Recordings

December 2014

Reviews of the latest opera CDs and DVDs — both remastered reissues of the greats and new recordings by today's most notable artists.

ProhaskaCDEditor's Choice

Anna Prohaska and Eric Schneider: “Behind the Lines”
spacer Songs by Schubert, Schumann, Ives, Eisler, Weill and others. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 00289 479 2472

Death and the Maiden

Anna Prohaska offers an imaginatively programmed recital that commemorates the centennial of World War I.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Briganti cover 1214MERCADANTE: I Briganti
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spacer Ivanova; Mironov, Praticò, Prato; Poznań Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis; Fogliani. Online libretto, no translation. Naxos 8.660343-44 (2 discs)
Recordings Vespro Cover 1214MONTEVERDI: Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)
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spacer Flores, Scheen; Schofrin, Guimarães, Wilder, Bellotto, Torres, Foresti. Chamber Choir of Namur; Cappella Mediterranea; Alarcon. Libretto and translation. Ambronay 041 (2 CDs)
GiovannaCDVERDI: Giovanna d’Arco
spacer Netrebko; Meli, Domingo, Dunz, Tagliavini; Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Carignani. Libretto and translation. Deutsche Grammophon DG 00289 479 2712 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Poems and Prayers cover 1214FAIROUZ: Symphony No. 3, Poems and Prayers
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spacer Cooke; Kravitz; Krakauer (clarinet); UCLA Chorale, University Chorus, and Philharmonia, Stulberg. Texts and translations. Sono Luminus DSL-92177
Recordings Mixed Company lg 1214GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: Mixed Company
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spacer Theater of Voices, London Sinfonietta, Hillier. Texts. Da Capo 8.226114
Recordings Strauss Cover 1214R. STRAUSS: "Complete Works for Voice and Piano, 1870-1948"
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spacer Bahrmann, Banse, Breedt, Choi, Eiche, Elsner, Fassbaender, Gunnell, Krasznec and more. Texts and translations. TwoPianists Records TP 1039312 (9)

Recital

CooteHandelCDAlice Coote: “Handel Arias”
spacer From Radamisto, Alcina, Hercules, Giulio Cesare and Ariodante. English Concert, Bicket. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA 67979 
HvorostovskyDawnCDDmitri Hvorostovsky: “The Bells of Dawn”
spacer Russian Sacred and Folk Songs. Masters of Choral Singing, Kontorovich. Transliterated texts and translations. Ondine ODE 1238-2
GarancaMeditationCDElina Garanča: “Meditation”
spacer Arias and songs by Gounod, Bizet, Mascagni, Mozart, Praulins, Vasks and others. Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Chichon. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 2894792071
KaufmannWorldCDJonas Kaufmann: “You Mean the World to Me”
spacer Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Rieder. Texts in German, English and French. Sony Classical 88843087712
Recordings Rio Paris Cover 1214Natalie Dessay: “Rio-Paris”
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spacer With Jaoui, Noguerra; Cohen, guitar. Texts, no translations. Erato 08256 463503 53
CabellCDNicole Cabell and Craig Terry: “Chanson D’Avril”
spacer Texts and translations. Delos DE 3450
Recordings Basso Lamento Cover 1214Romina Basso: “Lamento” 
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spacer Arias and cantatas by Carissimi, Provenzale, Rossi, B. Strozzi. Latinitas Nostra; Chryssicos, cond. Texts and translations. Naïve V 5390.
Recordings Schwanewilms Cover 1214WAGNER: Wesendonck Lieder, excerpts from Tannhäuser and Tristan und Isolde
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spacer Anne Schwanewilms; ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Meister. Texts and translations. Capriccio C5174

Historical

Recordings Karajan Cover 914"The Karajan Official Remastered Edition: The Vienna Philharmonic Recordings, 1946-1949"
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spacer Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Wagner, Josef Strauss, Johann Strauss II, Reznicek, Tchaikovsky, Smetana, Puccini, R. Strauss. Warner Classics 825646336180 (10 CDs, mono)
Recordings Holzdieb Cover 1214MARSCHNER: Der Holzdieb
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spacer Fahberg, Ahsbahs; Hoefflin, Schier, Frey; Gierster: Chormitglieder der Städtischen Bühnen Freiburg, Kleines Orchester des Südwestfunks. Freiburg, 1962. Walhall Eternity Series WLCD 0378
Recordings Rossignol cover 1214STRAVINSKY: Le Rossignol
DELAGE: Quatre Poemes Hindous 
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spacer Micheau, Moizan, Gayraud; Giraudeau, Roux, Lovano, Coffret (Stravinsky); Angelici (Delage); Chorus and Orchestra of Radiodiffusion Française; Cluytens. Synopsis, downloadable English texts. Testament SBT-1135
WalkureSoltiCDWAGNER: Die Walküre
spacer Välkki, Watson, Gorr; Vickers, Hotter, Langdon; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Solti. Testament SBT4 1495 (4)

Video

MerchantDVDANDRÉ TCHAIKOWSKY: The Merchant of Venice
spacer Lewek, M. A. Hofmann; Ainslie, Workman, Eröd; Prague Philharmonic Choir, Vienna Symphony, Nielsen. EuroArts 2072708 (2 discs), 160 mins. (opera), 50 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Recordings Europekozert91 1214Europakonzert 91
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spacer Studer. Canino, piano. Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Abbado. EuroArts 2001764 (Blu-ray), 78 mins. (concert), 12 mins. (bonus), subtitled.
GlassLostDVDGLASS: Spuren der Verirrten
spacer Ribrault, Griesmeier, Ratzenböck; Schmidlechner, Achrainer; Orchestra and Chorus of the Landestheater Linz, Davies. Production: Pountney. Orange Mountain 5008 (DVD) or 0097 (CD), 165 mins.
ElektraDVDR. STRAUSS: Elektra
spacer Herlitzius, Pieczonka, Meier; Petrenko, Randle; Coro Gulbenkian, Orchestre de Paris, Salonen. Production: Chéreau. Bel Air Classiques 410 (Blu-ray)/110 (DVD), 110 mins. (opera), 23 mins. (bonus), subtitled
HippolyteDVDRAMEAU: Hippolyte et Aricie
spacer Karg, de Negri, Watson, Quintans, Connolly; Lyon, Boden, Degout, Lis; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Glyndebourne Chorus, Christie. Production: Kent. Opus Arte BD7150D (Blu-ray) or 1143D (DVD), 186 mins. (opera), 15 mins. (bonus), subtitled
ItalianaDVDROSSINI: L’Italiana in Algeri
spacer Goryachova, Sicilia, Lupinacci; Esposito, Shi, Cassi, Luciano; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Communale di Bologna, Encinar. Production: Livermore. Opus Arte OA1141D, 153 mins., subtitled.
Video Stravinsky in Hollywood 1214Stravinsky in Hollywood
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spacer A film by Marco Capalbo.  With Igor Stravinsky, Robert Craft.  C Major 716308.  53 mins. In English.

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