Recordings

June 2014

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

FlorezAmourCDEditor's Choice

Juan Diego Flórez: "L'Amour"
spacer Arias by Adam, Berlioz, Bizet, Boieldieu, Delibes, Donizetti, Gounod, Massenet, Offenbach, Thomas. Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, R. Abbado. Texts and translations. Decca 4785948

Toujours L'Amour

Juan Diego Flórez demonstrates impressive stylistic grasp in his new program of French arias.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Nabucco Cover 614FALVETTI: Il Dialogo del Nabucco
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spacer Flores, Keller, Olivares, Weynants; Schofrin, Guimarães, Bellotto, Meerapfel; Chœur de Chambre de Namur, Cappella Mediterranea, Alarcón. Ambronay AMY 036
BelshazzarCDHANDEL: Belshazzar
spacer Joshua, Hulcup; Davies, Clayton, Lemalu; Les Arts Florissants, Christie. English texts with translations. Les Arts Florissants editions B00F0TQP8C (2)
Recordings Messiah Cover 614HANDEL: Messiah
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spacer La Chapelle Rhénane, Haller. Text and French translation. Le Couvent K617243 (2)
IolantheCDSULLIVAN: Iolanthe
spacer Galván, Mahoney, Gariaeff; Desnoyers, Melis, Stafford, Williams, Irwin; 
Lamplighters Music Theatre, with Chorus and Orchestra, Peeples. Lamplighters Music Theatre (2)
RequiemJordanCDVERDI: Messa da Requiem
spacer Lewis, Urmana; Beczala, Abdrazakov; Orchestra and Chorus of the Paris Opera, Jordan. Texts and translations. Erato 50999 93414029
Recordings Ring Excerpts cover 614WAGNER: Der Ring des Nibelungen Symphonic Excerpts
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spacer With Stemme; Orchestre de L'Opéra National de Paris, Jordan. Text and translation. Erato 50999 93414227

Choral and Song

Recordings Festival of Britten Cover 614"A Festival of Britten"
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spacer National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, various conductors. Texts (except for Hymn to St. Cecilia) and translations. Delphian DCD 34133
Recordings Love Loss Cover 614James Gilchrist and Arcangelo: "Love and Loss" 
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spacer Monteverdi Madrigals. with Cohen, conductor. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA68019
Recordings Harawi Cover 614MESSIAEN: Harawi
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spacer Tony Arnold and Jacob Greenberg. No texts or translations. New Focus Recordings FCR131
Recordings Montsalvatgecover 614MONTSALVATGE: Folia Daliniana, Madrigal Sobre un Tema Popular, Cinco Invocaciones al Crucificado 
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spacer With Cooke; Fain, violin; Moughalian, flute; Perspectives Ensemble. Texts and translations. Naxos 8.573101
Recordings Healing Ceremony Cover 614NEIKRUG: Healing Ceremony
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spacer Graham; Worth; New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Figueroa. English texts. eOne Music EOM-CD-7783
Recordings Winter Songs Cover 614PATERSON: Winter Songs
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spacer Lundy; Pittas, Blumberg, Gardner, Neal. McMillen, piano, American Modern Ensemble. Texts. American Modern Recordings AMR71038
Recordings Pergolesi Cover 614PERGOLESI: Stabat Mater; Laudate Pueri; Confitebor tibi Domine 
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spacer Lezhneva; Jaroussky; Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera and I Barocchisti, Fasolis. Texts and translations. Erato 50999 319147 2 7

Recital

BachSoloistsCDHANDEL: Silete Venti; Laudate Pueri Dominum; Gloria
spacer M. Wilson; American Bach Soloists & American Bach Choir, J. Thomas. Texts and translations online only. ABS 885007456063
DamrauForeverCDDiana Damrau: "Forever: Unforgettable Songs From Vienna, Broadway and Hollywood"
spacer Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Abel. Original texts without translations. Erato 50999 60266620
AlievaCDDinara Alieva: "Pace Mio Dio"
spacer Czech National Symphony Orchestra, M. Rota. Texts and translations. Delos 3462
StoyanovaCDKrassimira Stoyanova: "Verdi"
spacer Arias. Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Baleff. Texts, no translations. Orfeo C 885 141 A 
Recordings Larsson Cover 614Lisa Larsson: "Ladies First"
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spacer Opera arias by Haydn. Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, de Vriend. Texts and translations. Challenge CC7622

Historical

Recordings Puritani Historical CD Cover 614BELLINI: I Puritani
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spacer Devia, Jankovic; Matteuzzi, Robertson, Washington, Federici; Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Bonynge. Catania, 1989. United Classics 2012010 (2)
VerdiAtMetCD"Verdi at the Met: Legendary Performances From the Metropolitan Opera"
spacer Met broadcast performances (1935–67) of La Traviata, Otello, Un Ballo in Maschera, Rigoletto, Falstaff, Simon Boccanegra, La Forza del Destino, Macbeth, Nabucco and Aida. Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Leinsdorf, Panizza, Reiner, Schippers, Sodero, Stiedry. No texts or translations. Sony Classical 88883 72120 2 (20) 
Recordings Poppea Cover 614`MONTEVERDI: L'Incoronazione di Poppea
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spacer Dessì, Tabiadon, Ligi, Anselmi; Caforio; Orchestra Pro Arte Bassano, Zedda, 1988. No texts. United Classics/Nuova Era T2CD2012136 (3)
Recordings Allman Cover 614Robert Allman: "Great Australian Voices"
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spacer Various orchestras and conductors. No texts or translations. Desiree Records GAV 002 (3)

Video

VenusAdonisDVDBLOW: Venus and Adonis
spacer Scheen; Augustin, Mauillon; Les Musiciens du Paradis, Cuiller. Alpha 703, 44 mins. (opera), 42 mins. (bonus), subtitled
BettelstudentDVDMILLÖCKER: Der Bettelstudent
spacer Zink, Kälin, Plech; Roschkowski, Henning-Jensen, Plassa, Milev; Chorus of Seefestspiele Mörbisch, Festival Orchester Mörbisch, Theimer. Production: Nürnberger. VL Klassik VLMD 020, 148 mins., subtitled
SongsFishermanDVDNELSON: Songs of the Fisherman
spacer Arreola; Mixon (dancer); instrumentalists. Production: T. Nelson. Albany Records 1456, 78 mins, English texts
HoffmannDVDOFFENBACH: Les Contes d'Hoffmann
spacer Dessay, Kim, Pavlovskaya, Losier; Spyres, Vas, Naouri; Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Denève. Production: Pelly. Erato 46369140, 183 mins, subtitled
GobbiHighlightsDVD"Tito Gobbi: Highlights from Tosca, Rigoletto, Gianni Schicchi" 
spacer With Scotto, Robson, Collier; Wicks, Howlett; various orchestras, Downes. ICA Classics ICAD 5118, 86 mins., subtitled
GobbiOtelloDVDVERDI: Otello
spacer Londi, Di Stasio; Miranda Ferraro, Giorgetti, Gobbi, Maddalena; Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro La Fenice, Sanzogno. 
Production: Graf. Bonus Disc: La Leçon de Musique: Tito Gobbi, Roma 1980. Hardy Classic Video HCD 4052, 139 mins. (opera), 59 mins. (bonus), subtitled
MetParsifalDVDWAGNER: Parsifal
spacer Dalayman; Kaufmann, Mattei, Nikitin, Pape; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Gatti. Production: Girard. Sony 88883725589, 280 mins., subtitled

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