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.
C Major treats us to two vintage concerts by maestro Leonard Bernstein who puts his individual stamp on Beethoven's final string quartet and Haydn's Mass in Time of War. In spite of dated video and audio qualities this is still powerful music-making by a 20th century legend.
A stellar opening concert at the Salzburg Festival 2011 comes courtesy of veteran maestro Pierre Boulez with superb orchestra, chorus and soloists. Definitely a night for classical music fans to remember
An outstanding all-Strauss program is provided by Christian Thielemann leading his Wiener Philharmoniker forces, including a recital by star soprano Renee Fleming. Great musicianship abounds, and both sight and sound recording are excellent.
Christian Thielemann and the Wiener Philharmoniker conclude an outstanding cycle of Beethoven symphonies with Nos. 7, 8 and 9. These performances are well recorded and offer world-class musicianship at every turn.
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)
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.
With the world deforested and people dying from a deadly disease caused by synthetic oxygen, a quiet tunnel worker receives a message from the future and must save humanity in this uneven but watchable dystopian Aussie indie sci-fi thriller.