Recordings

April 2011

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

Cosi.Davis.CDEditor's Choice

MOZART: Così Fan Tutte
spacer Te Kanawa, Baltsa, Mazzucato; Burrows, Allen, Van Allan; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, C. Davis. Notes, no text. Opus Arte OA CD9005 D (3)

Cause for Celebration

Covent Garden's 1981 Così Fan Tutte preserves the Mozartean mastery of Kiri Te Kanawa and Colin Davis.



Opera and Oratorio

FidelioCDBEETHOVEN: Fidelio (1805)
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spacer Nylund, Geller; Streit, Kerschbaum, Grochowski, Rose, Lukas; ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Choir, de Billy. German text only. Oehms OC 919 (2) 
Recordings Liebe und Eifersucht Cover 411HOFFMANN: Liebe und Eifersucht
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spacer Gerstberger, Duffe, Wincent, Specht; Sellier, Simson, G. Martin, Sevenich, J. Simon; Ludwigsburg Festival Orchestra, Hofstetter. Libretto. CPO 777435 (2)
MarcAnton.CDHASSE: Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra
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spacer Pine, Barton; Ars Lyrica Houston, Dirst. Italian text and English translation. Dorian DSL 92115 (2)
Recordings Hansel Cover 411HUMPERDINCK: Hänsel und Gretel
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spacer Bobro, Kreusch, Lichtenstein, Vilsmaier, Zamojska; Kuttler, Cappella Istropolitana, Haselböck. No texts or translations. New Classical Adventure NCA 60216 (2)
ActeonCDM.-A. CHARPENTIER: Actéon
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spacer Wakim, Brotherton, Forsythe, Lebel; Sheehan; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensembles, O'Dette, Stubbs. Text and translation. CPO 777 613-2 (2) 
CapitanCDSOUSA: El Capitan
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spacer Dantzler, Balach, Mandszy; Wuehrmann, Knapp, Clines, Kelleher-Flight; Ohio Light Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Byess. Libretto. Albany, Troy 1236/37 (2)

Choral and Song

KrenekCDKRENEK: Six Motets on the Words of Franz Kafka and other works
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spacer With C. Stein; Mayers, piano; RIAS Kammerchor, Rademann. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902049 
Mendel.SongsMENDELSSOHN: Songs and Duets, Vol. 5
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spacer Broderick, Morrison, Grevelius; Bjarnason, Loges, Rutherford; Asti, piano. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA67753 (2)

Recital

Scholl.SolitudeAndreas Scholl: "PURCELL: O Solitude"
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spacer With Dumaux; Accademia Bizantina, Montanari. Texts and translations. Decca 478 2262 2
MenaGuill.CDCarlos Mena and Damien Guillon: "BLOW/ PURCELL: Odes & Songs"
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spacer Ricercar Consort, Pierlot. Texts and translations. Mirare MIR 109 
Recordings Zimmer Cover 411Darynn Zimmer: "Savage Nightingale"
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spacer With Fisk (guitar), Benincasa (percussion), Distler (piano). Texts and translations. Labor Records LAB 7087
Recordings Love Everywhere Cover 411Donald George: "Love is Everywhere"
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spacer Selected Songs of Margaret Ruthven Lang, Volume 1. Mauro, piano. Texts and translations. Delos DE 3407
Britten.FinleyCDGerald Finley and Julius Drake: BRITTEN: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake
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spacer And other songs by Britten. English texts. Hyperion CDA67778 
Recordings Marie Lord Cover 411Marie-Josée Lord: "Opera Arias"
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spacer Orchestre Métropolitain, Pietrarioia. Texts and translations. ATMA Classique ACD2 2649
Lehtipuu.CDTopi Lehtipuu: "VIVALDI: Arie Per Tenore"
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spacer I Barocchisti, Fasolis. Texts and translations. Naïve OP 30504 
Recordings William Powers Cover 411William Powers: "The Worst of William Powers"
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spacer Arias by Boito, d'Albert, Gounod, Hoiby, Meyerbeer, Mussorgsky, Offenbach, Puccini, Rossini, Verdi; Slovak Radio Symphony, Burkh. No texts. Centaur 3001

Historical

Recordings Filemone Cover 411GOUNOD: Philémon et Baucis (in Italian)
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spacer Scotto, Torriani, Misciano, Panerai, Montarsolo; Orchestra and Chorus of RAI Milan, Sanzogno. No text or translation. Myto 00254 (2)
IntolleranzaCDNONO: Intolleranza 1960
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spacer Koszut, Harries; Rampy, van der Schaaf, Probst; Chorus and Orchestra of the Stuttgart State Opera, Kontarsky. No text or translations. Warner Classics 2564 68021-6

Video

Vogel.DVDBRAUNFELS: Die Vögel
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spacer Rancatore, Tappan; Jovanovich, J. Johnson, Gantner, Mulligan; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Conlon. Production: Tresnjak. Arthaus Musik 101 529 (DVD) or 101 530 (Blu-ray), 139 mins., subtitled
Mireille.DVDGOUNOD: Mireille
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spacer Mula, Brunet, Gillet; Castronovo, Ferrari, Vernhes, Cavallier; Orchestra and Chorus of Paris Opera, Minkowski. Production: Joël. FRA Musica 002 (2 DVDs) or 502 (Blu-ray), 152 mins. (opera), 27 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Arbore.DVDMARTÍN Y SOLER: L'Arbore di Diana
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spacer Aikin; Maniaci, Workman, Davislim, Vinco; Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu, Bicket. Production: Negrin. Dynamic 33651, 147 mins., subtitled 
Fanciulla.DVDPUCCINI: La Fanciulla del West
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spacer Westbroek; Todorovich, Gallo; Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Rizzi. Production: Lehnhoff. Opus Arte OA 1039 D (DVD) or OA BD7075 D (Blu-ray), 159 mins., subtitled
Video Elektra Online 411R. STRAUSS: Elektra
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spacer L. Watson, Uhl, Henschel; Dohmen, Kollo; Philharmonia Chor Wien, Munich Philharmonic, Thielemann. Production: Wernicke. Opus Arte BD7082 D (Blu-ray) or 1046 D (DVD), 111 mins. (opera), 15 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Medea.DVDREIMANN: Medea
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spacer Petersen, Selinger, Kulman; Eröd, Roider, Cencic; Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Boder. Production: Marelli. Arthaus Musik 101 551 (DVD) or 101 552 (Blu-ray), 113 mins., subtitled
DesertSong.DVDROMBERG: The Desert Song
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spacer Sherwood, Essen; N. Eddy, Kruger, Conte, Baccaloni, William; studio orchestra, Sanford. Production: Liebman. VAI 4534, 75 mins., black and white, no subtitles
Cherev.DVDTCHAIKOVSKY: Cherevichki
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spacer Guryakova, Diadkova; Grivnov, Mikhailov, Leiferkus; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Polianichko. Production: Zambello. Opus Arte OA 1037 D (DVD) or OA BD7073 D (Blu-ray), 155 mins., subtitled
video mahler cover 411"The Gustav Mahler Celebration"
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spacer Sølberg, Von Otter; Hampson; Prague Philharmonic Choir, Boni Pueri (the Czech Boys Choir), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Honeck. Partial texts and translations. EuroArts 2058148, 79 mins., no subtitles
Zwerg.DVDZEMLINSKY: Der Zwerg
ULLMANN: Der Zerbrochene Krug
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spacer Der Zerbrochene Krug: M. Moore, Bishop; Cox, J. Johnson, Humes. Der Zwerg: Dunleavy, S. Anthony; Dixon, J. Johnson; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Conlon. Production: Tresnjak. Arthaus Musik 101 527 (DVD) ?or 101 528 (Blu-ray), 122 mins., subtitled

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