An opera virtually unknown to today’s audiences, Das Labyrinth is Peter von Winter’s sequel to Mozart’s popular Magic Flute. The outdoor Salzburg Festival performances features a mostly young cast, some stylish singing, and great stage play with clever sets. A most enjoyable watch with great sights and sounds.
Riccardo Chailly continues his traversal of the Mahler symphonic repertory with this uplifting and sensitive account of the Symphony No.4. The Accentus recording team turns in another beautifully executed Blu-ray Disc.
Director Cate Shortland’s Lore is a beautiful, complex and meditative look at the collapse of youthful ideals in post war country.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and its assembled soloists and choirs gives us an inspired performance, directed by Ivan Fischer. Excellent visual and audio recording makes this a disc worth owning.
A beautifully performed and filmed Opera Australia production of a classic opera is undermined by less than ideal recorded balance between soloists on stage and orchestra in the pit. Still worth a watch, given the otherwise high performance values.
EuroArts gives us a rare glimpse of Hans Pfitzner’s masterpiece, Palestrina, with a no-holds barred production from the Bayerische Staatsoper. The huge cast and orchestra deliver as good a performance as we are likely to see of this large and often uneven opera that should set the standard for some time to come.
The Blue Angel turned Marlene Dietrich into an international star, and now it arrives on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK from the Masters of Cinema series in an elegant 1080p transfer.
Heroic quests, castles, dragons, magnificent visuals and an evocative romantic score define Fritz Lang’s 1924 two-part silent fantasy classic Die Nibelungen.
With scene-stealing performance by Rutger Hauer, MPI’s Blu-ray for The Heineken Kidnapping comes highly recommended.
Fritz Lang’s crime/thriller masterpiece, Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse, anticipated the coming horrors of the the Nazi regime, and found itself banned by Goebbels, but you can watch it in all its glory with a fine Blu-ray rendering from Eureka.