December 2014

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

ProhaskaCDEditor's Choice

Anna Prohaska and Eric Schneider: “Behind the Lines”
spacer Songs by Schubert, Schumann, Ives, Eisler, Weill and others. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 00289 479 2472

Death and the Maiden

Anna Prohaska offers an imaginatively programmed recital that commemorates the centennial of World War I.

Opera and Oratorio

GiovannaCDVERDI: Giovanna d’Arco
spacer Netrebko; Meli, Domingo, Dunz, Tagliavini; Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Carignani. Libretto and translation. Deutsche Grammophon DG 00289 479 2712 (2)


CooteHandelCDAlice Coote: “Handel Arias”
spacer From Radamisto, Alcina, Hercules, Giulio Cesare and Ariodante. English Concert, Bicket. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA 67979 
HvorostovskyDawnCDDmitri Hvorostovsky: “The Bells of Dawn”
spacer Russian Sacred and Folk Songs. Masters of Choral Singing, Kontorovich. Transliterated texts and translations. Ondine ODE 1238-2
GarancaMeditationCDElina Garanča: “Meditation”
spacer Arias and songs by Gounod, Bizet, Mascagni, Mozart, Praulins, Vasks and others. Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Chichon. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 2894792071
KaufmannWorldCDJonas Kaufmann: “You Mean the World to Me”
spacer Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Rieder. Texts in German, English and French. Sony Classical 88843087712
CabellCDNicole Cabell and Craig Terry: “Chanson D’Avril”
spacer Texts and translations. Delos DE 3450


WalkureSoltiCDWAGNER: Die Walküre
spacer Välkki, Watson, Gorr; Vickers, Hotter, Langdon; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Solti. Testament SBT4 1495 (4)


MerchantDVDANDRÉ TCHAIKOWSKY: The Merchant of Venice
spacer Lewek, M. A. Hofmann; Ainslie, Workman, Eröd; Prague Philharmonic Choir, Vienna Symphony, Nielsen. EuroArts 2072708 (2 discs), 160 mins. (opera), 50 mins. (bonus), subtitled
GlassLostDVDGLASS: Spuren der Verirrten
spacer Ribrault, Griesmeier, Ratzenböck; Schmidlechner, Achrainer; Orchestra and Chorus of the Landestheater Linz, Davies. Production: Pountney. Orange Mountain 5008 (DVD) or 0097 (CD), 165 mins.
ElektraDVDR. STRAUSS: Elektra
spacer Herlitzius, Pieczonka, Meier; Petrenko, Randle; Coro Gulbenkian, Orchestre de Paris, Salonen. Production: Chéreau. Bel Air Classiques 410 (Blu-ray)/110 (DVD), 110 mins. (opera), 23 mins. (bonus), subtitled
HippolyteDVDRAMEAU: Hippolyte et Aricie
spacer Karg, de Negri, Watson, Quintans, Connolly; Lyon, Boden, Degout, Lis; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Glyndebourne Chorus, Christie. Production: Kent. Opus Arte BD7150D (Blu-ray) or 1143D (DVD), 186 mins. (opera), 15 mins. (bonus), subtitled
ItalianaDVDROSSINI: L’Italiana in Algeri
spacer Goryachova, Sicilia, Lupinacci; Esposito, Shi, Cassi, Luciano; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Communale di Bologna, Encinar. Production: Livermore. Opus Arte OA1141D, 153 mins., subtitled.

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Current Issue: December 2014 — VOL. 79, NO. 6