August 2014

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

WestSideStoryCDEditor's Choice

BERNSTEIN: West Side Story
spacer Silber, Vosk, Bullock, Hansen; C. Jackson, Vortmann, Markgraf; San Francisco Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Tilson Thomas. English text. SFS Media 821936 0059 (2)

Classic Treatment

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony give West Side Story the full symphonic heft it deserves

Opera and Oratorio

OrlandoCDHANDEL: Orlando
spacer Karthäuser, Im, Hammarström; B. Mehta, Wolff; B'Rock Orchestra Ghent, Jacobs. Text and translation. Archiv 2037202 (2)
NozzeCurrentzisCDMOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro
spacer Kermes, Antonelou, Nesi, Forsström, Kirillova; Van Horn, Bondarenko, Loskutkin, Adam, Elliott, Agadzhanian; MusicAeterna (Orchestra and Chorus of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre), Currentzis. Text and translation. SONY 88430 14172
MaomettoGarsCDROSSINI: Maometto Secondo
spacer S. Davies, Hulcup; Nilon, Jeffery, Diffey, Dowling; Garsington Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Parry. Text and translation. Avie AV 2312 (3)
BeautyStoneCDSULLIVAN: The Beauty Stone
spacer R. Evans, Shaw, Thomas, Wyn-Rogers; Spence, Gadd, Opie, Stout; BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales, Macdonald. Texts. Chandos CHAN 10794 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Abel Cover 814ABEL: Terrain of the Heart 
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spacer Chamberlin, Pisturino. Kirsch, piano. Texts. Delos DE3438
DearTheoCDMOORE: Dear Theo; So Free Am I; Ode to a Nightingale
spacer S. Phillips, Appleby, Polegato with Brian Zeger. Texts. Delos DE 3437


PerezCostelloCDAilyn Pérez and Stephen Costello: "Love Duets"
spacer BBC Symphony Orchestra, Summers. Texts, no translations. Warner Classics 0825646334858
SiurinaCDEkaterina Siurina and Iain Burnside: "Amore e Morte"
spacer Songs by Verdi, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti. Burnside, piano. Texts and translations. Opus Arte OA CD 9017 D
GauvinMozartCDKarina Gauvin: "Mozart Arias"
spacer Les Violons du Roy, Labadie. Texts and translations. ATMA Classique ACD2 2636
BrownleeRossiniCDLawrence Brownlee: "Virtuoso Rossini Arias"
spacer Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Orbelian. Texts and translations. Delos DE 3455


GlorianaBluRayBRITTEN: Gloriana
spacer S. Bullock, Royal, Bardon; Spence, Stone, Carpenter, Bayley, Sherratt; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Daniel. Opus Arte 7134 (Blu-ray) or 1124 (DVD), 163 mins. (opera) & 13 mins. (bonus), subtitled
CelebStraussDVDCelebrating Strauss
spacer Songs, orchestrated songs and a scene from Der Rosenkavalier. Seefried, Schwarzkopf, Streich, Töpper; G. Moore, Reiss, piano; French Radio and Television Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, 
Bellugi, Klobucar, Mackerras. Idéale Audience 3075058, 60 mins., subtitled
OrfeoDVDGLUCK: Orfeo ed Euridice (Vienna version)
spacer Liebau, Mühlemann; Mehta; Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704, Luks. Production: Havelka. Arthaus Musik 102 184, 75 mins., subtitled
StraussHeroinesDVDRichard Strauss and His Heroines
spacer A film by Thomas von Steinaecker, narrated by Henrik Wöhler, with comments by Brigitte Fassbaender, Renée Fleming, Christa Ludwig, Gwyneth Jones, Christian Strauss, Rufus Wainwright and others. Arthaus Musik 102 181, 52 mins. (documentary) & 23 mins. (bonus), subtitled
ComteOryDVDROSSINI: Le Comte Ory
spacer Bartoli, Olvera, Nikiteanu; Camarena, Widmer, Guagliardo; Zurich Opera Supplementary Chorus, Orchestra La Scintilla, Tang. Production: Leiser and Caurier. Decca 074 3467, 142 mins., subtitled
OtelloDVDROSSINI: Otello
spacer Bartoli, Nikiteanu; Osborn, Camarena, Rocha, Kálmán; Zurich Opera Supplementary Chorus, Orchestra La Scintilla, Tang. Production: Leiser and Caurier. Decca 074 3863, 156 mins., subtitled

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