June 2015

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

Hvor_WaitCDEditor's Choice

Dmitri Hvorostovsky: “Wait for Me”
spacer Classic Russian songs of the war years by Blanter, Dolukhanyan, Dunaevsky, Gorbenko, Kolmanovsky, Solovyov-Sedov, Pakhmutova and Petrov; Ministry of Internal Affairs Chorus, Style of Five, Novaya Opera Orchestra, Orbelian. Transliterated texts and translations. Delos 3475

National Pride

Delos releases its stirring third program of Dmitri Hvorostovsky singing one of his unrivaled specialties — Soviet-era popular songs.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Peterchens Mondfahrt Cover 615ACHTÉLIK: Peterchens Mondfahrt
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spacer Hoffman; Vogler; Thielmann (narrator); MDR Kinderchor und Sinfonieorchester, Kaiser. No texts. MDR Klassik 1401
Recordings Israeliten in Wuste Cover 615C.P.E. BACH: Die Israeliten in der Wüste
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spacer Lunn, Gauthier; Boden, Berndt. Kammerchor Stuttgart, Barockorchester Stuttgart, Bernius. Texts and translations. Carus 83.292
AirlineIcarusCDCURRENT: Airline Icarus
spacer Huhtanen, Szabó; Thomson, Dobson, Sirett; chamber chorus and orchestra, Current. Libretto online only. Naxos 8.660356
27_CDGORDON: “27”
spacer Futral, Blythe; Lebow, Greenhalgh, Brevik; members of the St. Louis Symphony, M. Christie. Text. Albany Records TROY1549/50 (2)
Recordings Der Tod Jesu Cover 615GRAUN: Der Tod Jesu
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spacer Mauch; Poplutz, Burkhart; Arcis-Vocalisten München, Barockorchester L'Arpa Festante, Gropper. German text only. Oehms OC 1809
Recordings Mayr Jacob Cover 615MAYR: Jacob a Labano Fugiens
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spacer Comparini, Thornhill, Lauren Brown, Lang-Alsvik, Ruckgaber; Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble, Hauk. No libretto. Naxos 8.573237
CosiCDMOZART: Così Fan Tutte
spacer Kermes, Kasyan, Ernman; Tarver, Maltman, Wolff; MusicAeterna, Currentzis. Libretto and translation. Sony 88765466162 (3)
MotherUsAllCDTHOMSON: The Mother of Us All; “The Mother of Us All” Suite 
spacer Devlin, Samarin, Perregrino, Borowiec, Hamilton, Newcomb; Frankel, Russell, Moe, Johansen; Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, Osgood. Text. Albany Records Troy 1486/87 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Nielsen Choral Songs lg 615NIELSEN: Songs for Choir
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spacer Ars Nova Copenhagen, Bojesen.  Texts and translations. Dacapo 6.220569
Recordings Nyman Symphony Cover 615NYMAN: Symphony No. 11, Hillsborough Memorial 
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spacer Rudge; Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir and Orchestra, Vicent.  No text.  MN Records MNRCD136


Recordings Angel Blue Cover 615Angel Blue: “Joy Alone”
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spacer Songs by Gershwin, Heggie, Liszt, Luna, Adolphe, Cymbala, Rachmaninov, Strauss and Chapi. Burnside, piano. Texts (only of non-English poems) and translations Opus Arte OA CD9020 D 
Recordings Etienne DuPuis Cover 615Etienne Dupuis: “Love Blows as the Wind Blows”
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spacer Songs by Butterworth, Barber, Bush, and Coallier. Quatuor Claudell-Canimex. Texts, no translations. ACD2 2701(1)
Recordings Amazing Grace Cover 615Marie-Josée Lord: “Amazing Grace”
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spacer Bareil, violin; Kunz, organ; Ensemble Vocal Épiphanie. Texts and translations. ATMA Classique ACD2 2686
Recordings Phan Painted Tale Cover 615Nicholas Phan: “A Painted Tale”
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spacer With A. M. Morgan, viola da gamba, Leopold, lute. Texts. Avie AV 2325
BeczalaFrenchCDPiotr Beczala: “The French Collection”
spacer Arias by Berlioz, Bizet, Boieldieu, Donizetti, Gounod, Massenet and Verdi. Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, Altinoglu. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon DG 479 4101
Recordings Sunhae Im Orfeos Cover 615Sunhae Im: “Orfeo[s]”
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spacer Italian and French Cantatas by Clérambault, Pergolesi, Rameau, and A. Scarlatti. With Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902189
Recordings Spirituals Chaiter cover 615Yoram Chaiter: “Spirituals & Other Songs”
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spacer By Schubert, Brahms, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Tosti, Di Capua. Zelikson, piano. Texts and translations. Roméo Records 7311


CamporaCDGiuseppe Campora, Gianni Poggi, Gino Penno, Giacinto Prandelli: "Operatic Recitals"
spacer Arias by Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Cilèa, Giordano, Boito, Mascagni. No texts or translations. Decca 480 8141
Recordings Palestrina CD Cover 615PFITZNER: Palestrina
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spacer Söderström, Madeira; Lorenz, Melchert, Christ, Klein, Schöffler, Frantz, Wiener, Poell, Frick, von Rohr, Berry. Wiener Staatsopernchor and Wiener Philharmoniker, Kempe. 1955. No texts or translations. Walhall Eternity Series WLCD 0241 (3)
Recordings Eugene Onegin Cover 615TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin
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spacer Rysanek, Kalin, Batic, Rössel-Madjan; Dermota, London, Frick. Orchestra and Chorus of the Vienna State Opera, Klobucar. No text or translation. Andromeda ANDRCD 9100
Recordings Tito Schipa Cover 615Tito Schipa: "In Concert”
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spacer Arias by Cilea, Verdi, Songs Tosti, Scarlatti, Pergolesi, Sadero, De Curtis, Barthelemy, Bixio, Palacios, Lacalle. Berlin Radio Orchestra, Marschalek (arias); Raucheisen, Belldnijder, piano (songs). No texts or translations. VAI Audio 1280
Recordings Tito Schipa Songs Cover 615Tito Schipa: "Songs & Arias, 1955-1964”
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spacer Arias by Handel, Donizetti, Flotow, Gluck, Puccini, Mascagni, Giordano. Songs by Pisano, Barthelemy, Denza, Valente, Caslar, Gigante, Olivero, Schipa-Di Giacomo, Scarpelli, Tosti, De Curtis, Palacios, Scarlatti. Orchestra Napolitana della Canzone, Campino; Erokhin, Amato, piano. No texts or translations. VAI Audio 1281


LuxemDVDLEHÁR: Der Graf von Luxemburg
spacer Hoppe, Bahrmann, Lichter; Suttner, Serafin, Kathol; Orchestra and Chorus of the Seefestspiele Mörbisch, Bibl. Production: Pflegerl. ORF Klassik VLMD 013, 146 mins., subtitled
MozartRequiemMOZART: Requiem; Arias for Soprano, K. 42 and K. 339
spacer Mattila, Mingardo, Harnisch; Schade, Terfel; Swedish Radio Choir and Berlin Philharmonic, C. Abbado. Production: Hellthaler. Euro Arts 2016364 (Blu-ray), 62 mins., subtitled
FluteDVDMOZART: Die Zauberflöte
spacer Landshamer, Martínez, Lejderman; Schmitt, Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Oliemans, Koningsberger, Sherratt; Chorus of Dutch National Opera, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Albrecht. Production: McBurney. Opus Arte OA 1122D (DVD), OABD 7133D (Blu-ray), 163 mins. (opera), 20 mins. (bonus), subtitled
PierrotBlRySCHOENBERG: Pierrot Lunaire
spacer Resick; Ensemble, Yeh. Pro Organo BD 7266 (Blu-ray), DVD 7266 (DVD), 60 mins., subtitled 
Video Tosca's Kiss Cover 615Tosca’s Kiss
spacer Directed by Daniel Schmid; Scuderi, Manacchini, Bellon, Puligheddu, 
Locapo. Icarus Films/Home Video DVD, 90 minutes, subtitled, bonus photo gallery
DonCarloDVDVERDI: Don Carlo
spacer Kasyan, Barcellona; Vargas, Tézier, Abdrazakov, Spotti; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, Turin, Noseda. Production: de Ana. Opus Arte OA 1128D (2 discs), 217 mins., subtitled

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