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Verdi: Otello (Muti/Wiener Philharmoniker) Blu-ray Review

Riccardo Muti and the Wiener Philharmoniker were more than up to the task in 2008 for this staging of Verdi's Otello at the Salzburg Festival, the first since Karajan and the orchestra's in 1970 -- see and hear it in hi-res from Unitel Classica.

Schumann: Symphony No. 4/Piano Concerto [Argerich/Chailly] Blu-ray Review

Bravo to this all-Schumann night of exhilarating performances, but why is this Blu-ray utilizing 48kHz/16-bit PCM audio?

Cavalli: Ercole Amante [Concerto Köln/Bolton] Blu-ray Review

De Nederlandse Opera and Opus Arte bring this lavish and humorous revival of Francesco Cavalli's baroque opera to Blu-ray in a superb high definition production.

Birtwistle: The Minotaur [Langridge/Pappano] Blu-ray Review

This intense performance of contemporary composer Harrison Birtwistle's visceral opera about the Greek mythological creature is captured with a superb 1080i image and lossless surround mix from Opus Arte.

Wagner: Götterdämmerung [Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana/Zubin Mehta] Blu-ray Review

The conclusion of Wagner's Ring is done in grand fashion with this visually stunning interpretation from Zubin Mehta and Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, perfectly suited to Blu-ray.

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen — Siegfried Blu-ray Review

It's the original Ring to "rule them all" in a dazzlingly modern production that blends science fiction with Cirque du Soleil all captured in splendid 1080i.

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