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

October 15. We are getting again into symphony titles and the existential issue of DVDitis. I just posted a story on a Mahler 2 recording at the Gewandhaus that might be considered DOA from the dread plague.

I recently put up a story about the 3rd version (!) of the same Giselle production published by Opus Arte. I recently posted a story about the Ekman Midsummer Night's Dream ballet (which has nothing to do with Shakespeare). I also just posted two stories about Shakespeare's The Tempest. The first is a definitive stage play version by the RSC. The second is an updated review of The Tempest movie staring Helen Mirren as Prospera (the female version of Prospero). The movie is streamlined - try it first. Then move on to the RSC "real deal", which is probably the best The Tempest ever made for home viewing.

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Entries in Belvedere (3)

Monday
Apr252016

Dvořák Symphony No. 9 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Dvořák Symphony No. 9 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition concert. In 2014 Mariss Jansons conducts the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. Released 2016, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound output. Grade: Help!

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Saturday
Feb202016

Brahms Cycle 

Brahms Cycle Box Set with all of Brahms' most famous symphonic works performed in three recording venues:

Royal Albert Hall, London:
     Symphony No.1
Musikverein, Vienna:
     Symphony No. 2
     Symphony No. 3
Severance Hall, Cleveland:
     Symphony No. 4
     Piano Concerto No. 1
     Piano Concerto No. 2
     Violin Concerto
     Academic Festival Overture
     Tragic Overture
     Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a

Yefim Bronfman plays the piano and Julia Fischer is the violin soloist. All the music was recorded in 2014 and 2015. The pieces above were not performed chronologically in the order listed above, and they are presented in a different order on 3 discs. There is a bonus with Franz Welser-Möst and Julia Fischer discussing the Violin Concerto.  Released 2015, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: Help!

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Saturday
Feb062016

Dvořák Stabat Mater 

Dvořák Stabat Mater choral work. Recorded 2015 at the KKL Concert Hall, Lucerne. Mariss Jansons conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir. Features Erin Wall (soprano), Mihoko Fujimura (mezzo-soprano), Christian Elsner (tenor), and Liang Li (bass). Released 2016. Grade: Help!

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