Recordings

December 2011

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

NetrebkoCDEditor's Choice

Anna Netrebko: "Live at The Metropolitan Opera"
spacer Arias and ensembles by Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Prokofiev, Gounod, Offenbach; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, various conductors. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon B0015987-02

Real Live Prima Donna

Anna Netrebko confirms her superstar status in a collection of performances from the Metropolitan Opera.



Opera and Oratorio

Records Artemisia Cover 1211CAVALLI: Artemisia
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spacer Mazzulli, Mameli, Coladonato, Frigato, M. Bartoli; Engeltjes, Arrivabene, S. Vitale, Allegrezza, Giangrande; La Venexiana, Cavina. Italian text and English translation Glossa GCD 920918 (3)
Records Golem Cover 1211D'ALBERT: Der Golem
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spacer With Greiner; Morouse, Reiter, Akzeybek, Kanaris. Chorus of the Theater Bonn, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Blunier. German text only. DG Multichannel Hybrid MDG 937 1637-6 (2). 119 minutes.
LindaCham.CDDONIZETTI: Linda di Chamounix
spacer Gutiérrez, Pizzolato, Sikora; Costello, Botelho, Tézier, Corbelli, B. Szabó; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Elder. Libretto and translation. Opera Rara C43 (3)
Recordings Severo Cover 1211HANDEL: Alessandro Severo
MANZARO: Don Crepuscolo
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spacer Solberg, Bertagnolli, Nesi, Hammarström, Karaianni; Turi, Magoulas (Handel). Stamboglis (Manzaro). Armonia Atenea, Petrou. Libretto. MDG 609 1674-2 (3 CDs)
Recordings Lodoiska Cover 1211MAYR: La Lodoiska
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spacer Panzarella, Reinhardt, Belfiore; Ovenden, Megele, Huh, Cilic; Munich Radio Orchestra and Men's Chorus of the Prague Philharmonic Chorus, Petrou. Libretto in German only. OEHMS Classics DC 954 (2)
NormanniCDMERCADANTE: I Normanni a Parigi (highlights)
spacer Howarth, Karnéus; Banks, Novaro, Broadbent, Hall; Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, Stratford. Notes, texts and translations. Opera Rara ORR 249
W.Tell.CDROSSINI: Guillaume Tell
spacer Byström, Xanthoudakis, Lemieux; Finley, Osborn, Rose, Cigni, Caton; Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Pappano. Text and translation. EMI 50999 0 28826 2 (3)
Recordings Ferne Klang cover 1211SCHREKER: Der Ferne Klang
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spacer Du Randt, Busch, Drescher; Schulz, Eggers, Owen, Jung; Philharmonischer Orchester Augsburg, Kaftan. Text, no translation. Ars Production ARS 38 080 (2)
Recordings Mtsensk Cover 1211SHOSTAKOVICH: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
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spacer Denoke, Krasteva; Didyk, Talaba, Rydl; Orchestra and Chorus of the Vienna State Opera, Metzmacher. Notes; no libretto. Orfeo C812 1121 (2)

Choral and Song

EthereaCarolsCDEtherea Vocal Ensemble: "Ceremony of Carols"
spacer With Cloutier, harp. Some texts and translations. Delos DE3422
Recordings Mortal Dreams Cover 1211The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge: "Beyond All Mortal Dreams"
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spacer Music of Clausen, Stucky, Gjeilo, Ferko, Fissinger, Willan, Paulus and Hawley. Layton, conductor. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA 67832
Recordings Christmas Cover 1211Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen: "The Christmas Story"
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spacer Director: Hillier. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMU 807556

Recital

GheorghiuCallasCdAngela Gheorghiu: "Homage to Maria Callas — Favourite Opera Arias"
spacer Arias by Puccini, Gounod, Bellini, Leoncavallo, Saint-Saëns, Catalani, Bizet, Giordano, Cherubini, Massenet, Cilèa, Verdi. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, M. Armiliato. EMI 0843772
PhanCDNicholas Phan and Myra Huang: "Winter Words"
spacer Songs by Britten. Texts and translations. Avie 2238
MatteiCDPeter Mattei: "Great Baritone Arias"
spacer by Mozart, Gounod, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Verdi, Britten. Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Renes. Texts and translations. BIS SACD 1749
PapeWagnerCDRené Pape: "Wagner" 
spacer Selections from Die Walküre, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Lohengrin, Parsifal and Tannhäuser. Chor der Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Staatskapelle Berlin, Barenboim. Deutsche Grammophon DG 477 6617

Historical

Recordings Brouwenstijn Cover 1211Gré Brouwenstijn: "Operatic Arias"
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spacer By Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner and Weber. Various orchestras, Moralt and van Otterloo. No texts. Newton Classic 8802061.
Recordings Erde Cover 1211MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde
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spacer Wunderlich, Fischer-Dieskau; Vienna Symphony, Krips. Text and translation. Deutsche Grammophon 477 8988
Recordings Price Cover 1211Margaret Price: "Great Singers Live"
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spacer Arias by Bellini, Cièa, Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and Weber. Munich Radio Orchestra, T. Fulton, Hager and Wallberg , conds. No texts. BR Klassik 900305
BleeckerSt.CDMENOTTI: The Saint of Bleecker Street
spacer Ruggiero, di Gerlando, Akos, Marlo, Lane; Poleri, Aiken, Lishner; chorus and orchestra, Schippers. No libretto. RCA 91290 (2)
Recordings Leinsdorf Giovanni Cover 12211MOZART: Don Giovanni
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spacer Nilsson, L. Price, Ratti; Valletti, Blankenburg, Siepi, Corena, Van Mill; Vienna Philharmonic, Leinsdorf. No libretto. Urania 121.124 (3)
Recordings Secret Cover 1211SMETANA: Tajemství (The Secret)
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spacer Petrová, Štěpanová; Žídek, Kovař, Kočí, Kalaš, Jedenáctik, Křikava; Prague National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Krombholc. No libretto. Supraphon 4069-2 (2)
Recordings Borkh Salome cover 1211STRAUSS: Salome
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spacer Borkh, Malaniuk; Uhl, Paskuda, Metternich; Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera, Kempe. No text or translation. Myto 00282 (2)
MetDonCarloCDVERDI: Don Carlo
spacer Rysanek, Dalis; Corelli, Herlea, Tozzi, Uhde, Díaz; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, K. Adler. No text or translation. Sony Classical 88697 91004 2 (2)
Recordings Ballo Cover 1211VERDI: Un Ballo in Maschera
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spacer Milanov, Peters, Anderson; Peerce, Merrill, Tozzi, Scott; Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra; Mitropoulos. No libretto. Sony 88697 91002-2 (2)

Video

ReevesRattleDVDDianne Reeves and Simon Rattle: "Ravel Meets Gershwin"
spacer Works by Gershwin, Fauré, Ravel. With Martin, Rogers, Hutchinson. Berliner Philharmoniker. EuroArts 2053648, 
91 mins., no subtitles
JenufaDVDJANÁČEK: Jenůfa
spacer Roocroft, Polaski; M. Dvorský, Schukoff; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Bolton. Production: Braunschweig. Opus Arte OA 1055 D (DVD) or OA BD7089 D (Blu-ray), 134 mins., subtitled
Video Mahler Autopsy Cover 1211Mahler: Autopsy of a Genius
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spacer A film by Andy Sommer. With Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez and others. EuroArts 2058838, 88 mins.
CallasEffectDVDMaria Callas: "The Callas Effect" 
spacer Arias by Bellini, Bizet, Giordano, Puccini, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, Verdi, et al. Notes, texts and translations. DVD documentary only available in the deluxe edition. EMI Classics 0 84356 2, 153 mins. (2 CDs), 70 mins. (DVD documentary), subtitled
MetFluteDVDMOZART: The Magic Flute
spacer Huang, Miklósa; Polenzani, Gunn, Pape; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Levine. Production: Taymor. Sony Classical 88697 91013 9, 112 mins., subtitled
Video Schuman Portrait Cover 1211Robert Schumann: A Portrait
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spacer Produced and directed by Michael Fuehr. With Tregor, von Kessel, Höppner. EuroArts 2066728, 110 mins., subtitled
Video Jonah Cover 1211TOBIAS: Jonah's Mission
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spacer Lill, Silmato; Tralla, Elp, Tilli; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, N. Järvi. VAI 4539, 126 mins., subtitled
AnnaNicoleDVDTURNAGE: Anna Nicole
spacer Westbroek, Bickley; Finley, Oke; Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Pappano. Production: R. Jones. Opus Arte OA 1054 D (DVD) or OA BD7088 D (Blu-ray), 120 mins. (opera), 9 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Falstaff Cover 1211VERDI: Falstaff
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spacer A. Fink, Meissner, Guo, Hebrowska; Weikl, Schantz, Aguirre; Orchestra and Chorus of the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, Sandner. Production: Weikl. Arthaus Musik 101 537, 118 mins., subtitled
DutchmanDVDWAGNER: Der Fliegende Holländer
spacer Naglestad; Uusitalo, Jentzsch, Lloyd; Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Haenchen. Production: Kusˇej. Opus Arte OA 1049 D (DVD) or OA BD7084 D (Blu-ray), 167 mins., subtitled
Video Parsifal Cover 1211WAGNER: Parsifal
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spacer L. Watson; Elming, Struckmann, Sotin, Wlaschiha, Hölle; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Sinopoli. Production: Wolfgang Wagner. C Major 705908 (2 DVDs), 268 mins., subtitled

Musical Theater

Knick.Hol.CDWEILL: Knickerbocker Holiday
spacer O'Hara; Garber, B. Davis, Pinkham, Fitzgerald, Garrison, Ashmanskas, Blumenkrantz, Oscar, McCormick, Mendoza, Rosen; Collegiate Chorale, American Symphony Orchestra, Bagwell. No texts or translations. Ghostlight Records 8-4450

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