Andris Nelsons and his Bavarian Radio Orchestra forces deliver an exciting program with three Blu-ray premieres that precede an absolutely splendid reading of the Dvorak “From the New World” Symphony.
The Bayreuth Festival has brought us many memorable Wagnerian opera performances. This well-cast 2010 Lohengrin will not be on that list largely due to a bizarre staging concept that overruns the legend of the Swan Knight with rats.
Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw give a definitive reading of Shostakovich’s 8th Symphony, a neglected 20th century masterpiece. More familiar fare, Wagner’s Rienzi Overture, and Strauss’s Dance of the Seven Veils fill out a terrific program from the 2011 Lucerne Festival.