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Stravinsky: The Firebird [National Ballet of Canada/Gergiev] Blu-ray Review

A new version of Stravinksy's modern classic, The Firebird, aided by nifty special effects and terrific dancing.

Martha Argerich: Evening Talks Blu-ray Review

Piano virtuoso Martha Argerich shares her life and career with Georges Gachot in a series of intimate and probing interviews, interspersed with live performance excerpts.

Boito: Mefistofele [San Francisco Opera/Nicola Luisotti] Blu-ray Review

The revival of Robert Carsen's 1989 San Francisco Opera production succeeds with a stellar cast and rises to the top of the Blu-ray list for this rarely performed opera.

Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice [Wiener Syhmphoniker/Nielsen/Bregenzer Festpiele] Blu-ray Review

Merchant of Venice would have benefited from the revisions that Tchaikowsky would have made had he lived long enough to make them.

Spuck: Poppea // Poppea [Gauthier Dance] Blu-ray Review

A modernist interpretation of Monteverdi's opera Poppea that is danced rather than sung with terrific dancers.

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg [Salzburg Festival/Gatti] Blu-ray Review

Director Herheim's reinvention of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg sheds new light with this production, well conducted and well sung.

Classic Archive — Celebrating Strauss [Streich/Schwartzkopf/Topper/Seefried] Blu-ray Review

EuroArts gives us some memorable archival performances of several of Strauss' greatest vocal proponents caught in their prime

Strauss: Don Juan [Wiener Philharmoniker/Böhm] Blu-ray Review

Relatively short fare for the money, this is primarily a rehearsal document with a brief main course in the form of Strauss' tone poem

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