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Verdi: Aida [Oren/Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

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

Verdi: Aida [Oren/Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

With the exception of soprano Hui He in the title role, a less than stellar Aida that also suffers from subpar visuals.

Rossini: Matilde di Shabran [Martone/Teatro Comunale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

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

Rossini: Matilde di Shabran [Martone/Teatro Comunale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

The Blu-ray premiere of one of Rossini’s least performed operas gets the star-treatment with luxurious casting and excellent videography.

Verdi: Messa da Requiem [Barenboim/Teatro alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

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

Verdi: Messa da Requiem [Barenboim/Teatro alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

A towering performance of Verdi’s chorale masterpiece, the only flaw is the “halo” that enfolds maestro Barenboim on occasion and some motion artifact.

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

Rossini: Ciro in Babilonia [Crutchfield/Teatro Communale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

Posted September 29th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Rossini: Ciro in Babilonia [Crutchfield/Teatro Communale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

A strong cast delivers vocal pyrotechnics with sets and effects from the silent movie era in Teatro Communale di Bologna’s Ciro in Babilonia

Puccini: La Fanciulla del West [Morandi/Royal Opera Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Posted September 28th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Puccini: La Fanciulla del West [Morandi/Royal Opera Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West receives interesting staging and strong performances in this Royal Opera Orchestra performance on Blu-ray

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.

Verdi: Aida [Teatro Regio di Parma/Fogliani] Blu-ray Review

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

Verdi: Aida [Teatro Regio di Parma/Fogliani] Blu-ray Review

A subpar Aida from Parma undermined by lackluster singing and less than spectacular staging makes for one that even hardcore Verdi fans would do best to avoid.

Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera [Teatro Regio di Parma] Blu-ray Review

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

Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera [Teatro Regio di Parma] Blu-ray Review

Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera receives a satisfactory if not top flight production from the Teatro Regio di Parma forces under Gianluigi Gelmetti. Strong audio and video recording makes up for some vocal unevenness of the leading lady.

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7 [Thielemann/Münchner Philharmoniker Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

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

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7 [Thielemann/Münchner Philharmoniker Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

This generous offering of two popular Bruckner symphonies is well delivered musically by maestro Thielemann and his players. The audio recording on the Bruckner 4 is less than the best, while perfectly acceptable on the Bruckner 7. Still a bargain on most accounts.

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