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December 2018

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

Recordings Cellini Cover 1118Editor's Choice

BERLIOZ: Benvenuto Cellini
DVD Button Sicilia, Losier; Osborn, Spence, Beekman, Naouri, Morsch, Muraro, Anastassov, Conner; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus of Dutch National Opera, Elder. Production: Gilliam. Naxos 2.110575-76 (2), 180 mins., subtitles

A Grounded Circus

Terry Gilliam’s production of Berlioz’s semiseria is energetic to a fault.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Steve Jobs Cover 1218BATES: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
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CD Button Cooke, Jones, Kaganskaya, Boedecker, Choi, Stallings; Parks, Wu, Sorenson, Markgraf; Bonanni, Ennen, Maughan, Zimmerman; The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Members of The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers, Christie. Text and liner notes. Pentatone PTC 5186 690
Recordings Bernstein Cover 1218BERNSTEIN: A Quiet Place
CD Button Boyle; Kaiser, Meachem, Bintner; Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Nagano. Text and translation. Decca 002844002 (2)
Recordings Passion of Scrooge cover 1218DEAK: The Passion of Scrooge
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DVD Button Sharp; 21st Century Consort, Kendall. Production: Moon. Zen Violence Films, 60 mins.
Recordings Martha Cover 1218FLOWTOW: Martha
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CD Button Bengtsson, Magiera; Glueckert, Bürger, Mayer, Rea; Chor der Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Weigle. Text, no translation. OEHMS Classics CD OC 972 (2)
Recordings Reine de Chypre cover 1218HALÉVY: La Reine de Chypre
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CD Button Gens; Dubois, Dupuis, Huchet, Stamboglis; Flemish Radio Choir, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Niquet. Text and translation. Ediciones Singolares ES 1032 (2)
Recordings Johannes Passion Handel Cover 1218HANDEL: Johannes-Passion
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CD Button La Capella Ducale, Musica Fiata, Wilson. German text and English translation. CPO 555 173-2
Recordings Lucio Silla Cover 1218MOZART: Lucio Silla
DVD Button Petibon, Kalna, Moreno, Santafé; Streit, Tarver; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real, Madrid, Bolton. Production: Guth. BelAir Classiques BAC 150 (2), 180 mins., subtitles
Recordings Mary Queen Cover 1218MUSGRAVE: Mary, Queen of Scots
CD Button Putnam; Busse, Garrison, Gardner, Serrano, Bell, Sorianello. Virginia Opera, Mark. Texts. Lyrita SRCD 2369 (2)
Recordings Invisible cover 1218REIMANN: L’Invisible
CD Button Harnisch, Schlicht, Miller; Bronk, Blondelle, Severloh, Shaw, Wölfel; Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Runnicles. French text, German translation. OEHMS Classics OC 973 (2)
Recordings Meistersinger Cover 1218WAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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CD Button Kaune, Guber; Vogt, Ernst, Hawlata, Volle, Korn; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Weigle. Opus Arte CD9031 (4)

Recital

Recordings April Fredrick Cover 1218April Fredrick: COPLAND: Quiet City Suite, BARBER: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, GERSHWIN: “Summertime”
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CD Button Works by Copland, Barber and Gershwin. English texts. SOMMCD 0118
Recordings She Cover 1218Emily Sternfeld-Dunn: She 
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CD Button Works by Gordon and Heggie. Pfenninger, piano. Texts. Additional content available at navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6150. Navona Records NV6150
Recordings Marienleben Cover 1218HINDEMITH: Das Marienleben
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CD Button Banse; Helmchen, piano; Alpha ALPHA398

Historical

Recordings Lucia Gruberova Cover 1218DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor
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CD Button Gruberova, Dvorsky, Manuguerra, Vogel. Vienna State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Patanè. German and English summary, no libretto or translation. Orfeo C931182 1 (2)
Recordings Tristan Cover 1 1218WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
CD Button Nilsson, Hoffman; Windgassen, Hotter, van Mill; Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Sawallisch. Birgit Nilsson—The Great Live Recordings, Sony 88985392322 (discs 5–7)
Recordings Tristan Cover 2 1218WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
CD Button Nilsson, Hesse; Thomas, Wiener, Talvela; Orchester der Weiner Staatsoper, Böhm. Birgit Nilsson—The Great Live Recordings, Sony 88985392322 (discs 15–17)
Recordings Tristan Cover 1218WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
CD Button Nilsson, Hesse; Vickers, Berry, Rundgren; Orchestre National de l’ORTF, Böhm. Birgit Nilsson—The Great Live Recordings, Sony 88985392322 (discs 25–27)

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