May 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 Freischutz lg 516Editor's Choice

WEBER: Der Freischütz
DVD Button Jakubiak, Landshamer; König, Zeppenfeld, Dohmen, Eröd, Wartig, Bauer; Dresden State Opera and Chorus, Thielemann. Production: Köhler. C Major 733204 (Blu-ray), 733108 (DVD), 149 mins., subtitles

Sweeping out the Cobwebs.

Weber’s once-groundbreaking work nowadays feels fusty—but not in this grim production from Dresden.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Adelina Cover 516GENERALI: Adelina
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CD Button Bijelić, Beltrami; Quaresma Ramos, Nani, Muñoz, Rabec; Virtuosi Brunensis, Rigon.  Naxos 8.660372-73 (2)
Recordings Iphigenie COver 516GLUCK: Iphigénie en Tauride
CD Button Hulcup, Plummer; Saunders, Doyle, Richardson, Dinopoulos; Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, A. Walker. Text and translation. Pinchgut LIVE PG006 (2)
Recordings Galatea Cover 516HANDEL: Acis and Galatea
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CD Button Wakim, Forsythe; Sheehan, McStoots, Wilder,  Williams; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal and Chamber Ensembles, O’Dette, Stubbs. Texts and translations. CPO 777 877-2 (2)
Recordings Lesson Da JI Cover 516HO: The Lesson of Da Ji
CD Button Newman, Chan, Corwin; Kwan, Lau, Dobson, Covey; Toronto Masque Theatre Ensemble, Beckwith. No text. Centrediscs CMCCD 22115
Recordings Undine Cover 516LORTZING: Undine
DVD Button Gerhards, Rathkolb; Osuna, Yang, Kryshak, Hong; Stage Orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper, Wildner; Children of the Opera School and Ballet Academy of the Wiener Staatsoper. Production: Medem. Belvedere 08003, 58 mins., subtitled
Recordings Mozart Cover 516MOZART/LACHNITH: Les Mystères d’Isis
CD Button Santon-Jeffery, Lenormand, Pokupic; Droy, Christoyannis, Teitgen; Le Concert Spirituel, Flemish Radio Choir, Fasolis. Text and translation. Glossa GCD 921630 (2)
Recordings Entfuhrung Cover 516MOZART: Die Entführung aus dem Serail
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CD Button Johannsen, Eriksmoen; Schmitt, J. Prégardien, Ivashchenko; Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Jacobs. Text and translation. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902214.15 (2)
Recordings Weisse Rosse Cover 516U. ZIMMERMAN: Weisse Rose
CD Button Szklarecka; Schiller; Musica Vive Ensemble Dresden, Zimmermann. No text or translation. Brilliant Classics 95125

Choral and Song

Recordings Gorecki Cover 516GÓRECKI: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs
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DVD Button Upshaw: London Sinfonietta, Zinman. Director: Palmer. Arthaus DVD 109173, 53 mins., subtitles
Recordings Cavalli Cover 516CAVALLI: "Heroines of the Venetian Baroque"
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CD Button Flores, Reinhold; Cappella Mediterranea, Alarcón. Ricercar RIC 359 (2)
Recordings Tchaikovsky Cover 516TCHAIKOVSKY: "Complete Songs"
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CD Button Isakova, Milashkina, Fomina, Obraztsova, Lemeshev, Lisovsky, Magomaev, Mazurok, others. No texts or translations. Melodiya MEL 10 02361 (6)


Recordings Schubert Cover Tynan 516Ailish Tynan: "Nacht und Träume"
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CD Button Burnside, piano. Texts and translations. Delphian DCD 34165
Recordings Cambridge Cover 516Alyson Cambridge: "Until Now"
CD Button Einhorn, piano/arrangements. No texts. Suite 28 Records STE 002
Recordings Shotakovich Cover 516Dmitri Hvorostovsky: "Shostakovich and Liszt Sonnets"
CD Button Ilja, piano. Ondine ODE 1277 (2)
Recordings Roschmann Cover 516Dorothea Röschmann: "Mozart Arias"
CD Button Excerpts from Idomeneo, La Clemenza di Tito, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and more. Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Harding. Sony Classics 88875061262
Recordings Lezhneva Cover 516Julia Lezhneva: "Handel"
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CD Button Il Giardino Armonico, Antonini. Texts and translations. Decca 4786766
Recordings Duet Cover 516Lucy Crowe, William Berger: "Duet"
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CD Button Duets by Cornelius, Schumann, and Mendelssohn. Burnside, Piano. Texts and translations. Delphian DCD34167
Recordings Weber Sisters 516Sabine Devieilhe: "The Weber Sisters"
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CD Button Excerpts from Mozart: Die Zauberflöte and the C Minor Mass; “Dans un bois solitaire,” K. 308; concert arias K. 418, K. 316, K. 380, K. 383; miscellaneous orchestral works. Devieilhe; Ensemble Pygmalion, Pichon. Texts and translations. Erato 0825646075843
Recordings Neere Cover 516Veronique Gens: "Néère"
CD Button Songs by Hahn, Duparc and Chausson. Manoff, piano. French texts with English and German translations. Alpha 215


Recordings Valente Cover 516Benita Valente: "Volume 2"
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CD Button Songs by Schubert, R. Schumann, R. Strauss, Wolf. Artimiw, Luisi, Raim, piano; Wright, clarinet. Texts and translations. Bridge 9451
Recordings Gueden Cover 516Hilde Gueden: “Richard Strauss Lieder”
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CD Button Excerpts from Arabella and Der Rosenkavalier. Wiener Philharmoniker, Moralt; Wiener Philharmoniker, Varviso; Gulda, piano. No texts or translations. Decca 4808156
Recordings Gunther Cover 516HOLZBAUER: Günther von Schwarzburg
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CD Button Moffo, Moscucci; Infantino, Prandelli, Ariè; Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano della RAI, De Fabrittiis. Myto 00321 (2)
Recordings Sutherland Cover 516"Joan Sutherland's Farewell Gala, Featuring Die Fledermaus"
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DVD Button Sutherland, Horne, Pavarotti (Special Guests). Howarth, Gustafson; Bottone, Otey, Dobson, Michaels-Moore, Garrett, Kowalski, Sessions. Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Bonynge. Production: Cox. Arthaus Musik 109161 (2), 197 mins. (performance), 27 mins. (bonus), subtitles
Recordings Requiem Price Cover 516MOZART: Requiem Mass in D minor
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CD Button L. Price, Rössel-Majdan; Wunderlich, Berry; Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein, von Karajan. Bonus: Arias from Don Giovanni, L. Price. No text or translation. Archipel ARPCD 0611
Recordings Guntram Cover 516R. STRAUSS: Guntram
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CD Button Tokody, Takacs; Goldberg, Solyom-Nagy, Gati, Gregor; Hungarian State Orchestra and Hungarian Army Chorus, Queler. No texts or translations. Sony Classical 88697448162 (2)

Musical Theater

Recordings Berlin Cover 516BERLIN: "This is the Life!"
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CD Button Boerckel; Marcus, Pleasant. The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Benjamin. No texts. New World Records 80773-2

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