Recordings

November 2016

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

Recordings Cesare Cover 1116Editor's Choice

HANDEL: Giulio Cesare
DVD Button Bartoli, von Otter; Scholl, Jaroussky, Dumaux; Il Gardino Armonico, Antonini. Production: Leiser, Caurier. Decca 0743856 (2 DVDs), 0743859 (Blu-ray), 248 mins., subtitled

Pale Caesar

Starry singing almost redeems an uninspired staging from Salzburg.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Bieito Carmen lg 1116BIZET: Carmen
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DVD Button Uria-Monzon, Poplovskaya; Alagna, Schrott; Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Piollet. Production: Bieito. C Major 750208, 146 mins., subtitled
Recordings Cavalli Sospire Cover 1116CAVALLI: Sospiri d’Amore
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CD Button Semezato, Pe; La Venexiana, Cavina. Texts and translations. Glossa GCD 920940
Recordings Ordering of Moses cover 1116The Ordering of Moses
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CD Button L. Moore, R.N. Miller; Dixon, Albert; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Orchestra, Conlon. Texts. Bridge 9462
Recordings Zaza Cover 1116LEONCAVALLO: Zazà
CD Button Jaho, Wyn, Bardon,  Rudge, Ferri; Massi, Spence, Gaertner, Stout, Thorpe; BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Benini. Opera Rara 55 (2)
Recordings Dinorah CD Cover 1116MEYERBEER: Dinorah
CD Button Ciofi, Kajtazi, Sidak; Talbot, Dupuis, Carico; Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Mazzola. Text and translation. CPO 555014-2
Recordings Edge of forever cover 1116PESACOV: The Edge of Forever
LP button Faatoalia; female chorus and Wild Up, Rountree. Text. The Industry Records TIR002
Recordings Dessi Boheme Cover 1116PUCCINI: La Bohème
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DVD Button Dessì, Berti; F. Armiliato, Luongo, Longhi, Spotti; Orchestra and Choir of the Puccini Festival, Galli. C Major 736108, 123 mins., subtitled
Recordings Rondine Cover 1116PUCCINI: La Rondine
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DVD Button Alieva, Hutton; Castronovo, Zambrano; Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, Rizzi Brignoli. Delos DV 7010, 105 mins. subtitled
Recordings Sullivan Cover 1116SULLIVAN: H.M.S. Pinafore
CD Button Watts, Summers, Whately; Ainsley, Spence, Foster-Williams, Davies, Ring, Rea, Brooke-Taylor; Scottish Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Egarr. Linn Records LINN 522 (2)
Recordings Braci CD Cover 1116TUTINO: Le Braci
CD Button Nisi, Tomasoni; Antoniozzi, Scandiuzzi, Giusti, Kuban;  Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, Cilluffo. Text and translation (online only). Dynamic 7736/1-2 (2)
Recordings Foscari Cover 1116VERDI: I Due Foscari
DVD Button Agresta, Kelly; Meli, Domingo, Sakker, Hickenbottom, Muraro; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera, Pappano. Production: Strassberger. Opus Arte OABD 7197D (Blu-ray)/OA 1207 D (DVD), 122 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled

Choral and Song

Recordings Pergolesi Stabat Mater Cover 1116PERGOLESI: Stabat Mater
VIVALDI: Nisi Dominus 
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CD Button Frigato, Mingardo; Accademia degli Astrusi, Ferri. No texts or translations. Concerto Classics 8012665-209713
Recording Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Horizon 7 11116Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: "Horizon 7"
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CD Button Music of Benjamin, Lindberg, Rijnvos, and Tan. Mehta; Seldis, double bass; Netherlands Kamerkoor, Benjamin, Robertson, Harding, Dun (conds.). English text. RCO 16003
Recordings Wagner Lieder Cover 1116WAGNER: "Complete Lieder"
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CD Button Lättilä; Hakala, Satiela; Suomen Laulu (mixed choir); Kozlovsky, piano. Texts and translations. Siba Records SRCD-1018

Recital

Recordings Lieder Cover 1116BRAHMS: "Lieder & Liebeslieder Waltzes"
CD Button Rost, Kožená; Polenzani, Quasthoff; Levine, Bronfman, piano. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 479 6044
Recordings Solberg Cover 1116Marita Sølberg
CD Button The Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, Fiore. No texts. Simax Classics PSC1336
Recordings Battaglie Cover 1116Montserrat Figueras: "Battaglie e lamenti"
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CD Button Hesperion XX, Savall. Texts and translations. Archiv 4796217
Recordings Schone Mullerin Cover 1116SCHUBERT: Die Schöne Müllerin
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CD Button Murray; West, piano. Texts and translations. Stone Records  5060192780628

Historical

Recording Nabucco Urania Arts Cover 1116VERDI: Nabucco
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CD Button Mancini, Gatti; Silveri, Binci, Cassinelli; Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Roma della RAI, Previtali. No text or translation. Urania Arts WS 121.293-2. (2)

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