Somewhat perverse staging and bizarre costumes coupled with some vocal disappointments lets down what could have been a stellar Wiener StaatsOper production.
A delightful early Mozart comic opera from start to finish, this 2006 Zurich Opera production receives great leadership from early music specialist Nikolaus Harnoncourt and spirited vocal and dramatic performances from its youthful cast.
Věc Makropulos, a rarely performed late Janáček opera, is given superb musical treatment in this sparsely staged Salzburg Festival performance.
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)