October 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 Claude DVD Cover 1015Editor's Choice

Escaich: Claude
DVD Button  Pottier, Chevallier; Bou, Ferreira, Lafont, Alvaro, Mathieu, Sheffield, Serra, Roussel, Bruce; Orchestre, Choeurs et Maitrise de l’Opéra de Lyon, Rhorer. Production: Py. BelAir Classiques BAC 118, 97mins., subtitled

Très Misérables.

Thierry Escaich’s momentous new opera, about jailed lovers in the custody of a sadistic warden, is based on a Victor Hugo short story.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings John Passion Cover 1015Chilcott: St. John Passion
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CD Button Ashworth; Lyon, Jeffery, Davies; Wells Cathedral Choir, Oratorio Society, and Cathedral Voluntary Choir; Chaconne Brass, Souter (viola), May (cello), Baron (timpani), Vaughn (organ), Owens. Signum Classics SIGCD412
Recordngs Dvorak Requiem Cover 1015Dvořák: Requiem
CD Button Eerens, Fink; Schmitt, Berg; Collegium Vocale Gent, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Herreweghe. Texts and translations. Outhere Music LPH 016 (2)
Recordings Coffin in Egypt Cover 1015Gordon: A Coffin in Egypt
CD Button Von Stade, Johnson; Matranga; gospel chorus and Houston Grand Opera chamber ensemble, Myers. Albany TROY 1500, texts
Recordings Zarewitsch Cover 1015Lehár: Der Zarewitsch
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DVD Button Feldhofer, Reinprecht; Simu, Kathol, de Luca, Serafin; Maurer. Seefestspiele Mörbisch, Serafin. Production: Lund. ORF VLMD 017, 150 mins., subtitled
Recordings Shardana Cover 1015Porrino: I Shardana
DVD Button Marrocu, Palomba, Ledda; Signorini, Villari, Ruggeri, Balzani, Mangione; Orchestra and Chorus of Fondazione Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Bramall. Production: Livermore. Dynamic 37683, 114 mins., subtitled
Recordings Dido DVD Cover 1015Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
DVD Button Genaux, Quintans, Meng, Richardot, Daviet; Neven, Mauillon, Tamagna; Le Poème Harmonique, Dumestre. Production: Roussat and Lubek. Alpha ALPHA706, 80 mins., subtitled
Recordings Feuersnot Cover 1015R. Strauss: Feuersnot
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DVD Button Carbone, Sarra, Knorren, Fracasso; Henschel, Amoretti, Wawiloff; Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Chorus of the Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Ferro. Production: Dante. Arthaus Musik 109065 (DVD), 109066 (Blu-Ray), 113 mins. (opera), 13 mins. (bonus), subtitled


Recordings Von Otter CD Cover 1015Anne Sofie von Otter: Douce France 
CD Button Mélodies and chansons by Debussy, Fauré, Hahn, Loeffler, Ravel, Saint-Saëns and others. Forsberg, piano; Tamestit, viola; others. Naïve V 5343 (2), texts, no translations
Recordings Joyce Tony Cover 1015Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano: Joyce and Tony, Live at Wigmore Hall 
CD Button Songs and arias by Haydn, Rossini, Santoliquido, de Curtis, Foster, Kern, Nelson, Dougherty, Moross, Bolcom, Villa-Lobos, Rodgers, Berlin and Arlen. Erato 0825646107896
Recordings Path of Miracles cover 1015Talbot: Path of Miracles
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CD Button Conspirare, Hella Johnson. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMU 807603
Recordings Trionfo di Dori Cover 1015The King’s Singers: Il Trionfo di Dori
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CD Button Texts and translations. Signum Classics SIGCD414


Recordings Fierrabras Cover 1015Schubert: Fierrabras
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CD Button Plümacher, Kahmann; Timper, Wunderlich, Wolansky, von Rohr. Chamber Choir and State Orchestra of Bern, Müller-Kray. No libretto. Myto 00192
Recordings Tristan Cover 1015Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
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CD Button Mödl, Malaniuk, Vinay, Hotter, Weber. Orchestra and Chorus of the Bayreuth Festival, Karajan. Walhall WLCD 0001 (3). No text or translation


Recordings At the End of the Rainbow Cover 1015At the End of the Rainbow
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DVD Button Moore, Fassbaender, Konig. Schulz, director. C Major 730004, 97 mins., subtitled
Recordings Solti Cover 1015Georg Solti in Rehearsal and Performance
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DVD Button Südfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Solti. EuroArts 2053038 (DVD), 59 mins., subtitled

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