Recordings

May 2015

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

HymelCDEditor's Choice

Bryan Hymel: "Héroïque"

spacer Prague Philharmonia and Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno, Villaume. Texts and translations. Warner Classics 0825646-179503 

Lyric Hero

Bryan Hymel offers imaginative, refined performances — and an essentially lyric approach — in his new recording of French grand opera arias.



Opera and Oratorio

LuciaCDDONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor
spacer Damrau, McLaughlin; Calleja, Tézier, Testé, Lee, Meyer; Münchner Opernchor & Orchester, López-Cobos. No text or translation. Erato 0825646 19018 (2)
Recordings Maxwell Davies Resurrection lg 515MAXWELL DAVIES: Resurrection
Online Exclusive
spacer Jones, Carewe; Robson, Hill, Jenkins, Herford, Finley Best; BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies.  English text. Naxos 8.660359-60 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Dvorak Requiem Warsaw Phil cover 515DVOŘÁK: Requiem
Online Exclusive
spacer Libor, Wolak; Kirch, Monarcha; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Wit.  Texts and translations. Naxos 8.572874-75 (2)
FollowCDFAIROUZ: Follow, Poet
spacer Lindsey; Muldoon (speaker); Ensemble LPR, Rogister. No texts. Deutsche 
Grammophon B0022417-02
Recordings Pergament Cover 515PERGAMENT: The Jewish Song
Online Exclusive
spacer Nordin; Eliasson; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, DePriest.  Texts and translations.  Caprice CAP 21834
Recordings Reincarnations Cover 515Seraphic Fire: “Reincarnations: A Century of American Choral Music”
Online Exclusive
spacer Quigley. Fateeva, piano. Texts. SFM
Recordings Dona Nobis Pacem Vaughan Williams Cover 515VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending
Online Exclusive
spacer Rivera; Polegato; Coucheron (violin); Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Spano.  Texts and translations.  ASO Media CD 1005 (2)

Recital

Recordings Pregardien Cover 515Julian Prégardien and Christoph Schnackertz: “An Die Geliebte” 
Online Exclusive
spacer Songs by Beethoven, Weber, Strauss, Wolf.  No translations.  Myrios classics MYR012
StutzmannCDNathalie Stutzmann: "Heroes From the Shadows"
spacer Arias by Handel. With Jaroussky. Orfeo 55, Stutzmann. Texts and translations. Erato 08256 46231775
AlagnaLifeCDRoberto Alagna: "My Life is an Opera"
spacer Arias 
and songs by Puccini, Leoncavallo, Massenet, Donizetti, Reyer, Goldmark, 
D. Alagna, et alia. With Kurzak. 
London Orchestra, Cassar. No texts or translations. Deutsche Gramophon 
DG 11524
PiauCDSandrine Piau: "Desperate Heroines"
spacer Mozart Arias. With Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Bolton. Texts and translations. Naïve V 5366

Historical

FurlanettoCDFerruccio Furlanetto: "Wiener Staatsoper Live"
spacer Scenes from operas by Mussorgsky and Verdi. 
Various assisting artists; Chor und 
Orchester des Wiener Staatsoper, various conductors. No texts. Orfeo C 887 141 B
Recordings Operatic Recital Janine Micheau Cover 515Janine Micheau: “Operatic Recital”
Online Exclusive
spacer Orchestre National de l’Opéra, Erede; Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, Desormière; London Symphony Orchestra, Mathieson.  No texts or translation. Decca 480 8166
Recordings Strauss Lieder Cover 515STRAUSS: "Selected Lieder Recordings, 1901-1946"
Online Exclusive
spacer Alda, Arkandy, Austral, Berger, Bettendorf, Dux, Easton, Flagstad, Giannini, Hempel, H. Konetzni, Kurz, Lo. Lehmann, Pauly, Piltti, Rethberg, Roeseler, Schloss, Schöne, Schumann, Seinemeyer, Stückgold, Ursuleac, Anday, Elmo, Färber-Strasser, E. Feinshals, Gerhardt, Kalter, Klose, Leisner, Ober, Olszewska, Schumann-Heink; Anders, Anselmi, Björling, Dermota, Hensel, Hutt, Jadlowker, McCormack, Nash, Patzak, Roswaenge, Slezak, Tauber, Wittrisch, Hammes, Hüsch, Janssen, Poell, Schlusnus, Schorr, J. Schwarz, Bispham, Kipnis; various pianists and conductors. No texts. Marston 5-3017(3)

Video

CarmenKaufDVDBIZET: Carmen
spacer Kasarova, Rey, Guo, Schmid; 
Kaufmann, Pertusi, Camarena, Bermudez, Stražanac, Moody; Chorus
and Orchestra of Opernhaus Zürich, 
Welser-Möst. Production: Hartmann. 
Decca DVD 074 3881, 166 mins., subtitled
RodelindaDVDHANDEL: Rodelinda
spacer De Niese, Ernman; Mehta, Rexroth, Streit, Wolff; Concentus Musicus Wien, 
N. Harnoncourt. Production: 
P. Harnoncourt. Belvedere 10144 
(2 discs), subtitled, 189 mins.
SimpliciusDVDJ. STRAUSS: Simplicius
spacer Magnuson, Janková; Beczala, Zysset, Widmer, Volle, Haunstein; Chorus and Orchestra of Zurich Opera House, 
Welser-Möst. Production: Pountney. Arthaus Musik 100 365, 132 mins., 
subtitled
CsardasfurstDVDKÁLMÁN: Die Csárdásfürstin
spacer Schoenenberg, Grotrian, Irosch; 
Bothmer, Harsányi, Serafin, Werba; 
Seefestspiele Mörbisch, Bibl. 
Production: Lohner. ORF VLMD 009, 132 mins., subtitled
VerdiReqDVDVERDI: Messa da Requiem
spacer Stoyanova, Prudenskaya; Pirgu, 
Anastassov; Bavarian Radio Orchestra and Chorus, Jansons. Arthaus Musik 102 205, 91 minutes, subtitled
VogelhandlerDVDZELLER: Der Vogelhändler
spacer Serafin, Gfrerer, Lichter; Reinthaller, Clear, Gartner, Berger-Tuna, 
Muckenstruntz & Bamschabl; 
Seefestspiele Mörbisch, Bibl. Production: Bauernfeind. ORF VLMD 004, 
132 mins., subtitled

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