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A Recital with Renée Fleming: Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century Blu-ray Review

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

A Recital with Renée Fleming: Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century Blu-ray Review

A triumphant return to the musical capital of central Europe, Renée Fleming gives us a superb lieder recital that is a standard bearer for the 21st century in this Arthaus Musik concert release.

Strauss: Elektra [Festival Aix-en-Provence/Salonen] Blu-ray Review

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

Strauss: Elektra [Festival Aix-en-Provence/Salonen] Blu-ray Review

A manic but effective portrayal of Elektra’s heroine, and excepting the less than top-flight visuals, a compelling performance that demands our attention.

Nothing Bad Can Happen Blu-ray Review

Posted October 13th, 2014 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Nothing Bad Can Happen Blu-ray Review

Nothing Bad Can Happen is a gripping psychological thriller from debut feature filmmaker Katrin Gebbe.

The Last of the Unjust Blu-ray Review

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

The Last of the Unjust Blu-ray Review

A compelling documentary in the same vein as Shoah, writer/director Lanzmann delivers a probing portrait of a controversial Holocaust survivor and the Theresienstadt Ghetto.

Richard Strauss: Capriccio [Wiener Staatsoper/Eschenbach] Blu-ray Review

Posted September 22nd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Richard Strauss: Capriccio [Wiener Staatsoper/Eschenbach] Blu-ray Review

Somewhat perverse staging and bizarre costumes coupled with some vocal disappointments lets down what could have been a stellar Wiener StaatsOper production.

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.