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 19. I just posted a short review on András Schiff Plays Bach. We are getting again into symphony titles and the existential issue of DVDitis. I just posted stories on a Mahler 4 recorded at the Gewandhaus and an earlier Mahler 2 recorded at the same venue. Both titles are crippled by the dread disease.

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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John Cage - The Works for Percussion 4


John Cage The Works for Percussion 4 recital. Features percussionist Bonnie Whiting. Released 2017, disc has uncompressed 48khz/24-bit PCM stereo sound. Grade: Help!

We usually exclude opera or dance titles with only stereo sound. But we do make exceptions for classical music for soloists when the recording otherwise has some special merit. Here we have a famous (among lovers of contemporary music anyway) percussionist performing John Cage works. If you have seen this live or in the Blu-ray, please give us your opinion!

Here's a clip from this production from Mode Records: