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November 2015

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

Recordings Van Dam Autograph lg 1115Editor's Choice

José van Dam: Autograph 
CD Button Opera, oratorio, lieder. Erato 0825646190492. Nine discs (music), one disc (documentary)

Dam Good

For his seventy-fifth birthday, a ten-disc yet incomprehensive survey of the career of José van Dam.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Rappresentatione Cover 1115Cavalieri: Rappresentatione di Anima, e di Corpo
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CD Button Chappuis, Roterberg, Mancini; Weisser, Milhofer, Orendt; Concerto Vocale, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Jacobs. Text and translation. Harmonia Mundi 902200.01 (2)
Recordings DanielpourCover 1115Danielpour: Toward a Season of Peace
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CD Button Plitmann; Pacific Symphony and Chorale, St. Clair. Texts and translations. Naxos 8.578311-12 (2)
Recordings Handel Allegro Cover 1115Handel: L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
CD Button Webster; Kilsby, Ovenden, Harvey, Riches; Gabrieli Consort and Players, McCreesh. Gabrieli/Signum SIGCD 392 (2). English text
Recordings Difficulty Cover 1115Lang: The Difficulty of Crossing a Field
CD Button Carrico, O’Regan Thiele, L. Mitchell, N. Mitchell; Robinson, Burchett; Harlem String Quartet, Frost. Cantaloupe CA 21107
Recordings Ulisse in Patria Cover 1115Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria
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CD Button Wool, Nims, Rivera; Sheehan, Auchincloss, Guimarães; Boston Baroque, Pearlman. Text and translation. Linn CKD 451 (3)
Recordings Trionfi Cover 1115Orff: Trionfi
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CD Button Casapietra, Mai, Nawe; Hiestermann, Büchner, Stryczek. Leipzig Radio Orchestra and Chorus, Kegel. No texts. Brilliant Classics 95116 (2)
Recordings Glyndebourne Rosenkavalier Cover 1115R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
DVD Button Royal, T. Gheorghiu, Erraught, Keys, Schneiderman; Dunaev, Woldt, Kraus; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Chorus, Ticciati. Production: R. Jones. Opus Arte OA 1170D (2 discs), 191 mins. (opera), 22 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Recordings Stabat Mater Cover 1115Steffani: Stabat Mater
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CD Button Bartoli, Rial, Fernandez, Carzaniga: Fagioli, Behle, Prégardien, Vitale; Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera and I Barocchisti, Fasolis. Texts and translations. Decca B0018947-02
Recordings Silvana Cover 1115Weber: Silvana
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CD Button Kaune, Krapp; von Bothner, Schörner, Pauly, Roth. Choir and Orchestra of the Munich Radio Orchestra; Schirmer. Libretto and translation. CPO 777 727-2 (2)
RECORDINGS Neugierigen Cover 1115Wolf-Ferrari: Die Neugierigen Frauen
CD Button Rasmussen, Kaminskaite, Radomirska, Göring; Weller, Schörner, Stiefermann, Schöne, Linn, Begemann; Mitglieder des Madrigalchores der Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, München Rundfunkorchester, Schirmer. CPO 777 739-2 (2), text and translation

Choral and Song

Recordings Bielawa Cover 1115Bielawa: The Lay of the Love
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CD Button Rosales; Blumberg. Dueck, Hochman, Luest, piano; C. Jacobsen, violin; E. Jacobsen, cello; Suzuki, flute; McGill, clarinet. Texts. Innova 915
Recordings Birtwistle Songs Cover 1115Birtwistle: "Songs 1970-2006"
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CD Button Rossi, Körber, Lewerk; Euler. Kuss Quartet, Das Neue Ensemble, others, Asbury. Texts and translations. Toccata Classics Tocc 0281
Recordings Chilcott Cover 1115Chilcott: The Angry Planet
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CD Button Tring. Beeson (piano); Charman, Gruett (percussion); BBC Singers, The Bach Choir, London Youth Choir, Finchley Children’s Music Group, The Young Singers, Hill. English texts. Signum Classics SIGCD422 (2)
Recordings Shimmering Cover 1115Ensemble LaCappella: “Shimmering”
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CD Button Texts and translations. Rondeau ROP6094
Recordings Ask Your Mama Cover 1115Karpman: Ask Your Mama
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CD Button Brugger, Brown, Black Thought, Freelon, T. Stinson, M. Owens, Medusa, Kwarteng, E. McGlover. Various instrumentalists, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Manahan. Avie AV 2346
Recordings Amour et la Foi Cover 1115Messiaen: L'Amour et la Foi
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CD Button Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra; Shirinyan (piano), Bloch (ondes Martenot), Creed. Texts and translations. OUR Recordings 6.220612
Recordings Poulenc Songs Cover 1115Poulenc: "The Complete Songs"
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CD Button Adamczak, Brandon, Fox, Lott, McGreevy, Tibbels, Tynan, Bickley; Johnson, Tritschler, Davies, Ludlow, Maltman, Riches, Velarde. Johnson, piano; Bernac, speaker. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA68021 (4)

Recital

Recordings Gavrilova Cover 1115Ekaterina Gavrilova: “Oh! Quand je dors”
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CD Button Songs by Liszt, R. Strauss, Schumann, Faure, Schubert, H. Wolf, D. Wolf, Poulenc, and Debussy. Lytkina (piano). No texts or translations. Centaur CRC 3391
Recordings Elizabeth Watts Mozart Cover 1115Elizabeth Watts: “Opera Arias and Overtures by Mozart”
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CD Button Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Baldini. Texts and translations. Linn Records CKD 460
Recordings Podles Ohlsson Warsaw Cover 1115Ewa Podleś & Garrick Ohlsson: “Live at the Fryderik Chopin University in Warsaw”
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DVD Button Songs and piano pieces by Musorgsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. Ohlsson, piano. Video director: Rys. Dux 9883n, 65 mins., limited subtitles
Recordings Apres un Reve Cover 1115Karine Deshayes: “Après un Rêve”
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CD Button The Ensemble Contraste. Songs by Gounod, Chausson, Fauré, Massenet, Berlioz and Godard. No texts or translations. Aparte music 3 149028 059823
Recordings Persson Sempre Libera Cover 1115Miah Persson: “Sempre Libera”
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CD Button Arias by Donizetti, Gounod, Bellini, Bizet, Delibes, Meyerbeer, Offenbach, Messager, Verdi, Puccini; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Harding. Texts and English translations. Bis 2112
Recordings Jaroussky Green Cover 1115Philippe Jaroussky: "Green"
CD Button Songs by Debussy, Fauré, Hahn, Brassens, Ferré, Chausson, Chabrier, etc. Ducros, piano, and Quatuor Ebène. Erato 0825646166930 (2), texts and translations
Recordings Sarah Fox Cole Porter Cover 1115Sarah Fox: “The Cole Porter Songbook”
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CD Button Burton, piano. Texts. Signum Classics SIGCD406
Recordings Sophie Karthauser Cover 1115Sophie Karthäuser: "Les Anges Musiciens"
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CD Button Poulenc mélodies with Eugene Asti. Text and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902179

Historical

Recordings Bacquier Cover 1115Gabriel Bacquier: “Singers of the Paris Opera”
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CD Button Arias and scenes by Gluck, Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Massenet, Debussy, and Puccini. Various orchestras and conductors. No texts. Malibran 211
Recordings Mito Cover 1115Piero Visconti: “Il Mito Dell’Opera”
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CD Button Arias by Donizetti, Flotow, Verdi, Ponchielli, Puccini. Various unnamed soloists, orchestras, choruses, conductors. No texts or translations. Bongiovanni GB1235-2
Recordings Boheme Historic Cover 1115Puccini: La Bohème
CD Button Lorengar, Streich; Kónya, Fischer-Dieskau, Günter, Bertram; Chor der Staatsoper Berlin, Staatskapelle Berlin, Erede. MYTO CD 00313 (2). No text or translation
Recordings Vie de Boheme Cover 1115Puccini: La Vie de Bohème
DVD Button Pastor, Gromova; Vanzo, Clément, Laffage, Depraz; Orchestre Radio Lyrique de la R.T.F., Derveaux. FRA Musica, EDV 1610-FRA 010, 103 mins., no subtitles

Musical Theater

Recordings High Wide Handsome cover 1115Kern: High, Wide, and Handsome
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DVD Button Dunne, Lamour, Patterson; Scott, Hale, Tamiroff, Walburn. Universal Vault Series 6116518, 105 mins.
Recordings Tokio Confidential Cover 1115Schorr: Tokio Confidential
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CD Button Paice, Nichols; Llana, Kready, Leung, Warren; studio orchestra, Konopka. English text. Broadway Records BR-CD02515

Documentary

Recordings Hannigan Documentary Cover 1115Barbara Hannigan: "Concert and Documentary"
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DVD Button Selections by Fauré, Ligeti, Mozart and Rossini. Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hannigan (conductor and soloist). “I’m a Creative Animal,” director: Seiler. Accentus Music ACC 20327. Concert: 72 mins., subtitled. Documentary: 51 mins.
Recordings Prometheus Cover 1115Prometheus: Musical Variations on a Myth
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DVD Button Works by Beethoven, Liszt, Scriabin, and Nono. Agerich, Ade-Jesemann, Bair-Ivenz, Krumbiegel; Schadock; Berliner Singakademie; Solistenchor Freiburg; Berliner Philharmoniker, Abbado. Production: Swann. EuroArts 2001944, 57 mins., limited subtitles

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