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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 [Wiener Philharmoniker/Mehta] Blu-ray Audio Review

Maestro Zubin Mehta and his Viennese forces give us one of the very best recordings of this Mahler masterpiece on Blu-ray Audio

Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert [Valery Gergiev/Wiener Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

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.

Leonard Bernstein: Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16; Haydn: Missa in Tempore Belli [Wiener Philharmoniker; Bayerische Rundfunks Orchester und Chor] Blu-ray Review

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.

Salzburg Festival Opening Concert 2011 [Wiener Philharmoniker/Boulez] Blu-ray Review

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

Richard Strauss: Lieder; Eine Alpensinfonie [Renee Fleming/Thielemann/Wiener Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

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.

Beethoven: Symphonies 7, 8 & 9 [Thielemann/Wiener Phil.] Blu-ray Review

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.

Discovering Beethoven: Symphonies Nos 1, 2 & 3 [Thielemann/Wiener Phil.] Blu-ray Review

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)

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.

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