September 2014

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

GrigoloRomanticCDEditor's Choice

Vittorio Grigòlo: "The Romantic Hero"
spacer Arias by Bizet, Gounod, Halévy, Massenet, Meyerbeer, Offenbach. With Yoncheva, Martines (speaker); Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Pidò. Texts and translations. SONY 8883 75658 2

Vive la Romance!

Tenor Vittorio Grigòlo uses the French language with confidence and style in his new aria program.

Opera and Oratorio

GezeichnetenCDSCHREKER: Die Gezeichneten
spacer Kampe; Brubaker, Gantner, Johnson, Schöne; Chorus and Orchestra of Los Angeles Opera, Conlon. Libretto and translation. Bridge 94000A/C (3)
Recordings Lazarus Cover 914SCHUBERT: Lazarus
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spacer Wegener, Winkel, Harmsen; A. Weller, Lichdi, Berdt; Hofkapelle Stuttgart and Kammerchor Stuttgart, Bernius. Text and translation. Carus 83.293
Recordings Miriways Cover 914TELEMANN: Miriways
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spacer Hofbauer, Martin du Theil, Hierdeis, Aldrian, Drexl; Werger, Volpert, Zenkl; L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Gaigg. Theater Magdeburg. Text and translation. Deutschlandradio Kultur (Classic Produktion Osnabrück) CPO 777 752-2 (2)
IncorDarioCDVIVALDI: L'Incoronazione di Dario
spacer Mingardo, Galou, Mameli, Cirillo, Soloviy, Bridelli; Dahlin, Novaro; Accademia Bizantina, Dantone. Text and translation. Naïve OP 30553 (3)
GlyndeTristanCDWAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
spacer Kampe, Connolly; Kerl, Dobber, Zeppenfeld, Gijsbertsen, Scheunemann, Kennedy, Mosley-Evans; Glyndebourne Chorus and London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jurowski. Text and translation. Glyndebourne GFOCD 019-09 (3)

Choral and Song

Recordings Primosch Cover 914PRIMOSCH: Sacred Songs
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spacer Narucki; Sharp; 21st Century Consort, Kendall. Texts and translations. Bridge 9422


FinkMahlerCDBernarda Fink and Anthony Spiri: "Gustav Mahler: A Life in Songs"
spacer With Gustav Mahler-Ensemble, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Orozco-Estrada. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi 902173
Recordings Gerzmava Cover 914Hibla Gerzmava: "Soprano"
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spacer Arias, duets and songs by Bellini, Donizetti, Mozart, Rossini and R. Strauss and Verdi With Sogomonian. National Philharmonic Orcehstra of Russia, Spivakov. No texts or translations. Melodiya 10 02212.
Recordings Arise my Muse Cover 914Iestyn Davies: "Arise My Muse"
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spacer Songs and instrumental pieces by Blow, Clarke, Croft, Gabrieli and Purcell. I. Davies. With R. Egarr & Friends. Texts. Wigmore Hall Live 0065
Recordings Tuneful Voice cover 914Iestyn Davies: "Your Tuneful Voice"
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spacer Music by Handel. With Sampson; King's Consort, Robert King. English texts. Vivat 105
KozenaPrayerCDMagdalena Kožená and Christian Schmitt: "Prayer: Voice and Organ"
spacer Songs by J. S. Bach, Schubert, Wolf, Bizet, Duruflé, Dvořák, Ravel and Verdi. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon DG 00289 479 2067


Recordings Demon Cover 814RUBINSTEIN: The Demon
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spacer Lebedeva, Derbina, Grigorieva; Usmanov, Polyakov, Vladimirov; Chorus and Orchestra of the All-Union Radio; Khaikin. Synopsis, no libretto. Melodiya 10 02102 (2)


BachPassionDVDBACH: Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
spacer Gauvin, Romberger; J. Prégardien, Fredriksson, Schmitt, Nagy; Chor des 
Bayerischen Rundfunks, Regensburger Domspatzen, Concerto Köln, Peter Dijkstra. BRKlassik 900508 (3) CD or BRKlassik 900509 DVD (2 discs)
Video Matthew Passion 2 Cover 914BACH: Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
spacer Crowe, Rice; Güra, Morscheck, Phan, Brook, Grunenwald: Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Maîtrise de Paris, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Nelson. EuroArts 3079654
StuardaDVDDONIZETTI: Maria Stuarda
spacer DiDonato, van den Heever, Zifchak; Polenzani, Hopkins, Rose; Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Benini. 
Production: McVicar. Erato 2564632035, 142 mins., subtitled
spacer Bradić; Pauly; Nico and the Navigators; Members of the Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gnann. Production: Nicola Hümpel. EuroArts 2059558, 100 mins., subtitled
GotterdDVDWAGNER: Götterdämmerung
spacer Theorin, Samuil, Meier; Ryan, Grochowski, Kränzle, Petrenko; Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala Milan, Barenboim. Production: Cassiers. Arthaus Musik 101 696 (2 DVDs), 292 mins., subtitled
SiegfriedBluRayWAGNER: Siegfried
spacer Stemme, Moriah, Larsson; Ryan, Bronder, Stensvold, Kränzle, Tsymbalyuk; Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala Milan, Barenboim. Production: Cassiers. Arthaus Musik 108 092 (2 Blu-ray discs), 253 mins., subtitled
VenusDVDWEILL: One Touch of Venus
spacer Blair, Shelby, Trares, Rice; Nype, Gaynes, Nye; studio orchestra, Smart. VAI 4568, 79 mins., 

Musical Theater

VenusCDWEILL: One Touch of Venus
spacer Errico, Clark, Kaye, Wortham; Barrett, Raines; National Symphony Orchestra, Edwards and Holmes. Texts. CDJAY2 (2)

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