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February 2015

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

DomingoEncantoCDEditor's Choice

Plácido Domingo: “Encanto del Mar: Mediterranean Songs”
spacer By Serrat, Martino, Moustaki, Rodrigo, Merlandi, de Curtis, Rachel, Lama, Zeira, Obradors, Martini. With Ćirić; Barbara Furtuna. Small instrumental ensemble, Sadin. Texts and translations. Sony 88875006852

The Sound of a Legend

Plácido Domingo conjures up the magic of the Mediterranean Sea in his new song-recital program.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Gawain Cover 215BIRTWISTLE: Gawain
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spacer Angel, Howells; Greager, Ebrahim, Le Roux, Tomlinson; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Howarth. NMC D200 English text
VerkundigCDBRAUNFELS: Verkündigung
spacer Banse, Baechle, Schwarz; Klink, Peter, Eröd, Holl; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Schirmer. German text only. BR Klassik 900311 (2)
BabyKintCDBURRY: Baby Kintyre
spacer Mercer, Albino, Szabó, Nash; Covey, McLennan, Tomkins; chamber ensemble, Hess. English text. Centrediscs CMCCD 20314
WithBloodCDCROZIER: With Blood, With Ink
spacer Lopez, Becerra, Babcock, Donovan, Nieman, Deiter; McEuen, Enderle; Fort Worth Opera Festival Chorus, Fort Worth Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Myers. English text. Albany Records, TROY 1513/14 (2)
Recordings Paria Cover 215DONIZETTI: Il Paria
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spacer P. Cigna; Castiglioni, Verducci, Bronikowski; Pro Arte Marche Orchestra, Mezio Agostini Chorus, Berdondini. Libretto and essays on line. 2001. Bongiovanni 70 GB 2300/1-2 (2)
Recordings Faramondo cover 215HANDEL: Faramondo
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spacer Fons, Dziashko, Devin, Starushkevych; Engeltjes, Lowrey, Grint, Sparbo; FestspielOrchester Göttingen/Cummings. Text and translation. Accent ACC 26402 (3)
Recordings Messiah cover 215HANDEL: Messiah 
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spacer Keith; Taylor, Randle, Thompson; Handel and Haydn Society, Christophers. English text. Coro Cor16125 
ClemencyCDMACMILLAN: Clemency
spacer Abraham, Trainor; Kravitz, Ferreira, Levine, McFerrin; Hodgdon, piano; Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra, Angus. English text. BIS 2129

Choral and Song

Recordings Carmina cover 215LINTON: Carmina Catulli
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spacer Crossley-Mercer; Peterson, piano. Texts and translations. Refinersfire RF-1422
Recordings Basket Rondo Cover 215MONK: Basket Rondo
SALZMAN: Jukebox in the Tavern of Love 
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spacer The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble: Kristina Boerger, Laura Christian, William Zukof, Todd Frizzell, Richard Slade, Elliot Levine. Texts. Labor Lab7094
Recordings Beloveds Voice Cover 215The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge: “My Beloved’s Voice”
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spacer Sacred Songs of Love. Williams; Dixon, Morris, organ. Texts and translations. Signum Classics SIGCD 370


Recordings Renouprez Cover 215Anne Renouprez and Peter Tomek: “Lieder & Sonate für Mathilde Wesendonck”
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spacer Songs and piano music of Wagner. Texts, no translations. Pavane ADW 7548
Recordings Solitaire Cover 215Charlotte Jaconelli: "Solitaire"
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spacer No texts or translations. Sony Masterworks Portrait 88843050732
Recordings Maltman Brahms cover 215Christopher Maltman: “The Songs of Brahms, Volume 5” 
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spacer Romanzen aus L. Tieck’s Magelone. Johnson, piano. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDJ33125
PetibonEccenCDPatricia Petibon and Susan Manoff: “La Belle Excentrique”
spacer Songs by Fauré, Satie, Ferré, Poulenc and others. With Py, vocals. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 479 2465
RivalQueensCDVivica Genaux and Simone Kermes: “Rival Queens”
spacer Music by Bononcini, Hasse, Porpora and others. Cappella Gabetta, Gabetta. Texts and translations. Sony 88843023682


Recordings COrena Cover 2 215Fernando Corena: “Corena in Orbit”
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spacer Unidentified orchestras, Iller Pattacini, Nicelli; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Erede.  No texts or translations.  Decca  480 8147 
Recordings Gwyneth Jones Cover 215Gwyneth Jones: "Scenes from Verdi"
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spacer Arias from Aida, Don Carlo, Macbeth, Otello. Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Downes. Bonus: Arias from Il Trovatore, La Forza del Destino; Ah perfido!Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Quadri. No texts or translations.  DECCA 480 8161 
Recordings Gueden Cover 215Hilde Gueden: “Mozart Arias"
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spacer Arias from Il Re Pastore, Die Zauberflöte, Le Nozze di Figaro; Esultate, Jubilate; Vienna Philharmonic, Erede. Bonus: Arias by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini. Vienna Philharmonic, C. Krauss; Orchestra of the Accademia of Santa Cecilia, Rome, Erede. No texts or translations. DECCA 480 8155  
Recordings Tote Stadt COver 215KORNGOLD: Die Tote Stadt
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spacer Cunitz, Benningsen; Friedrich, Kusche, Braun; Bayerische Rundfunks Orchestra and Choir, Lehmann.  No text.  MYTO 00318
MonteverdiCDMONTEVERDI: L’Orfeo; L’Incoronazione di Poppea; Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria  
spacer Concentus Musicus Wien, Harnoncourt. No texts or translations. Warner Classics 825646314829 (9)
Recordings Cherevichki cover 215TCHAIKOVSKY: Cherevichki
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spacer Kruglikova, Antonova; Nelepp, Al. Ivanov, Mikhailov; Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater; Melik-Pashaev. No libretto. Melodiya 10021 019 (2)
Recordings Siepi Cover 215“The Romantic Voice of Cesare Siepi: Songs of Italy”
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spacer Twelve Italian songs plus arias by Mozart, Meyerbeer, Halevy and Gomes; songs with Orchestra and Chorus, di Stefano; arias with Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Erede. No texts or translations. Excerpts from London OS 25305, London LL 1514, Decca LXT 5096


ParablesDVDALDRIDGE: Parables
spacer Yunus, Zabala; Okell, Zawisza; University Singers, University of Minnesota Chorus and Orchestra, Romey. Production: Walsh. Naxos 2.110358, 51 mins., subtitled
BrahmsGerReqDVDBRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem
spacer Bonney; Terfel; Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Berlin Philharmonic, Abbado. EuroArts 2012784 (Blu-ray)/2012788 (DVD), 79 mins., subtitled
spacer Baráth, Linke; Barna-Sabadus, Guimarães, Gonzalez Toro, Tuohy; Capella Mediterranea, Alarcón. Production: Ruf. Ricercar RIC 346 (2 discs), 177 mins.
BelisarioDVDDONIZETTI: Belisario
spacer D’Annunzio Lombardi, Vestri; Gorrotxategi, Solari, Palmieri; Chorus and Orchestra of the Bergamo Gaetano Donizetti Festival, Tolomelli. Production: Barilone. Bongiovanni AB 20027, 125 mins., subtitled
DonGiovHoltenDVDMOZART: Don Giovanni
spacer Byström, Gens, Watts; Kwiecien, Poli, Esposito, Kimberg, Tsymbalyuk; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Luisotti. 
Production: Holten. Opus Arte 1145D (2 discs), 182 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled 
DonGiovPizziDVDMOZART: Don Giovanni
spacer Papatanasiu, Remigio, Bisceglie; D’Arcangelo, Miller, Concetti, Corrò, Iori; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro la Fenice, Frizza. Production: Pizzi. Unitel Classica C Major 717504 (Blu-ray), 717408 (DVD) (2 discs), 174 mins., subtitled
FlemingViennaBlrayRenée Fleming: "Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century"
spacer Lieder and arias by Wolf, Mahler, Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, Korngold, R. Strauss, J. Strauss II, Gershwin. Pikulski, piano. Arthaus Musik 108 117 (Blu-ray), 102 196 (DVD), 88 mins., subtitled

Musical Theater

Recordings Roberta cover 215KERN: Roberta
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spacer Beechey, Criswell, Montague; Cummings, Graae; Orchestra of Ireland; Berman. New World Records 80760-2 (2)

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