February 2017

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

Recordings Andrea Chenier 217Editor's Choice

GIORDANO: Andrea Chénier
DVD Button Westbroek, Graves, Plowright, Zilio; Kaufmann, Bosi, Hoare, Lučić, Coleman-Wright, Clarke, White; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Pappano. Production: McVicar. Warner Classics 0190295937966 (DVD), 123 mins. (opera), 15 mins. (bonus), subtitled

Andrea the Giant

A great opera finally gets a modern cast worthy of its music.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Zabur Cover 217FAIROUZ: Zabur
CD Button Coakwell, Kelly; Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Stark. Texts and translations. Naxos 8.559803
Recordings Bonmarzo Cover 217GINASTERA: Bomarzo
CD Button Penagos, Simon, Turner; Novoa, Torigi, Devlin, Gregori, Ellis, Romaguera; Chorus and Orchestra of the Opera Society of Washington, Rudel. No libretto. Sony 88985350882 (2)
Recordings Nyman Mistook Wife Cover 217NYMAN: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
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CD Button Sjöwall; Treviño, MacPherson; Nashville Opera, Williamson. Online libretto. Naxos 8.660398
Recordings Dardanus cover 217RAMEAU: Dardanus
DVD Button Gauvin, Arquez, K. Watson; van Mechelen, Sempey, di Pierro, Bazola; Ensemble Pygmalion, Pichon. Production: Fau. Harmonia Mundi HMD 985901.52, 192 mins., subtitled

Choral and Song

Recordings Stimpson Cover 217STIMPSON: Jesse Owens; Preludes in Our Time 
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CD Button Kelly; Herford; Fujita, piano; Philharmonia Orchestra, Stratford. English texts. Stone Records 5060192780659


Recordings Prohaska Cover 217Anna Prohaska: "Serpent and Fire"
CD Button Arias by Purcell, Handel, Hasse, Cavalli, Graupner, Sartorio, Castrovillari. Il Giardino Armonico, Antonini. Alpha 250
Recordings Shakespeare Bostridge Cover 217Ian Bostridge: "Shakespeare Songs"
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CD Button Kenny, lute; Collins, clarinet; Power, viola; Walker, flute; Pappano, piano. Texts & translations. Warner Classic CD 0190295944735
Recordings Dolce Vita Kaufman Cover 217Jonas Kaufmann: "Dolce Vita"
CD Button Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Fisch. Texts and translations. Sony Classical 88875183632
Recordings In War and Peace Cover 217Joyce DiDonato: "In War and Peace"
CD Button Arias by Handel, Jommelli, Leo, Monteverdi and Purcell. Il Pomo d’Oro, Emelyanychev. Erato 0190295928469. Texts and translations
Recordings Brownlee Cover 217Lawrence Brownlee: "Allegro Io Son"
CD Button Kaunas City Symphony, Orbelian. Texts and translations. Delos DE 3515
Recordings Delan Cover 217Lisa Delan: "Out of the Shadows: Rediscovered American Art Songs"
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CD Button Songs by Bowles, Dello Joio, Duke, Kandall, Thompson, others. Korth, piano; Haimovitz, cello. Texts. Pentatone CD PTC 5186 572
Recordings Pretty Yende Cover 217Pretty Yende: "A Journey"
CD Button Scenes and arias by Bellini, Delibes, Donizetti, Gounod and Rossini. With Aldrich; Buratto, Alaimo; Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Armiliato. Sony Classical 88985321692
Recordings Believe cover 217Roberto Iarussi: "I Believe"
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CD Button London Symphony Orchestra, Calandrelli. No texts. Verismo Music Group


Recordings Looking Glass Cover 217CHARLAP: Alice Through the Looking Glass
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CD Button Rolin, Fabray, Moorehead; Durante, Montalban, Palance, The Smothers Brothers, Castle, Coote;  Studio orchestra, Mackay. Sony Masterworks Broadway 88985 34289 2
Recordings Merry Widow Cover 217LEHÁR: The Merry Widow
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DVD Button Jeffreys, Bliss; Sullivan, Conte, Horton; Unnamed Orchestra & Chorus, Sandford. VAI DVD 4590, 78 mins., no subtitles
Recordings Theo Adam Cover 217Theo Adam: "90th Birthday Edition"
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CD Button Arias and Scenes by Wagner, R. Strauss, Mozart, Bach. Staatskapelle Dresden, Suitner (Wagner, Strauss, Mozart); Dresdner Philharmonie, Flamig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Mauersberger and Thomas, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum, Rotzsch (Bach). Text for Bach only, no translations. Berlin Classics 0300824BC (3)

Musical Theater

Recordings sally Cover 217KERN: Sally
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CD Button Grimsley, Kuttler, Ballenger, Braunstein; Carson, Elsesser, Light Opera of New York Orchestra; Steichen. Text. Albany Recors TROY 1638

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