Recordings

June 2012

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

WertherCDEditor's Choice

MASSENET: Werther
spacer Koch, Nakamura; Villazón, Iversen, Vernhes; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Pappano. Text, translation and notes. Deutsche Grammophon 477 9340 (2)

Dark Theatrics

Antonio Pappano leads a high-adrenaline Werther from Covent Garden, with Rolando Villazón and Sophie Koch as its intense, vibrant principals.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Tobias Cover 612DOVE: Tobias and the Angel
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spacer Lucas, Brathwaite, Nicholls; Ebrahim, Abrahams, Laing, West, Clarke; Choruses and Ensemble of the Young Vic, Abell. Text. Chandos CHAN 10606
PastorFidoCDHANDEL: Il Pastor Fido
spacer Crowe, Dennis, Manley, Shaw; van der Linde, Abadie; La Nuova Musica, Bates. Libretto and translation. Harmonia Mundi 907585.86 (2)
FortuneTellerCDHERBERT: The Fortune Teller
spacer Maples, Matthews; Kelleher-Flight, Falk, Moss, Walsh; Ohio Light Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Byess. Libretto. Albany, Troy 1326/27 (2)
Recordings Vedem cover 612LAITMAN: Vedem
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spacer Niederloh; Hauck; Northwest Boychoir, Crnko, Music of Remembrance, Miller. Texts and translations. Naxos 8.559685
Recordings Teuzzone cover 612VIVALDI: Teuzzone
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spacer Milanesi, Galou, Mameli; Lopez, Zanasi, Giovannini, Sakurada; Le Concert des Nations, Savall. Text and translations. Naïve OP 30513
MeisterCDWAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
spacer Haller, Breedt; R. D. Smith, Sonn, Henschel, Dohmen, Zeppenfeld, Pursio; Rundfunkchor and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Janowski. Text and translation. Pentatone PTC 5186 402 (4)

Choral and Song

Recordings Spears Requiem cover 612SPEARS: Requiem
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spacer Cunningham, Horner-Kwiatek; Angel, Olund, Lipnik, Richards; Kerrod, Williams, harp; Davis, organ; Weinfield, viola; Lipnik, recorder; Spears, conductor. Texts and translations. New Amsterdam Records NWAM035
Recordings Vivaldi Cover 612VIVALDI: Sacred Works for Soprano, and Concertos
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spacer Manahan Thomas; Florilegium. Texts and translations. Channel Classics CCS SA 32311

Recital

BerliozVonOtterCdBERLIOZ: Les Nuits d'Été; Harold en Italie; et al.
spacer With von Otter; Tamestit, viola; Les Musiciens du Louvre–Grenoble, Minkowski. Texts and translations. Naïve V5266
Recordings Question COver 612Hila Plitmann: "The Ancient Question"
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spacer Songs by Laitman, Harlap, Whitacre, Farber and Plitmann. Instrumental ensemble. Texts and translations. Signum Classics SIGCD276
CroweCDLucy Crowe: "Il Caro Sassone: Handel in Italy"
spacer Arias, motets and sonatas by Handel. The English Concert, Bicket. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi 907559
TGheorghiuCDTedora Gheorghiu: "Arias for Anna De Amicis"
spacer Music by J. C. Bach, Mozart, Jommelli, Gluck, others. Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Texts and translations. Aparté AP 021

Historical

CavPagMetCDMASCAGNI: Cavalleria Rusticana
LEONCAVALLO: Pagliacci
spacer Cavalleria Rusticana: Farrell, Miller, Chookasian; Tucker, Bardelli. Pagliacci: Amara; Corelli, Colzani, Ghitti, Marsh; Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Santi. Notes; no libretto or translation. Sony Classical 8691-90999-2 (2) 
Recordings Historic Ariadne Cover 612R. STRAUSS: Ariadne auf Naxos
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spacer Janowitz, Gruberová, Baltsa; King, Zednik, McDaniel, Berry, Kunz; Vienna State Opera; Böhm. No libretto. Orfeo 817 1121 (2)
VerismoCD"The Creators of Verismo, Vol. 1"
spacer Excerpts from operas by Boito, Giordano, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Mascheroni, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Thomas et al, plus selected songs. With Bellincioni, Pandolfini, Pinto, Ferrani, Carelli, Storchio; Zenatello, Apostolu, De Luca, Pini-Corsi. Various orchestras, conductors and pianists. Marston 52062-2 (2)

Video

LuluBluRayBERG: Lulu
spacer Petibon, Baumgartner; Volle, Piffka, Grundheber; Vienna Philharmonic, Albrecht. Production: Nemirova. Kultur BD4779 
(Blu-ray) or D4779 (2 DVDs), 182 mins., subtitled
HvorMoscowDVDDmitri Hvorostovsky and Sondra Radvanovsky: "Hvorostovsky In Moscow"
spacer Arias and scenes from Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlo, Ernani, Faust and Il Trovatore. Philharmonia of Russia, Orbelian. Delos DV 7006, 42 mins. (concert), 16 mins. (bonus), subtitled
MelbaMunselDVDMelba
spacer Directed by Lewis Milestone. PMVP2112, 113 mins., no subtitles
EntfuhBluRayMOZART: Die Entführung aus dem Serail
spacer Damrau, Peretyatko; Strehl, Ernst, Selig; Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Bolton. Production: Loy. C Major 709204 (Blu-ray) or 709108 (2 DVDs), 188 mins., subtitled
BohemeBluRayPUCCINI: La Bohème
spacer Kizart, Fiebig; Park, Carbó, Parkin; Opera Australia Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Lü. Production: Edwards. Opera Australia OPOZ56018BD (Blu-ray) and OPOZ56017DVD (DVD), 117 mins., subtitled
StingiestManDVDSPIELMAN: The Stingiest Man in Town
spacer Munsel; Rathbone, Damone, Green, Weede, Wright; The Jerry Packer Chorus, orchestra, Camarata. VAI 4545, 81 mins., black and white, no subtitles
BerganzaDVDTeresa Berganza: "Master Classes"
spacer Films by Dominique Lucie Brard. Mélisande films MEL 001, 56 mins. (Le Nozze di Figaro), 59 mins. (Don Giovanni), subtitled
AidaBluRayVERDI: Aida
spacer He, D'Intino; Berti, Maestri, Prestia, R. Tagliavini; Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Mehta. 
Production: Ozpetek. Arthaus Musik 108 040 (Blu-ray) or 101 598 (DVD), 151 mins., subtitled

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