Recordings

November 2007

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

opera newsEditor's Choice

MARTIN: Le Vin Herbé
Piau, Böhnert, Bartsch, Wiedemann; Davislim, Buhrmann, de la Paz Zaens, Hartmann; RIAS Kammerchor, Scharoun-Ensemble, Reuss. Text and translation. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901935-36 (2)

RAVISHING REFINEMENT
Daniel Reuss leads a deluxe performance of Martin's Le Vin Herbé, a mesmerizing take on the Tristan legend.


Opera and Oratorio

opera newsSTEPHAN: Die Ersten Menschen
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Gustafson; Millgramm, Albert, Hawlata; Orchestre National de France, Franck. Libretto and translation. Naïve V-5028 (2)
opera newsMOZART: Don Giovanni
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Pasichnyk, Pendatchanska, Im; Weisser, Tarver, Regazzo, Borchev, Guerzoni; RIAS Kammerchor and Freiburg Barockorchester, Jacobs. Text and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901 964.66-3
opera newsHUMPERDINCK: Hansel and Gretel (in English)
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Larmore, Evans, Henschel, Plowright; Hayward; New London Children's Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, Mackerras. Notes and English-language text. Chandos CHAN 3143 (2)
opera newsROSSINI: Le Comte Ory
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Gerrard, Islam-Ali-Zade, Montanari; Rhys-Evans, Salsi, W. Gierlach; Czech Philharmonic Choir, Brno; Czech Chamber Soloists, Brno; Cohen. French libretto online. Naxos 8 660207- 08 (2)

Recital

opera news Bernarda Fink
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Berlioz: Nuits d'été; Ravel: Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques,Shéhérazade. Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Nagano. Harmonia Mundi MC 901932
opera news Cecilia Bartoli: "Maria"
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Arias and songs by Pacini, Mendelssohn, Bellini, Hummel, García, Malibran. Orchestra La Scintilla, Fischer. Texts and translations. Decca 4759077 4
opera news Ian Bostridge: "Great Handel"
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With Royal. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bicket. Texts and translations. EMI 3 82243 2
opera news Karita Mattila: "Helsinki Recital"
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Songs by Duparc, Saariaho, Rachmaninov, Dvořák. Katz, piano. Texts and translations. Ondine ODE 1100-5
opera news Maria Guleghina: "Passion of Verismo"
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Opera arias and scenes by Puccini, Mascagni, Ponchielli, Catalani, Giordano and Verdi. National Philharmonic of Russia, Wilson. No texts. TMR Maria Guleghina: "Passion of Rachmaninov"
Twenty-one songs. Ilja, piano. Texts (translations only). TMR
opera news Nathan Gunn: "Just Before Sunrise"
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Songs by Scheer, Waits, Van Heusen, Eisler, Joel and others. With Chenoweth. J. Gunn, music director; Cullen, Thalken, conductors. No texts. Sony Classical 88697-06510-2
Robert Holl and Roger Vignoles
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Songs by Schumann, Pfitzner and Brahms. Texts and translations. WHLive0015

Historical

opera newsSMETANA: The Bartered Bride (in German)
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Lorengar; Wunderlich, Mercker, Frick; RIAS Kammerchor, Bamberger Symphoniker, Kempe. Text and translation online only. EMI 0946 3 81872 (2)

Video

opera newsSHOSTAKOVICH: Cherry Town
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Zabotkina, Khotuntseva, Zhivankova, Polbentseva; Vasilyev, Bortnikov, Zemlyanikin, Merkuryev; Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Rabinovich. Direction: Rappaport. Decca 0743138, 87 mins., subtitled
opera newsPUCCINI: Edgar
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Martí, Margret; Balzanelli, Rola, Tarasconi; Orchestra and Chorus Filarmonica Mediterranea, Pál. Production: Castiglione. Kultur D4195, 89 mins., subtitled
opera newsVIVALDI: Ercole su'l Termodonte
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Nesi, Cherici, M. Bartoli; Stains, Dordolo, Scotting, Mineccia; Il Complesso Barocco, Curtis. Production: Pascoe. Dynamic 33525, 136 mins., subtitled
opera newsSHOSTAKOVICH: Katerina Izmailova
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Vishnevskaya; Tretyak, Radzyevsky, Vedernikov; Chorus and Orchestra of the Shevchenko Opera, Kiev, Simeonov. Decca 074 3137, 112 mins., subtitled.
opera newsWAGNER: Lohengrin
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Magee, DeVol; Treleaven, H. Ketelsen, Hagen; Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Gran Teatre del Liceu, Weigle. Production: Konwitschny. Euroarts DVD 2056008, 200 mins., subtitled
opera newsVERDI: Macbeth
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Valayre, Tramonti; Nucci, Iori, Iuliano, Pascoli, Turco; Orchestra and chorus of the Teatro Regio di Parma, Bartoletti. Production: Cavani. TDK DVD OPMAGPA, 156 mins., subtitled
opera newsBORODIN: Prince Igor
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Milashkina, Bogacheva; Noreika, Kinyaev, Nesterenko; Chorus and Orchestra of the Kirov Opera, Provatorov. Kultur D 1287, 97 mins., subtitled
opera newsRAMEAU: Zoroastre
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Panzarella, Bundgaard, D. Andersen; Dahlin, Alexiev, Arvidson, Schwartz, Théruel; Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra and Chorus and Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Production: Audi. Opus Arte OA0973D, 227 mins., subtitled

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