Recordings

December 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 DVD Jeanne d'Arc Cover 1215Editor's Choice

Honegger: Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher
DVD Button Cotillard, Honojosa, Almajano, Extrémo; Gallais, Beuron, Vidal, Planas; Lieder Camera Choir, Madrigal Choir, Vivaldi-Petits Cantors de Catalunya Choir, Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Soustrot. Alpha 708, 80 mins., subtitles

Arc of History

Honegger’s oratorio about St. Joan bends toward greatness in this video recording with Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Paroli Cover 1215Fall: Paroli
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CD Button Krabbe, Bönig; Dürmüller, Roider, Lukas. WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, WDR Funkhausorchester Köln, Kober. No texts or translations. CPO 777 899-2
Recordings Long Christmas Dinner Cover 1215Hindemith: The Long Christmas Dinner
CD Button Zamora, Guthrie, Murphy, Martin; Allen, Murphree, Ott, Quinn; American Symphony Orchestra, Botstein. Bridge 9449
Recordings Zigeunerbaron DVD COver 1215J. Strauss: Der Zigeunerbaron
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DVD Button Novak, Mihanovic, Bohinec; Krasznec, Serafin, Serafin, Bankl. Seefestspieler Mörbisch orchestra and chorus, Mayrhofer. Production: Fassbaender. ORF/VL KLASSIK VLMD 018N, 140 mins., subtitled
Recordings Wiener Blut Cover 1215J. Strauss: Wiener Blut
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DVD Button Nadelmann, Klobucar, Shüttengruber; Trost, Serafin, Serafin, Grill. Seefestspiele Mörbisch orchestra and chorus, Bibl. Production: Schell. ORF/VL KLASSIK VLMD 014N, 130 mins., subtitled
Recordings Jenufa Cover 1215Janáček: Jenůfa
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DVD Button Kaune, Larmore, Schwarz; Hartmann, Elgr. Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Runnicles. Production: Loy. ArtHaus Musik 1009069, 131 mins., subtitled
Recordings Death and the Powers Cover 1215Machover: Death and the Powers
DVD Button Risley, Harvey; Cazalet, Orth, Kelley, Kravitz, McNichols; The Miseries, Chorus of Operabots, Dallas Opera, Paiement. Production: Eggert. The Dallas Opera 88295-20400 (Blu-ray), 96 mins., subtitles
Recordings Ruy Blas Cover 1215Marchetti: Ruy Blas
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CD Button Theodossiou, Marini; Malagnini, Gazale, Monici. Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Coro Lirico Marchigiano “Vincenzo Bellini,” Lipton. Bongiovanni GB 2237/38-2 (2)
Recordings Entfuhrung Cover 1215Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail
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CD Button Damrau, Prohaska; Villazón, Schweinester, Selig, Quasthoff; Vocalensemble Rastatt, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nézet-Séguin. Text and translation. Deutsche Grammophon DG 479 4064 (2)
Recordings Fierrabras Cover 1215Schubert: Fierrabras
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DVD Button Kleiter, Röschmann, Chappuis; Schade, Bernheim, Werba, Zeppenfeld, Kalman. Konzertvereinigung, Wienerstaatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Metzmacher. Production: Stein. Unitel Classica 730804 (Blu-Ray), 164 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Recordings Aida Cover 1215Verdi: Aida
CD Button Harteros, Semenchuk; Kaufmann, Tézier, Spotti, Schrott; Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Pappano. Warner Classics 0825646106639 (3)
Recordings Farnace Cover 1215Vivaldi: Il Farnace
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DVD Button Nesi, Prina, Mameli, Galou, Castellano; Staveland, D’Aguanno. Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Sardelli. Production: Gandini. Dynamic 37670 (2), 151 mins.

Choral and Song

Recordings Lutheran Masses Cover 1215Bach: Lutheran Masses, BWV 235-236
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CD Button Blažíková, Lunn; Blaze, Türk, Kooij. Bach Collegium Japan Chorus and Orchestra, Suzuki. BIS BIS-2081, texts and translations
Recordings December Celebration Cover 1215December Celebration: New Carols by Seven American Composers
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CD Button Music by Adamo, Bolcom, Corigliano, Garner, Getty, Heggie, Woolf. Delan; Lynch; Bailey (piano, organ). Volti Chorus, Musicians of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Harms. Pentatone PTC 5186 537

Recital

Recordings Pieczonka Cover 1215Adrianne Pieczonka: Sings Strauss, Wagner
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CD Button Songs by R. Strauss and Wagner; Zeger (piano). Delos DE 3474, texts and translations
Recordings Dallapiccola Cover 1215Dallapiccola: Complete Songs
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CD Button Piccinini, Caiello, Pallucchi; Abbondanza; Farinelli (piano). Texts online only. Brilliant Classics 95202 (2)
Recordings Domnich Cover 1215Ilona Domnich: Surrender: Voices of Persephone
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CD Button Nucci, baritone. Southbank Sinfonia, Over. Texts and translations. Signum Classics SIGCD419
Recordings Puccini Cover 1215Jonas Kaufmann: Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album
CD Button Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Pappano. Texts and translations. Sony Classical 88875092492
Recordings Cage Vocal Music Cover 1215Nicholas Isherwood: John Cage Vocal Music 
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CD Button Verlingieri (electronics). Texts. Bis BIS 2149 (SACD)
Recordings Domingo My Christmas Cover 1215Plácido Domingo: My Christmas 
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CD Button With Menzel, Fischer, Wetsenra, Evancho, Niclo, Domingo, Jr. Sony Music Masterworks 8875117432
Recordings Isokoski Cover 1215Soile Isokoski: Songs by Chausson, Berlioz, Duparc
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CD Button Helsinki Philharmonia Orchestra, Storgards. Texts and translations. Odine ODE 1361-2

Historical

Recordings Poliuto Cover 1215Donizetti: Poliuto
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CD Button Callas; Corelli, Bastianini, Zaccaria. Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, Votto. Live performance, December 7, 1960 Myto CD00234 (2)
Recordings Obraztsova Cover 1215Elena Obraztsova: Russian Songs and Romances
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CD Button The USSR Television and Radio Russian Folk Orchestra, Nekrasov. No texts. Melodiya 10 02332
Recordings Zauberflote cover 1215Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
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CD Button Carlyle, Sutherland, Eddy; Lewis, Bowman, Evans, Hotter, Kelly. Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, Klemperer. Testament SBT2 1504 (2)
Recordings Gedda Cover 1215Nicolai Gedda: My Favorite Operetta Heroes
CD Button Operettas by Lehár and J. Strauss. Various orchestras and conductors. No texts. Warner Classics 0825646127030 (10)

Musical Theater

Recordings Showboat Cover 1215Kern: Show Boat
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DVD Button Stober, Racette, A. R. Simpson, Harris, Wyatt; M. T. Simpson, Irwin, Bolton, Robinson. San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra, DeMain. Production: Zambello. EuroArts 2059688 (2 DVDs), 144 mins. (opera), 33 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Recordings golden Apple Cover 1215Moross: The Golden Apple
CD Button Lassiter, Estes, Brown; Deaton, Williams; Lyric Stage Orchestra, Dias. Text. PS Classics, PS-1528 (2)

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