February 2013

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

IsokoskiCDEditor's Choice

R. STRAUSS: Three Hymns; Opera Arias
spacer Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Kamu. Texts and translations. Ondine 1202-2

Fresh Attention

Soile Isokoski's program of music by Richard Strauss offers a radiant traversal of the composer's rarely-heard Three Hymns.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Dirindina Cover 213D. SCARLATTI: La Dirindina; Pur nel Sonno; Sonatas K. 88, 91
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spacer With Barton, Ricci: Gaines, Shircliffe; Ars Lyrica Houston, Dirst. Text and translation. Sono Luminus DSL-92159 (includes surround-sound Blu-ray disc).
Recordings Schopfung cover 213HAYDN: Die Schöpfung
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spacer Hendricks; Merritt, van Dam; Chorus of the Orchestre de Paris, Israel Phiharmonic Orchestra, Mehta. Helicon Music 9657 (2)
Recordings Chisciotte cover 113MERCADANTE: Don Chisciotte alle Nozze di Gamaccio
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spacer Catrani; Mogollon, Colaianni, Mirabelli, Guagliardo; San Pietro a Majella Chorus, Czech Chamber Soloists, Fogliani. Text and summary. Recorded live at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival, 2007. Naxos 8.660312-13 (2)
FintaGiardCDMOZART: La Finta Giardiniera
spacer Karthäuser, Penda, Chappuis, Im; Ovenden, Rivenq, Nagy; Freiburger Barockorchester, Jacobs. Text and translation. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902126.28 (3)
Recordings Ladro Cover 113ROSSINI: L'Occasione Fa il Ladro
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spacer Martirosyan, Antonelou; G. T. Cortes, Ribalta, Ruggeri, Utzeri; Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Fogliani. No texts. Naxos 8.660314-15 (2)

Choral and Song

Records Color of Feelings cover 213Susanna Phillips, Elizabeth Futral and Margo Garrett: "Colors of Feelings"
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spacer Music by Philip Lasser. Delos DE 3428


SchollWanderCDAndreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin: "The Wanderer"
spacer Songs by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Brahms. Texts and translations. Decca 478 4696
Recordings Beloved Britten Cover 213James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook: "My Beloved is Mine"
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spacer Texts. Linn CKD 404
CallejaLanzaCDJoseph Calleja: "Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza"
spacer BBC Concert Orchestra, Mercurio. Texts in Italian, Spanish, English and French. Decca B00017438-02
Recordings Lemieux cover 213Marie-Nicole Lemieux: "Opera Arias"
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spacer By Mozart, Haydn, Gluck, Graun. Les Violons du Roy, Labadie. Texts and translations. Naïve V 5264
PhanBrittenCDNicholas Phan: "Still Falls the Rain"
spacer Song cycles and folk-song arrangements by Benjamin Britten. With Huang, piano; Montone, horn; Magen, harp; Cumming, narrator. Texts and notes. Avie AV 2258
SashaCookeCDSasha Cooke: "If You Love for Beauty"
spacer The Colburn Orchestra, Gilad. Works by Adams, Chausson, Handel and Mahler. Texts in French, Italian, German and English. Yarlung Records 14148


Recordings Faust cover 113BUSONI: Doktor Faust (highlights)
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spacer Harper; R. Lewis, Fischer-Dieskau, Wallace, Cameron; London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Ambrosian Singers, Chorus from the Royal Academy of Music, Boult. No text or translation. LPO 0056
Recordings Baker Lieder Cover 213Janet Baker, John Shirley-Quirk & Steuart Bedford: WOLF: Italienisches Liederbuch
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spacer Texts and translations available online. ICA Classics ICAC 5076
Recordings Italiana Cover 113ROSSINI: L'Italiana in Algeri
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spacer Simionato, Sciutti, Masini; Valletti, Cortis, Petri, Campi; Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Giulini. 1954. English translation. Teatro alla Scala Memories 7 (2)


DidoneDVDCAVALLI: La Didone
spacer Bonitatibus, Streijffert, K. Watson, Goldstein, Rewerski, Debono; Spicer, Sabata, Wey, Contaldo, Vidal, Cornwell, Torres, Borda; Les Arts Florissants, W. Christie. Production: Hervieu-Léger. Opus Arte OA 1080 D (DVD) or OA BD7106 D (Blu-ray), 176 mins., subtitled
OrfeoBlRyGLUCK: Orfeo ed Euridice
spacer Rachvelishvili, Alberola, Toledano; Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana, Orquesta bandArt, Nikolić. Production: La Fura dels Baus. Kultur BD4814 (Blu-ray) or D4814 (DVD), 110 mins., subtitled
RinaldoDVDHANDEL: Rinaldo
spacer Prina, Fritsch, Rae, Abrahamyan; Pisaroni, Mead, Towers; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Dantone. Production: Carsen. Opus Arte OA 1081 D (DVD) or OA BD7107 D (Blu-ray), 190 mins. (opera), 24 mins. (bonus), subtitled
BohemeDVDPUCCINI: La Bohème
spacer Sølberg, Rowley; Torre, Ladjuk, Parodi; Chorus, Children's Chorus and Orchestra of Norwegian National Opera, Jensen. Production: Herheim. Electric Picture EPC01DVD (DVD) or EPC02BD (Blu-ray), 118 mins. (opera), 9 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Arabella cover 213R. STRAUSS: Arabella 
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spacer Magee, Kühmeier, Fally, Kushpler, Ellen; Schade, Konieczny, Bankl, Ernst, Unterreiner, Coliban; Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Welser-Möst. Production: Kent. Unitel Classica/Wiener Staatsoper EPC03DVD 152 minutes, subtitled 
Video Sigismondo cover 213ROSSINI: Sigismondo
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spacer Peretyatko, Barcellona, Bisceglie; Siragusa, Scala, Concetti; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Mariotti. Production: Michieletto. Arthaus Musik 108 062 (Blu-ray); TK (DVD). 164 mins. plus bonus
YeomenDVDSULLIVAN: The Yeomen of the Guard
spacer Cook, Holm; Drake, Hayes, Calvin; Allers. Production: Schaefer. VAI 4553, black and white, 79 mins., no subtitles
Video Enchanted Island DVD cover 213HANDEL, VIVALDI, RAMEAU, PURCELL et al.: The Enchanted Island
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spacer DiDonato, deNiese, Oropesa, Claire, DeShong; Daniels, Costanzo, Domingo, Appleby, Madore, Pisaroni; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Christie. Production: McDermott and Crouch. Virgin Classics / 40424996. 2 discs. 180 mins., including bonus material
Video Ernani cover 213VERDI: Ernani
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spacer Neves; Berti, Guelfi, Prestia; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio di Parma, Allemandi. Production: Pier'Alli. Directed for video by Matteo Ricchetti. Unitel Classica 720808 "Tutto Verdi" 5, 130 mins. plus bonus (10 mins.: "Introduction to Ernani"), subtitled 
Video Foscari cover 213VERDI: I Due Foscari
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spacer Serjan; DeBiasio, Nucci, Tagliavini; Teatro Regio di Parma, Renzetti. Production: Lee. C Major/Unitel Classica 721008 1 disc. Length: 117 minutes (opera), plus 10 minutes (bonus material)
LombardiDVDVERDI: I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata
spacer Theodossiou; Meli, De Biasio, Pertusi; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio di Parma, Callegari. Production: Puggelli. C Major 720608 (DVD) or 720704 (Blu-ray), 144 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled
MeisterDVDWAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
spacer Gabler, Selinger; Jentzsch, Finley, Kränzle, Miles, Lehtipuu; Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, V. Jurowski. Production: McVicar. Opus Arte OA 1085 D (2 DVDs) or OA BD7108 D (Blu-ray), 280 mins. (opera), 20 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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