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César Franck: Stradella

'... the staging did its best to eliminate the music altogether ...'
César Franck: Stradella. © 2013 Dynamic srl
Dynamic Srl   37692
Reviewed 01/04/2014 by
Robert Anderson
 
Ravel: L'heure espagnole - L'enfant et les sortilèges

'... these concise aesthetic works stand out on DVD ...'
Ravel: L'heure espagnole - L'enfant et les sortlèges. © 2013 FRA Musica
FRA Musica   FRA 008
Reviewed 01/01/2014 by
Howard Smith
 
Janácek: The Cunning Little Vixen / Seiji Ozawa

'... much bewitching music ...'
Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen. © 2013 Arthaus Musik GmbH
Arthaus Musik   101 697
Reviewed 26/12/2013 by
Robert Anderson
 
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Bregenzer Festspiele

'... sparkling cast ...'
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte. © 2013 Unitel, C Major Entertainment
C Major   713708
Reviewed 25/12/2013 by
Howard Smith
 
Korngold: Die Tote Stadt - Finnish National Opera

'... production and performance are in the safe hands of the Finnish National Opera ...'
Korngold: Die Tote Stadt. © 2013 Opus Arte
Opus Arte   OA 1121 D
Reviewed 22/12/2013 by
Robert Anderson
 
Britten: Peter Grimes - Teatro alla Scala

'... a welcome centenary release.'
Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes. Teatro alla Scala. © 2013 Opus Arte
Opus Arte   OA 1103 D
Reviewed 22/11/2013 by
Howard Smith
 
Berlioz: Les Troyens / Royal Opera / Antonio Pappano

'... much orchestral wizardry under Antonio Pappano ...'
Berlioz: Les Troyens. © 2013 Opus Arte
Opus Arte   OA 1097 D
Reviewed 19/11/2013 by
Robert Anderson
 
Janácek: The Cunning Little Vixen

'Vladimir Jurowski's ... lustrous style suits this enchanting score to perfection.'
Glyndebourne: Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen. © 2013 Opus Arte
Opus Arte   OA 1101 D
Reviewed 14/09/2013 by
Gerald Fenech
 
Jules Massenet: Don Quichotte

'The Sofia pit has performed throughout with a rationality that appears only fitfully on stage.'
Jules Massenet: Don Quichotte. © 2013 Dynamic srl
Dynamic   33733
Reviewed 10/09/2013 by
Robert Anderson
 
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Wellber

'The best and worst of this production can be grasped at once ...'
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin. © 2013 C Major Entertainment GmbH
C Major Entertainment   712408
Reviewed 13/08/2013 by
Robert Anderson
 
Pergolesi: La Salustia
Accademia Barocca de I Virtuosi Italiani


'... much memorable singing ...'
Pergolesi: La Salustia - Accademia Barocca de I Virtuosi Italiani. © 2013 Arthaus Musik GmbH
Arthaus Musik   101 651
Reviewed 01/06/2013 by
Robert Anderson
 
Verdi: La Battaglia di Legnano

'... Verdi patriotic is not necessarily Verdi at his most subtle.'
Verdi: La Battaglia di Legnano. © 2012 C Major Entertainment
C Major Entertainment   722608
Reviewed 08/05/2013 by
Robert Anderson
 
Verdi: Il Corsaro

'... a very sensitive staging ...'
Verdi: Il Corsaro. © 2012 C Major Entertainment GmbH
C Major Entertainment   722408
Reviewed 21/04/2013 by
Robert Anderson
 
Pergolesi: L'Olimpiade

'... sound and visuals are top-drawer stuff.'
Pergolesi: L'Olimpiade. © 2013 Arthaus Musik GmbH
Arthaus Musik   101 650
Reviewed 20/04/2013 by
Gerald Fenech
 
Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide; Iphigénie en Tauride

'The musical performance under Marc Minkowski is more convincing than the staging ...'
Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide; Iphigénie en Tauride. © 2013 De Nederlandse Opera, Opus Arte
Opus Arte   OA 1099 D
Reviewed 24/03/2013 by
Robert Anderson
 
Rossini: Adelaide di Borgogna (first recording)

'... the Bologna singers and players ... respond finely to every nuance ...'
Rossini: Adelaide di Borgogna (first recording). © 2013 Arthaus Musik GmbH
Arthaus Musik   101 646
Reviewed 08/03/2013 by
Robert Anderson
 
George Frideric Handel: Deidamia

'Musically the opera bowls along with both speed and distinction; visually it is vaudeville.'
George Frideric Handel: Deidamia. © 2012 Opus Arte
Opus Arte   OA 1088 D
Reviewed 30/12/2012 by
Robert Anderson
 
Verdi: I Lombardi alla prima crociata

'... expertly conducted by Daniele Callegari and imaginatively staged by Lamberto Puggelli.'
Verdi: I Lombardi alla prima crociata. © 2012 C Major Entertainment
C Major   720608
Reviewed 25/12/2012 by
Robert Anderson
 
Rossini: Mosè in Egitto

'Musically all is well ...'
Rossini: Mosè in Egitto. © 2012 Opus Arte
Opus Arte   OA 1093 D
Reviewed 18/12/2012 by
Robert Anderson
 
Bach: Christmas Oratorio

'... musically reliable ...'
Bach: Christmas Oratorio. © 2011 BRmedia Service GmbH
BR Klassik   900502
Reviewed 01/12/2012 by
Howard Smith
 
Puccini: La bohème

'... Park is suitably distraught ...'
Giacomo Puccini: La bohème. © 2011 Opera Australia
Opera Australia   OPOZ56017DVD
Reviewed 10/11/2012 by
Howard Smith
 
Sciarrino: Luci mie traditrici

'... quite eclectic ...'
Sciarrino: Luci mie traditrici. © 2012 EuroArts Music International GmbH
EuroArts   2059038
Reviewed 22/10/2012 by
Giuseppe Pennisi
 
Carl Orff: Gisei - das opfer

'An exciting discovery ...'
Carl Orff: Gisei - das opfer. © 2012 Wergo
Wergo   MV 0856 5
Reviewed 16/10/2012 by
Gerald Fenech
 
Bruckner: Symphony No 7
Berliner Philharmoniker / Celibidache


'Celibidache is in no hurry ...'
Celibidache conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker. Bruckner: Symphony No 7. © 2012 EuroArts
EuroArts   2011408
Reviewed 15/10/2012 by
Robert Anderson
 
Rossini: Le Comte Ory

'Joyce DiDonato, as Ory's promiscuous young page Isolier, is absolutely irrepressible ...'
Rossini: Le Comte Ory. © 2011 The Metropolitan Opera / EMI Records Ltd / Virgin Classics
Virgin Classics   0709599 3
Reviewed 09/10/2012 by
Gerald Fenech
 

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