Recordings

October 2013

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

DueFigaroCDEditor's Choice

MERCADANTE: I Due Figaro
spacer Buratto, Feola, Karayavuz, Stroppa; Poli, Cassi; Scappucci, fortepiano, Philharmonia Chorus of Vienna, Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini, Muti. Text and translations. Ducale 8011772000459 (3)

Bel Canto Tapestry

Mercadante's Due Figaro, conducted by Riccardo Muti, rivals the operas of Rossini for vocal verve and dazzle.



Opera and Oratorio

WrittenCDBENJAMIN: Written on Skin
spacer Hannigan, Loeb; Mehta, Purves, A. Clayton; Mahler Chamber Orchestra, 
Benjamin. English text. Nimbus Records NI 5885/6 (2)
HerculeCDDAUVERGNE: Hercule Mourant
spacer Gens, Fuchs, Azzaretti, Borghi; Foster-Williams, Gonzalez Toro, Crossley-Mercer, Buet, Champion; Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. French text and English translation. Aparte APO42 (2)
Recordings le Magnifique Cover 1013GRÉTRY: Le Magnifique
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spacer Calleo, Krull; Gonzalez Toro, Thompson, Sulayman, Williams, Scarlata; Opera Lafayette Orchestra, Brown. No text or translation (available online). Naxos 8.660305
PrincessIdaCDSULLIVAN: Princess Ida
spacer Ashworth, Frazier, Schroeder, Rosko, Vann, Desnoyers, Uzelac, Williams, Neely, Martin; Lamplighters Music Theatre, 
with chorus and orchestra, Peeples. 
Lamplighters Music Theatre (2)
Recordings Gotterdammerung lg 1013WAGNER: Götterdämmerung
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spacer Polaski, Gabler, Lang; Franz, Bork, Koch, Tomlinson; Hamburg Philharmonic, Chorus of the Hamburg State Opera, Young. Oehms DC 929 (issued as part of the complete Ring des Nibelungen, recorded live in 2010)

Choral and Song

Recordings Chandos cover 1013HANDEL: "Chandos Anthems"
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spacer Gritton; Davies, Hobbs; Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Layton. Hyperion CDA 67926
Recordings Marcello Cover 1013MARCELLO: "Al Cielo: Duetti da Camera"
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spacer Vocal duets and string sonatas. Frigato, Mingardo; Gambe di Legno. Texts and translations. FB (Fra Bernardo) 1210192

Recital

ProhaskaCDAnna Prohaska: "Enchanted Forest"
spacer Arias and songs by Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell, Cavalli, and Monteverdi. Arcangelo, Cohen. Texts and translations. Archiv 00289 479 0077
HvorostMoonlitCDDmitri Hvorostovsky and Ivari Ilja: "In This Moonlit Night"
spacer Lieder by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Taneyev. Texts and translations. Ondine ODE 1216-2
Recordings Carpentersvillecover 1013Lucy Schaufer: "Carpentersville"
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spacer Songs by Bach, Bernstein, Blitzstein, Guettel, and others. No texts. Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC 481 0331
BeczalaTauberCDPiotr Beczala: "Heart's Delight: The Songs of Richard Tauber"
spacer Songs by Lehár, Stolz, Kálmán, Tauber and others. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Borowicz. Text and translations (for ten of the sixteen songs). Deutsche Grammophon B0018337-02 GH

Historical

Recordings Grummer cover 1013Elisabeth Grümmer: "Singt Mozart"
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spacer With Kmentt; Altmann, piano; Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Eichorn, Stein. BR Klassik Archive 900308

Video

PeterGrimesDVDBRITTEN: Peter Grimes
spacer Gritton, Wyn-Rogers, Palmer; Graham-Hall, Purves, von Bergen, Okulich; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Ticciati. Production: Jones. Opus Arte 1103 D, 168 mins., subtitled
Video Dove e Amore Cover 1013G. SCARLATTI: Dove è Amore è Gelosia
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spacer Máčiková, Knežiková; Briscein, Brezina; Schwarzenberg Court Orchestra, Spurný. Production: Havelka. Opus Arte 1104D (DVD) or BD7120D (Blu-ray), 88 mins. (opera), 52 mins. (bonus), subtitled
OrlPaladinoDVDHAYDN: Orlando Paladino
spacer Petersen, Pendatchanska, Im; Randle, Staveland, Torres, Spagnoli; Freiburger Barockorchester, R. Jacobs. Production: Lowery & Hosseinpour. EuroArts 2057784 (Blu-ray), 2057788 (DVD), 168 mins., subtitled
VixenDVDJANÁČEK: The Cunning Little Vixen
spacer Crowe, Bell, Rigby; A. Thompson, Leiferkus, Dazeley, Schelomianski; 
Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, V. Jurowski. Production: Still. OpusArte OA 1101D, 119 mins. (opera), 22 mins. (bonus), subtitled
LuxAeternaDVDLux Aeterna: Abbado in Rehearsal
spacer A film by Norbert Beilharz. EuroArts 2001318, 119 mins., subtitled
Video Don Quichotte cover 1013MASSENET: Don Quichotte
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spacer Sarambelieva; V. Anastassov, O. Anastassov; Chorus and Orchestra of the Sofia National Opera, Rosa. Subtitles. Dynamic 33733, 125 mins.
GamblerDVDPROKOFIEV: The Gambler
spacer Pavlovskaya, Serdyuk, Diadkova; Galouzine, Gassiev, Gergalov, Aleksashkin; Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater, Gergiev. Production: Chkheidze. Mariinsky 0536, 126 mins., subtitled
Video Falstaff Cover 1013VERDI: Falstaff
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spacer Vassileva, Bargnesi, Tomasoni, Pini; Maestri, Salsi, Gandia; Teatro Regio di Parmi Orchestra and Chorus, Battistoni. Production: Vartan. C Major/Unitel Classica 721808, 142 mins., subtitled
ForzaParmaDVDVERDI: La Forza del Destino
spacer Theodossiou, Pentcheva; Machado, Stoyanov, Scandiuzzi, Lepore; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio, Parma, Gelmetti. Production: Poda. C Major/Unitel Classica 724408 (DVD), 724504 (Blu-ray), 178 mins. (opera), 11 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Boccanegra Cover 1013VERDI: Simon Boccanegra
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spacer Iveri; Meli, Nucci, Piazzola, Scandiuzzi, Pecchioli; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio, Parma, Callegari. Production: Gallione. C Major/Unitel Classica 724008 (DVD), TK (Blu-ray); 148 mins. (opera); 11 mins. (bonus); subtitled.

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