Recordings

January 2012

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

QuasthoffCDEditor's Choice

Thomas Quasthoff: "Tell It Like It Is"
spacer With Müller, guitars; Chastenier, keyboards; Ilg, bass; and Haffner, drums. No texts. Deutsche Grammophon 477 8614

True Soul

Thomas Quasthoff's program of R&B and soul selections is an authentic revelation — stylish, cool and completely snazzy.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Gantry Cover 112ALDRIDGE: Elmer Gantry
spacer Risley, Buck; Phares, Rideout, Kelley; Florentine Opera Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Boggs. English text. Naxos 8.669032-33 (2)
Recordings Trillium Cover 112BRAXTON: Trillium E
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spacer Sankaram, Rhodes, Shyu, Kitamura, Saunders, Victor, Hallett, Harper, Chinn, DiMeglio, Jones, Scott; Tri-Centric Orchestra, Braxton. Notes and libretto. New Braxton House NBH901CD
EzioCDGLUCK: Ezio
spacer Prina, Hallenberg, Karasawa; Cencic, Lehtipuu, J. Prégardien; Il Complesso Barocco, Curtis. Italian text and English translation. Virgin Classics 0709292/3 (2)
Recordings Agrippina Cover 112HANDEL: Agrippina
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spacer Pendatchanska, Im, Rivera; Mehta, Visse, M. Fink, N. Davies, Schmutzhard; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; Jacobs. Libretto and translation. MDG 609 1674-2 (3)
Recordings Trionfo Cover 112HANDEL: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
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spacer H. Summers, Crowe, Stephany; Staples; Early Opera Company, Curnyn. Text and translation. Wigmore Hall Live WHLive0042/2 (2)
Recordings Romulus Cover 112KARCHIN: Romulus
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spacer Thurman; Ebel, Meglioranza, Pauley; The Washington Square Ensemble, Karchin. English text. Naxos 8.669030
Records Kaivos Cover 112RAUTAVAARA: Kaivos (The Mine)
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spacer Rusanen-Kartano; Turi, Hynninen, Niemelä, Pussila, Katajala, Kortekangas; Kaivos Chorus; Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Lintu. Libretto. Ondine 1774-2 (2 CDs)
Recordings Onegin Cover 112TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin
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spacer Godovanets, Dolzhenko, Rubtsova, Nekrasova; Sulimsky, Voropaev, Telegin, Sukhodolets; Yurlov State Academic Choir Capella; State Symphony Orchestra of Russia; Gorenstein. Libretto and translation. MDG 609 1695-2 (2)
Recording Farnace Cover 112VIVALDI: Farnace
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spacer Gauvin, Donose, Nesi, Hallenberg; Cencic, D. Behle, Gonzalez-Toro; Swiss Radiotelevision Chorus Lugano, I Barocchisti, Fasolis. Libretto and translation. Virgin Classics 070 9142 (3)
Recordings Hollander Cover 112WAGNER: Der Fliegende Holländer
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spacer Merbeth, Hablowetz; Dohmen, Smith, Salminen, Davislim; Rundfunkchor Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Janowski. Notes and texts with translation. Pentatone PTC 5186 400 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Bach Requiem Cover 112J.C. BACH: Missa da Requiem
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spacer Ruiten, Sandhoff, Balzer, Bauer; RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Rademann. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902098
Records Vespro Cover 112MONTEVERDI: Vespro della Beata Vergine
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spacer L'Arpeggiata, Pluhar. Texts and translations. Virgin Classics 50999 6419940 5

Recital

SalleyGardensCDBejun Mehta and Julius Drake: "Down by the Salley Gardens"
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spacer Songs by Berkeley, Finzi, Gurney, Hely-Hutchinson, Howells, Purcell–Britten, Purcell–Tippett, Quilter, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Warlock. Texts. Harmonia Mundi 902093
Recordings Schone cover 112Christopher Maltman and Graham Johnson: "SCHUBERT: Die Schöne Müllerin"
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spacer Texts and translations. WHLive0044
Recordings Maltman Wintereisse cover 112Christopher Maltman and Graham Johnson: "SCHUBERT: Winterreise"
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spacer Texts and translations. WHLive0046
Recordings Falk Cover 112Holger Falk and Alessandro Zuppardo: "Mélodies sur des Poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire"
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spacer Texts and translations. MDG 604 2658-2 
Recordings Blessed Spirit Cover 112Ian Page and Classical Opera Company: "Blessed Spirit: A Gluck Retrospective"
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spacer With Bevan, Tynan, Stéphany.Texts and notes. Wigmore Hall WHLive0037
GauvinLemieuxCDKarina Gauvin and Marie-Nicole Lemieux: "HANDEL: Streams of Pleasure"
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spacer Arias and duets from Alexander Balus, Belshazzar, Hercules, Joseph and his Brethren, Joshua, Judas Maccabeus, Solomon, Susanna and Theodora. Il Complesso Barocco, Curtis. Texts. Naïve V 5621
Records Stoyanova Cover 112Krassmira Stoyanova: "Slavic Opera Arias"
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spacer Arias by Borodin, Dvořák, Hadjiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana, Stoyanov and Tchaikovsky. With Munich Radio Orchestra, Baleff. Texts, no translations. Orfeo C 830 111 A
Recordings Marcon Cover 112La Cetra: "MOZART: Overtures"
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spacer La Cetra, Marcon. Deutsche Grammophon 00289 477 9445

Historical

Recordings H Turandot Cover 112PUCCINI: Turandot
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spacer Nilsson, L. Price; di Stefano, Lorenzi, Dickie, Paskalis, Zaccaria; Orchestra and Chorus of the Vienna State Opera, Molinari-Pradelli. No text or translation. Urania WS 121.123 (2)
Recordings Trovatore Cover 112VERDI: Il Trovatore
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spacer Price, Dalis, Stratas; Corelli, Sereni, Wilderman, Anthony; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Cleva. Sony Classical 88697 91006 (2)
Recordings Rigoletto Cover 112VERDI: Rigoletto
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spacer Peters, Dunn; Merrill, Tucker, Giaiotti; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Cleva. No texts. Sony Classical 88697 91005 2 (2)

Video

Knappersb.DVDBirgit Nilsson and Hans Knappertsbusch
spacer Works by Beethoven and Wagner. Backhaus, piano. Wiener Philharmoniker. Arthaus Musik 107 347, 81 mins., subtitled
AlcinaBluRyHANDEL: Alcina
spacer Harteros, Cangemi, Kasarova, Hammarström; Mühlbacher, Bruns, Plachetka; Les Musiciens du Louvre–Grenoble, Minkowski. Production: Noble. Arthaus Musik 108 028 (Blu-ray) or 101 571 (2 DVDs), 205 mins. (opera), 21 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Don Giovanni Berlin cover 112MOZART: Don Giovanni (in German)
spacer Grümmer, Lorengar, Köth; Fischer-Dieskau, Grobe, Berry, Sardi, Greindl; Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Fricsay. Production: Ebert. Arthaus Musik 101 574 (2 DVDs), black and white, 176 mins., subtitled
Video Boris Cover 112MUSSORGSKY: Boris Godunov
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spacer Marianelli; Anastassov, Storey, Vaneev, Bronder; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, Noseda. Production: Konchalovsky. Opus Arte OA 1053 D (DVD) or OA BD7087 D (Blu-ray), 165 mins., subtitled
CT.Yankee.DVDRODGERS: A Connecticut Yankee
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spacer Blair, Sherwood; Albert, Conte, Karloff; studio orchestra, Sanford. Production: Liebman. VAI 4541, black and white, 77 mins., no subtitles
SalzburgConcertSalzburg Festival Opening Concert 2010
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spacer Röschmann, Garanča; Vogt, Pape; Wiener Philharmoniker, Barenboim. C Major 706904 (Blu-ray) or 706808 (DVD), 85 mins., subtitled
ManfredDVDSCHUMANN: Manfred
spacer Bach, Popien; Mammel, Flaig; Chor des Städtischen Musikvereins zu Düsseldorf, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Boreyko. 
Von Bülow, Wilkening, Amonsen, Bauer, Prochnow, actors. Production: J. Deutsch. Arthaus Musik 101 575, 89 mins., subtitled
VespriBluRayVERDI: Les Vêpres Siciliennes
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spacer Haveman; Fritz, Marco-Buhrmester, Szabo; Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Carignani. Production: Loy. Opus Arte OA BD7092 D (Blu-ray) or OA 1060 D (2 DVDs), 208 mins. (opera), 24 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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