Recordings

December 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 Left Hander Cover 1216Editor's Choice

SHCHEDRIN: The Left-Hander
DVD Button Alieva, Maksakova; Popov, Moroz, Tsanga, Spekhov; Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater, Gergiev. Production: Stepanyuk. Mariinsky MAR 0588 (Blu-ray and DVD), 120 mins., subtitled

Fools Russian.

A clownish figure is unexpectedly moving in this borderline absurdist opera from the Mariinsky.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Sant Alessio Cover 1216DE ROSSI: Sant’Alessio
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CD Button Dominguez, Kowalczyk; Pushee, Lombardi; Musica Fiorita, Dolci. Text and translation. Panclassics PC 10347
Recordings Poe CD Cover 1216DEBUSSY/ORLEDGE: Poe Operas
CD Button Fan; Hartinger, Dazeley, Villanueva, Dries; Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Mueller. Texts and translations. Pan Classics PC 10342 (2)
Recordings Gounod Cinq Mars Cover 1216GOUNOD: Cinq-Mars
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CD Button Gens, Nahoun, Lenormand; M. Vidal, Christoyannis, Foster-Williams; Orchestra and Chorus of the Bavarian Radio, Schirmer.  Libretto and translation. Ediciones Singulares Vol. 11 (2)
Recordings Admeto Cover 1216HANDEL: Admeto
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DVD Button Arnet, Blaise; Mead, Bates, Radley, Berger, Friedrich; Orchestra of the Göttingen Festival, McGegan. Production: Dörrie. Surtitles. C Major 750608 (2)
Recordings Alcina Aix Cover 1216HANDEL: Alcina
DVD Button Petibon, Prohaska, Bradic; Jaroussky, Mädler, Gregory, Baczyk; Freiburger Barockorchester, Marcon. Production: Mitchell. Erato 0190295974367 (2), 187 mins., subtitled
Recordings Glyndebourne Saul Cover 1216HANDEL: Saul
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DVD Button Crowe, Bevan; I. Davies, Appleby, Hulett, Graham-Hall, Purves; The Glyndebourne Chorus, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bolton. Production: Kosky. Opus Arte QA 1216 D, 185 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Recordings Matthew Shephard Cover 1216JOHNSON: Considering Matthew Shepard
CD Button Conspirare and instrumental ensemble, Johnson. English texts. Harmonia Mundi HMU 807638.39 (2)
Recordings Giuditta Cover 1216LEHÁR: Giuditta
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CD Button Libor, Scherwitzl; Schukoff, Simon, Bergmann; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Schirmer. No texts or translations. CPO 777 749-2 (2)
Recordings Entfuhrung Cover 1216MOZART: Die Entführung aus dem Serail
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DVD Button Matthews, Eriksmoen; Montvidas, Gunnell, Kehrer, Saurel; Glyndebourne Chorus, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ticciati. Production: McVicar. Opus Arte OA 1215D, 168 mins. (opera), 12 mins. (extras), subtitled
Recordings Figaro Cover 1216MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro
CD Button Karg, Yoncheva, Brower, von Otter; Pisaroni, Hampson, Villazón, Muraro; Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Vocalensemble Rastatt, Nézet-Séguin. Text and translation. DG 479 5945 (3)
Recordings Viaggio Cover 1216ROSSINI: Il Viaggio a Reims
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CD Button Giordano, Mchedlishvili, Marianelli, Pizzolato; Mihai, Mironov, De Simone, Praticò, Myshketa, Anderzhanov; Camerata Bach Choir Poznań, Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani. Naxos 8.660.382-84 (3)
Recordings Bocelli Aida Cover 1216VERDI: Aida
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CD Button Lewis, Simeoni, Katzarava; Bocelli, Maestri, Colombara, Giuseppini; Orchestra and Chorus of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Mehta. Texts and translations. Decca 483 0075 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Esenvalds Cover 1216EŠENVALDS: St. Luke Passion; Sacred Works
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CD Button Parsa; Kursevs, Kalnins; Latvian Radio Choir, Sinfonietta Riga, Klava. English texts. Ondine ODE 1247-2
Recordings Purcell Britten Cover 1216PURCELL: "Songs Realised by Britten"
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CD Button Hughes, Grevelius; Blaze, Clayton, Nelson, Rose; Middleton, piano. Texts. Champs Hill Records CRCD 106 (2)
Recordings Missa Wellensis Cover 1216TAVENER: Missa Wellensis; Choral Works
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CD Button Wells Cathedral Choir, Owens. Text and translation. Signum Classics SCD442

Recital

Recordings Agnes Obel Cover 1216Agnes Obel: "Citizen of Glass"
CD Button Obel; Danhier, Koropecki, Labbow, Matz. Play It Again Sam Recordings PIASR905CDP
Recordings Hvorostovsky Sings of War Cover 1216Dmitri Hvorostovsky: "Sings of War, Peace, Love and Sorrow"
CD Button Arias and scenes by Prokofiev, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky. With A. Grigorian, Shishkova, Volkov; State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Orbelian. Texts and translations. Delos 3517
Recordings Von Stade Cover 1216Frederica von Stade: "The Complete Columbia Recital Albums"
CD Button Opera, oratorio, lieder, songs, carols. No texts. Sony B019IR9EVQ (18)

Historical

Recordings Serva Padrona Cover 1216PERGOLESI: La Serva Padrona
CIMAROSA: Il Maestro Di Cappella
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CD Button La Serva Padrona: Carteri; Rossi-Lemeni; Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Giulini. Il Maestro Di Cappella: Bruscantini; Collegium Musicum Italicum, Fasano. No texts or translations. Profil PH16009

Musical Theater

Recordings Paint Your Wagon Cover 1216LOEWE: Paint Your Wagon
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CD Button Socha, Hurder; Guarini, Carradine, Creighton, Hackmann; New York City Center Encores!, Berman. Sony Classical Masters/Masterworks Broadway 88985334092

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