Recordings

February 2007

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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ROSSINI: Matilde di Shabran
Massis, Halevy, Chialli; Flórez, Simone, Vinco, Taddia, Lepore, Bonfatti, Moravec; Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Frizza. Text and translation. Decca B0006859-02

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Opera and Oratorio

opera newsNAUMANN: Betulia Liberata
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Gramss, Haller; Schäfer, Mammel, van der Kamp; Rheinische Kantorei and Das Kleine Konzert, Max. Text and translation CPO 777 063-2 (2)
opera newsWAXMAN: Joshua
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Gilfry, Büchi, Poole; Hallenberg; Schell, narrator; Prague Philharmonic Choir, Prague Philharmonia, Sedares. English text and German translation. Deutsche Grammophon 477 5724
opera newsHANDEL: Messiah
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Avemo, Bardon; Zazzo, van Rensburg, N. Davies; Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Clare College Choir, Jacobs. Texts. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901928.29 (2)
opera newsSCHOENBERG: Moses und Aron
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Merritt, Schöne, Dürr; Stuttgart State Opera Chorus, Polish Radio Choir, Stuttgart State Opera Children's Chorus, Stuttgart State Orchestra, Kluttig. No text or translation. Naxos 8.660158-59
opera newsTORKE: Strawberry Fields; Pentecost
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Castle, Lloyd, Beer, Gardner; Lentz, Hancock, Kibler, Estes; Albany Symphony Orchestra, Miller. English text. Ecstatic Records ER092208
opera newsSHOSTAKOVICH: The Tale of the Priest and His Worker, Balda
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Balashov, Beloselsky, Stepanovich, Suchkov; Russian Philharmonic Orchestra; T. Sanderling. Transliterated text and translation. DG 475 7441
opera newsNORGARD: The Will-o-the-Wisps Go to Town
SORENSEN: The Little Mermaid
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Dam-Jensen, Kihlberg, Gjerris; Henning-Jensen, Jensen, Albinus; Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, Dausgaard. Texts and translations. Dacapo 8.226046

Choral and Song

opera newsSHOSTAKOVICH: Songs; Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
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Diadkova, Ewing, Organasova, Söderström, Stutzmann, Zaremba; Fischer-Dieskau, Haugland, Langridge, Larin, Leiferkus, Levitsky, Shirley-Quirk, Zednik; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra Bastille, Ashkenazy (piano), Chung, N. Järvi. Transliterated texts and translations. Decca 475 7441 (5)

Recital

opera news Soile Isokoski: "SIBELIUS: Luonnotar, Orchestral Songs"
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Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam. Texts and translations. Ondine ODE 1080-5

Historical

opera newsWAGNER: Das Rheingold
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Milinkovic, Wilfert, Ilosvay, Vulpius, Schärtel, Graf; Hotter, Lustig, Neidlinger, Kuen, Blankenheim, Traxel, Weber, Greindl; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Keilberth. Text and translations. Testament SBT2 1390
opera news Fernando Corena: "Operatic Arias for Bass"
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Music of Rossini, Cimarosa, Massenet, Thomas, Saint-Saëns, Gounod, Offenbach; Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gavazzeni; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Walker. No texts or translations; brief notes available online. Decca 475 7170 4DM
opera news Lucrezia Bori: "In Opera and Song"
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Selections by Puccini, Massenet, Thomas, Mozart, Falla, Nin, Valverde and others. With various orchestras and conductors; Copeland, piano. No texts. Prima Voce NI 7932/3
opera newsPUCCINI: Tosca
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Milanov; Corelli, Guelfi, Robinson, Langdon, Tree; Covent Garden Chorus and Orchestra, Gibson. ROH S005 (2)

Video

opera news Fritz Wunderlich: Life and Legend
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A documentary portrait, with performance footage and interviews. Narrator: Hans-Peter Bögel. Concept: Barbara Wunderlich and Wolfgang Wunderlich. Director: Thomas Staehler. DG B0007476-09, 58 mins, subtitled
opera newsBELLINI: I Capuleti e i Montecchi
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Ciofi, Polito; Formaggia, Sacchi, Amodio; Bratislava Opera Chamber Chorus, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Acocella. Production: Krief. Video: Scalfi. Dynamic DTS 33504, 136 mins., subtitled
opera newsSETTEL/VAILLANCOURT: L'Enfant des Glaces
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Vaillancourt; Maheux. Production: Vaillancourt. PAL-NTSC ATMA Classique, 56 mins., no subtitles
opera newsCAVALLI: La Calisto
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Bayo, Theodoridou, Winter; Pushee, Visse, Oliver, Lippi; Concerto Vocale, Jacobs. Production: Wernicke. Harmonia Mundi HMD9909001.02, 232 mins., subtitled
opera newsDONIZETTI: La Fille du Régiment
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Ciofi, Franci, Burlando; Flórez, Ulivieri; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Frizza. Production: Sagi. Decca 074 3146, 121 mins., subtitled
opera newsMOZART: La Finta Giardiniera
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Mei, Rey, Nikiteanu, Kleiter; Strehl, Schasching; Orchestra La Scintilla of Zurich Opera, Harnoncourt. Production: Moretti. TDK DVWW-OPFINT, 187 mins., subtitled
opera newsPONCHIELLI: La Gioconda
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Voigt, Fiorillo, Podles; Margison, Guelfi, Colombara; Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Callegari. Production: Pizzi. TDK DVWW-OPGIOC, 174 mins., subtitled
opera newsWAGNER: Tannhäuser
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Marton, Troyanos; Cassilly, Weikl, Macurdy; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Levine. Production: Schenk. DG DVD B0006580-09, 189 mins., subtitled
opera newsSTRAUSS: Wiener Blut
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Serafin, Steinsky, Gfrerer; Matic, Lippert, Pfeifer; Vienna Volksoper Chorus, Bratislava Philharmonic Orchestra and Slovak National Theatre Ballet, Wildner. Production: Wächter. Amado DVD-Operetta 51002, 120 mins., no subtitles

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