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January 2013

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

DramaQueenCDEditor's Choice

Joyce DiDonato: "Drama Queens"
spacer Opera arias by Cesti, Giacomelli, Handel, Hasse, Haydn, Keiser, Monteverdi, Orlandini and Porta. Il Com­plesso Barocco, Curtis. Texts and translations. Virgin Classics 5099960265425

Royal Treatment

Joyce DiDonato and Alan Curtis’s recital of obscure Baroque repertory features some spectacular singing and playing.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Apollo Cover 113MOZART: Apollo et Hyacinthus
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spacer Ek, Bevan; Zazzo, Ainslie, Kennedy; Orchestra of Classical Opera, Page. Text and translations. Classical Opera CKD 398
AurelianoCDROSSINI: Aureliano in Palmira
spacer C. Smith, Kutlu, Tro Santafé; Tarver, Alexander Smith, Mlinde, Foster-Williams; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Benini. Texts and translations. Opera Rara in association with Peter Moores Foundation ORC 46 (3)
BarBrideCDSMETANA: The Bartered Bride
spacer Burešová; Juhás, Voráček, Benci; BBC Singers and Symphony Orchestra, Bělohlávek. Translation. Harmonia Mundi 902119.20 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Bononcini Messa cover 113BONONCINI: Messa a Cinque Concertata; Stabat Mater 
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spacer Frigato, Milanesi, Biscuola, Mingardo; Arrivabene, Contaldo, R. Giordani, Vitale; Concerto Italiano Choir and Orchestra, Alessandrini. Naïve OP 30537 (texts and translations)
Recordings Cypresses cover 113`DVOŘÁK: Cypresses
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spacer Ullmann, Bruns; Frese, piano. Libretto and translation. Hänssler Classic 98.641 (2 CDs)
Recordings Schonberg Cover 113J. SCHÖNBERG: "Another Schönberg"
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spacer Goldstein; Reinecke, violin; Fehlandt, viola; Forck, cello; Pameijer, flute; Nemtsov, piano. German and English translations only. Hänssler Profil PH12023 (2)
Recordings Coronation Mass Cover 113MOZART: "Coronation Mass"; Exsultate, Jubilate
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spacer Wakim, Murrihy; Cooley, S. Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society, Christophers. Libretto and translation. Coro 16104
Recordings Arvo Part cover 113PÄRT: Pilgrim's Song
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spacer Chamber Choir Voces Musicales, Tallinn Sinfonietta, Joost. Text and translation. Estonian Record Productions ERP 2309


Recordings Debussy Songs Cover 113Lorna Anderson, Lisa Milne and Malcolm Martineau: "DEBUSSY: Songs Vol. 2"
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spacer Notes, texts and translations. Hyperion CDA 67883
CabellCDNicole Cabell and Ricky Ian Gordon: "Silver Rain"
spacer Songs by Ricky Ian Gordon. Texts. Blue Griffin Recording BGR253
Recordings Sperry Cover 113Paul Sperry: "Open House"
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spacer Song cycles by Robert Beaser and William Bolcom. New York Virtuosi, Klein; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Davies. Texts and translations. Innova 815


Video Matthew Passion cover 113BACH: St. Matthew Passion
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spacer Landshamer; Kahle, W. Lattke, M. Lattke, Mertens, Go. Schwarz; Thomanerchor, Gewandhausorchester, Leipzig, Biller. Accentus ACC 20256 (2 DVDs) or ACC 10256 (Blu-ray), 164 mins., subtitled
Video Benjamin Button cover 113EATON: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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spacer L. Larson, Roderer, Conner; Trakas, Inferra, Boutte, Burns, Fran; Pocket Opera Players, Kramer-Johansen. Production: Capalbo. Albany Records Troy 1366, 87 mins., subtitled
CesareDVDHANDEL: Giulio Cesare
spacer Dessay, Leonard, Abrahamyan; Zazzo, Dumaux; Chorus of Opéra National de Paris, Le Concert d'Astrée, Haïm. 
Production: Pelly. Virgin Classics 0709399 9 (2 DVDs), 217 mins., subtitled
Video Bizet Footsteps cover 113In the Footsteps of Bizet
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spacer Written by Alain Duault and Stéphane Ghez. Directed by Stéphane Ghez. Kultur D4831, 52 mins.
Video Puccini Footsteps Cover 113In the Footsteps of Puccini
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spacer Written by Alain Duault and Mathilde Deschamps. Directed by Mathilde Deschamps. Kultur D4833, 52 mins.
BrittenDVD"Legacy: Benjamin Britten"
spacer Music by Mozart, Britten and Mendelssohn. Peter Pears, English Chamber Orchestra. ICA Classics ICAD 5083, black and white, 
70 mins., no subtitles
spacer Gheorghiu; Kaufmann, Terfel; Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Pappano. Production: Kent. EMI Classics 4 04063 9, 120 mins. (opera), 8 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Recordings Raimondi Cover 113Ruggero Raimondi: My Favorite Opera
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spacer Produced by Hans-Peter Birke-Malzer and Bernd Hellthaler. EuroArts 2001828, 58 mins.
video nabucco cover 113VERDI: Nabucco
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spacer Theodossiou, Chiuri; Nucci, Zanellato, Ribeiro; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Regio di Parma, Mariotti. Production: D. Abbado. C Major 720408 (DVD) or 720504 (Blu-ray), 137 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled
ObertoBlRyVERDI: Oberto
spacer Sassu, Pentcheva; Parodi, Sartori; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma, Allemandi. Production: Pier'Alli. C Major 720104 (Blu-ray) or 720008 (DVD), 124 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Regno1DVDVERDI: Un Giorno di Regno
spacer Antonacci, Marianelli; Magrì, Loconsolo, Porta, Bordogna; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio di Parma, Renzetti. 
Production: Pizzi. C Major 720208 (DVD) or 720304 (Blu-ray), 119 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Regno2DVDVERDI: Un Giorno di Regno
spacer Antonacci, Gasdia; Catani, Coni, Antoniozzi, Praticò; Chorus of the Teatro Regio di Parma della Cooperativa "Artisti del Coro," Arturo Toscanini Symphony Orchestra of Emilia Romagna, Benini. Production: Pizzi. Hardy Classic Video HCD 4049 (DVD), 124 mins., subtitled

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