Recordings

September 2014

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

GrigoloRomanticCDEditor's Choice

Vittorio Grigòlo: "The Romantic Hero"
spacer Arias by Bizet, Gounod, Halévy, Massenet, Meyerbeer, Offenbach. With Yoncheva, Martines (speaker); Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Pidò. Texts and translations. SONY 8883 75658 2

Vive la Romance!

Tenor Vittorio Grigòlo uses the French language with confidence and style in his new aria program.



Opera and Oratorio

GezeichnetenCDSCHREKER: Die Gezeichneten
spacer Kampe; Brubaker, Gantner, Johnson, Schöne; Chorus and Orchestra of Los Angeles Opera, Conlon. Libretto and translation. Bridge 94000A/C (3)
IncorDarioCDVIVALDI: L'Incoronazione di Dario
spacer Mingardo, Galou, Mameli, Cirillo, Soloviy, Bridelli; Dahlin, Novaro; Accademia Bizantina, Dantone. Text and translation. Naïve OP 30553 (3)
GlyndeTristanCDWAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
spacer Kampe, Connolly; Kerl, Dobber, Zeppenfeld, Gijsbertsen, Scheunemann, Kennedy, Mosley-Evans; Glyndebourne Chorus and London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jurowski. Text and translation. Glyndebourne GFOCD 019-09 (3)

Recital

FinkMahlerCDBernarda Fink and Anthony Spiri: "Gustav Mahler: A Life in Songs"
spacer With Gustav Mahler-Ensemble, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Orozco-Estrada. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi 902173
KozenaPrayerCDMagdalena Kožená and Christian Schmitt: "Prayer: Voice and Organ"
spacer Songs by J. S. Bach, Schubert, Wolf, Bizet, Duruflé, Dvořák, Ravel and Verdi. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon DG 00289 479 2067

Video

BachPassionDVDBACH: Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
spacer Gauvin, Romberger; J. Prégardien, Fredriksson, Schmitt, Nagy; Chor des 
Bayerischen Rundfunks, Regensburger Domspatzen, Concerto Köln, Peter Dijkstra. BRKlassik 900508 (3) CD or BRKlassik 900509 DVD (2 discs)
Video Matthew Passion 2 Cover 914BACH: Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
spacer Crowe, Rice; Güra, Morscheck, Phan, Brook, Grunenwald: Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Maîtrise de Paris, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Nelson. EuroArts 3079654
StuardaDVDDONIZETTI: Maria Stuarda
spacer DiDonato, van den Heever, Zifchak; Polenzani, Hopkins, Rose; Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Benini. 
Production: McVicar. Erato 2564632035, 142 mins., subtitled
MahlerManiaDVDMahlermania
spacer Bradić; Pauly; Nico and the Navigators; Members of the Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gnann. Production: Nicola Hümpel. EuroArts 2059558, 100 mins., subtitled
GotterdDVDWAGNER: Götterdämmerung
spacer Theorin, Samuil, Meier; Ryan, Grochowski, Kränzle, Petrenko; Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala Milan, Barenboim. Production: Cassiers. Arthaus Musik 101 696 (2 DVDs), 292 mins., subtitled
SiegfriedBluRayWAGNER: Siegfried
spacer Stemme, Moriah, Larsson; Ryan, Bronder, Stensvold, Kränzle, Tsymbalyuk; Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala Milan, Barenboim. Production: Cassiers. Arthaus Musik 108 092 (2 Blu-ray discs), 253 mins., subtitled
VenusDVDWEILL: One Touch of Venus
spacer Blair, Shelby, Trares, Rice; Nype, Gaynes, Nye; studio orchestra, Smart. VAI 4568, 79 mins., 
subtitled

Musical Theater

VenusCDWEILL: One Touch of Venus
spacer Errico, Clark, Kaye, Wortham; Barrett, Raines; National Symphony Orchestra, Edwards and Holmes. Texts. CDJAY2 (2)

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