A moving tribute to Iranian composer/conductor Nader Mashalyekhi who is faced with the daunting task of reconstituting the Teheran Symphony Orchestra
San Francisco Opera gives us a traditional production of one of Donizetti’s lesser known operas
Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick opera is a powerful adaptation of the iconic Melville novel, featuring a superb cast and musical direction.
Stéphanie Argerich, youngest daughter of famed classical pianist Martha Argerich delivers a probing, sometimes uncomfortably so, look into the complex character of her mother and other family members. A well-done first feature length film by this young director and an unrivaled view of often chaotic yet somehow functional family life in the world of music.
Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West receives interesting staging and strong performances in this Royal Opera Orchestra performance on Blu-ray
A modern opera, using the 12-tone scale that depicts the debauchery of war, Die Soldaten will make newcomers uncomfortable. Those familiar with the earlier works of Berg, Schoenberg, and Webern will find much to enjoy in this brilliant production from the Salzburg Festiva.
An all-Russian opening concert for the 2012 Salzburg Festival receives an idiomatic performance from the Wiener Philharmoniker led by Valery Gergiev. Well recorded and directed, this is a terrific account of an important annual event.
Two of Mozart’s choral masterpieces are given their due in the place of their 1776 premieres by early music specialist Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his hand picked group, Concentus Musicus Wien.
Maestro Claudio Abbado leads a young, but superbly gifted group of musicians through two masterpieces by Mahler and Schoenberg. Every Abbado concert is an outstanding musical event and this one is no exception.
An unusual staging of Haydn’s rarely performed opera receives strong vocal performances. There is some shrillness in the surround version soundtrack that is not noted in the two-channel option.