Recordings

September 2015

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

Video William Tell Cover 915Editor's Choice

Rossini: Guillaume Tell
spacer Howarth, Stafford, Volpe; Foster-Williams, Spyres, Sayan, Di Pierro, Facciolà; Camerata Bach Chor, Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani. Production: Schönleber. Bongiovanni AB 20029 (2 discs), 235 mins., subtitled

Tell Tale’s Heart.

Everyone conspicuously does his or her best in this first complete video recording of Rossini’s masterpiece.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Alfred Cover 915Dvořák: Alfred
spacer Froese; Rumpf, von Bothmer, T. Unger, Sabrowski, Mikuláš; Czech Philharmonic Choir, Brno, and Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, H. M. Förster. Libretto and translations. ArcoDiva UP 0410 2 612 (2 discs; full libretto included as PDF, also available online)
Recordings Dream City Cover 915Herbert: Dream City The Magic Knight 
Online Exclusive
spacer Ballenger, Devlin, Nelson, Wright Costa; Faulk, Sturdevant, Brian, Christopher, Neer. Ohio Light Opera, Byess. Texts. Albany Records TROY 1541/42 (2)
Recordings Einstein's Inconsistency Cover 915Sleeper: Einstein’s Inconsistency
Online Exclusive
spacer Soby, McKechney; Boutté, Duykers, Williams; Bruno Philharmonia, Sleeper. English texts. Albany Records, Troy 1551

Choral and Song

Recordings Brooklyn Art Song Cover 915Brooklyn Art Song Society: “New Voices”
Online Exclusive
spacer Songs by Roven, Djupstrom, Kallembach, Garfein, Strickling, Marshall, River; Oliver. Brofman, piano. Texts included. Roven Records RR30015
Recordings Purcells Revenge Cover 915Concerto Caledonia: “Purcell’s Revenge”
Online Exclusive
spacer Chaney, Silvera; Bowman, Moray. McGuinness. Texts. Delphian DCD34161
Recordings Mompou Cover 2 915Mompou: "Becquerianas, Comptines: Complete Songs, Vol. 2"
Online Exclusive
spacer Mathéu, soprano; Masó, piano. Naxos 8.573099 and 8.573100
Recordings Mompou Cover 915Mompou: "Song of the Soul: Complete Songs, Vol. 1"
Online Exclusive
spacer Mathéu, soprano; Masó, piano. Naxos 8.573099 and 8.573100
Recordings Strauss Songs Cover 915R. Strauss: "The Complete Songs, Vol. 7"
Online Exclusive
spacer Hughes; Johnson, Haumer; Vignoles, piano. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA68074
Recordings Stile Antico Cover 915Stile Antico: “From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg”
spacer Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMU 807595
Recordings Wings of a Dove Cover 915The Choir of Queens’ College, Cambridge: “For the Wings of a Dove”
Online Exclusive
spacer Music of Supplication and Hope. Wollston. Texts and translations. Orchid Classics ORC 100046
Recordings Voces8 Cover 915Voces8: “Lux”
Online Exclusive
spacer Texts and translations. Decca B0022601-02

Recital

Recordings Fiamma Bel canto Damrau Cover 915Diana Damrau: "Fiamma del Belcanto"
spacer Arias by Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini and Leoncavallo. Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino, Noseda. Texts and translations. Erato 0825646166749
Recordings Antonenko Cover 915Dinara Alieva and Aleksandrs Antonenko: "Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky"
spacer Kaunas State Choir, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Orbelian. Texts and translations. Delos 3477
Recordings Nocturnes Cover 915Rupert Charlesworth and Edwige Herchenroder: “Nocturnes”
Online Exclusive
spacer Songs by Bax, Berkeley, L. Boulanger, Brahms, Britten, Debussy, Duparc, Fauré, Finzi, Franck, Gurney, Hahn, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Rousseau; Herchenroder, piano. Texts, no translations. Zig-Zag Territoires 355

Video

Recordings Grafin Mariza Cover 915Kálmán: Gräfin Mariza
spacer Schellenberger, Bauer, Irosch; Schukoff, Kathol, Serafin. Seefestspiele Mörbisch, Bibl. Production: Bauernfeind. ORF VLMD 011, 152 mins., subtitled
Recordings Reimann Lear DVD Cover 915Reimann: Lear
spacer Pieweck, Kwon, Stagg; Homrich, Watts, Leder, Skovhus; Philharmoniker Hamburg, Chor der Staatsoper Hamburg, Young. Production: Bruber. Arthaus Musik 109063, 156 mins., subtitled
Recordings William Tell lg 915Rossini: Guillaume Tell
spacer Rebeka, Forsythe, Simeoni; N. Alaimo, Flórez, Albelo, Tittoto, Alberghini, Orfila; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Mariotti. Production: Vick. Decca 0440 074 3870, 247 mins., subtitled
Recordings Sallinen Cover 915Sallinen: King Lear
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spacer Piira, Vihavainen, Paasikivi; Silvasti, Tiilikainen, Hynninen, Salminen; Finnish National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Kamu. Production: Heiskanen. Ondine ODV 4010, 164 mins., subtitled
Vide Macbeth Cover 915Verdi: Macbeth
spacer Theodossiou; Altomare,Giuseppini, Di Vietri, Petti; Schola Cantorum San Gregorio Magno, Piemonte Philharmonic Orchestra, Sabbatini. Production: Argento. Dynamic 37689 (DVD) or 57689 (Blu-ray), 159 mins. (opera), 5 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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