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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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Das Lied von der Erde & Tod und Verkl√§rung

Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth) & Richard Strauss Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration). Neeme Järvi conducts the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in a live performance in 2012 at Victoria Hall in Geneva. Paul Groves (tenor) and Thomas Hampson (baritone) are soloists. Video recording directed by Jason Starr; produced for Blu-ray by Allan Altman; executive producer was Edward Cardona. Released 2013, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: Help!

This is our first HDVD from Video Artists International or VAI. (They published  Blu-rays with Jerome Rose playing piano, but we excluded them because the sound was stereo only.)

Das Lied von the Erde consists of the following songs that take about an hour to perform:

I. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde
II. Der Einsame im Herbst
III. Von der Jugend
IV. Von der Schönheit
V. Der Trunkene im Frühling
VI. Der Abschied

Das  Lied was included as part of the Mahler Symphony Box set published a while back by the Concertgebouw Orchestra. But the bone-headed folks at RCO Live (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) didn't include subtitles in German or any other languages (along with other problems). So we gave that effort a "D+."  VAI says they will provide subtitles in German, English, French, Italian, and Japanese for this product.

We don't normally associate VIA with recordings that have strong commercial appeal. But the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande has a distinguished history, and both Groves and Hampson are fully qualified. This was available early in the U.S. and Amazon.com customers are giving it 5 stars. So maybe VIA has a winner  here. It appears this will not be carried by Amazon in Germany and France, possibly due to copyright problems.