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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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Philippe Jaroussky: La voix des rêves

Philippe Jaroussky: La voix des rêves (The voice of dreams) recital disc. This is a compilation of various arias and songs from Phillippe Jaroussky, a leading countertenor. The program is:

1. Vivaldi Giustino "Vedrò con mio diletto"

2. Vivaldi Orlando finto pazzo "Se in ogni guardo"

3. Vivaldi Orlando furioso "Sol da te"

4. Handel Rinaldo "Venti, turbini"

5. Handel Giulio Cesare in Egitto "Son nata a lagrimar"

6. Purcell Come, ye Sons of Art "Sound the trumpet"

7. Handel Alcina "Mi lusinga il dolca affetto"

8. Vivaldi Ercole sul Termodonte "Sento con qual diletto"

9. Handel Alcina "Verdi prati"

10. Handel Ariodante "Scherza, infida"

11. Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea "Pur ti miro"

12. Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea "Adagiati, Poppea"

13. Strozzi "L'Eraclito amoroso"

14.Vivaldi Orlando furioso "Nel profondo cieco mondo"

15. Vivaldi Nisi dominus "Cum dederit dilectis suis somnum"

16. Handel Aminta e Fillide "Se vago rio"

17. Handel Rodelinda "Lo t'abbraccio"

18. Handel Polifemo "Alto Giove"

19. Caldara  L'Olimpiade "Lo seguitai felice"

20. Rossi L'Orfeo "Lasciate Averno"

21. Anon. "Ciaccona di Paradiso e dell'Inferno"

22. Monteverdi "Ohimè ch'io cado"

23. Piazzolla "Los pájaros perdidos"

24. Hahn "À Chloris"

25. Lekev "Sur une tombe"

26. Linda/Salvador "Le lion est mort ce soir"

27. Handel Rinaldo "Lascia ch'io pianga"

28. Massanet "Élégie"

29. Shostakovich Prelude for two violins and piano

30. Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea "Sento un certo non so che"

31. Cavalli Erismena "Uscitemi dal cor, lacrime amare"

32. Strozzi "Sul Rodano severo"

33. Sances "Lagrimosa beltà"

Other individuals and groups that appear in this title are Anne Sofie Von Otter, Nuria Rial, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Pascal Bertin, Jérôme Ducros (piano), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Gautier Capuçon (cello), Quatuor Ebène, Le Concert d'Astrée with Emmanuelle Haïm, Ensemble Matheus with Jean-Christophe Spinosi, L'Arpeggiata with Christina Pluhar, Ensamble Artaserse, Ensamble La Fenice with Jean Tubéry, and Concerto Köln. The Bonus includes interviews with Jaroussky, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Emmanuelle Haïm, Christina Pluhar, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jérôme Ducros, Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, and Quatuor Ebène.

The music runs 161 minutes + a 30 minute bonus. Gordon Smith watched this and reports that you get your money's worth for sure (and maybe more than you wanted). We have quite a few performances in HDVD of early operas, and these usually have contertenor parts, often originally written for castrati. Most of the countertenors sound strained to me. But even I enjoyed the singing of Jaroussky with Cecilia Bartoli in her Mission recording. Per Gordon, a couple of tracks in La voix des rêves are in SD, but this is a generous true HDVD. Based on Gordon's comments, I'll grade this "A-" and hasten to say that if you are really interested in countertenors, this is an "A+" (and maybe the definitive) recording.  

Released 2012, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound.  Grade: A-.