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 15. We are getting again into symphony titles and the existential issue of DVDitis. I just posted a story on a Mahler 2 recording at the Gewandhaus that might be considered DOA from the dread plague.

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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Christmas with Bach

Christmas with Bach concert recorded at the Marktkirche Hannover. Jörg Breiding conducts the Knabenchor Hannover and the Barockorchester L’Arco. Features soloists Antonia Bourvé (soprano); Claudia Erdmann (alto); Markus Schäfer (tenor); and Michael Jäckel (bass). The concert consists of three cantatas:

1. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 61

2. Christen, ätzet diesen Tag BWV 63

3. Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage BWV 248 I

Audio Producer Tobias Hoff; Director of Photography Alexander Törzs; directed by Roberct Gummlich; produced by Frank Hallmann. Released 2013, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: Help!

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