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Carlos Kleiber: I Am Lost to the World Blu-ray Review

Posted March 30th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Carlos Kleiber: I Am Lost to the World Blu-ray Review

A brief but penetrating look at a conflicted musical genius who gave few interviews with the gaps filled in by colleagues and friends.

Richard Wagner: Parsifal [Thielemann/Staatskapelle Dresden] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 3rd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Richard Wagner: Parsifal [Thielemann/Staatskapelle Dresden] Blu-ray Review

Wagner’s final masterpiece, Parsifal, receives a strong performance undermined by bizarre stage business and unflattering costumes

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte [Bregenz Festival] Blu-ray Review

Posted December 12th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte [Bregenz Festival] Blu-ray Review

An innovative water-based setting of Mozart’s comic singspiel opera

Weber: Hunter’s Bride [London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding] Blu-ray Review

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

Weber: Hunter’s Bride  [London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding] Blu-ray Review

Weber’s most popular opera, Der Freischutz, gets a large scale cinematic treatment with superb singing and direction.

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 19th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

The classic silent vampire horror film Nosferatu gets its HD restoration released on Blu-ray by Eureka’s Masters of Cinema

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7/Wolf: Lieder [Fleming/Thielemann/Staatskapelle Dresden] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 9th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7/Wolf: Lieder [Fleming/Thielemann/Staatskapelle Dresden] Blu-ray Review

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.

The Damned (1947) Blu-ray Review

Posted August 9th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

The Damned (1947) Blu-ray Review

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.

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.

The Colón Ring: Wagner in Buenos Aires Blu-ray Review

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

The Colón Ring: Wagner in Buenos Aires Blu-ray Review

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.

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 [Jansons/Symphonie Orchester und Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks] Blu-ray Review

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

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 [Jansons/Symphonie Orchester und Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks] Blu-ray Review

Maestro Jansons and his Bavarian forces deliver a Mahler Symphony No.2 that will stay with listeners long after the performance has ended

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