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Classical Music

Verdi: La Traviata [Glyndebourne Festival/Elder] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 21st, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi: La Traviata [Glyndebourne Festival/Elder] Blu-ray Review

Experienced leader Mark Elder and two future stars give a good turn at La Traviata on Blu-ray from Opus Arte

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake [Royal Ballet/Osipova/Golding] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 3rd, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake [Royal Ballet/Osipova/Golding] Blu-ray Review

A time-honored production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake receives a first-rate rendering by The Royal Ballet on Blu-ray from Opus Arte.

Wagner: Tannhäuser [Bayreuth Festspiele/Kober] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 2nd, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Wagner: Tannhäuser [Bayreuth Festspiele/Kober] Blu-ray Review

Wagner’s towering opera Tannhäuser gets some strong vocal performances, is undone by perverse and bizarre staging concepts.

Ekman: A Swan Lake [Norwegian National Ballet/Skalstad] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 1st, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Ekman: A Swan Lake [Norwegian National Ballet/Skalstad] Blu-ray Review

A quirky rethinking of a classic ballet story more akin to Cirque du Soleil than to traditional dance that remains a provocative and often humorous production.

Ballet 422 Blu-ray Review

Posted July 13th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Ballet 422 Blu-ray Review

An in-depth behind the scenes look at the creation of a new ballet for the New York Ballet company by one of its rising young stars.

R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier [Glyndebourne Festival/Ticciati] Blu-ray Review

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

R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier [Glyndebourne Festival/Ticciati] Blu-ray Review

Updated version of Strauss’ masterpiece Der Rosenkavelier features some sensational vocal performances and sensitive conducting.

Kylián: Sinfonietta/Symphony in D/Stamping Ground [Nederlands Dans Theater] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 2nd, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Kylián: Sinfonietta/Symphony in D/Stamping Ground [Nederlands Dans Theater] Blu-ray Review

Dated sights and sounds aside, this three ballet collection gives us Czech choreographer Kylián at his best.

Dvorak: Rusalka [La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Fischer] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 1st, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Dvorak: Rusalka [La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Fischer] Blu-ray Review

Rethought version of Dvorak classic worth watching for Myrto Papatanasiu’s riveting portrayal of the title character.

Kylián: Forgotten Memories [Nederlands Dance Theater/Kylian] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 14th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Kylián: Forgotten Memories [Nederlands Dance Theater/Kylian] Blu-ray Review

The definitive film biography of Czech choreographer, Jiří Kylián, that combines archival and high-definition footage quite successfully and provides a bonus performance of the ballet, Wings of Wax.

Stravinsky: The Firebird [National Ballet of Canada/Gergiev] Blu-ray Review

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

Stravinsky: The Firebird [National Ballet of Canada/Gergiev] Blu-ray Review

A new version of Stravinksy’s modern classic, The Firebird, aided by nifty special effects and terrific dancing.

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