February 2015

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

DomingoEncantoCDEditor's Choice

Plácido Domingo: “Encanto del Mar: Mediterranean Songs”
spacer By Serrat, Martino, Moustaki, Rodrigo, Merlandi, de Curtis, Rachel, Lama, Zeira, Obradors, Martini. With Ćirić; Barbara Furtuna. Small instrumental ensemble, Sadin. Texts and translations. Sony 88875006852

The Sound of a Legend

Plácido Domingo conjures up the magic of the Mediterranean Sea in his new song-recital program.

Opera and Oratorio

VerkundigCDBRAUNFELS: Verkündigung
spacer Banse, Baechle, Schwarz; Klink, Peter, Eröd, Holl; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Schirmer. German text only. BR Klassik 900311 (2)
BabyKintCDBURRY: Baby Kintyre
spacer Mercer, Albino, Szabó, Nash; Covey, McLennan, Tomkins; chamber ensemble, Hess. English text. Centrediscs CMCCD 20314
WithBloodCDCROZIER: With Blood, With Ink
spacer Lopez, Becerra, Babcock, Donovan, Nieman, Deiter; McEuen, Enderle; Fort Worth Opera Festival Chorus, Fort Worth Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Myers. English text. Albany Records, TROY 1513/14 (2)
ClemencyCDMACMILLAN: Clemency
spacer Abraham, Trainor; Kravitz, Ferreira, Levine, McFerrin; Hodgdon, piano; Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra, Angus. English text. BIS 2129


PetibonEccenCDPatricia Petibon and Susan Manoff: “La Belle Excentrique”
spacer Songs by Fauré, Satie, Ferré, Poulenc and others. With Py, vocals. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 479 2465
RivalQueensCDVivica Genaux and Simone Kermes: “Rival Queens”
spacer Music by Bononcini, Hasse, Porpora and others. Cappella Gabetta, Gabetta. Texts and translations. Sony 88843023682


MonteverdiCDMONTEVERDI: L’Orfeo; L’Incoronazione di Poppea; Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria  
spacer Concentus Musicus Wien, Harnoncourt. No texts or translations. Warner Classics 825646314829 (9)


ParablesDVDALDRIDGE: Parables
spacer Yunus, Zabala; Okell, Zawisza; University Singers, University of Minnesota Chorus and Orchestra, Romey. Production: Walsh. Naxos 2.110358, 51 mins., subtitled
BrahmsGerReqDVDBRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem
spacer Bonney; Terfel; Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Berlin Philharmonic, Abbado. EuroArts 2012784 (Blu-ray)/2012788 (DVD), 79 mins., subtitled
spacer Baráth, Linke; Barna-Sabadus, Guimarães, Gonzalez Toro, Tuohy; Capella Mediterranea, Alarcón. Production: Ruf. Ricercar RIC 346 (2 discs), 177 mins.
BelisarioDVDDONIZETTI: Belisario
spacer D’Annunzio Lombardi, Vestri; Gorrotxategi, Solari, Palmieri; Chorus and Orchestra of the Bergamo Gaetano Donizetti Festival, Tolomelli. Production: Barilone. Bongiovanni AB 20027, 125 mins., subtitled
DonGiovHoltenDVDMOZART: Don Giovanni
spacer Byström, Gens, Watts; Kwiecien, Poli, Esposito, Kimberg, Tsymbalyuk; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Luisotti. 
Production: Holten. Opus Arte 1145D (2 discs), 182 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled
DonGiovPizziDVDMOZART: Don Giovanni
spacer Papatanasiu, Remigio, Bisceglie; D’Arcangelo, Miller, Concetti, Corrò, Iori; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro la Fenice, Frizza. Production: Pizzi. Unitel Classica C Major 717504 (Blu-ray), 717408 (DVD) (2 discs), 174 mins., subtitled
FlemingViennaBlrayRenée Fleming: "Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century"
spacer Lieder and arias by Wolf, Mahler, Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, Korngold, R. Strauss, J. Strauss II, Gershwin. Pikulski, piano. Arthaus Musik 108 117 (Blu-ray), 102 196 (DVD), 88 mins., subtitled

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