Recordings

January 2014

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

OtelloMutiCDEditor's Choice

VERDI: Otello
spacer Stoyanova; Antonenko, Gatell, C. Guelfi, E. Owens; Chicago Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Muti. Libretto and translations. CSO Resound 901 1301 (2)

The Latest Word on Otello

Riccardo Muti leads the CSO in an exciting new recording of Verdi's penultimate masterpiece.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Muette de Portici cover 114AUBER: La Muette de Portici
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spacer Ruzzafonte; Torre, de la Torre, Witholt; Chorus of the Anhalt Theater; Philharmonic; Hermus. French libretto only. CPO 777-694-2 (2 discs)
Recordings Judith Cover 114CHARPENTIER: Judith Sive Bethulia Liberata; Caedes Sanctum Innocentium 
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spacer Saskovà; Aros, Novelli, Richard; Les Pages et Les Chantres de Musique Baroque de Versailles; Schneebli. Texts and translations. K617 617242
Recordings Caterina Cornaro Cover 114DONIZETTI: Caterina Cornaro
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spacer Giannattasio, Bevan; Lee, Félix, Cook, Broadbent, Mlinde; BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Parry. Opera Rara ORC48 (two discs)
Recordings Allegro Cover 114HANDEL: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
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spacer Keohane, J. Doyle; Hulett, A. Wolf; Collegium Cartusianum and Kölner Kammerchor, P. Neumann. Carus 83.395 (2; libretto)
Recordings Furstenkind Cover 114LEHÁR: Das Fürstenkind
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spacer Reiss, Mills, Holzhauser; Klink, Simon, Schörner, Cilic, Peter, Eberl; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Schirmer. No texts. CPO 777 680-2 (2)
CosiNezetCDMOZART: Così Fan Tutte
spacer Persson, Brower, Erdmann; Villazón, Plachetka, Corbelli; Vocal Ensemble Rastatt, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nézet-Séguin. Text and translation. Deutsche Grammophon 479 0641 (3)
Recordings Sieg des Glaubens Cover 114RIES: Der Sieg des Glaubens
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spacer Libor, Lehmkuhl; Schäfer, Flaig; Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, Max. Text and translation. CPO 777 738-2
Recordings LiebesverbotCover 114WAGNER: Das Liebesverbot
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spacer Libor, Ryberg, Gabler; Bronder, Prégardien, Reid, Nagy, Grümbel; Frankfurter Opern- und Museumorchester, Chor der Oper Frankfurt, Weigle. Texts. Oehms Classics OC 942 (3)

Choral and Song

Recordings To Touch the Sky Puts Cover 114PUTS: To Touch the Sky; If I Were a Swan; Symphony No. 4, From Mission San Juan
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spacer Conspirare, Johnson; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alsop. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907580
Recordings Wesendonck Lieder Cover 114WAGNER: Wesendonck-Lieder; Siegfried Idyll; Der Fliegende Holländer overture; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg prelude
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spacer With Stemme; Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Dausgaard. Texts and translations. BIS Records BIS-2022

Recital

Recording Omo Bello Cover 114MAHLER: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
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spacer Bello; Guénebaut, piano. Eloquentia EL 1238 Texts and translations
Recordings Philippe Sly Cover 114Philippe Sly and Michael McMahon: "In Dreams"
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spacer Songs by Schumann, Ravel, Robartz, Dove. No texts or translations. Analekta AN 29836
BlytheCDStephanie Blythe and Craig Terry: "As Long as There Are Songs"
spacer Songs by Arlen, Berlin, Chaplin, Henderson, Jenkins and others. Texts and notes. Innova 875
MentzerCDSusanne Mentzer: "Letter to the World"
spacer Songs by Carlisle Floyd. Loehnig and Ray, piano. GPR records GPR71313
Recordings Gheorghiu Art Nouveau Cover 114Teodora Gheorghiu: "Art Nouveau"
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spacer Songs by Strauss, Zemlinsky, Ravel, Respighi; Aner, piano. Texts and translations. Aparté AP054
Recordings Bauer Cover 114Thomas E. Bauer & Uta Hielscher: "Schumann"
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spacer Liederkreis Op. 39; Drei Gedichte, Op. 30; Die Löwenbraut; Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers, Op. 36 Naxos 8.557080 

Historical

José Carreras: "First American Recital"
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spacer Songs and arias by Bellini, Rossini, Verdi, Fauré, Falla, Alvarez, Tosti, Puccini and Giordano. Legato Classics LCD 166-1
Recordings Toast Lanza Cover 114Mario Lanza: "The Toast of Hollywood"
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spacer With Ray Sinatra, Constantine Callinicos, conductors. No texts. TCM/Sony Masterworks 8883-74263-2 (2)
WagnerMetCD"Wagner at the Met: Legendary Performances from the Metropolitan Opera"
spacer Met broadcasts performances (1936–54) of Der Fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and 
Tristan und Isolde. De los Angeles, Flagstad, Harshaw, Lawrence, Varnay, Branzell et al.; Davidson, Melchior, Sullivan, Svanholm, Huehn, Hotter, List, Schoeffler, Schorr et al; Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Bodanzky, Leinsdorf, Reiner, Stiedry, Szell. No texts or translations. Sony Classical 88765 42717 2 (25)  

Video

PoppeaDVDMONTEVERDI: L'Incoronazione di Poppea
spacer Schuman, D. Brooks, Kuhlmann; Gall, R. Croft, Rayam, Visse, Peeters; Concerto Köln, R. Jacobs. Art Haus Musik 102 304 D, 151 mins., subtitled
DonG_BluRayMOZART: Don Giovanni
spacer Petersen, Opolais, Avemo; Skovhus, Ketelsen, Balzer, Bizic, Kotscherga; English Voices, Freiburger Barockorchester, Langrée. Production: Tcherniakov. BelAir Classiques 480 (Blu-ray) or 080 (2 DVDs), 183 mins. (opera), 27 mins. (bonus), subtitled
OrpheusDVDOFFENBACH: Orphée aux Enfers (in German)
spacer Migenes-Johnson, Varnay; Grobe, Shirley, Beirer, Maus; Chorus and Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin, López-Cobos. Production: Friedrich. Arthaus Musik 101 679 (DVD), 161 mins. (opera), 27 mins. (bonus), subtitled
FanciullaBluRayPUCCINI: La Fanciulla del West
spacer Stemme; Antonenko, Lundgren; Orchestra and Male Chorus of the Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm, Morandi. Production: Loy. EuroArts/Unitel 2072594 (Blu-ray), 2072628 (DVD), 140 mins., subtitled
CiroDVDROSSINI: Ciro in Babilonia
spacer Pratt, Podleś, Romeu; Spyres, McPherson, Palazzi, Costantini; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, 
Crutchfield. Opus Arte 1108 D, 185 mins, subtitled
Video Solti Centenary Cover 114"Solti Centenary Concert"
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spacer Gheorghiu; Pape; World Orchestra for Peace, Gergiev. Hosted by Valerie Solti. Directed by Peter Maniura. Unitel Classica 101668, 112 mins. (concert), 21 mins. (bonus), no English subtitles
BalloBluRayVERDI: Un Ballo in Maschera
spacer Taigi, You, Chiuri; Pisapia, Vassallo, Wallén, Pursio, Bujor; Chor der Oper Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Chailly. Production: Olmi. EuroArts/Unitel 2055107 (Blu-ray), 137 mins., subtitled
Video Meistersinger Cover 114WAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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spacer Johansson, Walther; Winberg, Peper, Schulte, Brendel, von Halem; Chorus and Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Frühbeck de Burgos. Production: Friedrich. Arthaus 102 318 266 mins., subtitles

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