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Orchestral Music

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

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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.

Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert [Valery Gergiev/Wiener Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

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

Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert [Valery Gergiev/Wiener Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

An all-Russian opening concert for the 2012 Salzburg Festival receives an idiomatic performance from the Wiener Philharmoniker led by Valery Gergiev. Well recorded and directed, this is a terrific account of an important annual event.

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

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 [Welser-Möst/The Cleveland Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

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

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 [Welser-Möst/The Cleveland Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Franz Welser-Möst leads his Cleveland Orchestra forces in a superb rendering of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony. Beautifully captured in HD with excellent sound, this Blu-ray Disc becomes my choice for this towering work.

Solti Centenary Concert [Gergiev/World Orchestra for Peace] Blu-ray Review

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

Solti Centenary Concert [Gergiev/World Orchestra for Peace] Blu-ray Review

The Solti 100th birthday celebration, commemorating this outstanding musician, is the ultimate realization of Solti’s widow, Lady Valerie Solti, and the World Orchestra for Peace that the late conductor founded. A truly marvelous program of works that Solti knew well is carried off by top orchestral players and singers to the delight of those fortunate enough to be in attendance.

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 [Abbado/Lucerne Festival Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 27th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 [Abbado/Lucerne Festival Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Claudio Abbado leads his Lucerne Festival Orchestra through a strong reading of Bruckner’s sonorous and lengthy fifth symphony. Audio and video recording qualities are excellent.