October 2014

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

MeistersingerCDEditor's Choice

WAGNER: Die Meistersinger
spacer Gabler, Selinger; Jentzsch, Finley, Kränzle, Lehtipuu, Miles; Glyndebourne Chorus and London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jurowski. Text and translation. Glyndebourne GEOCD 021-11 (4)

Unexpected Reverberations

Glyndebourne’s live recording of Die Meistersinger is unusually satisfying, thanks to conductor Vladimir Jurowski and the Hans Sachs of Gerald Finley.

Opera and Oratorio

LIghthouseCDDAVIES: The Lighthouse
spacer Mackie, Keyte, Comboy; Members of the BBC Philharmonic, Davies. English text. Naxos 8.660354
UsherCDGETTY: Usher House
spacer Delan; Elsner, Dupuis, Ens; Cumberbatch, speaker; Orquestra Gulbenkian, Foster. Text, in English. PentaTone Classics PTC 5186 451 (1)
VascoCDMEYERBEER: Vasco de Gama
spacer Sorokina, Yang; Berchtold, Pruvot, Rasanen, Braman; Robert Schumann Philharmonie, Chor der Opera Chemnitz, Beerman. Texts in French, German, and English. CPO 777 828-2 (4)


BehleCDDaniel Behle: "Gluck Opera Arias"
spacer Armona Atenea, Petrou. Texts and translations. Decca 478 6758
JohannsenCDRobin Johannsen: "In Dolce Amore"
spacer Arias and cantatas by Caldara. Academia Montis Regalis, De Marchi. Texts and translations. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (Sony Music) 88843011692


CorenaCDFernando Corena: "Sings Il Maestro di Cappella and Mozart Concert Arias"
spacer Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma, Erede; L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Maag; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Quadri; Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Amaducci. No texts or translations. Decca 480 8146
LaboCDFlaviano Labò: "An Operatic Recital"
spacer Arias by Verdi, Ponchielli, Puccini, Giordano. Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma, Previtali. Bonus tracks: “Bruno Prevedi Sings Great Italian Arias” Arias by Giordano, Verdi, Mascagni, Puccini. Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Downes, and excerpts from “Le Grandi Voci Dell'Arena di Verona: Gianni Raimondi” Arias by Puccini. Orchestra del Teatro Arena di Verona, Martinotti. No texts or translations. Decca 480 8162


CommediaDVDANDRIESSEN: La Commedia (CD and DVD)
spacer McFadden, Zavalloni; Willems, Beckman, Asko Ensemble, Schönberg Ensemble, de Leeuw. Film: Hal Hartley, director. No libretto or subtitles. Nonesuch 534877-2
Fiery Angel DVD Cover 1014PROKOFIEV: The Fiery Angel
spacer Gorchakova, Diadkova; Pluzhnikov, Galouzine, Leiferkus, Aleksashkin, Ognovenko; Chorus and 
Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Gergiev. Production: Freeman. 124 mins. Subtitles. Arthaus Musik 100 391
MadameCurieDVDSIKORA: Madame Curie
spacer Mikołajczyk; Skałuba, Rak, Skrla; The Choir and Orchestra of the Baltic Opera, Michniewski. Production: M. Weiss. DUX 9884, 95 minutes, subtitled.
LuisaMillerDVDVERDI: Luisa Miller
spacer Golovneva, Fuchs; Robert, Sulimsky, Shtonda, Arvidson; Malmö Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Güttler. Production: Vizioli. Arthaus Musik 101 688. 152 mins., subtitled
ArtaserseDVDVINCI: Artaserse
spacer Jaroussky, Fagioli, Cencic, Barna-Sabadus, Mynenko, Sancho; Concerto Köln, Fasolis. Production: Purcarete. Erato 46323234 (2 discs), 201 mins, subtitled

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Current Issue: October 2014 — VOL. 79, NO. 4