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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.

December 2. I just posted a review of the 2016 Royal Ballet Nutcracker. We have on our Alphalist a thorough rundown and grade on each of the 10 Nutcracker Blu-rays you could order for a Christmas present!

I just updated and added screenshots to the Priory title The Grand Organ of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Finally we have reported on all 5 of the Priory organ Blu-rays. These exemplary recordings include a Blu-ray video, a DVD video, and a CD! Each of these titles has a fine program of organ music played by virtuoso musicians. In addition, there are fabulous bonus extras with information about the cathedrals, the towns where they are located, the details of each organ instrument, and a discussion of each selection that is played in the recital. Never before was so much value in recordings conveyed for such a modest price.  To see information on all these Priory titles, just go to the left navigation bar and click on "Priory" under "Titles by Publisher." Then all 5 Priory stories will be instantly produced for your enjoyment! _______________________________________________________________________________

Entries in Belvedere (4)

Tuesday
Oct312017

Brahms Violin Concerto

Brahms Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 4 concert. Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra in 2014 at Severance Hall, Cleveland. The disc also includes Brahms Academic Festival Overture. Julia Fischer is the violin soloist. This disc also is available as part of a box set with Brahms' most famous symphonic works. Audio Producer Elaine Mortone; TV Director William Cosel; Producer Herbert G. Kloiber. Released 2017, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: For the Violin Concerto: A   For Symphony No. 4: D-  (The Academic Festival Overture is not reviewed.)

Brahms Violin Concerto

Here's a shot of the whole orchestra (WO) in warm-up before Julia Fischer comes out. It's great to have a chance early to see where all the musicians are sitting. The resolution, however, is only good --- not the best:

The concerto is beginning and we get yet another WO view of the various sections - how nice!

And now a part orchestra (PO) shot with a closer view of the cellos and basses:

Julia Fischer had been an A level violin soloist for over a decade when she made this recording. She was also a concert pianist who could play most of the famous piano concertos (usually with top student orchestras or other special groups). Finally, she was a professor teaching at the university level in Munich.  A busy lady, she still had the energy to find Brahms' passion lurking within his classical concerto form. Following are 2 "realistic" shots of Fischer as soloist:

Next below is a "non-realistic" shot. This is not a view a member of the audience could have, so we deem it to be of lower value than the realistic images:

 

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Wednesday
Oct252017

Brahms Piano Concertos Nos. 1 - 2

Brahms Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2. Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra in 2015 at Severance Hall, Cleveland. Yefim Bronfman is the Piano soloist. The disc also includes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Tragic Overture. This disc is available as part of a box set with Brahms' most famous symphonic works. Audio Producer Christoph Claßen; TV Director William Cosel; Producer Herbert G. Kloiber.  Released 2017, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: Help!

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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 most of Brahms' famous symphonic works performed in three recording venues The works are split onto three discs, each with its own keepcase booklet:

Disc One (Severence Hall, Cleveland):
     Academic Festival Overture
     Violin Concerto
     Symphony No. 4    
Disc Two:
     Symphony No. 1 (The Royal Albert Hall, London)   
     Symphony No. 2 (Musikverein, Vienna)
     Symphony No. 3 (Musikverein, Vienna)
Disc Three (Severence Hall, Cleveland):
     Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a    
     Piano Concerto No. 1
     Tragic Overture
     Piano Concerto No. 2

Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra. Yefim Bronfman plays the piano and Julia Fischer is the violin soloist. All the music was recorded in 2014 and 2015. 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!

Recently we have seen a trend of publishers packaging 3 or more previously independently-released discs into box sets (Opus Arte has been a leader in this). Here we have the opposite: In 2015, Belvedere published this Brahms Cycle box set; in late 2017, Belvedere has begun to publish these three discs individually. As of this writing, Discs One and Three will be available soon. We will keep you updated if and when Disc Two becomes available.

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