Recordings

October 2010

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

OrpheeCDEditor's Choice

GLASS: Orphée
spacer Saffer, Jarman; MacPherson, Cutlip; Orchestra and Chorus of Portland Opera, Manson. Text and translation. Orange Mountain Music OMM 0068 (2)

Dream Date

Philip Glass's Orphée — the prize of his chamber works — reveals its innate elegance in a recording by Portland Opera.



Opera and Oratorio

CD Gardiner Cover 10110BACH: Cantatas Volume 2: Paris/Zürich
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spacer The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner. Texts and translations. Soli Deo Gloria SDG 165 (2)
CD Polly Cover 10110GAY–PEPUSCH–ARNOLD: Polly
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spacer Albino, McLeod, Grossman, Newman, Kirkpatrick; Roach, Wiliford, Mahon, Grosfeld, Nedecky; Arcadia Ensemble, Mallon. No libretto (text available on line). Naxos 8.660241
MediciCDLEONCAVALLO: I Medici
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spacer Dessì, Lamanda; Domingo, C. Álvarez, Owens; Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Veronesi. Text and translation. DG 477 7456 (2)  
ArmidaCDVIVALDI: Armida al Campo d'Egitto 
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spacer Mingardo, Milanesi, Comparato, Bacelli, Basso; Oro, Zanasi; Concerto Italiano, Alessandrini. Text and translation. Naïve OP 30492 (3)
SegretoCDWOLF-FERRARI: Il Segreto di Susanna; Seranata 
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spacer Rodrigues; Canturri; Tilbrook, piano; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, V. Petrenko. Texts and translations. Avie AV2193

Choral and Song

SavallCvr.Jordi Savall and Hespérion XXI: "The Forgotten Kingdom — The Tragedy of the Cathars"
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spacer With Figueras; Bertin, Mauillon, Vilamajó, Zanasi; La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Texts and translations. Alia Vox 9873C (3)
CD S Wagner Songs 10110S. WAGNER: Wahnfried-Idyll; Songs 
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spacer Broberg; Gräbner, piano. Texts and translations online only. Marco Polo 8.225349 

Recital

CD Felicity CD Cover 10110Felicity Lott and Graham Johnson: "Summertime" 
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spacer Songs by Arne, Barber, Berlioz, Bernstein, Brahms, Bridge, Delius, Elgar, Fauré, Fraser-Simson, Gershwin, Head, Ireland, Lehmann, Porter, Quilter, Rutter, Schubert, Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Warlock and Wood. Texts and translations. Champs Hill Records CHRCD008 
NormanRootsCDJessye Norman: "Roots: My Life, My Song" 
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spacer Music by Ellington, Arlen, Weill, Poulenc, et al., spirituals. Sony Classical 88697 64263 (2)
Padm.Muller.CDMark Padmore and Paul Lewis: "SCHUBERT: Die Schöne Müllerin"
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spacer Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907519
DarkHopeCDRenée Fleming: "Dark Hope"
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spacer Produced by David Kahne, et al. Texts. Decca B0014186-02

Historical

PoppeaBakerCDMONTEVERDI: The Coronation of Poppea
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spacer Baker, B. Walker, Pring, Collins; Ferguson, Brecknock, Belcourt, McDonnell, Welsby, Grant; Chorus and Orchestra of the Sadler's Wells Opera, Leppard. English libretto. Chandos 3172 (2) 
CD Stabat Mater Cover 10110ROSSINI: Stabat Mater
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spacer Stefan-Savova, Hamari; Luchetti, Raimondi; Ernst-Senff Chorus and Chamber Chorus; Berlin Philharmonic, Giulini. No texts. Testament SBT2 1435 (2)

Video

FidelioBlRayBEETHOVEN: Fidelio
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spacer Diener, Trattnigg; Saccà, Gallo, Muff; Zurich Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Haitink. Production: Thalbach. Opus Arte OA BD7040 D (Blu-ray) or OA 1023 D (DVD), 150 mins., subtitled 
Video Price Igor Cover 10110BORODIN: Prince Igor 
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spacer Kurovskaya, Sinyavskaya; Nesterenko, Vedernikov, Sherbakov, Morozov; Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Ermler. Production: Moralev. VAI 4513, 169 mins., subtitled 
DVD Acis Cover 10110HANDEL: Acis and Galatea 
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spacer De Niese; Workman, Agnew, Rose, Park; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Hogwood. Production: McGregor. Opus Arte OA 1025 D (DVD) or OA BD7056 D (Blu-ray), 110 mins., subtitled 
HanselDVDHUMPERDINCK: Hansel and Gretel (in English) 
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spacer Von Stade, Blegen, Elias, Kraft; Devlin; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Fulton. Production: Merrill. Deutsche Grammophon 00440 073 4348, 103 mins., subtitled
DVD Ian Bostridge DVD Cover 10110Ian Bostridge: "In Recital: Voices of Our Time" 
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spacer Schubert and Wolf lieder. Vignoles, piano. Kultur D4617, 90 mins., no subtitles
DialoguesDVDPOULENC: Dialogues des Carmélites 
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spacer Voulgaridou, Schwanewilms, Harries, Schnaut, Büchner; Chor der Staatsoper Hamburg, Philharmoniker Hamburg, Young. Production: Lehnhoff. Arthaus Musik 101 493 (DVD) or 101 494 (Blu-ray), 166 mins., subtitled
BarbiereDVDROSSINI: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
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spacer Battle; Blake, Nucci, Dara, Furlanetto; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Weikert. Production: Cox. Deutsche Grammophon B0014223-09 (2 DVDs), 160 mins., subtitled
Infer.Com.DVDThe Infernal Comedy
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spacer Aikin, Zamojska, vocalists; Malkovich, actor; Orchester Wiener Akademie, Haselböck. Production: Sturminger. Arthaus Musik 101 517, 102 mins. (drama), 43 mins. (bonus), subtitled 
Dvd Hampson Cover 10110Thomas Hampson: "In Recital: Voices of Our Time" 
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spacer Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Rieger, piano. Kultur D4612, 90 mins., no subtitles
LohengrinDVDWAGNER: Lohengrin 
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spacer Harteros, Schuster; Kaufmann, Koch, Fischesser; Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Nagano. Production: R. Jones. Decca 074 3387 (2 DVDs), 207 mins., subtitled

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