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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! _______________________________________________________________________________

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La rondine

Giacomo Puccini La rondine opera to libretto by Giuseppe Adami. Directed 2015 by Rolando Villazón. Stars Dinara Alieva (Magda de Civry), Charles Castronovo (Ruggero Lastouc), Alexandra Hutton (Lisette), Alvaro Zambrano (Prunier), Stephen Bronk (Rambaldo), Noel Bouley (Périchaud), Matthew Newlin (Gobin), Thomas Lehmann (Crébillon), Siobhan Stagg (Yvette), Elbenita Kajtazi (Bianca), Stephanie Lauricella (Suzy), and Carlton Ford (Maggiordomo). Roberto Rizzi Brignoli conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Chorus Master William Spaulding). Set design by Johannes Leiacker; costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel; lighting by Davy Cunningham; choreography by Silke Sense. Released 2016, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio. Grade: Help!

Gramophone awarded this an "Editor's Choice" in the August 2016 book (page 27).

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