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McGregor: Going Somewhere & A Moment in Time [The Royal Ballet] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 23rd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

McGregor: Going Somewhere & A Moment in Time [The Royal Ballet] Blu-ray Review

A fascinating documentary that explores the creative genius of choreographer Wayne McGregor includes a 30-minute series of highlights from several of his recent ballets.

Gozaran: Time Passing Blu-ray Review

Posted February 13th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Gozaran: Time Passing Blu-ray Review

A moving tribute to Iranian composer/conductor Nader Mashalyekhi who is faced with the daunting task of reconstituting the Teheran Symphony Orchestra

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Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia [Fleming/San Francisco Opera] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 30th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia [Fleming/San Francisco Opera] Blu-ray Review

San Francisco Opera gives us a traditional production of one of Donizetti’s lesser known operas

Heggie: Moby-Dick [Summers/San Francisco Opera] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 20th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Heggie: Moby-Dick [Summers/San Francisco Opera] Blu-ray Review

Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick opera is a powerful adaptation of the iconic Melville novel, featuring a superb cast and musical direction.

Bloody Daughter: A Film by Stéphanie Argerich Blu-ray Review

Posted November 20th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Bloody Daughter: A Film by Stéphanie Argerich Blu-ray Review

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: La Fanciulla del West [Morandi/Royal Opera Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Posted September 28th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Puccini: La Fanciulla del West [Morandi/Royal Opera Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West receives interesting staging and strong performances in this Royal Opera Orchestra performance on Blu-ray

Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Die Soldaten [Salzburg Festspiele] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 31st, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Die Soldaten [Salzburg Festspiele] Blu-ray Review

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.

Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert [Valery Gergiev/Wiener Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 30th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert [Valery Gergiev/Wiener Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

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.

Ouverture Spirituelle [Nikolaus Harnoncourt/Concentus Musicus Wien] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 24th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Ouverture Spirituelle [Nikolaus Harnoncourt/Concentus Musicus Wien] Blu-ray Review

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.

Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Schoenberg: Pelleas et Melisande [Abbado/Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 22nd, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Schoenberg: Pelleas et Melisande [Abbado/Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester] Blu-ray Review

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.