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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.

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche/Frizza] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 6th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche/Frizza] Blu-ray Review

A reconceptualization of this classic Mozart opera that gets done in by excessive raunchiness and minimalist sets.

Verdi: Il Trovatore [Staatsoper Berlin/Barenboim] Blu-ray Review

Posted December 31st, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi: Il Trovatore [Staatsoper Berlin/Barenboim] Blu-ray Review

A thoroughly reinvented Trovatore on a postage-stamp stage and harlequin costumes that features vocal luminaries Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo.

Anna Netrebko: Live from the Salzburg Festival Blu-ray Review

Posted December 7th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Anna Netrebko: Live from the Salzburg Festival Blu-ray Review

While not the first choices for any of these three operas, Netrebko fans will enjoy watching this consummate artist at work with excellent supporting casts.

Rossini: L’Italiana in Algeri [Teatro Communale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 18th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Rossini: L’Italiana in Algeri [Teatro Communale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

An upbeat and updated production of a classic comic opera, this Rossini Festival production of L’Italiana in Algeri on Blu-ray offers many smiles, outright guffaws, and nonstop shtick.

Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice [Wiener Syhmphoniker/Nielsen/Bregenzer Festpiele] Blu-ray Review

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

Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice [Wiener Syhmphoniker/Nielsen/Bregenzer Festpiele] Blu-ray Review

Merchant of Venice would have benefited from the revisions that Tchaikowsky would have made had he lived long enough to make them.

Richard Strauss: Capriccio [Wiener Staatsoper/Eschenbach] Blu-ray Review

Posted September 22nd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Richard Strauss: Capriccio [Wiener Staatsoper/Eschenbach] Blu-ray Review

Somewhat perverse staging and bizarre costumes coupled with some vocal disappointments lets down what could have been a stellar Wiener StaatsOper production.

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.

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.

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