An all-star program features virtuosi, pianist Martha Argerich, and cellist Mischa Maisky with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. The centerpiece is the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin's double concerto "A Romantic Offering" with the composer in attendance. Outstanding video and audio recording make this a memorable event.
This all-Beethoven program from the Paris Art Deco Theatre of the Champs-Elysees features period instruments and reduced forces. While maestro Vladimir Jurowski tries to stir up enthusiasm for this approach, most Beethoven-lovers will find these performances, sonically undernourished.
Claudio Abbado continues his Mahler wizardry with this luminescent performance of a less often heard Symphony No. 7, "Song of the Night." In every respect, a top flight video which captures the essence of this enigmatic work.
Antoni Wit and his Warsaw forces give a stellar performance of Mahler's imposing Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand." Aided by HD surround sound, this disc should be considered essential listening for veteran and novice Mahler fans.
Thielemann and the Wiener Philharmoniker are perhaps the greatest interpreters of Beethoven around today and they gather on this first release of what is a complete series for a superb performance his early symphonies, including the breakthrough Eroica (No. 3)
John Corigliano's Circus Maximus and Gazebo Dances are given their premiere recording by Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble. Circus Maximus, the major work, is given spectacular high-resolution sound while the surround sound is used judiciously to great effect.
Sir Simon Rattle leads the Berlin Philharmonic through a gala New Year's Eve concert of 19th century Russian music. This superb concert video highlights a world class orchestra playing much-loved symphonic selections in a visually arresting setting.
Can there be any word other than "spectacular" to describe the Pure Audio Blu-ray recordings of Norwegian label 2L? This set of violin pieces by romantic virtuoso Ole Bull continues the label's standard setting trend.