Recordings

January 2015

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

BartoliStPeteCDEditor's Choice

Cecilia Bartoli: “St. Petersburg” 
spacer I Barocchisti, Fasolis. Texts and translations. Decca 28947-86767

The Empress of Discovery

Cecilia Bartoli unearths a treasure trove of obscure arias composed for performance at the eighteenth-century court of St. Petersburg.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Doktor Faust Cover 1115BUSONI: Doktor Faust
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spacer Naglestad; Daszak, Koch, Kuhn; Chor und Extrachor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Netopil. Text in German. OEHMS Classics OC 956 (3)
Recordings Buxtehude cover 1115BUXTEHUDE: Membra Jesu Nostri
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spacer Blaze, Ainsley, Underwood; Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford; Virtuosi Phantasm; Hyde. Libretto and translation. Opus Arte CD 8023 D
Recordings Pinchgut Giasone cover 1115CAVALLI: Giasone
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spacer Lazarenko, Allan, Oomens; Hansen, Saunders, Creco, Goodwin, McEniery, Dinopoulos; Orchestra of the Antipodes, Helyard. Text and translation. Pinchgut Live PG004 (2) 
TwoBoysCDMUHLY: Two Boys
spacer Zetlan, Coote, Eddy, Zifchak; Pulver, Appleby, Pfortmiller, Miller; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Robertson. English text. Nonesuch 7559-79560-2 (2)
Recordings Due Gemelle Cover 1114NICOLINI: Le Due Gemelle
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spacer Sachika, Aisemberg, Rama; C. Kelly, Ho, Rocca; Orchestra "Amilcare Zanella,” Tolomelli. Text and translation. Bongiovanni GB 2467/68-2 (2)
Recordings Savetier cover 1115PHILIDOR: Blaise le Savetier
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spacer Chassany, E. Fernandez; Dubois, Gueller, Chapez; Almazis/Pappas. Maguelone MAG 111.196 (no libretto)
Recordings Moses und aron cover 1115SCHÖNBERG: Moses und Aron
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spacer Conrad, Grundheber; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Europe ChorAkademie, Cambreling. Text and translation. Hänssler SACD 93.314 (2)
Recordings Architect Cover 1115SPRATLAN, KALLICK & DOWNEY: Architect
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spacer Fox; Lentz, Lalli; Instrumental ensemble, Swanson. Texts. CD and Enhanced DVD. Navona Records NV5905
ElektraCDSTRAUSS: Elektra
spacer Herlitzius, Schwanewilms, Meier; van Aken, Pape; Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann. Text and translation. DG 479 3387
ZemlinskyCDZEMLINSKY: Eine Florentinische Tragödie, Seven Maeterlinck Songs
spacer Wessels, Lang; Dohmen, Skorokhodov; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jurowski. German and English text. LPO Records, LPO-0078

Choral and Song

Recordings Carter cover 1115CARTER: Elliott Carter Edition, Volume 9
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spacer With Arnold, Rees; Beck, piano, Rosen, piano; Starobin, guitar; Colorado College Festival Orchestra, Yoo; Basel Sinfonietta, Smirnoff; Slowind Wind Quintet. Texts. Bridge 9396
Recordings Requinauts cover 1115COLINA: Requinauts: Return to Spirit
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spacer Annie Gill, Nicholas Mulroy; Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus: Ira Levin. No texts. Naxos Fleur de Son Classics FDS58029
Recordings Kyr Cover 1115KYR: The Cloud of Unknowing; Songs of the Soul
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spacer Gomez; Farwig; Conspirare; Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra, Johnson. Texts and translations. harmonia mundi HMU 807577
Recordings Monteverdi Vespers cover 1115MONTEVERDI: Vespri Solenni per la Festa di San Marco
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spacer Concerto Italiano, Alessandrini. 1979. Latin texts and translations. Naïve OP 30557

Recital

RoyalTrioCDLawrence Zazzo: “A Royal Trio”
spacer Arias and Sinfonias by Ariosti, Bononcini and Handel. La Nuova Musica, Bates. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi Super Audio CD HMU807580
FlemingChristmasCDRenée Fleming: “Christmas in New York” 
spacer With O’Hara; Elling, Porter, Wainwright; Botti, trumpet; W. Marsalis, trumpet; Mehldau, piano. Decca B0021104-02
HampsonNottCDThomas Hampson and Wolfram Rieger: “Notturno”
spacer Songs by Richard Strauss. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 00289 479 2943

Historical

Recordings Easy to Love Cover 1115Cesare Siepi: “Easy to Love”
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spacer Songs of Cole Porter. With The Roland Shaw Orchestra and Chorus. (Plus excerpts from “Cesare Siepi: Operatic Arias for Bass”) No texts. Decca 480 8177
Recordings Conley Cover 1115Eugene Conley: Operatic Recital
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spacer Music by Puccini, Bizet, Verdi, Donizetti, Gounod, von Flotow. The New Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roualton Kisch and Alberto Erede. (Plus excerpts from “Italian Operatic Arias sung by Eugene Conley” and “A Concert of Favorites by Eugene Conley.”) No texts or translations. Decca 480 8145
Recordings London Recital Cover 1115George London: “On Broadway”
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spacer The Roland Shaw Orchestra, Shaw (Broadway); Wiener Philharmoniker, Knappertsbusch (Wagner). No texts or translations. Decca 480 8163
Recordings Hans Hotter Cover 1115Hans Hotter: “The Art of Hans Hotter” 
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spacer Lieder of Wolf and Schubert. With Parsons. No text or translations. Decca 480 8159
Recordings Wixell Cover 1115Ingvar Wixell: “Sings Verdi”
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spacer Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Varviso, Gardelli, Bonynge, C. Davis, conductors. Decca 480 8186
Recordings Carreras Cover 1115José Carreras: "Sings Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, Mercadante, Ponchielli"
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spacer Arias by Bellini, Donizetti, Mercadante, Verdi, Ponchielli, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Cilea. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Benzi; London Symphony Orchestra, López-Cobos. No texts or translations. Decca 480 8142
DellaCasaCDLisa Della Casa: “Operatic Recital”/“Lieder Recital”
spacer Arias by Handel and Mozart. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Hollreiser. Lieder by Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, R. Strauss. Karl Hudez, piano. Decca 480 8149. No texts or translations
Recordings Marimpietri Cover 1115Lydia Marimpietri & Ugo Benelli: "Romantic Songs"
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spacer Enrico Fabbro, piano. Music by Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti. (Plus excerpts from “A Recital by Graziella Sciutti.”) No texts or translations. Decca 480 8138
Recordings Lorengar Cover 1115Pilar Lorengar: “A Portrait in Live Studio Recordings from 1959-1962” 
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spacer Songs and arias by Bellini, Granados, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, others. Behrend, guitar; Klust, piano; RIAS-Kammerchor, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rother; Berlin Philharmonic, Liva; RIAS-Orchester, F. Walter. Lyrics in original languages available online. Audite 21.420 (3)

Video

Video St. John passion Cover 1115BACH: Johannes-Passion
spacer Tilling, Kožená; Padmore, Lehtipuu, Williams, Gerhaher; Berlin Philharmonic, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Rattle. Production: 
Sellars. BPHR 140031 (1 Blu-Ray, 2 DVDs), 135 mins. (oratorio), 52 mins. (bonus), subtitled
TalerDVDBLACHER: 200.000 Taler
spacer Mödl, Weiss, Mikes; Reich, Haefliger, Feldhoff; Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hollreiser. Production: Sellner. Arthaus Musik 102 185, 96 mins., subtitled
RusalkaDVDDVOŘÁK: Rusalka
spacer Papatanasiu, Morloc, Persson; Černoch, White; La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, A. Fischer. Production: 
Herheim. EuroArts 2059924 (Blu-ray) or 2059928 (DVD), 152 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled
SalomeDVDR. STRAUSS: Salome
spacer Sunnegårdh, Schaechter; Brubaker, Doss, Milhofer; Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Luisotti. 
Production: Lavia. Arthaus Musik 108 096 (Blu-ray) or 101 699 (DVD), 109 mins., subtitled
Video Capriccio Cover 1115STRAUSS: Capriccio
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spacer Fleming, Kirchschlager, Martínez; Schade, Eiche, Skovhus, Rydl, Bruns, Roider, Unterreiner; Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Eschenbach. Production: Marelli. Unitel Classica 715908, 163 mins., subtitled
Video Aida Cover 1115VERDI: Aida
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spacer Aaron, Aldrich; Piper, Garra, Iori, Pecchioli; Orchestra e Coro della Fondazione Arturo Toscanini, Stefanelli. Production: Zeffirelli. Arthaus Musik 107 088 (2 DVDs), 146 mins. (opera), 45 mins. (bonus), subtitled
TraviataDVDVERDI: La Traviata
spacer Jaho, Fracasso, Gamberoni; Demuro, Stoyanov, Ceriani, Beláček; Chorus and Orchestra of the Verona Arena, Kovatchev. Production: de Ana. Unitel Classica DVD 102193, 132 mins., subtitled
TristanDVDWAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
spacer W. Meier, Lipovšek; West, Weikl, Moll; Chorus and Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera, Mehta. Production: 
Konwitschny. Arthaus Musik 100 057, 241 mins., subtitled

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