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November 2013

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

PelleasCDEditor's Choice

DEBUSSY: Pelléas et Mélisande
spacer Danco, Slobodskaya, Westbury; Maurane, Etcheverry, Vessières, Frank; BBC Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra, Ingelbrecht. Notes, no text or translation (available online). Testament SBT3 1484 (3)

Vibrant Response

A 1951 BBC aircheck of Pelléas et Mélisande, conducted by Désiré-Émile Ingelbrecht, is free, impassioned and atmospheric.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Gouvy Oedipe Cover 1113GOUVY: Oedipe à Colone
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spacer Ratzenbäck; Haab, Cornwell, Roberts; Kantorei Saarlouis and La Grande Société Philharmonique, Fontaine. Texts and translations. CPO 777 825-2 (2)
PavesiCDPAVESI: Ser Marcantonio
spacer Castellano; Romano, D'Apolito; Camerata Bach Choir, Pozna, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Spadano. Naxos 8.660331-32 (2)
Die_FeenCDWAGNER: Die Feen
spacer T. Wilson, Rae; Fritz, Nagy; Chor der Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurter Oper- und Museumsorchester, Weigle. Text, no translation. OEHMS Classics OC 940

Choral and Song

BerliozCDBERLIOZ: Les Nuits d'Été, La Mort de Cléopâtre
spacer Cargill; Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ticciati. Texts and translations. Linn CKD 421
Recordings Britten Choral 1113BRITTEN: "The Sacred Choral Music"
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spacer Choir of New College Oxford, Higginbottom. Texts and translations. Novum NCR 1386 (2)
Recordings Evensong Cover 1113BURHANS: Evensong
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spacer Trinity Wall Street Choir, Tarab Cello Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound. No texts. Cantaloupe CA21094
Native_InfoCDFAIROUZ: Native Informant
spacer Hughes; Kravitz, Thompson; Krakauer, clarinet; Pine, violin; Spooner, piano; Borromeo String Quartet; Imani Winds. Naxos 8.559744
Recordings Wolf Lieder cover 1113WOLF: Italienisches Liederbuch
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spacer J. Rodgers; R. Williams; Vignoles, piano. Texts and translations. Champs Hill Records CHRCD054


Recordings Ave Maria Cover 1113Daniel Taylor: "Ave Maria"
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spacer Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, Theater of Early Music Choir, Lefèvre, piano. No texts. Analekta AN 2 9841
SpiritualSketchesCDLawrence Brownlee and Damien Sneed: "Spiritual Sketches"
spacer LeChateau Earl Records 888174029597
BrownleeHeartCDLawrence Brownlee and Iain Burnside: "The Heart that Flutters"
spacer Texts and translations. Opus Arte OA CD9015 D
GiordanoCDMassimo Giordano: "Amore e Tormento"
spacer Arias by Cilèa, U. Giordano, Ponchielli, Puccini and Verdi. Ensemble del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Goldsmith. Notes, no text. BMG 53800781 2


Recordings Oedipus Rex Cover 1113STRAVINSKY: Oedipus Rex
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spacer Mödl; Pears, Krebs, von Rohr, Rehfuss; male choir of NWDR, Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stravinsky. No text or translation. Acanta 233694 (with Apollon Musagète and Symphonies of Wind Instruments)
LohengrinCDWAGNER: Lohengrin
spacer C. Watson, Ludwig; Thomas, Berry, 
E. Wächter, Talvela; Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Böhm. 
No libretto. Orfeo C 862 133 D (3)


BeatriceDVDBELLINI: Beatrice di Tenda
spacer Theodossiou, Lo Monaco; Roy, Kalmandi; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania, Pirolli. Production: 
Brockhaus. Dynamic NHK 55675 (Blu-ray), 33675 (DVD), 161 mins., subtitled
DavidJonDVDM.-A. CHARPENTIER: David et Jonathas
spacer Quintans; Charbonneau, N. Davies, Caton, Špicer, Visse, Bessière; Les Arts Florissants, Christie. Director: Homoki. BelAir Classiques BAC093, 130 mins., subtitled
ToscaBluRayPUCCINI: Tosca
spacer Malfitano; Domingo, Raimondi, Prestia, Gatti; Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of RAI, Rome, Mehta. Director: Patroni Griffi. Kultur/Warner Classics BD 4602 (Blu-ray), D 4602 (DVD), 114 mins., subtitled
Video Salzburg Festival Cover 1113R. STRAUSS: Don Juan
WAGNER: Wesendonck Lieder
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C minor
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spacer Stemme; Vienna Philharmonic, Jansons. EuroArts 2072624 (Blu-ray) or 2072628 (DVD), 95 mins., subtitled
AriadneDVDSTRAUSS: Ariadne auf Naxos
spacer Fleming, Archibald, Koch; Smith, Borchev; Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann. Production: Arlaud. Decca/Unitel Classica DVD 074 3809, 136 mins., subtitled
Video Colon Ring Cover 1113The Colón Ring: Wagner in Buenos Aires
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spacer A film by Hans Christoph von Bock. With Watson, Ammann, Schroder; Rasilainen, Zakhozhaev, Andersen, Sumegi, Shore; Teatro Colón Orchestra and Chorus, Paternostro. Production: Carrasco. C Major 712808 93 mins., subtitled
DonCarloDVDVERDI: Don Carlo
spacer Costea, Pozniak; Malagnini, Piazzola, Prestia; Coro Lirico Amadeus, Orchestra Regionale dell'Emilia-Romagna, Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti Modena, 
Ventura. Production: Lee. Unitel Classica 724608, 184 mins. (opera), 11 mins. (bonus), subtitled
OtelloDVDVERDI: Otello
spacer Poplavskaya, Di Castri; Antonenko, Álvarez, Costello, Petrenko; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Muti. Production: S. Langridge. Unitel Classica 725008 "Tutto Verdi" 25, 143 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Genius in Exile cover 1113Wagner: A Genius In Exile
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spacer A documentary film. Direction: Andy Sommer. With Antoine Wagner. BelAir classiques BAC 096, 54 mins. (film), 79 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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