Recordings

August 2015

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

Recordings Treemonisha cover 815Editor's Choice

JOPLIN: Treemonisha
spacer Balthrop, B. Allen, Johnson; Rayam, White, Harney, Hicks, Duckens, Ransom, Gazemore, Pierson; Houston Grand Opera, Original Cast Orchestra and Chorus, Schuller. English text. Pentatone PTC 5186 221 (2)

American Classic

Pentatone affirms the glories of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha with its SACD remastering of Houston Grand Opera’s historic recording.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Lormindo cover 815CAVALLI: L’Ormindo
Online Exclusive
spacer Révidat, Léger, Piau, Deshayes; Oro, Visse, Crook, Lombard, Bona, Arnould. Les Paladins; Correas. Libretto and translation. Pan Classics 10330 (2)
Recordings Lehar Paganini Cover 815LEHÁR: Paganini
spacer K. Kaiser, Liebau; Todorovich, Zysset. Munich Radio Orchestra and Chorus, Schirmer. No libretto. CPO 777 699-2 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Berlioz Harold in Italie Cleopatra Cover 815BERLIOZ: La Mort de Cléopâtre; Harold en Italie
spacer Cargill; Tamestit, viola, London Symphony Orchestra, Gergiev. LSO 0760 (SACD)
Recordings Frottole Cover 815Ring Around Quartet and Consort: “Frottole: Popular Songs of Renaissance Italy”
Online Exclusive
spacer Songs by Willaert, Festa, Tromboncino, Cara, and others.  No texts or translations. Naxos 8.573320
Recordings Sviridov Cover 815SVIRIDOV: Hymns and Prayers
Online Exclusive
spacer Bondaruk, Zuyeva; Roman, Pachashynsky, Yakobenchuk, Tarasiy; Credo Chamber Choir; Plish. No texts. Toccata Classics 0123

Recital

Recordings Sinkovsky Vivaldi Cover 815Dmitry Sinkovsky: “Plays and Sings Vivaldi”
Subscribers Only
spacer With La Voce Strumentale, Sinkovsky. Texts and translations. Naïve OP 30559
Recordings Isabel Leonard Preludios Cover 815Isabel Leonard and Brian Zeger: "Preludios"
spacer Songs by Granados, Falla, Mompou, Montsalvatge, Sanjuán and Lorca. Texts and English translations. Delos DE 3468
Recordings Jonathan Antoine Tenore Cover 815Jonathan Antoine: “Tenore”
Subscribers Only
spacer Songs and arias by Donizetti, Franck, Lloyd Webber, Verdi and others. Various orchestras, Julian Reynolds. SONY Portrait 88843085372
Recordings Padmore Bezuidenhout Beethoven Cover 815Mark Padmore and Kristian Bezuidenhout: “Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart" 
spacer Songs. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907611
Recordings Raabe CD Cover 815Max Raabe: “Eine Nacht in Berlin”
Subscribers Only
spacer Palast Orchester. No texts or translations. Deutsche Grammophon 479 4147
Recordings Rameau MusicaAeterna Cover 815MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis: “RAMEAU: The Sound of Light”
spacer With Koutcher; Svetlov.Texts and translations. Sony 88875014502

Historical

Recordings Rosbaud MEistersinger lg 815WAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Online Exclusive
spacer Schwarzkopf, Malaniuk; Hopf, Unger, Edelmann, Kunz, Paul, L. Weber: Orchestra and Chorus of RAI Milan, Rosbaud. Walhall WLCD0202 (4)
Recordings Die Walkure Karajan Rysanek Cover 815WAGNER: Die Walküre
spacer Nilsson, Rysanek, Madeira; Suthaus, Hotter, Frick; Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Karajan. No text or translation. MYTO 3CD 00185

Video

Recordings Dinara Alieva DVD Cover 815Dinara Alieva in Moscow
spacer Arias and songs by Charpentier, Massenet, Torroba, Luna, Lehár, Kálmán, Arlen, Loewe, Gershwin, Salter, others. Russian National Orchestra and Grand Choir, Masters of Choral Singing, Orbelian. Delos DV7007, 90 mins., subtitled
Recordings Favorite DVD Cover 815DONIZETTI: La Favorite
spacer Aldrich, Souquet; Shi, Gabriel, Tézier, G. Furlanetto; Orchestra and Chorus of the Capitole de Toulouse, Allemandi. Production: Boussard. Opus Arte OA1166D (DVD), OABD7165D (Blu-ray); 164 mins., subtitled
Recordings Alceste DVD Cover 815GLUCK: Alceste
spacer Denoke; Groves, Staveland, Oliemans, White; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real, Bolton. Production: Warlikowski. EuroArts 3074974 (Blu-ray), 3075978 (DVD), 150 mins., subtitled
Recordings Ariodante DVD Cover 815HANDEL: Ariodante
spacer Murray, Garrett, Rodgers; Robson, Nilon, Howell; English National Opera, Bolton. Production: Alden. Arthaus Musik 100065, 178 mins., subtitled
Recordings Fledermaus DVD Cover 815J. STRAUSS: Die Fledermaus
spacer Reinprecht, Fally, Kushpler; Lippert, Serafin, Wood, Lohner; Seefestspiele 
Mörbisch orchestra and chorus, Mayrhofer. Production: Lohner. VideoLand VLMD 019, 180 mins., subtitled
Recordings Mahler Jarvi Cover 815MAHLER: Symphony No. 3, Symphony No. 4
Online Exclusive
spacer Meier, Kühmeier; Frankfurt Radio Symphony ORchestra, MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Järvi. Unitel Classica 719108, 165 mins., subtitled
Recordings Rigoletto DVD COver 815VERDI: Rigoletto
spacer Kurzak, Schmid; Petean, Pirgu, Mastroni; Chor der Opera Zürich, Philharmonia Zürich, Luisi. Production: Gürbaca. Philharmonia Records 0203, 125 mins. (opera), 15 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Brokeback Mountain DVD COver 815WUORINEN: Brokeback Mountain
spacer Buck, Minutillo; Randle, Okulitch; Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Real de Madrid, Engel. Production: Van Hove. BelAir Classiques BAC111, 130 mins., subtitled

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