A well-crafted documentary of how politics shaped the classical music scene in post-WW II East Germany
A rising star on the operatic scene, Dinara Alieva delivers a superb and varied program of some vocal favorites in five languages.
Wagner’s towering opera Tannhäuser gets some strong vocal performances, is undone by perverse and bizarre staging concepts.
Phoenix is the brutal story of a disfigured concentration camp survivor who attempts to fit back into society and find out who betrayed her.
Updated version of Strauss’ masterpiece Der Rosenkavelier features some sensational vocal performances and sensitive conducting.
New German Cinema antiwar film The Bridge gets the Criterion Collection treatment on Blu-ray.
This domestic comedy opera offers Strauss’ gorgeous vocal music delivered by today’s leading proponent of the title role, the ageless Renée Fleming.
This set of two of Mahler’s most popular symphonies features some excellent vocalism and strong musical leadership from conductor Paavo Järvi.
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.
A manic but effective portrayal of Elektra’s heroine, and excepting the less than top-flight visuals, a compelling performance that demands our attention.