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Here's news about high-definition video disc ("HDVD") recordings of opera, ballet, classical music, plays, fine-art documentaries, and paintings. In the journal below are independent (and hard-to-find critical) reports on hundreds of HDVDs. Pick the best titles for your excelsisphere.

Feb 11.  Finally we have a good grade (A-) to brag about for the new Don Quixote from the Vienna State Ballet.  Recently we posted a F+ grade for the new C Major Bruckner Symphony 3 and an F- grade for that C Major Mahler S1-10 Box performed by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. How can a major publishing house turn out something that gets an F-?

We recently posted more than you wanted to know about that Brahms Cycle Box from Belvedere. Now you can buy the 3 discs in the box independently. We bunched the 4 different deals together near the top of the Journal.

We just updated our manifesto about the best ballet and dance videos.


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Robin Hood

Jukka Linkola Robin Hood contemporary music opera to a libretto by Jukka Virtanen. Directed 2011 by Kari Heiskanen at the Finnish National Opera. (In case you didn't know, the English word "opera" is rendered as "ooppera" in Finnish.) Aimed at children and grown-ups, stars Mari Palo, Ville Rusanen, Matti Salminen, Jyrki Anttila, Niall Chorell, and Päivi Niufsula. Mikko Franck conducts the Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Children's Choir. Designs by Kati Lukka; costumes by Marja Uusitalo; lighting by Mickey Kunttu; battle choreography by Seppo Kumpulainen; sound engineering by Tomi Pietilä; video post-processing by Oy Ilkka Niemi. Released 2013, disc has 5.1 surround sound. Grade: Help!

This is the first Blu-ray from the Finnish opera and the first published by Alba.

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