February 2011

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

Recordings Beczala cover lg 211Editor's Choice

Piotr Beczala: "Slavic Opera Arias"
spacer by Arensky, Borodin, Dvorák, Moniuszko, Nowowiejski, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana, Tchaikovsky and Zelenski. With Bak; Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Borowicz. No texts. Orfeo C814101A

The Language of Romance

Tenor Piotr Beczala delivers a brilliantly sung, emotionally rich recital of arias in Russian, Czech and Polish.

Opera and Oratorio

GrimesGlynd.BRITTEN: Peter Grimes
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spacer Tierney, Gorton, H. Summers; Griffey, Graham-Hall, Page, Dean; London ?Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne Chorus, Wigglesworth. Texts. Glyndebourne PC 76191 (3)
Recordings Faust CD COver 211GOUNOD: Faust
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spacer Isokoski, Selinger, Kushpler; Beczala, Eröd, Youn; Chorus and Orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper, de Billy. No libretto. Orfeo C805103D (3)
DeserteurCDMONSIGNY: Le Déserteur
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spacer Labelle, Monoyios; Boutté, Sharp, Newman; Opera Lafayette Orchestra, R. Brown. Libretto and translation online only. Naxos 8.660263-64 (2)
ParsifalGergievWAGNER: Parsifal
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spacer Urmana; Lehman, Nikitin, Pape, Putilin, Tanovitski; Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre, Gergiev. Notes and text. Mariinsky MAR0508 (4)

Choral and Song

Recordings A Good Understanding Cover 211MUHLY: A Good Understanding
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spacer Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Children's Chorus, Gershon. Text and translations. Decca B0014741-02 
Recordings Drink Air Cover 211MUHLY: I Drink the Air Before Me
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spacer Instrumental ensemble including composer; Young People's Chorus of New York City, Nuñez. Decca B0014742-02
Recordings Liebeslieder cover 211SCHUMANN: Spanische Liebeslieder, op. 138 with Minnespiel, op. 101 and Spanische Liederspeil op. 74
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spacer Petersen, Vondung; Güra, Jarnot; Berner and Radicke, piano. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902050
LightGoldCDWHITACRE: Light & Gold
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spacer Davidson; Kennedy; Glynn (piano), Pavao Quartet, Eric Whitacre Singers, Laudibus, The King's Singers, Whitacre. ?Texts and translations. Decca B001 4850-02
Recordings Wolf Cover 211WOLF: Italienisches Liederbuch
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spacer Robbin; Licht; De'Ath, piano. Texts and translations. Analekta AN 2 9956


MehtaCDBejun Mehta: "Ombra Cara"
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spacer Handel arias from Amadigi di Gaula, Agrippina, Orlando, Radamisto, Riccardo Primo, Rodelinda, etc. With Joshua; Freiburger Barock­orchester, Jacobs. Texts and translations. With bonus DVD. Harmonia Mundi C902077
Recordings Illuminations Cover lg 211BRITTEN: Les Illuminations et al.
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spacer Gauvin; Marsolais, horn; Les Violons du Roy, Zeitouni. Texts and translations. ATMA Classique ACD2-2601
LemieuxCDMarie-Nicole Lemieux: "Ne Me Refuse Pas"
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spacer French opera arias. Le Jeune Choeur de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Gabel. Texts and translations. Naïve V5201 
PolenzaniCDMatthew Polenzani and Julius Drake: "Liszt Songs"
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spacer Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA67782


Recordings Popp Lieder Cd Cover 211Lucia Popp and Irwin Gage: "Lieder"
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spacer by Schubert, Schönberg and Richard Strauss. Texts, no translations. Orfeo C789 101 B
Recordings Freni cd cover lg 211Mirella Freni: "Wiener Staatsoper Live, 1963-95"
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spacer Arias and ensembles by Giordano, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Verdi. With Guglielmi, Atlantov, Domingo, Dvorsky, Lima, Pavarotti, G. Raimondi, Mori, Brendel, A. Rinaldi; Wiener Staatsoper Chorus and Orchestra; R. Abbado, Karajan, C. Kleiber, Levine, Luisi, Navarro, Ozawa, Sinopoli, conductors. No texts or translations. Orfeo C 806 1021 ADD (2 CDs)
Recordings Salamanka cd cover 211SCHUBERT: Die Freunde von Salamanka
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spacer Mathis, Weidinger, Wyatt; Moser, Büchner, Orth, Prey, Holl, Rydl; Austrian Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Guschlbauer. Synopsis; no texts or translations. Brilliant Classics 93931


LittleWomenDVDADAMO: Little Women
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spacer Novacek, DiDonato, Tappan, M. Lloyd; Shelton, Belcher, Yuan; Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Summers. Production: ?P. Webster. Naxos 2.110613 (DVD) or NBD0007 (Blu-ray), 115 mins., subtitled 
FlemingDVD"An Evening with Renée Fleming"
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spacer Arias and songs by Dvorák, R. Strauss, Korngold, Puccini, Leoncavallo. Berliner Philharmoniker, Marin. EuroArts 2058074 (Blu-ray) or 2058078 (DVD), 125 mins., subtitled
CarmenDVDBIZET: Carmen
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spacer Antonacci, Gillet; Richards, Cavallier; Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Gardiner. Production: Noble. FRA Musica 004, 170 mins., subtitled
Video Carmen DVD COver 211BIZET: Carmen
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spacer Garanca, Frittoli; Alagna, Rhodes; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Nézet-Séguin. Production: Eyre. Deutsche Grammophon B0014311-09, 167 mins. (opera), 9 mins. (bonus), subtitled 
Video Ghosts Cover 211CORIGLIANO: The Ghosts of Versailles
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spacer Stratas, Fleming, Horne; Clark, Quilico, Hagegård; Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Levine. Production: Graham. Metropolitan Opera 811357013298 (2 DVDs), 180 mins., subtitled
StoneGuestDVDDARGOMYZHSKY: Stone Guest
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Mozart and Salieri 
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spacer Stone Guest: Milashkina, Sinyavskaya; Atlantov, Valaitis, Vedernikov; Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Ermler. Mozart and Salieri: Maslennikov, Eizen; Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Vartanian. VAI 4525, 128 mins., subtitled
WertherDVDMASSENET: Werther
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spacer Koch, Gillet; Kaufmann, Tézier; ?Orchestra and Children's Choir of l'Opéra National de Paris, Plasson. Production: Jacquot. Decca B0014794-09 (2 DVDs), 162 mins., subtitled
Video Rondine Cover 211PUCCINI: La Rondine
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spacer Gheorghiu, Oropesa; Alagna, Brenciu; Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Armiliato. Production: Joël. EMI Classics 6 31618 9, 114 mins. (opera), 8 mins. (bonus), subtitled
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spacer Verrett; Pavarotti, MacNeil; Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Conlon. Production: Gobbi. Decca B0014793-09, 127 mins. (opera), 27 mins. (bonus), subtitled
RedLineDVDSALLINEN: The Red Line
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spacer Nisula; Hynninen, Alamikkotervo, ?Forsberg; Finnish National Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Franck. Production: Milonoff. Ondine ODV 4008, 115 mins. (opera), 44 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Susan Graham DVD cover 211Susan Graham: French Songs
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spacer With Martineau, piano. Idéale Audience 3079128, 60 mins., subtitled
DonCarloDVDVERDI: Don Carlo
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spacer Caballé, Bumbry; Aragall, Bruson, Estes, Roni; Choeurs de Radio-France, Orchestre National de France, Fulton. Hardy Classic HCD 4045 (2 DVDs), 191 mins., subtitled
When I Rise Poster lg 211When I Rise
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spacer Directed by Mat Hames. Produced by James Moll and Michael Rosen. 74 mins. Television premiere: February 8, 2011, on PBS. Check local listings. 

Musical Theater

SongOfNorwayWRIGHT AND FORREST: Song of Norway (highlights)
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spacer Lewis, Scott, O'Malley; Reardon, Olvis, Arno; studio orchestra and chorus, Engel. Sony Masterworks Broadway 73490. ?Available at

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