Recordings

February 2013

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

IsokoskiCDEditor's Choice

R. STRAUSS: Three Hymns; Opera Arias
spacer Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Kamu. Texts and translations. Ondine 1202-2

Fresh Attention

Soile Isokoski's program of music by Richard Strauss offers a radiant traversal of the composer's rarely-heard Three Hymns.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Dirindina Cover 213D. SCARLATTI: La Dirindina; Pur nel Sonno; Sonatas K. 88, 91
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spacer With Barton, Ricci: Gaines, Shircliffe; Ars Lyrica Houston, Dirst. Text and translation. Sono Luminus DSL-92159 (includes surround-sound Blu-ray disc).
Recordings Schopfung cover 213HAYDN: Die Schöpfung
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spacer Hendricks; Merritt, van Dam; Chorus of the Orchestre de Paris, Israel Phiharmonic Orchestra, Mehta. Helicon Music 9657 (2)
Recordings Chisciotte cover 113MERCADANTE: Don Chisciotte alle Nozze di Gamaccio
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spacer Catrani; Mogollon, Colaianni, Mirabelli, Guagliardo; San Pietro a Majella Chorus, Czech Chamber Soloists, Fogliani. Text and summary. Recorded live at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival, 2007. Naxos 8.660312-13 (2)
FintaGiardCDMOZART: La Finta Giardiniera
spacer Karthäuser, Penda, Chappuis, Im; Ovenden, Rivenq, Nagy; Freiburger Barockorchester, Jacobs. Text and translation. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902126.28 (3)
Recordings Ladro Cover 113ROSSINI: L'Occasione Fa il Ladro
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spacer Martirosyan, Antonelou; G. T. Cortes, Ribalta, Ruggeri, Utzeri; Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Fogliani. No texts. Naxos 8.660314-15 (2)

Choral and Song

Records Color of Feelings cover 213Susanna Phillips, Elizabeth Futral and Margo Garrett: "Colors of Feelings"
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spacer Music by Philip Lasser. Delos DE 3428

Recital

SchollWanderCDAndreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin: "The Wanderer"
spacer Songs by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Brahms. Texts and translations. Decca 478 4696
Recordings Beloved Britten Cover 213James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook: "My Beloved is Mine"
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spacer Texts. Linn CKD 404
CallejaLanzaCDJoseph Calleja: "Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza"
spacer BBC Concert Orchestra, Mercurio. Texts in Italian, Spanish, English and French. Decca B00017438-02
Recordings Lemieux cover 213Marie-Nicole Lemieux: "Opera Arias"
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spacer By Mozart, Haydn, Gluck, Graun. Les Violons du Roy, Labadie. Texts and translations. Naïve V 5264
PhanBrittenCDNicholas Phan: "Still Falls the Rain"
spacer Song cycles and folk-song arrangements by Benjamin Britten. With Huang, piano; Montone, horn; Magen, harp; Cumming, narrator. Texts and notes. Avie AV 2258
SashaCookeCDSasha Cooke: "If You Love for Beauty"
spacer The Colburn Orchestra, Gilad. Works by Adams, Chausson, Handel and Mahler. Texts in French, Italian, German and English. Yarlung Records 14148

Historical

Recordings Faust cover 113BUSONI: Doktor Faust (highlights)
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spacer Harper; R. Lewis, Fischer-Dieskau, Wallace, Cameron; London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Ambrosian Singers, Chorus from the Royal Academy of Music, Boult. No text or translation. LPO 0056
Recordings Baker Lieder Cover 213Janet Baker, John Shirley-Quirk & Steuart Bedford: WOLF: Italienisches Liederbuch
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spacer Texts and translations available online. ICA Classics ICAC 5076
Recordings Italiana Cover 113ROSSINI: L'Italiana in Algeri
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spacer Simionato, Sciutti, Masini; Valletti, Cortis, Petri, Campi; Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Giulini. 1954. English translation. Teatro alla Scala Memories 7 (2)

Video

DidoneDVDCAVALLI: La Didone
spacer Bonitatibus, Streijffert, K. Watson, Goldstein, Rewerski, Debono; Spicer, Sabata, Wey, Contaldo, Vidal, Cornwell, Torres, Borda; Les Arts Florissants, W. Christie. Production: Hervieu-Léger. Opus Arte OA 1080 D (DVD) or OA BD7106 D (Blu-ray), 176 mins., subtitled
OrfeoBlRyGLUCK: Orfeo ed Euridice
spacer Rachvelishvili, Alberola, Toledano; Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana, Orquesta bandArt, Nikolić. Production: La Fura dels Baus. Kultur BD4814 (Blu-ray) or D4814 (DVD), 110 mins., subtitled
RinaldoDVDHANDEL: Rinaldo
spacer Prina, Fritsch, Rae, Abrahamyan; Pisaroni, Mead, Towers; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Dantone. Production: Carsen. Opus Arte OA 1081 D (DVD) or OA BD7107 D (Blu-ray), 190 mins. (opera), 24 mins. (bonus), subtitled
BohemeDVDPUCCINI: La Bohème
spacer Sølberg, Rowley; Torre, Ladjuk, Parodi; Chorus, Children's Chorus and Orchestra of Norwegian National Opera, Jensen. Production: Herheim. Electric Picture EPC01DVD (DVD) or EPC02BD (Blu-ray), 118 mins. (opera), 9 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Arabella cover 213R. STRAUSS: Arabella 
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spacer Magee, Kühmeier, Fally, Kushpler, Ellen; Schade, Konieczny, Bankl, Ernst, Unterreiner, Coliban; Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Welser-Möst. Production: Kent. Unitel Classica/Wiener Staatsoper EPC03DVD 152 minutes, subtitled 
Video Sigismondo cover 213ROSSINI: Sigismondo
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spacer Peretyatko, Barcellona, Bisceglie; Siragusa, Scala, Concetti; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Mariotti. Production: Michieletto. Arthaus Musik 108 062 (Blu-ray); TK (DVD). 164 mins. plus bonus
YeomenDVDSULLIVAN: The Yeomen of the Guard
spacer Cook, Holm; Drake, Hayes, Calvin; Allers. Production: Schaefer. VAI 4553, black and white, 79 mins., no subtitles
Video Enchanted Island DVD cover 213HANDEL, VIVALDI, RAMEAU, PURCELL et al.: The Enchanted Island
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spacer DiDonato, deNiese, Oropesa, Claire, DeShong; Daniels, Costanzo, Domingo, Appleby, Madore, Pisaroni; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Christie. Production: McDermott and Crouch. Virgin Classics / 40424996. 2 discs. 180 mins., including bonus material
Video Ernani cover 213VERDI: Ernani
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spacer Neves; Berti, Guelfi, Prestia; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio di Parma, Allemandi. Production: Pier'Alli. Directed for video by Matteo Ricchetti. Unitel Classica 720808 "Tutto Verdi" 5, 130 mins. plus bonus (10 mins.: "Introduction to Ernani"), subtitled 
Video Foscari cover 213VERDI: I Due Foscari
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spacer Serjan; DeBiasio, Nucci, Tagliavini; Teatro Regio di Parma, Renzetti. Production: Lee. C Major/Unitel Classica 721008 1 disc. Length: 117 minutes (opera), plus 10 minutes (bonus material)
LombardiDVDVERDI: I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata
spacer Theodossiou; Meli, De Biasio, Pertusi; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio di Parma, Callegari. Production: Puggelli. C Major 720608 (DVD) or 720704 (Blu-ray), 144 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled
MeisterDVDWAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
spacer Gabler, Selinger; Jentzsch, Finley, Kränzle, Miles, Lehtipuu; Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, V. Jurowski. Production: McVicar. Opus Arte OA 1085 D (2 DVDs) or OA BD7108 D (Blu-ray), 280 mins. (opera), 20 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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