th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

A Nutcracker [Compagnie Malka/Tchouda] Blu-ray Review

A revisionist Nutcracker that blends classical dance with hip-hop and martial arts.

Martha Argerich: Evening Talks Blu-ray Review

Posted March 4th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Martha Argerich: Evening Talks Blu-ray Review

Piano virtuoso Martha Argerich shares her life and career with Georges Gachot in a series of intimate and probing interviews, interspersed with live performance excerpts.

Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat [Nederlands Dans Theater/Kylian] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 11th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat [Nederlands Dans Theater/Kylian] Blu-ray Review

A short-running low-resolution film that fails to deliver the promise of Jiri Kylian’s original balletic adaptation of Stravinsky’s chamber work.

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche/Frizza] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 6th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche/Frizza] Blu-ray Review

A reconceptualization of this classic Mozart opera that gets done in by excessive raunchiness and minimalist sets.

Verdi: Il Trovatore [Staatsoper Berlin/Barenboim] Blu-ray Review

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

Verdi: Il Trovatore [Staatsoper Berlin/Barenboim] Blu-ray Review

A thoroughly reinvented Trovatore on a postage-stamp stage and harlequin costumes that features vocal luminaries Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo.

Borodin: Prince Igor [Metropolitan Opera/Noseda] Blu-ray Review

Posted December 30th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Borodin: Prince Igor [Metropolitan Opera/Noseda] Blu-ray Review

A massive production that emphasizes the surreal aspect of Borodin’s flawed masterpiece, delivered to the viewers as only the Metropolitan Opera can do.

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 [Harnoncourt/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

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

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 [Harnoncourt/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

An inspired reading by a timeless conductor and world-class orchestra that brings out many hidden details of this massive score.

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca [Opernhaus Zurich/Carignani] Blu-ray Review

Posted December 10th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca [Opernhaus Zurich/Carignani] Blu-ray Review

This Tosca with, mostly minimalist sets and a thrilling tenor, disappoints in the other two principal roles.

Bizet: Carmen [Opernhaus Zurich/Welser-Möst] Blu-ray Review

Posted December 10th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Bizet: Carmen [Opernhaus Zurich/Welser-Möst] Blu-ray Review

A minimalist performance of Bizet’s beloved opera Carmen that fails to deliver the passion, heat, and atmosphere that this masterpiece requires.

Anna Netrebko: Live from the Salzburg Festival Blu-ray Review

Posted December 7th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Anna Netrebko: Live from the Salzburg Festival Blu-ray Review

While not the first choices for any of these three operas, Netrebko fans will enjoy watching this consummate artist at work with excellent supporting casts.