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January 2017

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

Recordings Boris Godunov Cover 117Editor's Choice

MUSSORGSKY: Boris Godunov
DVD Button Zhekova, Sarambelieva; Tsonev, Andreev, Drobishevski, Hristov, Stanchev, Buchkov, Damyanov; Orchestra, Chorus and Corps de Ballet of the Sofia Opera, Chudovski. Production: Kartaloff. Dynamic DYN-37718, 115 mins, subtitled

Boris the First

An outdoor production in Bulgaria of the original, unrevised version of Mussorgsky’s increasingly popular masterpiece.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Dietz Headspace Cover 117DIETZ: Headcase: Opera Introspective
CD Button Jesse; New Music Raleigh, Dietz. English text. Centaur CRC3474
Recordings Poliuto Cover 117DONIZETTI: Poliuto
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DVD Button Martínez; Fabiano, D’Aguanno, Robinson, Golovatenko, Rose; Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, London Philharmonic, Mazzola. Production: Clément. Opus Arte OA 1211 D (DVD), OA BD 7201 D (Blu-ray), 117 mins. (opera), 15 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Recordings Caractacus Cover 117ELGAR: Caractacus
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CD Button J. Howarth; Wilson-Johnson, A. Davies, S. Roberts, Miles; London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Hickox. Texts. Chandos CHAN 241-58 (2)
Recordings Eotvos Lilith cover 117EÖTVÖS: Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)
CD Button Schönmüller, Nelsen, Francis, Sidak, Hauf; Falk, Stoklossa, Heinrich, Jankowitsch, Wagner; Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Vajda. German text, no translations. BMC CD 226 (2)
Recordings Iphigenie Cover 117GLUCK: Iphigénie en Tauride
DVD Button Galstian, Janková; van der Walt, Gilfry, Scharinger; “La Scintilla” orchestra and chorus of the Zurich Opera House, Christie. Production: Guth. Arthaus Musik 109192, 108 mins., subtitled
Recordings Goldmark Konigin Cover 117GOLDMARK: Die Königin von Saba
CD Button Hebelková, Mihelič; Thammathi, Szemerédy, J. S. Lee; Various choirs, Freiburg Philharmonic, Bollon. Text and translation. CPO 555-013-2 (3)
Recordings Ariane Martinu cover 117MARTINŮ: Ariane
CD Button Šaturová; Lasri, Nagy, Anderzhanov, Faveyts; Aalto-Theater Essen Choir soloists; Essen Philharmonic, Netopil. Libretto and translation. Supraphon SU4205-2
Recordings Julietta Cover 117MARTINŮ: Julietta
CD Button Lascarro; Streit, Gibson, Grappe; Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Weigle. German libretto. Oehms Classic 966 (2)
Recordings Medea Cover 117MAYR: Medea in Corinto
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CD Button Rodriguez, Marcu; Spyres, Scala, Lorenzi; Chorus of the Transylvania State Philharmonic; Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, Luisi. No text. Dynamic 7735/1-2 (2)
Recordings Entfuhrung Rhorer Cover 117MOZART: Die Entführung aus dem Serail
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CD Button Archibald, Gilmore; Reinhardt, Portillo, Schelomianski; Le Cercle de l’Harmonie and Ensemble Aedes, Rhorer. Texts and translations. Alpha Classics 242 (2)
Recordings Grande Duchesse Cover 117OFFENBACH: La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein
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CD Button Valentini-Terrani, di Censo; Allemano, Morris, Plaza, Ligot; Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, Villaume. Texts and translations online. Dynamic CDS 7764 /1-2 (2)
Recordings Arlington Cover 117PEN: Arlington
CD Button Silber; Moss. Texts. Broadway Records BR-CD 04516
Recordings Rossini Stabat Mater Cover 117ROSSINI: Stabat Mater; Giovanna d’Arco
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CD Button Cullaugh, Pizzolato; Sola, Palazzi; Camerata Bach Choir, Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Fogliani. Texts and translations. Naxos 8.573531
Recordings Stravinsky Threnedi Cover 117STRAVINSKY: Threni, Requiem Canticles 
CD Button Landshamer, Wolak; Schmitt, Staveland, Boesch, Roar; Collegium Vocale Gent, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Herreweghe. Texts and translations. Phi LPH020
Recordings Tristan Thielemann Cover 117WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
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DVD Button Herlitzius, Mayer; Gould, Paterson, Zeppenfeld; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Thielemann. Deutsche Grammophon 00440 073 5254, 248 mins., subtitled

Choral and Song

Recordings Axelrod Cover 117AXELROD: "The Heart Revived"
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CD Button Bentley; Ramsay; Axelrod, Ostermiller, piano; Ensemble Nouvelle Époque, Axelrod. Texts and translations. Innova 949
Recordings Four Cycles Cover 117LEWIS: "The Four Cycles"
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CD Button Narucki, Abraham; The New York Virtuoso Singers Quartet; McAllister (guitar), Nakagoshi (piano), Gosling (piano), Lewis. English texts. Naxos 8.559815


Recording Landshamer Cover 117Christina Landshamer: "Lieder"
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CD Button Lieder by Schumann and Ullmann; Gerold Huber, piano. Oehms Classics OC 1848.
Recordings Burgess Cover 117Claire McCaldin: "Notes from the Asylum"
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CD Button Songs by Abrams, Brahms, McNeff, Purcell, Rorem and Wolf. Burgess, piano. Texts and translations. Champs Hill Records
Recordings Wanderer Cover 117Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside: "Der Wanderer"
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CD Button Schubert Lieder. Text and translations. Delphian DCD34170


Recordings Pobbe Mefistofele Cover 117BOITO: Mefistofele
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CD Button Pobbe, De Cecco, Ticozzi, Tagliavini, Neri; Orchestra Sinfonica di RAI Torino, Chorus of Teatro Regio, Torino, Questa. No texts. Urania WS 121.290-2 (2)
Recordings Kluge Cover 117ORFF: Die Kluge
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CD Button Falewicz; Büchner, Neukirch, Stryczek, Lorenz, Hellmich, Friedrich, Polster; Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig. No text. Berlin Classics CD 0300748BC
Recordings Peter Schreier Cover 117Peter Schreier: "Mozart Arias"
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CD Button Staatskapelle Dresden, Suitner. Berlin Classics 0300754BC
Recordings Tebaldi Tosca Cover 117PUCCINI: Tosca
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CD Button Tebaldi; Del Monaco, London; Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, Molinari-Pradelli. No texts. Urania WS 121.236 (2)
Recordings Urania Aida Cover 117VERDI: Aida
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CD Button Nelli, Gustavson, Stich-Randall; Tucker, Valdengo, Scott, Harbour; NBC Symphony Orchestra, Robert Shaw Chorale, Toscanini. No text or translation. Urania WS 121.183-2 (2)
Recordings Lady in the Dark Cover 117WEILL: Lady in the Dark
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DVD Button Sothern, Geer, Linn; Daly, Carpeneter, McGrath, Strudwick, Fortier; studio orchestra, Sanford.  Production: Liebman. VAI  4588, 79 mins.

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