Reviews and occasional notes on classical music

Reviews and occasional notes on classical music

For the past five years or so I've posted reviews of classical music CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, in various places on the web: Amazon.com, iTunes and other sites. I'll collect those earlier reviews, and add four or five new ones every month.

"Music, both vocall and instrumental, so good, so delectable, so rare, so admirable, so super excellent, that it did even ravish and stupifie all those strangers that never heard the like." - Thomas Coryat, after hearing 3 hours of music at the Scuola di San Rocco in Venice, 1608.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Excellent Blu ray of a classic show

From September 15, 2015:


This new Blu-ray from San Francisco Opera provides excellent sound and picture, flawless singing, and interesting staging of the ground-breaking work first produced in 1927. The production takes an honest view of early 20th century racial attitudes, neither excising nor glossing over situations that do not fit in with modern sensibilities. This demonstrates how progressive the project was considering the date; it must have caused quite a stir in its time.

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