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Classical Music

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.

Talbot/Wheeldon: The Winter’s Tale [The Royal Ballet/Briskin] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 9th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Talbot/Wheeldon: The Winter’s Tale [The Royal Ballet/Briskin] Blu-ray Review

Following Christopher Wheeldon’s successful ballet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale is one terrific show that is as good as its predecessor.

Strauss: Arabella [Salzburg Festival/Thielemann/Fleming] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 9th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Strauss: Arabella [Salzburg Festival/Thielemann/Fleming] Blu-ray Review

This domestic comedy opera offers Strauss’ gorgeous vocal music delivered by today’s leading proponent of the title role, the ageless Renée Fleming.

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker [Wiener Staatsballett/Legris/Nureyev] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 8th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker [Wiener Staatsballett/Legris/Nureyev] Blu-ray Review

The Nutcracker is a much loved ballet and this venerable Nureyev version gets a well-danced and filmed account.

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 [Paavo Järvi/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 9th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 [Paavo Järvi/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

This set of two of Mahler’s most popular symphonies features some excellent vocalism and strong musical leadership from conductor Paavo Järvi.

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.