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Dame Joan Sutherland’s Farewell Gala featuring Strauss: Die Fledermaus [Royal Opera House/Bonynge] Blu-ray Review

A most delightful rendition of Strauss's whipped cream operetta that is augmented by an interpolated recital by opera legends Pavarotti, Horne, and Dame Joan Sutherland on the occasion of her retirement.

Klassik und Kalter Krieg: Musiker in Der DDR Blu-ray Review

A well-crafted documentary of how politics shaped the classical music scene in post-WW II East Germany

Orpheus: Choreography for 9 dancers and 7 musicians [ [Theatre National de Chaillot] Blu-ray Review

The energy and enthusiasm of the cast and the seamless coordination of the varied numbers culminates in an exciting show that defies categorization.

Ekman: A Swan Lake [Norwegian National Ballet/Skalstad] Blu-ray Review

A quirky rethinking of a classic ballet story more akin to Cirque du Soleil than to traditional dance that remains a provocative and often humorous production.

Kylián: Sinfonietta/Symphony in D/Stamping Ground [Nederlands Dans Theater] Blu-ray Review

Dated sights and sounds aside, this three ballet collection gives us Czech choreographer Kylián at his best.

Kylián: Forgotten Memories [Nederlands Dance Theater/Kylian] Blu-ray Review

The definitive film biography of Czech choreographer, Jiří Kylián, that combines archival and high-definition footage quite successfully and provides a bonus performance of the ballet, Wings of Wax.

A Nutcracker [Compagnie Malka/Tchouda] Blu-ray Review

A revisionist Nutcracker that blends classical dance with hip-hop and martial arts.

Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat [Nederlands Dans Theater/Kylian] Blu-ray Review

A short-running low-resolution film that fails to deliver the promise of Jiri Kylian's original balletic adaptation of Stravinsky's chamber work.

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