A well-crafted documentary of how politics shaped the classical music scene in post-WW II East Germany
This set of two of Mahler’s most popular symphonies features some excellent vocalism and strong musical leadership from conductor Paavo Järvi.
The Odeonsplatz Concert is a nicely done outdoor concert with a star tenor and baritone and superb musical direction and videography.
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’s Die Jahreszeiten receives a stellar performance from ancient music expert Nikolaus Harnoncourt
A reprise of Roland Petit’s balletic version of Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame gets an amazing performance
The Gorecki Symphony No.3 ranks as one of the greatest symphonies of the last half-century.
Thielemann takes his Dresden Staatskapelle forces on a satisfying journey through all of Brahms’ symphonies with excellent results
This Blu-ray documentary with a complete high-res audio recording of Concerto for Group and Orchestra is a stunning work that all music lovers should experience
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.