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August 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 Werther Cover 818Editor's Choice

MASSENET: Werther
DVD Button Petit, Stéphany; Flórez, Iversen, Davidson, Zysset; Kinderchor and SoprAlti der Oper Zürich, Philharmonia Zürich, Meister. Production: Gürbaca. Accentus Music DVD ACC 20427, 138 mins., subtitles

Fire from Within.

Juan Diego Flórez is a stirring and sympathetic Werther in Zurich.



Opera and Oratorio

REcordings Mass B Minor Cover 818BACH: Mass in B Minor
CD Button Watson; T. Mead, Van Mechelen, Morsch; Chœur et Orchestre des Arts Florissants, Christie. Harmonia Mundi HAF 8905293.94 (2)
Recordings Bach Mass layton Cover 818BACH: Mass in B Minor
CD Button Watson, Charlston; I. Davies, Bowen, N. Davies; Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Layton. Hyperion CDA68181/2 (2)
Recordings PErgolesi Cover 818PERGOLESI: Mass in D Major; Motet: “Dignas laudes resonemus” 
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CD Button M. Petersen, Fumagali; Ghislieri Chorus and Orchestra; Prandi. Texts and translations. Arcana 444.
Recordings Rondine Cover 818PUCCINI: La Rondine
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CD Button Moşuc, E. Novak; Kang, Zambrano, Rootering; Bavarian Radio Chorus and Munich Radio Orchestra, Repušic. Texts. CPO 555 075-2
Recordings Secchia Rapita Cover 818RICORDI: La Secchia Rapita
CD Button Kieffer, Yamada, L. A. Sala, Bovolo, M. Kim, Valerio, Huseynov, Ravasio; Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Salvagno. Text and translation. Dynamic CDS7798

Choral and Song

Recordings Knaifel Cover 818KNAIFEL: Lukomoriye
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CD Button Melentieva; Migunov, Malov; Lege Artis Choir, Abalian. Texts and Translations. ECM 2436
In Review Krcek Vocal Music Cover 818KRČEK: Vocal Music
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CD Button Havrankova, Vernerová-Nováková, Pistecka; Jakubů, Vraspír, Harvánek; Musica Bohemica, Krček. Arco Diva UP 0202
Recordings Statements Cover 818LANG, HEARNE, LASH: Statements
CD Button Brenner; Lash, harp; Consilvio, cor anglais; Yale Choral Artists, Yale Philharmonia, Douma. Texts. Naxos 8.559829
REcordings Funerailles Cover 818Les Funérailles Royales de Louis XIV
DVD Button Scheen, Richardot; Boden, Mauillon, Immler; Ensemble Pygmalion, Pichon. Production: Vérité. Harmonia Mundi HMD99090565
Recordings Hopes and Dreams Cover 818Various Artists: Hopes & Dreams: The Lullaby Project
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CD Button DiDonato, Yende; Brownlee; many others. Brentano String Quartet, et al. Texts. Decca Gold B0028161-02

Recital

Recordings Rachvelishvili Cover 818Anita Rachvelishvili
CD Button Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Sagripanti. Texts and translations. Sony Classical 19075808752
Recordings Bejun Mehta Cover 818Bejun Mehta: Cantata: Yet Can I Hear
CD Button Works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and others. Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Texts and translations. Pentatone PTC 5186669
Recordings Martin Kranzle Cover 818Johannes Martin Kränzle: Das Ewige Rätsel
CD Button Songs by Klein, Mahler, Martin, Ravel. Dumno, piano. No translations. OEHMS CD Classics OC 1887
Recordings Lord Femmes Cover 818Marie-Josée Lord: Femmes 
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CD Button Arias by Verdi, Puccini, and Massenet; encore by Bernstein. Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Trudel. Texts, no translations. ATMA Classique ACD2 2758
REcordings Michel Lambert Cover 818Michel Lambert: Leçons de Ténèbres des Mercredi, Jeudi et Vendredi Saints 
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CD Button Mauillon, Rignot, Roussel, Mankar-Bennis. Latin texts with French and English translations. HMM 902363.64 (2)
Recordings Illuminations Phan Cover 818Nicholas Phan: Illuminations
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CD Button Songs by Britten, Debussy and Fauré. Huang, piano; Telegraph Quartet, The Knights Chamber Orchestra. Texts and translations. AVIE AV 2382
Recordings Ruby Hughes Cover 818Ruby Hughes: Handel’s Last Prima Donna: Giulia Frasi in London 
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CD Button Arias by Handel, Ciampi, Arne, Smith, and Hayes. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Cummings. Chaconne 0403

Documentary

Recordings Magic Moments 818Maria Callas: Magic Moments in Music: Tosca 1964
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DVD Button Film by Holger Preusse. Interviews with Antonio Pappano, Thomas Hampson, Rufus Wainwright, Kristine Opolais, Rolando Villazon, Brian McMaster and others. Bonus: Tosca Act II, Callas, Cioni; Gobbi; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Cillario. C Major 745008, 97 mins., subtitles
Recordings Absolute Beauty Cover 818Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty
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DVD Button Documentary directed by H. Paul Moon. Appearances by Leonard Slatkin, Thomas Hampson, Marin Alsop, John Corigliano, William Sharp and others. Zen Violence Films, 130 mins., subtitles

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