August 2013

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

OrfeoCDEditor's Choice

spacer Newton, Van Evera, Wilkinson; C. Daniels, Hurley, Streetman, Purves, Pelc; Taverner Consort and Players, Parrott. Text and 
translation. Avie AV 2278 (2)

A Whole New Old World

Andrew Parrott's fresh, powerful take on L'Orfeo presents Monteverdi's opera as a timeless fable built on familiar musical structures.

Opera and Oratorio

BurberoCDMARTÍN Y SOLER: Il Burbero di Buon Cuore
spacer Gens, de la Merced, Díaz; Pirgu, Gatell, Chausson, Ramón, Pisaroni; Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Symphony Orchestra 
of Madrid; Rousset. No libretto. Dynamic 777 121-2 (2)
ManonCDMASSENET: Le Portrait de Manon
BERLIOZ: Les Nuits d'Été
spacer Gaspar, Hipp; Bemsch, Zhou; Southbank Sinfonia, Paterson (Massenet), Krafft (Berlioz). Texts and translations. Opera Rara ORC47
MarieVicCDRESPIGHI: Marie Victoire
spacer Kizart; Villar, Brück, Pauly, Bronk, Schümann; Chorus and Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin; M. Jurowski. 
Libretto and translation. CPO 777 121-2 (3)
Recordings Blossom Time Cover 813ROMBERG: Blossom Time
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spacer Maples, Miller, Knox, Best; Berkowitz, Bahr, Allen, Callison, Mackus, Christophe; Ohio Light Opera, Byess. Texts. Albany Records TROY 1401/1402 (2)
TannhauserCDWAGNER: Tannhäuser
spacer Stemme, Prudenskaya; R. D. Smith, Gerhaher, Dohmen; Rundfunkchor Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonierorchester Berlin, 
Janowski. Text and translation. PentaTone PTC 5186 405 (3)

Choral and Song

Records Little Soldier Songs cover 813LITTLE: Soldier Songs
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spacer Moore. Newspeak. Texts. Innova 852
Recordings Songs Eveningland Cover 813NØRGÅRD: Songs from Evening Land
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spacer Gjerris; Moldrup, cello; Sorenson, percussion; Schreiber, conductor; et al. Texts and translations. DaCapo 8.226060


CooteWinterrCDAlice Coote and Julius Drake: "SCHUBERT: Winterreise"
spacer Text and translation. Wigmore Hall Live 0057
Recordings Stefanowicz Cover 813Artur Stefanowicz: "Porpora Cantatas"
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spacer Ensemble Club Europa, Cybulska-Amsler. Texts and translations. CD accord ACD 183-2
GerhaherCDChristian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber: "Ferne Geliebte"
spacer Songs by Beethoven, Berg, Haydn and Schoenberg. Notes, texts and translations. Sony Classical 88691935432
Recordings Eilana Mahler Cover 813Eilana Lappalainen and Robert Miller: "Mahler Songs"
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spacer Texts and translations. Elysium GRK 728
Recordings Between the Bliss Cover 813Julia Faulkner: "Between the Bliss and Me ..."
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spacer Songs to Poems of Emily Dickinson. Fischer, Hoiby, piano. No texts. Naxos 8.559731
Recordings Mullerin Cover 813Karol Kozlowski and Jolanta Pawlik: "SCHUBERT: Die Schöne Müllerin"
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spacer German text. Dux DUX 0588
BeczalaCDPiotr Beczala: "Verdi"
spacer With Podleś, Kwiecien. Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Borowicz. Texts in Italian, Latin, and French. Orfeo C865 131 A 
Recordings Roderick Williams Cover 813Roderick Williams and Helmut Deutsch: "Wigmore Hall Live"
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spacer SCHUMANN: "Kerner Lieder," op. 35; songs by Korngold, Mahler and Wolf. Texts and translations. Wigmore Hall Live WHLive0055
SabataCDXavier Sabata: "Bad Guys"
spacer Handel Arias from Tamerlano, Ariodante, Teseo, Amadigi di Gaula, Giulio Cesare, Ottone. Il Pomo d'Oro, Minasi. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi Aparté APO48


VanzoCDAlain Vanzo: "Airs Français"
spacer Arias from Faust, Mireille, Roméo et Juliette, Richard Coeur-de-Lion, Benvenuto Cellini, Mignon, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, La Jolie Fille de Perth, Le Roi d'Ys, Lakmé, Manon, Werther, La Navarraise, Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Don Carlos, plus popular songs. Various orchestras and conductors; also includes spoken interview. Malibran CDRG 201
Recordings Bruson Cover 813"Il Mito dell'Opera: Renato Bruson"
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spacer Arias from I Due Foscari, Macbeth, Un Ballo in Maschera, Ernani, I Vespri Siciliani, Luisa Miller, Il Trovatore, Don Carlo, Otello, La Traviata, Rigoletto, La Favorita, Poliuto, I Puritani, Attila, Faust, Andrea Chenier, Caterina Cornaro, Maria di Rohan, Beatrice di Tenda, I Masnadieri. Live recordings 1969-98. Notes. Bongiovanni GB 1229-2 and 1230-2 


MoffoDVDAnna Moffo: In Opera and Song
spacer Kultur D2401. 30 mins.
MattPassBluRayBACH: Matthäus-Passion
spacer Danz; Padmore, Harvey; Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, I. Fischer. Arthaus Musik 108 075 (Blu-ray) or 101 676 (DVD). 174 mins., subtitled.
Video St. Matthew Passion 813BACH: St. Matthew Passion
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spacer Crowe, Rice; Güra, Morscheck, Phan, Brook, Grunenwald; Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Maîtrise de Paris, J. Nelson. Soli Deo Gloria 3079658 (2 DVDs), 177 mins., subtitled
Video Becoming Traviata cover 813Becoming Traviata (Traviata et Nous)
spacer A documentary film. Direction: Béziat. 112 minutes. Les Films Pelléas; Arti Film, foreign theatrical distributor. In limited release.
DeidamiaDVDHANDEL: Deidamia
spacer Matthews, Cangemi, Pasichnyk, Tro Santafé; Foster-Williams, Chiummo; Concerto Köln, Bolton. Production: D. Alden. Opus Arte 1088 D, 208 mins., subtitled
MacDonaldDVDJeanette MacDonald: Princess of Opera & Operetta
spacer Kultur D2421 30 mins.
MoseEgittoDVDROSSINI: Mosè in Egitto
spacer Senderskaya, Ganassi; Korchak, Esposito, Zanellato; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Communale di Bologna, R. Abbado; Production: Vick. Opus Arte OA 1093D (DVD) or OA BD7112D (Blu-ray), 150 mins. (opera), 20 mins. (bonus), subtitled
AttilaDVDVERDI: Attila
spacer Markarova; Abdrazakov, Skorokhodov, Sulimsky; Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus, Gergiev. Production: Gama. Mariinsky MAR0538 (Blu-ray) or MAR0534 (DVD). 106 mins., subtitled
Video Trovatore Cover 813VERDI: Il Trovatore
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spacer Romano, Giannelli, Nioradze, Álvarez, Virgili, Sgura, Vatchkov Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio, Parma, Temiranov. Unitel Clasica 723408 Tutto Verdi 17 150 minutes Subtitled
Video Traviata cover 813VERDI: La Traviata
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spacer Vassileva; Giordano, Stoyanov; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma, Temirkanov. Production: K.-E. and U. Herrmann. C Major 723608 (DVD) or 723704 (Blu-ray), 132 mins. (opera), 11 mins. (bonus), subtitled
StiffelioDVDVERDI: Stiffelio
spacer Guanqun, Solis; Aronica, Frontali, Mangione, Andguladze; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio di Parma, Battistoni. Production: Montavon. Unitel Classica 723008 "Tutto Verdi" 15, 117 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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