Recordings

August 2009

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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WAGNER: Lohengrin
Pieczonka, Lang; Botha, Struckmann, Youn, Schulte; WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Bychkov. Text and translation. Profil Hänssler PH 09004

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Semyon Bychkov pulls off the trick of making Lohengrin sound fresh and original by honoring Wagner's wishes to the letter.


Opera and Oratorio

opera newsJ. STRAUSS: Das Spitzentuch der Königin
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Stefanoff, Glatte, Kottmair Gnauck; Simon, Brachmann, Liske, Wiese; Staatsoperette Dresden Chorus and Orchestra, Theis. No texts. CPO 777406 (2)
Fürstin Ninetta
Aberg, Rombo, Gröndahl; Taube, Strid, Eliasson; Ninetta Chorus, Stockholm Strauss Orchestra, Csányi. No texts. Naxos 8.660227 (2)
opera newsLEHÁR: Die Blaue Mazur
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Stojkovich, Bauer; Weigel, Kobow, Begemann; Brandenburg State Orchestra, Singakademie Frankfurt Chamber Chorus, Beermann. No libretto; notes only. CPO 777331 (2)
opera newsHAYDN: Die Jahreszeiten
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Kühmeier; Güra, Gerhaher; Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Harnoncourt. Text and translations. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88697 28126 2 (2)
opera newsHANDEL: Giulio Cesare
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Zabala, Bozzo, Pittaluga; Manzotti, Galeano, Bonazzoli, Ripoli, Ristori; Il Concerto Ecclesiastico, Ferrari. Libretto, no translation. Concerto 2042-3 (3)
opera newsMOZART: Idomeneo
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Im, Pendatchanska, Fink; R. Croft, Tarver, Rivenq, Tittoto; RIAS Kammerchor, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Jacobs. Text and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902036.38 (3)
opera newsVIVALDI: La Fida Ninfa
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Piau, Cangemi, Lemieux, Mingardo; Jaroussky, Lehtipuu, Regazzo, Senn; Ensemble Matheus, Spinosi. Text and translation. Naïve OP 30410 (3 discs)
opera newsSCHOENBERG: Pierrot Lunaire, Brettl-Lieder
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Goltz; Blankenburg, piano (Brettl-Lieder); Inauthentica (Pierrot Lunaire). Texts and translations. MSR MS 1208

Choral and Song

opera newsBERNSTEIN: Mass
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Scarlata; Company of Music, Tölzer Knabenchor, Chorus Sine Nomine, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Absolute Ensemble, K. Järvi. English and Latin texts. Chandos CHSA 5070 (2)
opera newsMacMILLAN: St. John Passion
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Maltman; London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, C. Davis. Text and translations. LSO0671 (2)
opera newsLEPLEY: Visions Within
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With London, Streep; New York Voices; Lepley, piano. Texts. MSR Classics MS 1215
opera newsPFITZNER: Von Deutscher Seele
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Kringelborn, Stutzmann; Ventris, Holl; Berlin Radio Chorus, German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Metzmacher. Text and translation. Phoenix Edition 145 (2)

Recital

opera news Barbara Hendricks: "Barbara Sings the Blues"
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Songs by Holiday, Ellington, Herzog and others. With Magnus Lindgren Quartet. Arte Verum ARV 005
opera news Elizabeth Watts and Roger Vignoles: "Schubert Lieder"
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Texts and translations. Sony BMG 88697329322
opera news Frances Bourne: "The Truth About Love"
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Cabaret songs by Britten, Martinů and Weill. With Holmes, piano; Matrix Ensemble, Ziegler. Texts and translations. Sony Music 88697293432
opera news Matthias Goerne and Christoph Eschenbach: "SCHUBERT: Die Schöne Müllerin
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Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901995
opera news Sandrine Piau and Sara Mingardo: "Handel Arias and Duets"
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Arias, duets and overtures from Alessandro, Amadigi, Ezio, Flavio, Orlando, Ottone, Poro, Radamisto, Rinaldo and Tamerlano. Concerto Italiano, Alessandrini. Texts and translations. Naïve OP 30483

Historical

opera newsHINDEMITH: Die Junge Magd
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TOCH: Die Chinesische Flöte
Lange (Junge Magd); Trötschel; Birr, flute (Chinesische Flöte); Staatskapelle Dresden, Keilberth, Löwlein. Translations. Profil Hänssler PH07043
opera newsR. STRAUSS: Elektra
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Varnay; Rysanek, Fischer; Melchert, Hotter; Cologne Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Kraus. Capriccio 5008 (2)
opera newsDEBUSSY: Pelléas et Mélisande
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Duval, Brédy, Reynolds; Wilbrink, Roux, Hoekman; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Chorus, Gui. Text and translation. Glyndebourne Festival Opera GFOCD 003-63

Video

opera newsMAAZEL: 1984
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Gustafson, Damrau; Keenlyside, Margison, Brownlee; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Maazel. Production: Lepage. Decca 074 3289 (2 discs), 147 mins., subtitled
opera news Cecilia Bartoli: "Maria"
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Concert includes works by García, Persiani, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Bellini, et al. Orchestra La Scintilla, Pesch. Documentary by M. Sturminger. Decca B0012571-09 (2 discs), 79 mins. (concert), 68 mins. (documentary), subtitled
opera newsLOMBARDO AND RANZATO: Cin-ci-là
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Rossi, Bridelli; Micheli, Caimi, Giorgini, Zacchigna; Orchestra and Chorus of Trieste International Operetta Festival, Maschio. Production: Nichetti. Kicco Classic KCOU9017, 125 mins., subtitled
opera newsWAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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Kaune, Guber; Vogt, Hawlata, Volle, Korn, Ernst; Orchestra and Chorus of the Bayreuth Festival, Weigle. BF1231978 (2 discs), 285 mins., not subtitled. Available for purchase at www.bayreuther-festspiele.de
opera newsKURTÁG: Kafka Fragments
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With Arnold; Pogossian, violin. Text and translation. Bridge 9270A/B, 76 mins. (DVD), 61 mins. (CD), subtitled (master class only)
opera newsPUCCINI: La Rondine
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Vassileva, Dashuk; Sartori, Giannino; Puccini Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Veronesi. Production: L. Amato. Naxos 2.110266, 111 mins., subtitled
opera newsDONIZETTI: Maria Stuarda
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Piscitelli, Polverelli; De Biasio, Alberghini; Coro Lirico Marchigiano "V. Bellini," FORM - Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Frizza. Production: Pizzi. Naxos 2.110268, 122 mins., subtitled
opera newsGOUNOD: Roméo et Juliette
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Machaidze, Burggraaf; Villazón, Gatell, Braun, Petrenko; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Nézet-Séguin. Production: Sher. Deutsche Grammophon B0012492-09 (2 discs), 162 mins., subtitled
opera newsD'ALBERT: Tiefland
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Schnitzer, Liebau; Seiffert, Goerne; Chorus and Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, Welser-Möst. Production: Hartmann. EMI Classics 2 34482 9 (2 discs), 142 mins., subtitled

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