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Orchestral Music

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.

Strauss: Don Juan [Wiener Philharmoniker/Böhm] Blu-ray Review

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

Strauss: Don Juan [Wiener Philharmoniker/Böhm] Blu-ray Review

Relatively short fare for the money, this is primarily a rehearsal document with a brief main course in the form of Strauss’ tone poem

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Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten/The Seasons [Harnoncourt/Wiener Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 15th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten/The Seasons [Harnoncourt/Wiener Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten receives a stellar performance from ancient music expert Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Petit: Notre-Dame de Paris [Teatro alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 13th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Petit: Notre-Dame de Paris [Teatro alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

A reprise of Roland Petit’s balletic version of Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame gets an amazing performance

Gorecki: Third Symphony [Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Gorecki] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 23rd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Gorecki: Third Symphony [Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Gorecki] Blu-ray Review

The Gorecki Symphony No.3 ranks as one of the greatest symphonies of the last half-century.

Brahms: The Complete Symphonies [Thielemann/Staatskapelle Dresden] Blu-ray Review

Posted February 4th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Brahms: The Complete Symphonies [Thielemann/Staatskapelle Dresden] Blu-ray Review

Thielemann takes his Dresden Staatskapelle forces on a satisfying journey through all of Brahms’ symphonies with excellent results

Jon Lord: Concerto for Group and Orchestra Blu-ray Review

Posted September 16th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Jon Lord: Concerto for Group and Orchestra Blu-ray Review

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

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.

From the New World [Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Nelsons] Blu-ray Review

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

From the New World [Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Nelsons] Blu-ray Review

Andris Nelsons and his Bavarian Radio Orchestra forces deliver an exciting program with three Blu-ray premieres that precede an absolutely splendid reading of the Dvorak “From the New World” Symphony.

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 [Barenboim/Staatskapelle Berlin] Blu-ray Review

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

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 [Barenboim/Staatskapelle Berlin] Blu-ray Review

Barenboim and his Berlin ensemble continue their successful series of Bruckner’s Mature Symphonies with an excellent rendering of Symphony No. 5.

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