This Blu-ray documentary with a complete high-res audio recording of Concerto for Group and Orchestra is a stunning work that all music lovers should experience
Christian Thielemann’s debut perfomance with his new orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, is an unqualified success. Soprano Renee Fleming stars in a recital of German orchestral lieder, and the accompanying Bruckner Symphony No.7 is tops.
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.
Barenboim and his Berlin ensemble continue their successful series of Bruckner’s Mature Symphonies with an excellent rendering of Symphony No. 5.
An all-Russian opening concert for the 2012 Salzburg Festival receives an idiomatic performance from the Wiener Philharmoniker led by Valery Gergiev. Well recorded and directed, this is a terrific account of an important annual event.
Maestro Jansons and his Bavarian forces deliver a Mahler Symphony No.2 that will stay with listeners long after the performance has ended
Franz Welser-Möst leads his Cleveland Orchestra forces in a superb rendering of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony. Beautifully captured in HD with excellent sound, this Blu-ray Disc becomes my choice for this towering work.
The Solti 100th birthday celebration, commemorating this outstanding musician, is the ultimate realization of Solti’s widow, Lady Valerie Solti, and the World Orchestra for Peace that the late conductor founded. A truly marvelous program of works that Solti knew well is carried off by top orchestral players and singers to the delight of those fortunate enough to be in attendance.
Claudio Abbado leads his Lucerne Festival Orchestra through a strong reading of Bruckner’s sonorous and lengthy fifth symphony. Audio and video recording qualities are excellent.
Peter Gabriel’s New Blood — Live in London concert shows Gabriel’s music is unexpectedly well suited to full orchestration and the 3D production is one of the best I’ve seen for a live concert to date.