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February 2018

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

Recordings William Tell CD Cover 218Editor's Choice

ROSSINI: Guillaume Tell

DVD Button Byström, Fomina, Shkosa; Osborn, Finley, Courjal, Halfvarson; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Pappano. Production: Michieletto. Opus Arte 1205D, 201 mins., subtitled

Gone Is the Romance

This provocative production of Rossini’s masterpiece doesn’t shy away from undercurrents of bleak tyranny.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Sister Carrie Cover 318ALDRIDGE: Sister Carrie
CD Button Zabala, Jordheim; Phares, Morgan, Cunningham; Florentine Opera Chorus and Company, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Boggs. English text. Naxos 8.669039-40 (2)
Recordings Troyens Cover 218BERLIOZ: Les Troyens
CD Button DiDonato, Lemieux, Crebassa; Spyres, Dubois, de Barbeyrac, Degout; Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Nelson. Text and translation. Warner Classics 01 90295762209 (4 + DVD)
Recordings Pelleas Cover 218DEBUSSY: Pelléas et Mélisande
CD Button Kožená, Fink; Gerhaher, Finley, Selig, Bloom, Mädler; London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Rattle. Text and translation. LSO Live CD 0790 (3)
Recordings Rusalka Cover 218DVOŘAK: Rusalka
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DVD Button Polkowska, Gapicz, Nowak-Stańczyk, Vatutina; Szlenkier, Greszta, Tolstoy; Orchestra, Choir & Ballet of the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz, Figas. Production: Wuss. DUX 8178, 134 mins., subtitles
Recordings Glass Trial Cover 218GLASS: The Trial
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CD Button Hellier, Forbes; Herford, Bennett, Folwell, Druiett, Thomas, Curievici; The Music Theatre Wales Ensemble, Rafferty. Text. Orange Mountain Music 0118 (2)
Recordings Humperdinck Hansel Cover 218HUMPERDINCK: Hänsel und Gretel
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CD Button Steiner, Merbeth, Wundsam; Elsner, Dohmen. Childrens Chorus of the Berlin State Opera; Berlin Radio Symphony; Janowski. Text and translation. Pentatone  5186 605(2)
Recordings Martin Die Weise Cover 218MARTIN: Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke
CD Button Von der Damerau; Philharmonia Zurich, Luisi. No text or translation. PHR 1080
Recordings Blizzard Voices Cover 218MORAVEC: The Blizzard Voices
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CD Button Pulley, Selig, Brookhyser; DiBattista, Kravitz, Cushing; New England Conservatory Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Rose. Boston Modern Orchestra Project BMOP/sound 1054
Recordings Pygmalion Cover 218RAMEAU: Pygmalion
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CD Button Chappuis, Scheen, Warnier; Dubois; Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Texts and translations. Aparte AP 155
Recordings Loose Wet Perforated Cover 218VINES: Loose, Wet, Perforated
CD Button De la Guardia, Lobo; Dodson, Church; Advocat, Stäudlin, Moore, Williams. Text. Navona NV6124

Choral and Song

Recordings Mulligan Argento Cover 218ARGENTO: The Andrée Expedition; From the Diary of Virginia Woolf 
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CD Button Mulligan; Long (piano). No texts. Naxos 8.559828
Recordings Freimaurermusiken Cover 218MOZART: Die Freimaurermusiken
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CD Button Kobow, KIener, Steffens; Salzburger Hofmusik, Brunner. Texts and translations. CPO 777 917-2 (1)


Recordings Gheorghiu cover 218Angela Gheorghiu: "Eternamente: The Verismo Album"
CD Button Songs, arias and duets by Mascagni, Donaudy, Puccini, Boito, Mascheroni, Refice, Giordano and Leoncavallo. Calleja, Novak; Prague Philharmonia, Villaume. Warner Classics 0190295780241
Recordings John Osborn Cover 218John Osborn: "A Tribute to Gilbert Duprez"
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CD Button Kaunas State Chorus, Kaunas City Orchestra, Orbelian. Texts and translations. Delos DE 3532
Recordings Florez Mozart Cover 218Juan Diego Flórez: "Mozart"
CD Button Arias from Idomeneo, Die Zauberflöte, Il Re Pastore, Don Giovanni, La Clemenza di Tito, Così Fan Tutte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail; concert aria K. 431. La Scintilla, Minasi. Sony Classical 88985430862


Recorings Annie Get Your Gun Cover 218BERLIN: Annie Get Your Gun
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DVD Button Martin, Shaw; Raitt, O’Neal, Burr, Charles.  Studio orchestra; Adrian, c. VAI 4600, 105 minutes
Recordings Claramae Turner Arias Cover 218Claramae Turner: "Opera Arias and Scenes (1946-1953)"
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CD Button Various conductors and orchestras. VAI Audio 1283
Recordings Rakes Progress Datum Cover 218STRAVINSKY: The Rake’s Progress
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CD Button Gueden, Thebom, Lipton; Conley, Franke, Harrell, N. Scott, Davidson. Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Reiner. Datum 90003 (2)

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