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April 2010

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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Benita Valente: "Great Singers of the 20th Century, Vol. 1"
Arias and songs by Mozart, Handel, Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Debussy and Obradors. Mozart Festival Orchestra, Schneider; Eastman Orchestra, Effron; Goode, Serkin, Artymiw, Effron, piano; Wright, clarinet. Texts and translations. Bridge 9316

A Musician's Musician
A compilation of song and aria performances by the peerless Benita Valente celebrates her elegant versatility.


Opera and Oratorio

opera newsWAGNER: Der Ring des Nibelungen
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Breedt, Mayer, Haller; Dohmen, Bezuyen, Shore (Das Rheingold); L. Watson, Westbroek, Breedt; Wottrich, Dohmen, Youn (Die Walküre); L. Watson, Mayer; Gould, Shore, Siegel, Dohmen (Siegfried); L. Watson, Haller, Mayer; Gould, Lukas, König (Götterdämmerung); Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Thielemann. Text and translation. Opus Arte S9000B (14 CDs)
opera newsSIEGFRIED WAGNER: Der Schmied von Marienburg
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Broberg, Deubner, Wieben, Glaubitz; Schneider, Weitzel, Leiss-Huber, Sauerbrey, Winzer, Kalbus, Föttinger; PPP Music Theater Ensemble (Munich), Baltic Philharmonic (Gdánsk), Strobel. Notes; libretto and translation available only online. Marco Polo 8.225346/48 (3)
opera newsSTRAUSS II: Eine Nacht in Venedig
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Meyer, Krawe, Hansson, L. Persson, Andersson; Buckard, Gylbert, Christensson; Coro Notturno, Stockholm Strauss Orchestra, Eichenholz. No libretto. Naxos 660268 (2)
opera newsPAISIELLO: Gli Astrologi Immaginari
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Lavani, Vercelli; Montanaro, Rovetta; Coro e Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana, Rigacci. Text, no translation. Nuova Era Internazionale 232586 (2)
opera newsCESTI: Le Disgrazie d'Amore
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Schiavo, Martellacci, Fedi, Arcari; Zanasi, Lopez, Oro, Ghelardini, Giustiniani, Sorini, Abete, Donato, Natale; Auser Musici, Ipata. Text and translation. Hyperion CDA67771/2
opera newsDONIZETTI: Olivo e Pasquale
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Czapó, Rocchino, Pecchioli; Chiappi, Sarti, Bolognesi; Coro e Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana, Rigacci. Text, no translation. Nuova Era Internazionale 232889 (2)
opera newsRACHMANINOFF: The Miserly Knight
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Abdrazakov, Didyk, Murzaev, Bronder, Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic, Noseda. Text and translation. Chandos CHAN 10544
opera newsREBEL and FRANCOEUR: Zélindor, Roi des Sylphes; Suite from Le Trophée
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Murphy, Hong; Fouchécourt, Sharp; Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus, Brown. French text and English translation. Naxos 8.660224

Choral and Song

opera news Anonymous 4: "Four Centuries of Chant"
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Cunningham, Genensky, Hellauer, Horner-Kwiatek, Rose. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMX 2907546
opera newsMESSIAEN: Poèmes pour Mi
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Schwanewilms; Orchestre National de Lyon, Märkl. No texts or translations. Naxos 8.572174

MESSIAEN: Harawi
Bruun; Hyldig, piano. No texts or translations. Naxos 8.572189

Recital

opera news Edin Karamazov: "Lute is a Song"
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With Fleming, Kaliopi; Scholl, Sting. Texts. L'Oiseau Lyre B0013278-02
opera news Hilary Hahn, Christine Schäfer and Matthias Goerne: "BACH: Violin and Voice"
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Munich Chamber Orchestra, Linebreich. Deutsche Grammophon 00289 477 8092
opera news Lado Ataneli: "Baritone Arias"
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By Verdi, Rossini, Mozart, Donizetti, Leoncavallo, Massenet, Bizet and Arakishvili. Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Zocche. Text and translations available online. Naxos 8.572438

Historical

opera news Heather Harper: "STRAUSS: Four Last Songs, Songs with Orchestra"
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London Symphony, Hickox. No texts. EMI 50999 2 28374 2
opera news Hilde Güden: "Prima Voce"
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By Coward, Mozart, Novello, Puccini, R. Strauss and Verdi. Various orchestras and conductors. Nimbus Records NI 7952/3
opera newsDONIZETTI: L'Elisir d'Amore
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Freni, Maire; Alva, Sordello, Bruscantini; Glyndebourne Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cillario. Text and translation. GFOCD 005-62

Video

opera newsWAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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Merbeth, Selinger; Botha, Struckmann, Eröd, Anger, Schade; Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Thielemann. Production: Schenk. Medici Arts 2072488 (2 discs), 293 mins., subtitled
opera newsVERDI: Don Carlo
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Cedolins, Zajick; Neill, Jenis, Furlanetto, Kotscherga; Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Gatti. Production: Braunschweig. Hardy Classics HCD 4042 (2 discs), 200 mins., subtitled
opera newsPUCCINI: Il Trittico
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Tabarro: Marrocu; Dvorsky, Pons. Suor Angelica: Frittoli, Lipovšek. Gianni Schicchi: Machaidze; Nucci, Grigolo; Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Chailly. Production: Ronconi. Hardy Classic Video HCD 4041, 206 mins., subtitled
opera newsDAUGHERTY: Jackie O
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McAndrew, Sourouzian; Alberghini, P. C. Jones; Ensemble del Teatro Rossini di Lugo, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Franklin. Production: Michieletto. Dynamic 33605, 93 mins., subtitled
opera newsMUSSORGSKY: Khovanshchina
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Soffel; Daszak, Vogt, Alexejev, Burchuladze, Kotscherga; Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Nagano. Medici Arts 2072428, 174 mins., subtitled
opera newsOFFENBACH: Les Contes d'Hoffmann
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Petibon, Harnisch, Wesseling, Doufexis; Laho, Cavallier; Choeur du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Davin. Production: Py. Extra features. BelAir Classiques BAC049 (2 discs), 171 mins., subtitled
opera newsDONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor
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Netrebko; Beczala, Kwiecien, Abdrazakov; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Armiliato. Production: Zimmerman. Extra features. Deutsche Grammophon B0013573-09 (2 discs), 143 mins., subtitled
opera newsOFFENBACH: Ritter Blaubart (Barbe-Bleue)
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Schlemm, Schob-Lipka, Czerny; Nocker, Enders, Asmus, Polze, Hopp; Chorus and Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, Voigtmann. Production: Felsenstein. Extra features. Arthaus Musik 101293 (2 discs), 139 mins., subtitled

Musical Theater

opera newsBERNSTEIN: Trouble in Tahiti; Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
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Criswell; Gilfrey; Grimson, Dweyer, Collett (trio); Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Schirmer. English text. BR Klassik 403571900300

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