Weber’s most popular opera, Der Freischutz, gets a large scale cinematic treatment with superb singing and direction.
The classic silent vampire horror film Nosferatu gets its HD restoration released on Blu-ray by Eureka’s Masters of Cinema
Christian Thielemann’s debut perfomance with his new orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, is an unqualified success. Soprano Renee Fleming stars in a recital of German orchestral lieder, and the accompanying Bruckner Symphony No.7 is tops.
René Clément was one of the great directors of 20th century French films and this post-WW II dark drama is a great example of his skills in telling a story and creating atmosphere.
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.
A fascinating inside look into the bold experiment to pare down Wagner’s monumental Ring Cycle in Buenos Aires with the help of the composer’s great-granddaughter and an avant-garde director.
Maestro Jansons and his Bavarian forces deliver a Mahler Symphony No.2 that will stay with listeners long after the performance has ended
Shoah, the Holocaust, is Claude Lanzmann’s epic rendering of the horror of the Nazi death camps, recalled by survivors, bystanders, and perpetrators. This nearly 10-hour set of four films took 11 years to complete and stands apart from any previous or subsequent efforts to tell the tragic story of man’s inhumanity to man.
Star soprano Renee Fleming gives us her first Ariadne in this 2012 Baden-Baden production led by top conductor Christian Thielemann. Supported by a strong cast and superb recording properties, this is a great watch if not the definitive performance of this delightful work.
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.