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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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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.