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Wagner: Tannhäuser [Bayreuth Festspiele/Kober] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 2nd, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Wagner: Tannhäuser [Bayreuth Festspiele/Kober] Blu-ray Review

Wagner’s towering opera Tannhäuser gets some strong vocal performances, is undone by perverse and bizarre staging concepts.

Phoenix (2014) Movie Review

Posted August 1st, 2015 by Tim Baros

Phoenix (2014) Movie Review

Phoenix is the brutal story of a disfigured concentration camp survivor who attempts to fit back into society and find out who betrayed her.

R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier [Glyndebourne Festival/Ticciati] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 4th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier [Glyndebourne Festival/Ticciati] Blu-ray Review

Updated version of Strauss’ masterpiece Der Rosenkavelier features some sensational vocal performances and sensitive conducting.

The Bridge [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Collection

Posted June 22nd, 2015 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Bridge [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Collection

New German Cinema antiwar film The Bridge gets the Criterion Collection treatment on Blu-ray.

Strauss: Arabella [Salzburg Festival/Thielemann/Fleming] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 9th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Strauss: Arabella [Salzburg Festival/Thielemann/Fleming] Blu-ray Review

This domestic comedy opera offers Strauss’ gorgeous vocal music delivered by today’s leading proponent of the title role, the ageless Renée Fleming.

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 [Paavo Järvi/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 9th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 [Paavo Järvi/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

This set of two of Mahler’s most popular symphonies features some excellent vocalism and strong musical leadership from conductor Paavo Järvi.

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.

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