Recordings

December 2013

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

KaufVerdiCDEditor's Choice

Jonas Kaufmann: "The Verdi Album"
spacer With Vassallo. Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma, Morandi. Texts and translations. Sony 88765492042 

Poetic Sensibility

In his new disc of Verdi arias, Jonas Kaufmann responds to the music without affectation.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Doctor Miracle Cover 1213BIZET: Le Docteur Miracle
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spacer Souquet, Drouet; J. Billy, Pruvot; Orchestre Lyrique de Région Avigon Provence, S. Jean. Text and translation. Timpani 1C1204
Recordings Lucretia Cover 1213BRITTEN: The Rape of Lucretia
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spacer Gritton, Booth, Kirchschlager, Summers; Bostridge, Purves, Coleman-Wright, Russell; Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble, Knussen. Text, notes. Virgin Classics 5 099960-267221
Recordings Lodoiska cover 1213CHERUBINI: Lodoïska
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spacer Manfrino, Thébault; Guèze, Do, Pruvot, Noguera, Buet; Les Éléments and Le Cercle d'Harmonie, Rhorer. Text and translation. Naïve Ambroisie AM 209 (2)
Recordings Sappho cover 1213GLANVILLE-HICKS: Sappho
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spacer Polaski, J. Wagner; Homrich, MacAllister, Trekel, W. Koch, Tomlinson; Gulbenkian Chorus and Orchestra, Condon. Libretto. Toccata Classics 0154-55 (2)
Recordings Gioconda Cover 1213PONCHIELLI: La Gioconda
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spacer He, D'Intino, Franci; H. Smith, Ataneli, Striuli; Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana, Chorus and Children's Chorus of the Salerno Opera House, Steckler. Live; no texts or translations. Brilliant 94607 (3)
Recordings Villi Cover 1213PUCCINI: Le Villi
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spacer Goradze; Cura, Antonucci, Foschi; Sluk Chamber Choir of Bratislava, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Aprea. United Classics/Nuova Era 2012132
Recordings Corinth Cover 1213ROSSINI: Le Siège de Corinthe
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spacer Cullagh, Beltrami; Regazzo, Sala, Spyres, Lécroart, Ramos, Romano; Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań, Virtuosi Brunensis, Tingaud. French text available online. Naxos 8.660329-30
SemiramideCDROSSINI: Semiramide
spacer Penda, Pizzolato; Osborn, Ragazzo, Mastroni; Camerata Bach Choir, Poznan; Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani. Libretto online only. Naxos 8. 660340-42 (3)
VerdiReqCDVERDI: Requiem
spacer Harteros, Garanča; Kaufmann, Pape; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Barenboim. Texts and translations. Decca B0018946-02 (2)
MariinRheingCDWAGNER: Das Rheingold
spacer Yastrebova, Gubanova, Bulycheva; Rügamer, Popov, Pape, Putilin, Markov, Nikitin, Petrenko; Mariinsky Orchestra, Gergiev. Text and translation. Mariinsky MAR 0526

Choral and Song

Recordings Gordon County Late Afternoon Cover 1213GORDON: Rappahannock County; Late Afternoon
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spacer Rappahannock County: Moore, Sherman; Tuell, Walters, Moreno; Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra, Fisher. Late Afternoon: Lattimore; Gordon, piano. Texts. Naxos 8 669028-29 (2)

Recital

KurzakBelCDAleksandra Kurzak: "Bel Raggio"
spacer Arias by Rossini. Sinfonia Varsovia, Morandi. Texts and translations. Decca 478 3553
Recordings Hidden Handel Cover 1213Ann Hallenberg: "Hidden Handel"
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spacer Arias from Pirro e Demetrio, Rinaldo, Ottone, Muzio Scevola, Amadigi, Teseo, Admeto, Berenice and Alessandro. Il Complesso Barocco, Curtis. Naïve V5326
Recordings Songs of Love Cover 1213Anna Leese and Stephen De Pledge: "Songs of Love"
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spacer Songs by Bellini, Donizetti, Puccini, Tosti. Texts and translations. Champs Hill Records CHRCD050
TerfelHomeCDBryn Terfel: "Homeward Bound"
spacer Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, Wilberg. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 0289 479 1073 2
Recordings Vaghissima Sembianza Cover 1213Elizabeth Blanke-Biggs and Michael Recchiuti: "Vaghissima Sembianza: Arie di Stile Antico di Stefano Donaudy"
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spacer La Sirena Records. No catalogue number.
Recordings Lost Melodies Cover 1213Hope Koehler and James Douglass: "Lost Melodies"
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spacer Texts. The American Spiritual Ensemble, Inc.
DomingoVerdiCDPlácido Domingo: "Domingo Verdi"
spacer With Blue, Machado, Piqueras, Carrillo, Buratto; Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Heras-Casado. Texts and translations. Sony 88883733122
FlemingGuiltyCDRenée Fleming: "Guilty Pleasures"
spacer Philharmonia Orchestra, Lang-Lessing. Texts and translations. Decca 478 5107
Recordings Pasionara Cover 1213Valentina Montoya Martínez: "La Pasionara"
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spacer Music by Martínez, Piazzolla. Mr. McFall's Chamber. Texts and translations. Delphian DCD 34120

Historical

Recordings Huguenots Cover 1213MEYERBEER: Les Huguenots
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spacer Raphanel, Pollet, Borst; Leech, Cachemaille, Ghiuselev, Martinovich; Chorus of the Montpellier Opera, Philharmonic Orchestra of Montpellier, Diederich. No libretto. Erato 2564 66212-5 (4 discs)
Recordings Karajan Tristan Cover 1213WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
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spacer Mödl, Malaniuk; Vinay, Hotter, Weber; Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival, Karajan. No libretto. United Classics T2CD2012131 (3)
Recordings Euryanthe Cover 1213WEBER: Euryanthe
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spacer Norman, Hunter; Gedda, Krause, S. Vogel; Leipzig Radio Chorus, Staatskapelle Dresden, Janowski. Libretto online only. Brilliant Classics 94682 (3)

Video

LizzieBorDVDBEESON: Lizzie Borden
spacer B. Lewis, Faull, Elgar; Beattie, Fredricks, Krause; Cambridge Festival Orchestra, A. Coppola. Television direction: Browning. VAI 4563, 112 mins., no subtitles
Video Sonnambula Cover 1213BELLINI: La Sonnambula
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spacer Gutiérrez, Pastrana, Colecchia; Siragusa, Alaimo, Nani; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari; Benini. Production: De Ana. Dynamic 55616 (Blu-ray); TK (DVD). 141 mins.; subtitled
DeathVeniceBlrayBRITTEN: Death in Venice
spacer Martin, S. Hendricks, Riga; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro La Fenice, Bartoletti. Production: Pizzi. Dynamic 55608 
(Blu-ray), 155 mins., subtitled
PelleasDVDDEBUSSY: Pelléas et Mélisande
spacer Tsallagova, von Otter; Degout, Le Texier, Varnier; Orchestra and Chorus of Opéra National de Paris, Jordan. Production: 
Wilson. Naïve DR2159, 168 mins., subtitled
DiableDVDMEYERBEER: Robert le Diable
spacer Poplavskaya, Ciofi; Hymel, Relyea; Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Oren. Production: Pelly. Opus Arte BD7121D (Blu-ray) or OA1106D (2 DVDs), 206 mins. (opera), 6 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Recordings Ulisse Cover 1213MONTEVERDI: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria
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spacer J. Baker, Howells, Popova; Caley, R. Lewis, Luxon, Lloyd; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Leppard. Production: P. Hall. Art Haus Musik 102 308, 148 mins, subtitled
RondineDVDPUCCINI: La Rondine
spacer Stratas, Shuttleworth; Vrenios, J. Walker; Priestman. Production: Campbell. VAI 4564, 85 mins., no subtitles
SoldatenBlRayZIMMERMANN: Die Soldaten
spacer Aikin, Beňačková, Morloc, T. A. Baumgartner; Muff, Brenna, Konieczny, M. Klink, Ablinger-Sperrhacke, B. Daniel; Vienna Philharmonic, Metzmacher. Production: Hermanis. EuroArts 2072588, 122 mins., subtitled

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