Recordings

October 2005

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

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VERDI: La Traviata
Carteri, Marimpietri; Valletti, Scarlini, Warren, La Porta, Caselli; Orchestra and Chorus of Rome Opera, Monteux. Text and translation. Testament SBT2 1369 (2)

"OH MIA VIOLETTA! OH GIOIA!"
Rosanna Carteri is Verdi's Lady of the Camellias in Testament's long-awaited reissue of RCA's 1956 La Traviata, led by Pierre Monteux.



Opera and Oratorio

CONRADI: Ariadne
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Gauvin, Hargis, Borden; White, Taylor, Kobow, Podger, Rzepka; Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus, O'Dette and Stubbs. Texts and translations. CPO 777 073-2 (3)
WATERS: Ça Ira
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Huang, Russill; Groves, Terfel, Bower, Lo. English text. Sony Classical S2K 60867 (3)
opera newsSCHOECK: Erwin und Elmire
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J. Fischer, Schellenberger; Brütsch, Begemann; Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Griffiths. Text and translation. CPO 999 929-2
BEETHOVEN: Fidelio (in English)
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Brewer, Evans; Margison, Wedd, Hunka, Purves, Lloyd; Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Parry. Text. Chandos CHAN 3123 (2)
opera newsGLUCK: Paride ed Elena
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Gritton, Sampson, Webster, Kozená; Gabrieli Consort and Players, McCreesh. Text and translation. Archiv 00289 477 5415
MOZART: The Magic Flute
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Vidal, Evans, Garrett, Cullagh, Fox, Montague; Banks, Keenlyside, Graham-Hall, Purves, Tomlinson; Mitchell Choir, London Philharmonic, Mackerras. Text. Chandos CHAN 3121 (2)
LEHÁR: Zigeunerliebe
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Stojkovic, Schellenberger; Todorovich, Schneider, Rankl; NDR Chorus and Orchestra, Beermann. Libretto and translation. cpo 999 842-2 (2)
Holm, Zwerenz; Strehl, Rohr, Marischka (original Carltheater cast); Lehár. Truesound Transfers 2301 (1). www.truesoundtransfers.de

Recital

"Il Salotto, Vol. 7: Il Primo Dolce Affano..."
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Vidal, Claycomb, Custer; Ford, Matteuzzi, Servile, Miles; Harper, piano. Music of Liszt, Meyerbeer, Saint-Saëns, Verdi, Ricci et al. Texts and translations. Opera Rara ORR230
Dietrich Henschel & Helmut Deutsch: "SCHUBERT: An den Mond"
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Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901822
opera news Magdalena Kozená: "Lamento"
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Music of the Bach family and contemporaries. Music Antiqua Köln, Goebel. Texts and translations. Archiv 00298 474 1942
Marta Almajano: "Per un bacio"
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Songs by Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, Carissimi, Strozzi, Ferrari, Legrenzi. Pianca and Ghielmi, continuo. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi 987058
MONTEVERDI: Scherzi Musicali
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Kiehr; MacLeod; Concerto Soave, Aymes. Text and translations. Harmonia Mundi France 901855
The Gents: Lux Aeterna
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Music by Duruflé, Poulenc, Messiaen. Dijkstra, cond. Texts and translations. Channel Classics CCS SA 22405 (2)
The Harp Consort: "Les Travailleurs de la Mer"
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Ancient songs from a small island. The Harp Consort, Lawrence-King. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMN 907330
Tommi Hakala: "Great Baritone Arias"
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by Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Leoncavallo, Giordano, Gounod, Mozart. Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Klas. Ondine ODE-1048-2

Historical

DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor
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Anderson; Kraus, Corradi, Saccomani, Ferrin; Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gelmetti. No text or translation. Living Stage LS 1117 (2)

Video

VERDI: Aida
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Nelli, Gustavson; Tucker, Valdengo, Scott, Harbour; NBC Symphony, Robert Shaw Chorale, Toscanini. Urania UPV DVD 300 (Qualiton, dist.), 139 mins., not subtitled
Sümegi, Helfricht; Andreev, Morosow, Dalàs, Monarcha; Orchestra and Chorus of National Theatre Brno, Märzendorfer. Production: Herzl. EuroArts DVD 2054058 (Naxos, dist.), 150 mins.,16:9 picture format, subtitled
BIZET: Carmen
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Bumbry, Freni; Vickers, Diaz; Wiener Philharmoniker, Karajan. Production: Karajan. DG DVD B0004352-09, 163 mins., 4:3 picture format, subtitled
MASCAGNI & LEONCAVALLO: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci
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Obraztsova, Barbieri; Domingo, Bruson. Stratas; Domingo, Pons, Rinaldi; La Scala, Prêtre. Production: Zeffirelli. DG DVD B0004353-09, 140 mins., 4:3 picture format, subtitled
WAGNER: Der Fliegende Holländer
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Balslev, Schlemm; Schunk, Clark, Estes, Salminen; Bayreuth, Nelsson. Production: Kupfer. DG DVD B0004357-09, 135 mins., 4:3 picture format, subtitled
BELLINI: I Puritani
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D'Angelo; Saldari, Dondi, Ferrin; Teatro Verdi, Trieste, Basile. Production: Boccaccini. Bonus: tenor Danilo Formaggia in three Bellini arias. Hardy Classic DVD HCD 4018 (VAI, dist.), 140 mins., 4:3 picture format, subtitled
DONIZETTI: L'Elisir d'Amore
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Battle, Uecker; Pavarotti, Pons, Dara; Metropolitan Opera, Levine. Production: Copley. DG DVD B0004050-09, 128 mins., 4:3 picture format, subtitled
Gheorghiu, Dan; Alagna, Scaltriti, Alaimo; Opéra National de Lyon, Pidò. Production: Dunlop. Bonus film: "Love Potion." Decca B0004642-50, 125 mins., 16:9 picture format, subtitled
ROSSINI: L'Equivoco Stravagante
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Vajente, O. Voznessenskaia; Maniscalchi, Martino, Morini, Miotto; Teatro Comunale di Modena, Carrisi. Production: Esposito. Kicco Classic (VAI, dist.), 135 mins., 4:3 picture format, subtitled
MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro
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Freni, Te Kanawa, Ewing, Begg; Prey, Fischer-Dieskau, Montarsolo; Vienna Philharmonic, Böhm. Production: Ponnelle. 181 mins. DG DVD B0004354-09, 181 mins., 4:3 picture format, subtitled
opera newsSTRAVINSKY: Oedipus Rex
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Norman; Langridge, Terfel; Tanaka (dancer); Tokyo Opera Singers, Shinyu-Kai Chorus, Saito Kinen Orchestra, Ozawa. Production: Taymor. Bonus: Conversations with Julie Taymor. Philips DVD B0003883-09, 58 mins., subtitled (opera only)
GRÉTRY: Pierre Le Grand
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E. Voznessenskaya, Guschina; Mironov, Galin, Davidov, Bolotin; Helikon Opera, Stadler. Production: Bertman. Arthaus Musik DVD 101 097 (Naxos, dist.), 94 mins., 4:3 picture format, subtitled
PUCCINI: Tosca
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Kabaivanska; Domingo, Milnes; Ambrosian Singers, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Bartoletti. Production: de Bosio. DG DVD B0004349-09, 115 mins., 4:3 picture format, subtitled

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