Recordings

April 2015

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

YonchevaParisCDEditor's Choice

Sonya Yoncheva: "Paris, Mon Amour"
spacer Arias by Massenet, Puccini, Gounod, Offenbach, Verdi, Messager, Lecocq. With Albelo, Dupuis. Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Chaslin. Texts and translations. 
SONY Classical 88875017202

Ah, Paris!

Rising star Sonya Yoncheva offers a captivating recital of arias from operas with a connection to the City of Light.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings AAM Passion Cover 415BACH: St. John Passion
Online Exclusive
spacer Watts, Connolly; Gilchrist, Kennedy, Riches, Rose, Purves; Academy of Ancient Music, Egarr. Texts and translations. AAM Records AAM 150020 (2)
EarnestCDBARRY: The Importance of Being Earnest
spacer Hannigan, Károlyi, Summers; Tantsits, Bloom, Bevan, Ewing; Birmingham 
Contemporary Ensemble, Adès. Texts. NMC D197
Recordings Artistea Cover 415DONIZETTI: Aristea
Online Exclusive
spacer Brown, Hershkowitz; Frey, Burkhart; Members of Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble, Hauk. No text or translation. Naxos 8.573360
Recordings Gerontius Cover 415ELGAR: The Dream of Gerontius; Sea Pictures 
Online Exclusive
spacer Connolly; Skelton, Soar; Chorus and Orchestra of the BBC; A. Davis. Libretto. Chandos Super Audio 5140 (2)
Recordings Messiah Haïm Cover 415HANDEL: Messiah
Online Exclusive
spacer Crowe; Mead, Staples, Purves; Chorus and Orchestra of Le Concert D’Astrée, Haïm. English texts with translations. Erato 0825646240555
OrBlossomsCDHERBERT: Orange Blossoms
spacer Ballenger, Callinan, Flanagan, Best, Lally; Allen, Liebert, Kelleher-Flight; 
Light Opera of New York, Haile. 
Albany Records TROY 1535
AmadisCDLULLY: Amadis
spacer Van Wanroij, Tauran, Perruche, 
Bennani; Auvity, Arnould, Crossley-Mercer; Chamber Chorus of Namur, Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Texts and translations. Aparte AP094 (3)

Choral and Song

Recordings Kapilow Cover 415KAPILOW: The Polar Express; Gertrude McFuzz 
Online Exclusive
spacer With Lombardi, Leonard (Gertrude McFuzz), Gunn (Polar Express); Polar Express Children’s Choir, Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra, Kapilow. GPR 11014
Recordings Mozart Requiem Cover 415MOZART: Requiem, Vespers
Online Exclusive
spacer Sampson, Kielland; Sakurada, Immler; Bach Collegium Japan, Suzuki. Texts and translations. BIS-2091
Recordings Sing for Hope Cover 415"An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope"
Online Exclusive
spacer Songs by twenty composers. Barton, Cabell, Cooke, Danrich, DiDonato, Leonard, Moore, Phillips, Yunus, Zamora; Griffey, Lynch, Okulitch, Panikkar, Phares, Polenzani, Scarlata, Slattery, Stewart. With Ma, cello, McGill, clarinet, and various pianists. GPR Records GPR12014

Recital

FagioliCDFranco Fagioli: "Il Maestro"
spacer Porpora Arias. 
Academia Montis Regalis, De Marchi. Texts and translations. Naïve V 5369
MungerCDMarie-Eve Munger and Louise-Andrée Baril: "Colorature"
spacer Songs and arias. ATMA Classique ACD 22692
Recordings Gondola lg 415Vincenzo Capezzuto: “Gondola”
Online Exclusive
spacer Venetian barcaroles to accompany Donna Leon’s book of the same name [CD is not sold separately]. With Bartoli; Il Pomo d’Oro, Minasi. Atlantic Monthly Press
SabataCDXavier Sabata: "I Dilettanti"
spacer Cantata and opera arias by Benedetti, Bigaglia, d’Astorga, Maccari, Marcello and Ruggieri; Latinitas Nostra, Chryssicos. Texts and translations. Aparte 093

Historical

ValdengoCDGiuseppe Valdengo: "Italian Songs"
spacer By Tosti, Denza, Leoncavallo, others. New Promenade Orchestra, New Symphony Orchestra, Erede. No texts or translations. Decca 4808184
BorkhCDInge Borkh: "Operatic Recital"
spacer Arias by Verdi, Mascagni, Giordano, Debussy, Weber, 
others. London Symphony, Fistoulari; 
Vienna Philharmonic, Moralt and Krips. No texts or translations. Decca 480 8139
Recordings Zaubertrank cover 415MARTIN: Le Vin Herbé (in German)
Online Exclusive
spacer Cebotari, Zadek, Ilosvay, Hermann; Patzak, Koréh, Poell, Friedrich, Dönch; Chor der Wiener Staatsoper, Mitglieder der Budapester Philharmoniker, Fricsay. No texts or translations. Orfeo C 890 142 A (2)
Recordings Elektra Immortal Cover 415R. STRAUSS: Elektra (abridged) 
Online Exclusive
spacer Pauly, Boerner, Szanthó; Jagel, Huehn; Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York, Rodzinski. 1937. With Elektra (excerpt): Kappel, Ljungberg; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bodanzky; Songs and arias by R. Strauss and Beethoven. Various conductors and orchestras. Immortal Performances HPCD 1045-2 (2)

Video

NetrebSalzDVDAnna Netrebko: "Live from the Salzburg Festival"
spacer Deutsche Grammophon 0440 073 5162 (3 Blu-rays) or 0440 073 5157 
(4 DVDs), subtitled
VERDI: La Traviata
spacer Netrebko; Villazón, Hampson; 
Konzertvereinigung Wiener 
Staatsopernchor, Vienna Philharmonic, Rizzi. Production: Decker. 133 mins. (opera), 47 mins. (bonus)
MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro
spacer Netrebko, Röschmann, Schäfer, McLaughlin; D’Arcangelo, Skovhus, Selig; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Vienna Philharmonic, Harnoncourt. 
Production: Guth. 202 mins. (opera), 
26 mins. (bonus)
PUCCINI: La Bohème
spacer Netrebko, Machaidze; Beczala, 
Cavalletti, Arduini, Colombara; 
Konzertvereinigung Wiener 
Staatsopernchor, Vienna Philharmonic, Gatti. Production: Michieletto. 124 mins.
CapuletiBlRyBELLINI: I Capuleti e i Montecchi
spacer Cabell, DiDonato; Pirgu, Li, Owens; San Francisco Opera Orchestra and 
Chorus, Frizza. Production: Boussard. 
San Francisco Opera/EuroArts 2059664 (Blu-ray), 2059668 (2 DVDs); 135 mins. (opera), 16 mins. (bonus), subtitled
VoicesBluRayCollector's Edition: Voices
spacer Berganza, Crespin, de los Angeles, Janowitz, Schwarzkopf, Seefried, Streich, Varady; Christoff, Fischer-Dieskau, Gobbi, Windgassen and others; Various choruses and orchestras, Engel, Giulini, Schmidt-Isserstedt, Sébastian; Moore, Reiss, others. Classic Archive 3075084 (Blu-ray), 848 mins., subtitled
NachtVenedigDVDJ. STRAUSS: Eine Nacht in Venedig
spacer Bath, Habermann, Irosch; 
Baumgärtel, Clear, Heinrich, Singer; Seefestspiele Mörbisch, Bibl. 
Production: Lohner. ORF VLMD005, 126 mins., subtitled
CarmelitesDVDPOULENC: Dialogues des Carmélites
spacer Petibon, Gens, Piau, Plowright, Koch; Lehtipuu; Chorus of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rhorer. Production: Py. Erato 
08256-462202 (2 DVDs), 166 mins., subtitled
WagnerVerdiDVDWagner vs. Verdi
spacer Directed by Pepe Pippig, Anna Schmidt, Daniel Gerlach, Martin Betz, Tomas Macho and Christian Kugler. Arthaus Musik 102 192, 156 mins.

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