Recordings

April 2016

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

Recordings Passenger DVD Cover 416Editor's Choice

WEINBERG: The Passenger

DVD Button Kelessidi, Breedt, Voje, Doneva, Sokolova; Saccà, Rucinski; Prague Philharmonic Choir, Wiener Symphoniker, Currentzis. Production: Pountney. Arthaus Musik 109079 (2 DVDs)/109080 (Blu-ray), 182 mins., subtitled

Holocaust Revisited.

Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s powerful postpogrom drama finally comes to video.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Capuleti Cover 416BELLINI: I Capuleti e I Montecchi
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CD Button Farcas, Genaux; Giusti, Beggi, Guagliardo; Europe Galante and Belcanto Chorus, Biondi. Text and translation. Glossa GCD 923404
Recordings Cavalli Cover 416CAVALLI: L’Amore Innamorato
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CD Button Blažíková, Rial; L’Arpeggiata, Pluhar. Italian texts and English translations. Erato 0825646166428
Recordings Hearne Source Cover 416HEARNE: The Source
CD Button Hughes, Mounts; Hearne, Robinson, Woody. Texts. New Amsterdam Records NWAM071
Recordings Radio Hour Cover 416HEGGIE: The Radio Hour
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CD Button Graham; Clemensen, piano; John Alexander Singers, Members of the Pacific Symphony, Alexander. Delos DE 3484
Recordings Serraglio Cover 416MOZART/LICHTENTHAL: Il Ratto dal Serraglio
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CD Button Pastrana, Aguiar; Marsiglia, Natale, Morace, Sagona; I Polifonici Vicentini, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico, Rigon. Text and translation. Bongiovanni GB 2476/77 (2)
Recordings Don Giovanni DVD Cover 416MOZART: Don Giovanni
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DVD Button Netrebko, Frittoli, Prohaska; Filianoti, Mattei, Terfel, Kocán, Youn; Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Barenboim. Production: Carsen. Deutsche Grammophon DG 00440 073 4218 (2 DVDs), 191 mins., subtitled
Recordings Pastore Cover 416MOZART: Il Re Pastore
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CD Button Fox, Tynan, Devin; Ainsley, Hulett. The Orchestra of Classical Opera, Page. Italian text and translation. Signum Classics SIGCD433 (2)
Recordings Turandot Cover 416PUCCINI: Turandot
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DVD Button Khudoley, Yu; Massi, Ryssov, Schuen, Reinhard, Ifrim, von Senden; Prague Philharmonic Choir, Bregenz Festival Choir, Wiener Symphoniker, Carignini. Production: Marelli. C Major 731504 (Blu-ray), 731408 (DVD), 125 mins., subtitles
Recordings Turandot Dessi Cover 416PUCCINI: Turandot
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DVD Button Dessì, Canzian; Malagnini, La Guardia, Pierattelli, Salsi, Verna, Beggi, Chikviladze; Orchestra, Chorus, and Children’s Choir of Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, Renzetti. Production: Montaldo. Dynamic 33764 (DVD), 120 mins., subtitles
Recordings Cover Frau lg 416R. STRAUSS: Die Frau ohne Schatten
CD Button Wilson, Baumgartner, Hogrefe, Rae; Fritz, Stensvold, D. Volle; Frankfurt Opern- und Museumorchester, Chor der Opera Frankfurt, Weigle. German text only. Oehms OC 964 (3)
Recordings Ravel Naxos Cover 416RAVEL: L’Enfant et les Sortilèges; Ma Mère l’Oye 
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CD Button Massis, Hebrard, Galou, Pasturaud, Perruche; Fouchecourt, Barrard, Courjal; Choeur Britten, Maîtrise de l’Opéra National de Lyon, Orchestre Symphonique National de Lyon, Slatkin. Naxos 8660336
Recordings Iolanthe Cover 416TCHAIKOVSKY: Iolanta
CD Button Golovneva; D. Popov, Bondarenko, Sulimsky, A. Vinogradov: Cologne Opera Chorus; Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Kitayenko. No libretto. Oehms OC 963 (2)
Recordings Pique Dame cover 416TCHAIKOVSKY: Pique Dame
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CD Button Serjan, Diadkova, O. Volkova; Didyk, Markov, Shishlyaev: Bavarian Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Janssons. Transliterated libretto and translation. BR Klassik 900129 (3)
Recordings Aida Cover 416VERDI: Aida
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DVD Button Lewis, Rachvelishvili, Isotton; Sartori, Rza-Zada, Gagnidze, Salminen, Colombara; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Mehta. Production: Stein. C Major/Unitel 732208 (DVD), 732304 (Blu-ray), 151 mins., subtitled
Recordings Idiot Cover 416WEINBERG: The Idiot
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CD Button Slepneva, Ardam, A.-T. Møller, Banjesevic, Eikötter; Tralla, Scheschareg, L. Møller, Urbanowicz; Orchester des Nationaltheaters Mannheim, Sanderling. PanClassics CD10328 (3)

Choral and Song

Recordings Deutsches Cover 416BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem
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CD Button Kühmeier; Finley; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, Jansons. Text and translation. RCO 15003
Recordings Mattei Mahlr COver 416Peter Mattei: "Mahler Songs"
CD Button Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Rieder. Ladybird 79556834
Recordings Schumann Cover 416SCHUMANN: "Song Cycles"
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CD Button Liederkreis, Op. 24; Liederkreis, Op. 39; Dichterliebe, Op. 48. Gilchrist. Tilbrook, piano. Texts and translations. Linn CKD 474

Recital

Recordings Claycomb Cover 416Laura Claycomb: “Open Your Heart”
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CD Button Teicholz, guitar. Texts and translations. Delos DE3483
Recordings Kasarova Cover 416Vesselina Kasarova: "Russian Arias"
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CD Button Arias by Mussorgsky, Dargomyzhsky, Tchaikovsky, Rimski-Korsakov, Glinka, Borodin. Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Beloff. Texts and translations. Genuin Select 15378.

Historical

Recordings Simandy Cover 416Józef Simándy: “Arias and Duets”
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CD Button Arias and duets by Donizetti, Wagner, Erkel, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Puccini. Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, various conductors. Texts and Hungarian translations. Hungaroton HCD 32463.
Recordings Meistersinger Bayreuth Cover 416WAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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CD Button Grümmer, Schärtel, Windgassen, Stolze, Greindl, Schmitt-Walter, Adam. Orchestra and Chorus of the Bayreuth Festival, Knappertsbusch. No text or translation. Orfeo C917154L (4)
Recordings Rimini Cover 416ZANDONAI: Francesca da Rimini
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CD Button Gencer, Gasparini, Martinelli, Laghezza, Cioni, Ferrara, Colzani Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste, Capuana. No text or translation. Wallhall Eternity Series WLCD 0348

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