Recordings

October 2014

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

MeistersingerCDEditor's Choice

WAGNER: Die Meistersinger

spacer Gabler, Selinger; Jentzsch, Finley, Kränzle, Lehtipuu, Miles; Glyndebourne Chorus and London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jurowski. Text and translation. Glyndebourne GEOCD 021-11 (4) 

Unexpected Reverberations

Glyndebourne’s live recording of Die Meistersinger is unusually satisfying, thanks to conductor Vladimir Jurowski and the Hans Sachs of Gerald Finley.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings DanielpourSeasonofPeaceCover1014DANIELPOUR: Toward a Season of Peace
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spacer Plitmann; Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, St. Clair. Texts and translations. Naxos 8.559772
LIghthouseCDDAVIES: The Lighthouse
spacer Mackie, Keyte, Comboy; Members of the BBC Philharmonic, Davies. English text. Naxos 8.660354
UsherCDGETTY: Usher House
spacer Delan; Elsner, Dupuis, Ens; Cumberbatch, speaker; Orquestra Gulbenkian, Foster. Text, in English. PentaTone Classics PTC 5186 451 (1)
Recordings Iphigenia Cover 1014GLUCK: Iphigenia in Aulis (arr. WAGNER)
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spacer Nylund, Breedt; Elsner, Zwarg, Nolte; Chorus Musicus Köln, Das Neue Orchester, Spering. German text, no translation. Oehms OC 953
Recordings Teseo Cover 1014HANDEL: Teseo
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spacer Labelle, Forsythe, Ricci, Freston, Minter, Blaze, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, McGegan. Text and translations PBP-07
VascoCDMEYERBEER: Vasco de Gama
spacer Sorokina, Yang; Berchtold, Pruvot, Rasanen, Braman; Robert Schumann Philharmonie, Chor der Opera Chemnitz, Beerman. Texts in French, German, and English. CPO 777 828-2 (4)
Recordings Fanciulla Cover 1014PUCCINI: La Fanciulla del West
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spacer Westbroek, Homung; Ventre, Holland, Marsh, Bailey, Bürger; Frankfurter Opern-und Museumorchester, Chorus, Weigle. No libretto. Oehms OC 945 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Bound for Glory 1014Chicago A Cappella: "Bound for Glory!: New Settings of African-American Spirituals"
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spacer Miller. No texts. Gothic G 49282
Recordings Silver Threads cover 1014COOPER: Silver Threads
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spacer With Hughes. Texts. Nonesuch 540989
Recordings Voces 8 Cover 1014VOCES8: "A Purcell Collection"
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spacer With Les Inventions, Ayrton and Smith, dir. Texts included. SignumClassics SIGCD375

Recital

BehleCDDaniel Behle: "Gluck Opera Arias"
spacer Armona Atenea, Petrou. Texts and translations. Decca 478 6758
Recordings Farinelli Cover 1014El Maestro Farinelli 
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spacer Concerto Köln, Heras-Casado. With With Bejun Mehta. Texts and translations. Archiv Produktion AH 289 4792050
JohannsenCDRobin Johannsen: "In Dolce Amore"
spacer Arias and cantatas by Caldara. Academia Montis Regalis, De Marchi. Texts and translations. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (Sony Music) 88843011692

Historical

Recordings Bluebeard Cover 1014BARTÓK: Bluebeard's Castle
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spacer Seefried; Fischer Dieskau; Swiss Festival Orchestra, Kubelik. No text or translation. Audite 95.626
Recordings Fideli Cover 1014BEETHOVEN: Fidelio
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spacer Janowitz, Ludwig; Vickers, Kmentt, Berry. E. Wächter, Kreppel. Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera; Karajan. No libretto. Myto 00334 (2 CDs)
Recordings Ali Baba cover 1014CHERUBINI: Ali Babà
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spacer Stich-Randall, Santunione; Kraus, Ganzarolli, Montarsolo; Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan; Sanzogno. No libretto. Myto 00329 (2 discs)
CorenaCDFernando Corena: "Sings Il Maestro di Cappella and Mozart Concert Arias"
spacer Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma, Erede; L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Maag; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Quadri; Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Amaducci. No texts or translations. Decca 480 8146
LaboCDFlaviano Labò: "An Operatic Recital"
spacer Arias by Verdi, Ponchielli, Puccini, Giordano. Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma, Previtali. Bonus tracks: “Bruno Prevedi Sings Great Italian Arias” Arias by Giordano, Verdi, Mascagni, Puccini. Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Downes, and excerpts from “Le Grandi Voci Dell'Arena di Verona: Gianni Raimondi” Arias by Puccini. Orchestra del Teatro Arena di Verona, Martinotti. No texts or translations. Decca 480 8162
Recordings Parsifal Cover 1014WAGNER: Parsifal
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spacer Gorr, Caballé; Kónya, Neidlinger, Stern, Christoff, Maionica. Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala Milan; Cluytens. No libretto. Andromeda 9114 (4 CDs)

Video

CommediaDVDANDRIESSEN: La Commedia (CD and DVD)
spacer McFadden, Zavalloni; Willems, Beckman, Asko Ensemble, Schönberg Ensemble, de Leeuw. Film: Hal Hartley, director. No libretto or subtitles. Nonesuch 534877-2
Fiery Angel DVD Cover 1014PROKOFIEV: The Fiery Angel
spacer Gorchakova, Diadkova; Pluzhnikov, Galouzine, Leiferkus, Aleksashkin, Ognovenko; Chorus and 
Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Gergiev. Production: Freeman. 124 mins. Subtitles. Arthaus Musik 100 391
MadameCurieDVDSIKORA: Madame Curie
spacer Mikołajczyk; Skałuba, Rak, Skrla; The Choir and Orchestra of the Baltic Opera, Michniewski. Production: M. Weiss. DUX 9884, 95 minutes, subtitled.
LuisaMillerDVDVERDI: Luisa Miller
spacer Golovneva, Fuchs; Robert, Sulimsky, Shtonda, Arvidson; Malmö Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Güttler. Production: Vizioli. Arthaus Musik 101 688. 152 mins., subtitled
ArtaserseDVDVINCI: Artaserse
spacer Jaroussky, Fagioli, Cencic, Barna-Sabadus, Mynenko, Sancho; Concerto Köln, Fasolis. Production: Purcarete. Erato 46323234 (2 discs), 201 mins, subtitled

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