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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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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.