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The Werner Herzog Collection [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 22nd, 2014 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Werner Herzog Collection [UK] Blu-ray Review

The Werner Herzog Collection from the BFI offers a perfect opportunity to familiarize oneself with this latter-day auteur.

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail [Camerata Salzburg/Graf] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 16th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail [Camerata Salzburg/Graf] Blu-ray Review

Mozart’s comic opera receives a makeover in an airplane hangar with modern dress, plot adjustments, and uneven vocal performances.

Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos [Glyndebourne Festival/Jurowski] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 14th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos [Glyndebourne Festival/Jurowski] Blu-ray Review

One of Richard Strauss’ vocal masterpieces, this Ariadne auf Naxos has its vocal strengths but is undermined by some bizarre dramaturgy.

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg [Salzburg Festival/Gatti] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 8th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg [Salzburg Festival/Gatti] Blu-ray Review

Director Herheim’s reinvention of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg sheds new light with this production, well conducted and well sung.

Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert [Villazon/Hampson] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 5th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert [Villazon/Hampson] Blu-ray Review

The Odeonsplatz Concert is a nicely done outdoor concert with a star tenor and baritone and superb musical direction and videography.

Classic Archive — Celebrating Strauss [Streich/Schwartzkopf/Topper/Seefried] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 31st, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Classic Archive — Celebrating Strauss [Streich/Schwartzkopf/Topper/Seefried] Blu-ray Review

EuroArts gives us some memorable archival performances of several of Strauss’ greatest vocal proponents caught in their prime

Strauss: Don Juan [Wiener Philharmoniker/Böhm] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 26th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Strauss: Don Juan [Wiener Philharmoniker/Böhm] Blu-ray Review

Relatively short fare for the money, this is primarily a rehearsal document with a brief main course in the form of Strauss’ tone poem

Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten/The Seasons [Harnoncourt/Wiener Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 15th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten/The Seasons [Harnoncourt/Wiener Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten receives a stellar performance from ancient music expert Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Nosferatu, The Vampyre (Limited Edition SteelBook) [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 29th, 2014 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Nosferatu, The Vampyre (Limited Edition SteelBook) [UK] Blu-ray Review

A haunting Gothic horror story with a piercing performance from Klaus Kinski, Nosferatu the Vampyre is a classic of the genre.

Aguirre, Wrath of God (Limited Edition SteelBook) [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 28th, 2014 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Aguirre, Wrath of God (Limited Edition SteelBook) [UK] Blu-ray Review

Klaus Kinski puts on a career-defining performance in Werner Herzog’s epic Aguirre, Wrath of God