Recordings

March 2011

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

Boulez.Syz.CDEditor's Choice

SZYMANOWSKI: Symphony No. 3, "Song of the Night"
spacer Davislim; Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wiener Philharmoniker, Boulez. Texts and translations. Deutsche ?Grammophon 477 8771

Following the Form with a Master

Pierre Boulez, still a marvel at eighty-five, leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a brilliant performance of Szymanowski's Symphony No. 3.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Stone Guest Cover lg 311DARGOMYZHSKY: The Stone Guest
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spacer Lapina, Erastova; Vassiliev, Reshetnyak, Pochapsky, Nizienko; Bolshoi Opera Orchestra; Chistiakov. No libretto. Brilliant Classics 94028  
Recordings Flavio cover lg 311HANDEL: Flavio
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spacer Joshua, Pokupic, Summers; Mead, I. Davies, Walker, Foster-Williams; Early Opera Company, Curnyn. Libretto. Chandos 0773(2) (2 CDs) 
Recordings Mendelssohn Cover 311MENDELSSOHN: Elias
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spacer Ziesak, Mahnke; Genz, Lukas; MDR Radio Choir and MDR Symphony Orchestra, Märkl. No texts or translations. Naxos 8.572228-29 
In Review Idomeneo cd cover lg 311MOZART: Idomeneo
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spacer Milanesi, Bonde-Hansen, Hammar­ström; Elsner, Strehl; Danish Radio Sinfonietta, Danish National Choir, A. Fischer. Text and translation. Dacapo 6.220586-89 (4)
Recordings Pergolesi Cover lg 311PERGOLESI: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina 
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spacer Prohaska, Fink; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Forck. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902072 
Recordings Gazzetta LG 311ROSSINI: La Gazzetta
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spacer Gauthier, Bevacqua, Soulis; Spyres, Cristarella Orestano, Mastrototaro; San Pietro a Majella Chorus, Naples, Czech Chamber Soloists, Brno, Franklin. Text available online only (no translation). Naxos 8.660277-78
Recordings Moon Cover 311ROVEN: Goodnight Moon
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spacer Flanigan, Mulgrew. ISO Symphony, Stelluto. No texts. GPR Records 
Recordings Severac cover 311SÉVÉRAC: Le Coeur du Moulin
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spacer Marin-Degor, Keller, Destraël, d'Allones; Berry, Bou, Pruvot, Bourreau, Sautejeau; Chorus of the Opéra de Tours, Orchestre Symphonique Région Centre-Tours, Ossonce. French text with English translation. Timpani 1C1176

Choral and Song

WheelerCDWHEELER: Wasting the Night: Songs
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spacer S. Phillips, River; Kaiser, Sharp; Berman, piano. Some texts available online only. Naxos 8.559658

Recital

Kirchschlag.CDAngelika Kirchschlager and  Anthony Spiri: "Sings Joseph Marx"
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spacer Texts and translations. CPO ORF 777 466-2 
VonOtt.Meh.CDAnne Sofie von Otter and Brad Mehldau: "Love Songs"
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spacer Music of Mehldau, Bernstein, Ferré, Brel, Lennon, Rodgers, Legrand, Mitchell, et al. Texts, 
no translations. Naïve V 5241
FlorezSant.CDJuan Diego Flórez: "Santo"
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spacer Sacred songs. Orchestra ?e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Mariotti. Texts and translations. Decca B0014875-02 
Recordings Lamenti CD Cover 311Mareike Morr: "Lamenti: Furore e Diletti"
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spacer Arias by Gluck, Handel, Monteverdi, Purcell, Vivaldi; Hannoverische Hopfkapelle. Texts and translations. Genuin 10176
Recordings Kiehr Cover 311Maria Cristina Kiehr: "Il Canto Delle Dame"
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spacer Arias and songs by F. Caccini, Strozzi, Assandra, Leonarda, Concerto Soave, Aymes. Texts and translations. Ambronay AMY025 
Bruegg.NightCDMeasha Brueggergosman and Justus Zeyen: "Night and Dreams"
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spacer Songs by Brahms, Chausson, Debussy, Falla, Duparc, Fauré, Hahn, Hime, Liszt, Montsalvatge, Mozart, Poulenc, Schubert, R. Strauss, Warlock, Wolf. Texts. Deutsche Grammophon 477 8101

Video

PuritaniDVDBELLINI: I Puritani
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spacer Machaidze; Flórez, Viviani, D'Arcangelo; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Mariotti. Production: 
Pier'Alli. Decca B0014859-09 (2 DVDs), 174 mins., subtitled
DeathVeniceDVDBRITTEN: Death in Venice
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spacer M. Miller, S. Hendricks; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro La Fenice, Bartoletti. Production: Pizzi. Dynamic 33608, 155 mins., subtitled
Video Caballe Cover 311Caballé: Beyond Music
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spacer A film by Antonio Farré. With Carreras, Domingo, Horne, M. Martì, Mercury and others. Medici Arts 2053198, 98 mins., subtitled
ClariDVDHALÉVY: Clari
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spacer Bartoli, Liebau; Osborn, Widmer; Chorus of the Zurich Opera House, Orchestra La Scintilla, A. Fischer. Production: Leiser and Caurier. Decca 074 3382 (2 DVDs), 158 mins., subtitled 
Video Luna LG 311HAYDN: Il Mondo della Luna
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spacer Landshamer, Beaumont, Bahrmann, Genaux; Henschel, Richter, Schäfer; Concentus Musicus Wien, Harnoncourt. Production: Moretti. C Major 703508 (2 DVDs) or 703604 (Blu-ray), 167 mins. (opera), 25 mins. (bonus), subtitled 
HolenderDVD"Ioan Holender Farewell Concert"
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spacer Forty-six soloists and eleven conductors including Beczala, Damrau, Dessay, Domingo, Furlanetto, Hampson, Keenlyside, Kirchschlager, W. Meier, Netrebko, Nucci, Quasthoff, Vargas; Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera, M. Armiliato, de Billy, Luisi, Mehta, Pappano, Welser-Möst. Deutsche Grammophon B0014913-09 (2 DVDs), 225 mins., subtitled 
Video Consul lg 311MENOTTI: The Consul (in German)
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spacer Muszely, Fischer, Lane, Welitsch, H. Konetzni, Dutoit, Pilz; Szemere, Waechter, Nidetzky, Ferenz, Pernerstorfer; Orchestra of the Wiener Volksoper, Bauer-Theussl. Production: Cartier. Arthaus Musik 101 525, black and white, 99 mins. (opera), 4 mins. (bonus), subtitled
MenottiDVDMENOTTI: The Old Maid and the Thief; The Medium (in German) 
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spacer Old Maid: Höngen, Moorefield, H. Konetzni; E. Wächter. Medium: Höngen, De Vine; Orchestra of the Vienna Volks­oper, Rennert, Aliberti. Production: Schenk. Arthaus Musik 101 515, 117 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Rosenk.Schwarz.BluR. STRAUSS: Der Rosenkavalier
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spacer Jurinac, Schwarzkopf, Rothenberger; Zampieri, Kunz, Edelmann; Vienna Philharmonic, Karajan. A film by ?Paul Czinner. Kultur BD4684 (Blu-ray) or D4684 (DVD), 191 mins., subtitled
Video Aleko Cover lg 311RACHMANINOFF: Aleko
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Kashchey the Immortal
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spacer Aleko: Volkova, Kotova; Nesterenko, Muntyan, Matorin; Gosteleradio Chorus, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Kitayenko. Production: Okuntsov. Kashchey: Yalysheva, Rubin; Pluzhnikov, Lebed, Morozov; Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony, Orchestra of Leningrad, Trifonov. Production: Yeryshev. VAI 4527, 124 mins., subtitled

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