Recordings

February 2016

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

Recordings Tannhauser Cover 216Editor's Choice

Wagner: Tannhäuser
DVD Button Nylund, Breedt; Kerl, Eiche, Youn; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Kober. Production: Baumgarten. Opus Arte OA 1177D, 252 mins. (opera), 30 mins. (bonus), subtitled

Three Acts of Resistance.

Few operas so consistently thwart attempts at updating as Wagner’s tale of the debauched song contestant.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Carmen Cover 216BIZET: Carmen
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DVD Button Semenchuk, Lungu, Micarelli, Melis; Ventre, Álvarez, Antognetti, Longhi, Verna, Choi; Arena di Verona Orchestra and Chorus, Nánási. Production: Zeffirelli. BelAir Classiques BAC 121 (DVD), BAC 421 (Blu-ray), 159 mins., subtitles
Recordings Tancrede Cover 216CAMPRA: Tancrède
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CD Button Santon, Druet; Arnould, Buet, Martin-Bonnet. Les Temps Présents et les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Schneebeli. Alpha 958 (3)
Recordings Maria di Rohan Cover 216DONIZETTI: Maria di Rohan
DVD Button Cullagh; Cordella, Menini, Di Felice; Orchestra and Chorus of Bergamo Music Festival Gaetano Donizetti, Kunde. Production: Recchia. Bongiovanni AB 20028 (DVD), 120 mins., subtitled
Recordings Match Girl Cover 216GETTY: The Little Match Girl
CD Button Moore; Schukoff, Lynch; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Fisch, Schirmer. English texts. Pentatone PTC 5186 480
Recordings Orfeo ed Euridice Cover 216GLUCK: Orfeo ed Euridice
CD Button Hartelius, de Negri; Fagioli; Accentus, Insula Orchestra, Equilbey. Archiv 4795315 (3)
Recordings Don Giovanni Cover 216MOZART: Don Giovanni
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DVD Button Ruiten, Fritsch, Naforniţa; D’Arcangelo, Pisaroni, Staples, Arduini, Konieczny; Philharmonia Chor Wien, Vienna Philharmonic, Eschenbach. Production: Bechtolf. EuroArts 2072738 (2 DVDs) or 2072734 (Blu-ray), 184 mins. (opera), 184 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Recordings Maskarade Cover 216NIELSEN: Maskarade
CD Button Beck, Dahl, D. Andersen; Riis, S. Andersen, Reuter, Milling; Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Schønwandt. Libretto and translation. Dacapo 6.220641-42 (2)
Recordings Philidor Cover 216PHILIDOR: Les Femmes Vengées
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CD Button Debono, Beaudin, Staskiewicz; Thompson, Figueroa, Dobson. Opera Lafayette, Brown. French text and English translation available online. Naxos 8660353
Recordings Les Indes Galantes cover 216RAMEAU: Les Indes Galantes
DVD Button Brahim-Djelloul, van Wanroij, Warnier, Topalovic; Dahlin, Arnould, Prato, Dolié, Berg; Chorus of the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Production: Scozzi. Alpha Classics 710, 175 mins., subtitled
Recordings Les Danaides Cover 216SALIERI: Les Danaïdes
CD Button Van Wanroij, Velletaz; Talbot, Christoyannis, Dolié; Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Ediciones Singulares ES1019 (2)
Recordings Glyndebourne Traviata Lg 216VERDI: La Traviata
DVD Button Gimadieva, Hipp, Molendowska; Fabiano, Christoyannis, Broadbent; London Philharmonic Orchestra, C. Elder. Production: Cairns. Opus Arte OA 1171 D, 132 mins. (opera), 18 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Recordings Prima Donna Cover 216WAINWRIGHT: Prima Donna
CD Button Kelly, Guthrie; Figueroa, Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ogren. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 479 5340 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Bach Mass Cover 216BACH: Mass in B Minor
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CD Button Sampson, Vondung; Johannsen, Berndt; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart and Freiburger Barockorchester/Rademann. Texts and translations. Carus 83.315 (2, plus 1 DVD)
Recordings Heggie Songs Cover 216HEGGIE: “The Moon’s a Gong, Hung in the Wild”
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CD Button Kirschlager; Lammerts van Buren, piano. Texts. Avie AV 2349
Recordings Worden Cover 216SNIDER: Unremembered
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CD Button Newsome, Worden; Stith; The Unremembered Orchestra, Outwater.  English texts. New Amsterdam Records 29284

Recital

Recordings Coburn Cover 216Sarah Coburn: “Oh, When I Dream” 
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CD Button Songs by R. Strauss, Turina, Obradors, Liszt and Rachmaninoff. Küchle, piano. Texts and translations. AAM Recordings 888295265386

Historical

Recordings Gerontius Cover 216ELGAR: The Dream of Gerontius
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CD Button Shacklock; Vickers, Nowakowski. Orchestra Sinfonica e coro di Roma della RAI, Barbirolli. Archipel ARPCD 0403 (2)
Recordings La Scala Cover 216"Teatro alla Scala: The Golden Years"
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DVD Button Interviews by Enzo Biagi with Claudio Abbado, Mirella Freni, Antonino Votto, Mario Del Monaco, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Giulietta Simionato, Maria Callas, Romano Gandolfi; rehearsal and performance footage from 1960s to 1980s. Dynamic DVD 37728, 87 mins., subtitles
Recordings Meistersinger Cover 216WAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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CD Button Grümmer, von Milinkovic, Geisler, Stolze, Schmitt-Walter, Neidlinger, Greindl. Orchestra and Chorus of the Bayreuth Festival, Cluytens. No texts. Walhall WLCD 0214 (4)
Recordings Solti Gotterdammerung Cover 216WAGNER: Götterdämmerung
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CD Button Nilsson, Collier; Windgassen, Stewart, Frick; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Solti. Testament SBT 1506
Recordings Bayreuth Parsifal Cover 216WAGNER: Parsifal
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CD Button Mödl, Vinay, Fischer–Dieskau, Blankenheim, Greindl, Hotter. Orchestra and Chorus of the Bayreuth Festival, Knappertsbusch. No texts. WALHALL WLCD 0192 (4)
Recordings Cover Morike Dieskau Cover 216WOLF: Mörike-Lieder (selections)
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CD Button Fischer-Dieskau; Sviatoslav Richter, piano. No texts. Pentatone Music CD 27949 02196

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