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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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Thursday
Dec062012

Agrippina 

Handel Agrippina opera to a libretto by Vincenzo Grimani. Directed 2008 by Peter Lund at the Saarbrücken State Theatre. Stars Susanne Geb (Agrippina), Hiroshi Matsui (Claudio), Elizabeth Wiles (Poppea), Judith Braun (Nerone), David Cordier (Ottone), Steve Wächter (Narciso), and Guido Baehr (Lesbo). Konrad Junghänel conducts the Saarländisches Staatsorchester and the Cantus Cölln vocal ensemble.  Released 2013, disc has surround sound. Grade: Help!

This is an obscure opera performed at a small opera house, the recording of which is now being offered by an even more obscure publisher called at different places Entertainment One, or Intergroove Media, or Intergroove Classics.

Intergroove seems to play an important role in what I think is called the "torture porn" segment of the video entertainment market. They have one of the worst websites I've seen. They have not furnished the vendors with pictures of the back side of the Blu-ray keepcase. I haven't been able, despite diligence, to get all the usual information about the disc. Several vendors say it is restricted to Region A; but I doubt that, because many vendors in Region B are offering this. There is no good information about the sound---I suspect Dolby Digital. I can't find credits for sets, costumes, lighting, TV direction and the like.

I would not expect too much from this title. On the other hand, small German opera houses can produce jewel-quality performances. There is a video clip provided by the vendors which suggests that the performance might not be too bad. Amazon customer reviews suggest this is probably an OK buy if you really want an Agrippina.

I doubt I will ever get around to buying and reviewing this. If you have seen this, please help us by writing a comment or a mini-review.