February 2006

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

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BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings; Les Illuminations; Nocturne
Bostridge; Baborák (horn); Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle. EMI Classics 5 58049 2

In a rare and ideal pairing of artist and repertoire, Ian Bostridge delivers a superb all-Britten program, accompanied by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Opera and Oratorio

opera newsJOMMELLI: Armida Abbandonata
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Malas-Godlewska, Gens, Petibon, Perrin, Brua, Polverelli; Ragon; Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Texts and translations. Ambroisie AMB 9983 (3)
opera newsMENDELSSOHN: Der Onkel aus Boston
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Royal, Bauer; Süss, Odinius, Valentin, Kovács, Daum; Gächinger Kantorei, Bach Collegium, Stuttgart, Rilling. Text, translations. Hänssler Classic 98221
opera newsOFFENBACH: La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein
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Lott, Piau; Beuron, Le Roux, Huchet, Leguérinel, Grappe, Gabriel; Les Musiciens et Choeur du Louvre Grenoble, Minkowski. Text and translations. Virgin 45734 (2)
opera newsWAGNER: Scenes from Tristan und Isolde
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L. Watson; R. D. Smith, Bruns; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Anguélov. No texts. Oehms OC 527


opera news Andreas Scholl: Arias For Senesino
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Arias by Albinoni, Handel, Lotti, Porpora and A. Scarlatti. Accademia Bizantina, Dantone. Texts and translations. Decca B0005300-002
opera news Carlos Mena: "La Cantada Espanola in América"
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Cantadas by Nebra and Torres. El Ayre Español, López Banzo. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi Iberica HMI 987064
opera news Christoph Genz: "Music for a While"
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Lute Songs from the Seventeenth Century. Freimuth, lute/theorbo. Texts, no translations. Berlin Classics 12452BC
opera news Elina Garanca: "Opera and Concert Arias"
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by Mozart. Camarata Salzburg, Langrée. Texts and translations. Virgin Classics 3326312
opera news Gerald Finley: "A Song - For Anything"
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Songs by Charles Ives. With Drake, piano. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA-67516
opera news Konrad Jarnot: "Vier letzte Lieder; Vier Lieder op. 27; Neun Lieder op. 10"
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Songs by Strauss. Deutsch, piano. No texts or translations. Oehms Classics OC518
opera news Roderick Williams: "Songs of Travel"
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Songs of Ralph Vaughan Williams. Burnside, piano. Downloadable texts only. Naxos 8.557643 Jonathan Lemalu: "Love Blows as the Wind Blows"
English and American Songs. Martineau, piano; Belcea Quartet. Texts. EMI Classics 58050 2 7


opera news Miliza Korjus: "The Art of Coloratura"
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Various conductors and orchestras. Hänssler Living Voices 94.509
opera news Teresa Berganza: "A Birthday Tribute"
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Arias and Songs of Falla, Bizet, Mozart, Puccini, Garcia Lorca, Granados, Cavalli, Carissimi and others. Various orchestras, Abbado, Böhm, Navarro, Ozawa, Roa, Sinopoli. No texts or translations. Deutsche Grammophon 00289 477 5489 (4 CDs)


opera newsLANGGAARD: Antikrist
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Byriel, A. Dahl, Gjerris; Elming, Resmark, Nylund, Ketilsson, van Hal, Lundgren, Suurballe; Danish National Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Dausgaard. Production: Holm. Da Capo 2.110402, 95 min., subtitled
opera news Barbara Cook: "Bell Telephone Hour" 1960-65
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With The Buffalo Bills, Alfred Drake, Anita Gillette and Robert Goulet; The Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra and Chorus, Voorhees. VAI DVD 4347, 50 minutes
opera newsPUCCINI: La Bohème
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Scotto, Niska; Pavarotti, Velis, Wixell, Monk, Plishka, Tajo; The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Levine. Production: Melano. DG B0004484-09 123 mins., subtitled
opera newsBELLINI: La Sonnambula
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Mei, Bertagnolli, Curiel; Bros, Prestia, Turco; Orchestra and Chorus of the Florence Maggio Musicale, Oren. Production: Tiezzi. TDK DVWW-OPSON (Naxos, dist.), 138 mins., subtitled
opera newsRAMEAU: Les Indes Galantes
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De Niese, Gabail, Petibon, Panzarella, Azzaretti, Le Roi, Hartelius; Agnew, R. Croft, Strehl, Rivenq, Cavallier, Fernandes, Berg; Les Arts Florissants, Christie. Production: Serban. OA 0923D, 244 mins., 16:9 format, subtitled
opera newsPUCCINI: Tosca
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Gheorghiu; Alagna, Raimondi; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Pappano. Kultur D4010. 4:3 format, 120 mins., subtitled

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