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March 2007

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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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson: "Neruda Songs"
by Peter Lieberson. Boston Symphony Orchestra, Levine. Nonesuch 79954-2

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson sings a glowing performance of Peter Lieberson's Neruda settings, accompanied by James Levine and the BSO.

Opera and Oratorio

opera newsSTRADELLA: Amanti, Olà, Olà!; Chi Resiste al Dio Bendato
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Frisani, Presutti, Chierichetti; Doro, Checchetti, Sakurada, Ristori; Alessandro Stradella Consort, Velardi. Chaconne CHAN 0728
opera newsBACH: Complete Cantatas, Vol. 21
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Piau, Zomer, Stam, Bartosz, Markert; Gilchrist, Agnew, Prégardien, Dürmüller, Mertens. The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Koopman. Texts and translations. Challenge Classics CC72221 (3)
opera newsLEONCAVALLO: Pagliacci
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Martínez; Bocelli, Antonucci, Piccoli, Accurso; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, Mercurio. Italian text and English translation. Decca 000718102

Choral and Song

opera newsCRECQUILLON: Missa Mort m'a Privé
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The Brabant Ensemble, Rice. Hyperion CDA67596
opera newsGORDON: Orpheus & Euridice
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Futral; Palmer, clarinet; Chen, piano. Ghostlight Records 7915584417-2
opera newsMAHLER: Symphony No. 2
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Schäfer, DeYoung; Wiener Singverein, Vienna Philharmonic, Boulez. German text and English translation. Deutsche Grammophon B0006684-02


opera news Angelika Kirchschlager: "Handel Arias"
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Kammerorchester Basel, Cummings. Texts and translations. Sony BMG 889522
opera news Anna Netrebko: "Russian Album"
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Songs and arias by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov. Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre, Gergiev. Deutsche Grammophon 000815302
opera news Bryn Terfel: "Tutto Mozart!"
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Arias and opera ensembles by Mozart. Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Mackerras. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 000719402
opera news Evelyn Lear & Thomas Stewart: "A Musical Tribute"
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Arias and songs by Brahms, Dvorák, Schubert, Strauss, Wolf, Verdi, Wagner, Berg, et al. No texts or translations. Deutsche Grammophon 00289-477-5219 (5 discs)
opera news Margherita Grandi: "Sings Verdi"
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With Midgely, Valentino, Tajo; Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Orchestra, Beecham, Erede, Goehr, Goldschmidt. No texts. Testament SBT 1402


opera news Edda Moser: "Sings Mozart"
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Various orchestras and conductors; recorded 1971-85. EMI Classics 0946 3 69910 2 3 (2 discs)
opera newsHANDEL: Giulio Cesare
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Troyanos, Hamari; Fischer-Dieskau, Schreier, Crass, Schramm; Munich Bach-Choir and -Orchestra, Richter. No libretto. DG 00289 477 5647 (4)


opera news Beverly Sills: Made in America
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Arias from Manon, Julius Caesar, Rigoletto, Mignon, The Magic Flute, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Lucia di Lammermoor, Ariadne auf Naxos, L'Assedio di Corinto, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, Roberto Devereux, Don Pasquale and The Merry Widow; scene from La Traviata; songs by Kern, Arditi, Romberg, Herbert, Vincent and Waller, plus a Portuguese folk song; sound clips and interviews. Bonus: aria from Rigoletto (sound) and scenes from La Traviata. Deutsche Grammophon B0007999-09, 151 mins., subtitled.
opera newsMOZART: Don Giovanni
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Bayo, Ganassi, Moreno; Alvarez, Bros, Regazzo, López; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Pérez. Production: Pasqual. Opus Arte OA 0958 D, 208 mins., subtitled
opera newsSTRAUSS: Elektra
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Johansson, Diener, Lipovsšek; Schasching, Muff; Chorus and Orchestra of Zurich Opera, Dohnányi. Production: Kušej. TDK DVD DVWW-OPELEK, 110 mins., subtitled
opera news Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: "A Viennese Evening"
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With Willi Boskovsky. Arias and songs by Johann Strauss II, Heuberger, Zeller, Lehár and Sieczynski. Overture, waltzes and polka by Suppé, Josef Strauss and Johann Strauss II. Orchestre de Radio-Canada. VAI 4390, 49 mins., subtitled
opera newsSILVER: The Thief of Love
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Hillman, Hattori, M. Park, Brown, Jones; Stony Brook Opera and Orchestra, Lawton. Production: Canty. Hummingbird Films, 112 mins., subtitled
opera newsPUCCINI: Tosca
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Behrens; Domingo, MacNeil; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Sinopoli; Deutsche Grammophon B0007101-09, 123 mins., subtitled

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