A bargain priced warhorse with a musical performance as good as it gets.
Director Herheim’s reinvention of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg sheds new light with this production, well conducted and well sung.
Relatively short fare for the money, this is primarily a rehearsal document with a brief main course in the form of Strauss’ tone poem
Karl Böhm, directing one of his favorite orchestras, gives us a definitive reading of a work that he had championed for decades.
Maestro Zubin Mehta and his Viennese forces give us one of the very best recordings of this Mahler masterpiece on Blu-ray Audio
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.