Recordings

July 2012

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

LMillerCDEditor's Choice

VERDI: Luisa Miller
spacer Caballé, Pearl; Tucker, Milnes, Tozzi, Flagello; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Schippers. No libretto. Sony Classical 88691 90994 2 (2)

Prime Time

The reasons for Montserrat Caballé’s quick ascension to Met stardom are amply in evidence in a live 1968 Luisa Miller.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Bach Retrospect Cover 712J.S. BACH: Easter and Ascension Oratorios
Online Exclusive
spacer Sampson; Davies, Gilchrist, Harvey; Retrospect Ensemble, Halls. Text and translations. Linn Records CKD 373
Recordings Leandro Cover 712BROSSARD: Oratorios; Leandro
Online Exclusive
spacer La Rêveuse, Perrot and Bolton. Latin and Italian texts with translations. MirareMIR 125
RioSangreCDDAVIS: Río de Sangre
spacer Pine, Walsh, Ledo; LeBron, Duykers, Rideout, Casas; Florentine Opera Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, J. Rescigno. Text and translation. Albany Records, Troy 1296/97 (2)
Recordings Parsifal Cover 712WAGNER: Parsifal
spacer DeYoung; Elsner, Nikitin, Schulte, Selig; Berlin Rundfunk Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Janowski. Text and translation. Pentatone PTC 5186 401 (4)

Choral and Song

Recordings Brahms Choral cover 712BRAHMS: "Choral Music"
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spacer Alto Rhapsody, Ave Maria, Nänie, Begräbnisgesang, Schicksalslied, Gesang der Parzen. With Wolak; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit. Notes, texts and translations. Naxos 8.572694
BachStJohnPassCDJ.S. BACH: St. John Passion
spacer Mercer; M. White, C. Daniels, Chartier, Hopkins, Duncan; Capella Romana, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Huggett. Libretto and translation. Avie 2236 (2)
PajarosCDL'Arpeggiata: "Los Pájaros Perdidos: The South American Project"
spacer With Mancini, Galeazzi; Jaroussky, Capezzuto; Pluhar. Spanish texts and English translations. Virgin Classics 50999 0709502 3
MHeadSongsCDAilish Tynan, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Roderick Williams and Christopher Glynn: "Michael Head Songs"
spacer Texts. Hyperion CDA67899
Recordings Moravec cover 712MORAVEC: Vita Brevis, Useful Knowledge, Characteristics
Online Exclusive
spacer With Burton, Scarlata; Mulligan, piano, Trio Solisti, La Fenice. No texts. Naxos 8.559698
Recordings Mozart Choral Cover 712MOZART: Coronation Mass; Ave Verum Corpus; Exsultate Jubilate
Online Exclusive
spacer Gritton, Bourne; Furness, Humphreys; St. John's Sinfonia and Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Nethsingha. Latin texts with translations. Chandos, Chan 0786

Recital

Recordings Kusnjer cover 712Ivan Kusnjer: "Czech Opera Rarities"
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spacer Arias by various composers. Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Pesˇek; various other ensembles and conductors. Notes; no texts or translations. Supraphon SU 4074-2
Recordings Wintereisse cover 712James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook: "SCHUBERT: Winterreise"
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spacer Texts and translations. Orchid Classics ORC1000018
DessayDebussyCDNatalie Dessay and Philippe Cassard: "DEBUSSY: Claire de Lune"
spacer Texts and translations. Virgin Classics 50999 730769 2
Recordings Brahms Songs Cover 712Simon Bode and Graham Johnson: "The Songs of Johannes Brahms, Volume 3"
Online Exclusive
spacer Texts and translations. Hyperion CD J33123

Historical

BoueCDGéori Boué
spacer Arias by Berlioz, Bizet, Gounod, Massenet and Puccini. Various orchestras and conductors. Malibran CDRG 194
Recordings Scala Fanciulla cover 712PUCCINI: La Fanciulla del West
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spacer Frazzoni, Amadini; Corelli, Ricciardi, Gobbi, Sordello, Zaccaria; Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Milan, Votto. Text and translation. La Scala Memories 4
Recordings Onegin Cover 712TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin (in Italian)
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spacer Carteri, Zarewska, Pini; Valetti, Taddei, Ariè; Orchestra and Chorus of RAI Milan, Sanzogno. No text or translation. Bongiovanni HOC007/8

Video

RusalkaDVDDVOŔÁK: Rusalka
spacer Opolais, Krasteva, Baechle; Vogt, Groissböck; Chorus and Orchestra of Bayerische Staatsoper, Hanus. Production: Kušej. Kultur D4801 (2 DVDs) or BD4801 (Blu-ray), 189 mins., subtitled
Video Dollarprinzessin cover 712FALL: Die Dollarprinzessin
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spacer Iwanow, Jacoby, Lemnitz; Niendorf, Lippert, S. Behrens; Symphony Orchestra Kurt Graunke, Grund. Production: Überall. Arthaus Musik 101 624, 87 mins., subtitled 
Video Zirkusprinzessin Cover 712KÁLMÁN: Die Zirkusprinzessin
Online Exclusive
spacer Hallstein, Orén; Schock, Karner, Fürbringer; Symphony Orchestra Kurt Graunke, Schmidt-Boelcke. Production: Köhler. Arthaus Musik 101 596, 111 mins., subtitled
Video paganinicover 712LEHÁR: Paganini
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spacer Stratas, Koller; Theba, Heesters, P. Kraus; Symphony Orchestra Kurt Graunke, W. Ebert. Arthaus Musik 101 592, 107 mins., subtitled
DresdenGalaDVDAngela Denoke, Ana Maria Labin and Piotr Beczala: "Live Aus Der Semperoper: The Lehár Gala from Dresden"
spacer Works by Lehár, O. Straus, J. Strauss. Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann. Deutsche Grammophon B0016485-09 (DVD) or B0016484-02 (CD), 94 mins., subtitled
PoppeaBluRayMONTEVERDI: L'Incoronazione di Poppea
spacer Christensen, Bardon, Sølberg; Laszczkowski, Mead, Parodi; Orchestra of the Norwegian National Opera, de Marchi. Production: Tandberg. EuroArts 2058924 (Blu-ray) or 2058928 (DVD), 180 mins., subtitled
ProkofievDVDProkofiev: The Unfinished Diary
spacer A film by Yosif Feyginberg. Kultur D4802, 52 mins.
ToscaVAIDVDPUCCINI: Tosca
spacer Kabaivanska; Labò, Mastromei; Union of Japan Professional Choruses, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Fabritiis. 
VAI 4548, 121 mins., subtitled (plus embedded Japanese subtitles)
GazzaBluRayROSSINI: La Gazza Ladra
spacer Cantarero; Korchak, Pertusi, Esposito; Prague Chamber Choir, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, Lu Jia. Production: Michieletto. Dynamic 55567 (Blu-ray) or 33567 (2 DVDs), 201 mins., subtitled
MacbethDVDVERDI: Macbeth
spacer Monastyrska; Keenlyside, Pittas, Aceto; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 
Pappano. Production: P. Lloyd. Opus Arte OA 1063 D (DVD) or OA BD7095 D (Blu-ray), 170 mins. (opera), 23 mins. (bonus), subtitled
OrlandoDVDVIVALDI: Orlando Furioso
spacer Lemieux, Cangemi, Larmore, Hammarström, Basso; Jaroussky, Senn; Chorus of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Ensemble Matheus, Spinosi. Production: Audi. Naïve OP 30393, 190 mins., subtitled
Video Tannhauser dvd cover 712WAGNER: Tannhäuser
spacer Schnitzer, Uria-Monzon; Seiffert, Eiche, Groissböck; Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Weigle. Production: Carsen. C Major 709308 (2 DVDs) or 709404 (Blu-ray), 201 mins., subtitled

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