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

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)
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


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


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


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
Online ExclusiveSubscribers Only
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
Online ExclusiveSubscribers Only
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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