November 2011

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

MachaidzeCDEditor's Choice

Nino Machaidze: "Romantic Arias"
spacer By Massenet, Gounod, Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini. Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Mariotti. Texts and translations. Sony 88697841742

Rare Beauty

In her debut recital album, Nino Machaidze proves that she is an artist with confidence, individuality and a big musical temperament.

Opera and Oratorio

FidelioAbbadoCDBEETHOVEN: Fidelio
spacer Stemme, Harnisch; Kaufmann, Strehl, Struckmann, Mattei, Fischesser; Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, C. Abbado. Texts and translations. Decca 478 2551
TurnScrwGlyndeCDBRITTEN: The Turn of the Screw
spacer Tilling, Bell, Songi, A. Owens; Sladdin, Burden; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gardner. Notes and text. Glyndebourne GFOCD 011-07 (2)
Recordings Adriana Cover 1111CILÈA: Adriana Lecouvreur
Online Exclusive
spacer Carosi, Cornetti; M. Álvarez, Antoniozzi; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio, Torino, Palumbo. No libretto. Dynamic CDS 628/1-2 (2)
LuciaMariinskyCDDONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor
spacer Dessay; Beczala, Voropaev, Sulimsky, Bannik; Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre, Gergiev. Text and 
translation. Mariinsky MAR0512 (2)
Recordings Jephtha Cover 1111HANDEL: Jephtha
Online Exclusive
spacer Julsrud, Kielland, Jansson; Gilchrist, Stensvold; Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Collegium Vocale Gent, Biondi. Libretto. BIS BIS-CD-1864 (2)
SummerSmokeCDHOIBY: Summer and Smoke
spacer Viemeister, Farmer, Coolen; Strommer, Mellon; Chorus and Orchestra of Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre, Osgood. Text and notes. Albany Records, Troy 1272/73
Recordings Giovanni Cover lg 1111MOZART: Don Giovanni
Online Exclusive
spacer Samuil, Borsi, Reiss; Ulivieri, Korchak, Muraro, Orfila, Spotti; Israel Philharmonic, Orchestra and New Israeli Vocal Ensemble, Mehta. Synopsis only; no libretto. Helicon 02-9627 (3)

Choral and Song

Recordings Hasse Cover 1111HASSE: Requiem in C Major; Miserere in C Minor
Online Exclusive
spacer Winkel, Werneburg, Lehmkuhl, Herzog; Balzer, Uhle; Dresdner Kammerchor and Dresdner Barockorchester, Rademann. Texts and translations. Carus 83.349
Recordings Korngold cover 1111KORNGOLD: "Songs, Volume 1"
Online Exclusive
spacer Stallmeister; Schenker-Primus; K. Simon, piano. Texts and translations online only. Naxos 8.572027
Recordings Neruda Cover lg 1111LIEBERSON: Neruda Songs
THEOFANIDIS: Symphony No. 1
Online Exclusive
spacer With K. O'Connor, Atlanta Symphony, Spano. Texts and translations. ASO Media CD 1002
Recordings Martinu Cover 1111MARTINŮ: "A Wreath of Carnations, Volume 1"
Online Exclusive
spacer Wallingerová; Koukl, piano. Texts and translations online only. Naxos 8.572588
Recording Runes Cover 1111Paul Hillier and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir: "Baltic Runes"
Online Exclusive
spacer Choral music by Tormis, Sibelius, Kreek and Bergman. Harmonia Mundi HMU 807485
Recordings Stories Cover 1111Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier: "Stories"
Online Exclusive
spacer Music by Cage, Berio, Berberian and others. Texts. Harmonia Mundi. HMU 807527


KurzakGioiaCDAleksandra Kurzak: "Gioia!" 
spacer Arias by Bellini, Donizetti, Moniuszko, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Verdi. With Demuro. Orchestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Wellber. Texts and translations. Decca 4287230
KirchWigmoreCDAngelika Kirchschlager and Roger Vignoles: "Wolf & Strauss"
spacer Texts and translations. Wigmore Hall Live WHL 0040
Recordings Darryl Taylor Cover 1111Darryl Taylor and Brent McMunn: "How Sweet the Sound" 
Online Exclusive
spacer Albany TROY1244
PiauManoffCDSandrine Piau and Susan Manoff: "Après un Réve"
spacer Songs by Strauss, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Chausson, Bouchot, Poulenc and Britten. Texts and translations. Naïve V5250


Recordings Kuhreigen Cover 1111BEETHOVEN: Christus am Ölberge (Christ on the Mount of Olives)
Subscribers Only
spacer Schwaiger; Sperlbauer, Berry; Chorvereinigung "Jung-Wien" and Wiener Symphoniker, Lehner. No notes or texts. MYTO 00275
Recordings Freni Cover lg 1111Great Singers Live: Mirella Freni
Online Exclusive
spacer Arias by Cilèa, Puccini, Bizet, Massenet, Verdi, Mozart, Tchaikovsky. Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Eichhorn/V. Ghiaurov. No texts or translations. BR Klassik 900303
Recordings Ghiaurov Cover 1111Great Singers Live: Nicolai Ghiaurov
Online Exclusive
spacer Arias by Gounod, Bizet, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glinka, Verdi, Rossini, Khrennikov. Bayerischen Rundfunks Chorus, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Prêtre / Antonini. No texts or translations. BR Klassic 900304
Recordings Kuhreigen Cover 1111KIENZL: Der Kuhreigen
Subscribers Only
spacer Felbermayer, Boesch; Sperlbauer, Wiener, Berry; Tonkünstlerchor and Großes Orchester der RAVAG, Loibner. Myto MCD00275
QueenSpades1984CDTCHAIKOVSKY: The Queen of Spades
spacer Varady, Obraztsova, Schemtchuk; Atlantov, Voroshilo, Brinkmann; Chorus and Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera, Shuraitis. No libretto. Orfeo d'Or 811112 (2)


TroyenBluRyBERLIOZ: Les Troyens
spacer Matos, Barcellona, Shilova, Bulicheva; Ryan, Viviani, Cutler, Milling, Giuseppini; Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Gergiev. Production: La Fura dels Baus. C Major 706104 (Blu-ray) or 706008 (2 DVDs), 240 mins. (opera), 21 mins. (bonus), subtitled
DialogCarmBluPOULENC: Dialogues des Carmélites
spacer Gritton, Isokoski, Resmark, Brunet, Guilmette; Richter; Orchestra and Chorus of Bayerische Staatsoper, Nagano. Production: Tcherniakov. BelAir Classiques BAC461 (Blu-ray) or BAC061 (DVD), 152 mins., subtitled
Video Butterfly Cover 1111PUCCINI: Madama Butterfly
Online Exclusive
spacer Angeletti, Vestri; Pisapia, Sgura; Coro Lirico Marchigiano "Vincenzo Bellini," Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche, Callegari. Production: Pizzi. C Major 706304 (Blu-ray) or 706208, 137 mins., subtitled
TurandotDVDPUCCINI: Turandot
spacer Guleghina, Poplavskaya; Giordani, Ramey; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Nelsons. Production: Zeffirelli. Decca B0015735-09 (DVD) or B0016016-59 (Blu-ray), 122 mins. (opera), 9 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Louis Riel Cover 1111SOMERS: Louis Riel
Online Exclusive
spacer P. Rideout, Roslak; Turgeon, Rutherford, Rouleau, Milne, Astor, Lortie; Canadian Opera Company Chorus and Orchestra, Feldbrill. Centrediscs CMCDVD 16711, 126 mins., no subtitles
Video Pique Dame cover 1111TCHAIKOVSKY: The Queen of Spades
Online Exclusive
spacer Magee, Zaremba, Podleś; Didyk, Tézier; Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Boder. Production: Deflo. Opus Arte OA BD 7085 D (Blu-ray) or OA 1050 D (2 DVDs), 180 mins., subtitled
spacer Urmana, Zajick; Botha, Guelfi, Scan­diuzzi, Kocán; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Gatti. Production: Frisell. Decca B0015736-09 (2 DVDs) or B001601559 (Blu-ray), 150 mins. (opera), 13 mins. (bonus), subtitled
MacbethBluRyVERDI: Macbeth
spacer Urmana; Tiliakos, Secco, Furlanetto; Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Currentzis. Production: Tcherniakov. BelAir Classiques BAC454 (Blu-ray) or BAC054 (2 DVDs), 161 mins. (opera), 33 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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