Recordings

February 2014

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

WarReqCDEditor's Choice

BRITTEN: War Requiem
spacer Gritton; Ainsley, Maltman; Gabrieli Consort, Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, Gabrieli Young Singers Scheme, Chetham's Chamber Choir, North East Youth Chorale, Taplow Youth Choir, Ulster Youth Chamber Choir, Trebles of the Choir of New College, Oxford, Gabrieli Players, McCreesh. Signum/Winged Lion 340 (2)

Centennial Tribute

Paul McCreesh leads a new performance of Britten's War Requiem with international credentials.



Opera and Oratorio

MatthewPassCDBACH: Matthäus-Passion
spacer Im, Fink, Chappuis; Güra, Lehtipuu, Weisser, Wolff, Kataja; RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Jacobs. Text and translation. Harmonia Mundi HMC 802156.58 (2)
Recordings Don Pasquale Cover 214DONIZETTI: Don Pasquale
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spacer Serra; Bertolo, Corbelli, Dara; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio di Torino, Campanella. Recorded live, February 1988. No texts. Nuova Era (United Classics) T2CD2013004 (2)
Recordings Jeanne Cover 214HONEGGER: Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher
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spacer Rohrer, Wierzba, Saniter; Kisfaludy, Müller-Ruppert, Ouellet, Briend, LeRoux; Gächinger Kantorei, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stüttgart, Rilling. French text, no translation. Hänssler 098.636
Recordings Regina Cover 214LORTZING: Regina
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spacer Stojkovic, Holzhauser, Brookhuizen; Kirch, Simon, Roth, Schöne, Pesendorfer; Prague Philharmonic Choir, Munich Radio Orchestra, Schirmer. CPO 777 710-2 (2)
Recordings Nabucco Cover 214VERDI: Nabucco
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spacer Morigi, Kulikova; Kalmandi, Rojas, Peeters; Netherlands Ballet Orchestra and Opera in Ahoy Choir, Attanasi. No texts. United T2CD2012126 (2)
Recordings Wagner Budapest Cover 214WAGNER
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spacer Excerpts from Götterdämmerung and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Siegfried Idyll (complete). With Lang; Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer. Channel Classics CCS SA 32713

Choral and Song

Recordings Mendlssohn Oedipus Cover 214MENDELSSOHN: Oedipus in Kolonos
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spacer Srna, Berg; Horwitz, Okonkwo, Prückner, Zigah (actors); Fischer, Sorensen, Ratzak, Lee, Decker (chorus soloists); MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Märkl. No text or translation. MDR Klassik 1203

Recital

SchwanewilmsCDAnne Schwanewilms and Manuel Lange: "Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf"
spacer Texts, no translations. Capriccio C5166
FagioliCDFranco Fagioli: "Arias for Caffarelli"
spacer Arias by Cafaro, Hasse, Leo, Manna, Pergolesi, Porpora, Sarro and Vinci. Il Pomo d'Oro, Minasi. Texts and translations. 
Naïve 5333
CallejaAmoreCDJoseph Calleja: "Amore"
spacer Songs by Tosti, Morricone, Leoncavallo, Curtis, Donaudy, Tchaikovsky, di Capua and others. With Sidorova; Benedetti, violin; BBC Concert Orchestra, Mercurio. Decca 0289 478 5340
Recordings Eisler Cover 214Matthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher: "Hanns Eisler"
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spacer Songs by Hanns Eisler, Ensemble Resonanz. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902134

Historical

MedeaCDCHERUBINI: Medée (in Italian) 
spacer Callas, Carlyle, Cossotto; Vickers, Zaccaria; Covent Garden Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Rescigno. No text or translation. ICA Classics ICAC 5110 

Video

BjorlingDVDJussi Björling: He Sang With a Tear in His Voice
spacer A film by Torbjörn Lindqvist. Kultur 4873, 77 mins., subtitled
BerlinZaubDVDMOZART: Die Zauberflöte
spacer Royal, Durlovski, Mühlemann; Breslik, Nagy, van Dam, Ivashchenko; Rundfunkchor Berlin, Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle. 
Production: Carsen. Berlin Philharmoniker/ EuroArts BPH 130011 (2 DVDs) or BPH 130012 (Blu-ray), 163 mins. (opera), 43 mins. (bonus), subtitled 
MozartReqDVdMOZART: Requiem
spacer Prohaska, Mingardo; Schmitt, Pape; Bavarian Radio Choir, Swedish Radio Choir and Lucerne Festival Orchestra, 
C. Abbado. Production: Beyer. Arte Accentus ACC 20258 (DVD) or 10258 (Blu-ray), 60.33 mins., subtitled
DionysosDVDRIHM: Dionysos
spacer Erdmann, Rombo, Raisänen, Faylenbogen; Kränzle, Klink, Kirsch; Vienna Philharmonic, Metzmacher. 
Production: Audi. EuroArts 2072608, 122 mins. (opera), 53 mins. (bonus), 
subtitled
Sal_FalstaffDVDSALIERI: Falstaff
spacer Ringholz, D. Brooks, Ziegler; R. Croft, Gardner, Feller, del Carlo; Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Östman. Arthaus Musik 102 306, 145 mins., subtitled
Tristan_BluRayWAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
spacer Jones, Schwarz; Kollo, Feldhoff, Lloyd, Edelman; Orchestra and Chorus of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Kout. Production: Friedrich. Arthaus Musik 108083 (Blu-ray) or 102317 (DVD), 233 mins., subtitled
HunterBrideDVdWEBER: Hunter's Bride (Der Freischütz)
spacer A "film opera" by Jens Neubert. With Banse, Mühlemann; König, Volle, Pape, Grundheber, Bär, Schollum; Rundfunkchor Berlin, London Symphony Orchestra, Harding. Production: Hjorth; Director: Neubert. Arthaus Musik 101 692, 137 mins., subtitled

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