May 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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Complete Investment

Simon Keenlyside offers handsome sound and emotional nuance in two contrasting recital programs.

Simon Keenlyside and Malcolm Martineau

SCHUMANN: Dichterliebe; BRAHMS: Lieder
spacer Texts and translations. Sony 75668
Songs by Schubert, Wolf, Fauré and Ravel
spacer Texts and translations. Wigmore Hall Live 0031

Opera and Oratorio

mariastuardacd5110-thumbDONIZETTI: Maria Stuarda
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spacer Piscitelli, Polverelli; De Biasio, Alberghini, Cassi; Coro Lirico Marchigiano "V. Bellini," FORM (Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana), Frizza. No libretto. Naxos 8.660261-62 (2)
crwnindiacd5110-thumbELGAR: The Crown of India
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spacer Shearer, Marten, McAndrew, Mitchell; Finley; BBC Philharmonic, A. Davis. Text and translations. Chandos CHAN 10570 (2)
messiah5110-thumbHANDEL: Messiah
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spacer Doyle; I. Davies, A. Clayton, Foster-Williams; Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Layton. Text and translations. Hyperion CDA 67800 (2)
Taverner CD CoverMAXWELL DAVIES: Taverner
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spacer M. Hill, Kale, Wilson-Johnson, Richardson; London Voices, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Fretwork, His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts, Knussen. Texts. NMC D157 (2)
Pulcinella CD CoverSTRAVINSKY: Pulcinella
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spacer Constantinescu; Phan, Ketelsen; Chicago Symphony, Boulez. Libretto, translation. CSO RE-SOUND 901 920 SACD
WalkureWAGNER: Die Walküre
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spacer Naef, Polaski, Piland; Skelton, Struckmann, Petrenko; Hamburg Philharmonic, Young. Text, notes. OEHMS Classics OC 926

Choral and Song

victorianscd5110-thumbADAMO: Late Victorians, Regina Coeli, Overture to Lysistrata, Alcott Music
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spacer Pulley; Sullivan; Levalier, harp; Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Alimena. Texts. Naxos 8.559258
SCHOENBERG: GurreliederSCHOENBERG: Gurrelieder
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spacer Isokoski, Groop, Sukowa; Andersen, Conrad, Lukas; Philharmonia Voices, City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Salonen. Signum SIGCD 173


brynbadboyscd5110-thumbBryn Terfel: "Bad Boys"
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spacer Arias by Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Rossini, Beethoven, Mozart, et al. Swedish Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Daniel. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon DG 00289 477 8091
Armiliato CD COverFabio Armiliato: "Nessun Dorma: Armiliato Sings Puccini"
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spacer  Orchestra and Chorus of the Fondazione Arena di Verona, Boemi. No texts or translations. Decca 4763434
kozenacd5110-thumbMagdalena Kožená: "Vivaldi"
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spacer Arias from Tito Manlio, Juditha Triumphans Devicta Holfernes Barbarie, La Verità in Cimento, Farnace, Arsilda, Regina di Ponto, Orlando Furioso, Ottone in Villa, Griselda, L'Incoronazione di Dario, Orlando Finto Pazzo and L'Olimpiade. Venice Baroque Orchestra, Marcon. Texts and translations.
AgnewPaul Agnew: "The Food of Love"
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spacer Songs by Purcell. Lasla (bass viol), Kenny (theorbo), Rannou (harpsichord and organ). English texts with French translations. Ambroise AM 185


forrestercd5110-thumbMaureen Forrester: "A Legendary Voice" 
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spacer Arias by Handel; songs by Brahms, Wagner. Muraco, Newmark, piano; Golani, viola; various orchestras, Janigro, Priestman, Somary, Zeller. CBC PSCD 2032W-2 (2)


gcrumbdvd5110-thumbBad Dog!: A Portrait of George Crumb 
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spacer Directed by David Starobin. Bridge 9312, 66 mins.
Benvenuto CelliniBERLIOZ: Benvenuto Cellini 
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spacer Kovalevska, Aldrich; Fritz, Naouri, Sherratt, Petrenko; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gergiev. Production: Stölzl. Naxos 2.110271, 163 mins., subtitled
adrianadvd5110-thumbCILÈA: Adriana Lecouvreur
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spacer Dessì, Borodina; Larin, Guelfi; Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Brignoli. Production: Puggelli. Medici Arts 2050098, 138 mins., subtitled
lucreziadvd5110-thumbDONIZETTI: Lucrezia Borgia
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spacer Gruberova, Coote; Breslik, Vassallo; Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper, de Billy. Production: Loy. Includes documentary "The Art of Bel Canto — Edita Gruberova." Medici Arts 2072458 (2 discs), 133 mins. (opera), 54 mins. (film), subtitled 
Hermann Prey: Schubert Song CyclesHermann Prey: "The Schubert Song Cycles"
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spacer Includes Die Schöne Müllerin, Schwanengesang, Winterreise. With Hokanson, Deutsch, piano. Bonus features. C Major 700208, 202 mins. (songs), 50 mins. (bonus), subtitled
bernsteindvd5110-thumbLeonard Bernstein: Reflections
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spacer A film by Peter Rosen. Bonus material includes a complete performance of Le Boeuf sur le Toit. Medici Arts 3078728, 50 mins. (film), 20 mins. (bonus), subtitled 
orpheedvd5110-thumbOFFENBACH: Orphée aux Enfers
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spacer  Dessay, Olmeda; Beuron, Fouchécourt; Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra National de Lyon, Minkowski. Production: Pelly. Arthaus Musik 107 105, 123 mins., subtitled
didodvd5110-thumbPURCELL: Dido and Aeneas
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spacer Ernman, van Wanroij; Maltman; Les Arts Florissants, Christie. Production: Warner. FRA Musica FRA 001 (DVD) or FRA 501 (Blu-ray), 66 mins., subtitled 
kingartdvd5110-thumbPURCELL: King Arthur 
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spacer Labin, Santon-Jeffery, Ruvio; Vidal, Mauillon; Chorus and Orchestra of Le Concert Spirituel, Niquet. Production: C. and G. Benizio. Glossa GVD 921619, 112 mins., subtitled
equivstravdvd5110-thumbROSSINI: L'Equivoco Stravagante 
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spacer Prudenskaja, Forsythe; de Simone, Vinco, Korchak, Mirabelli; Prague Chamber Choir, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, Benedetti Michelangeli. Production: Sagi. Dynamic 33610, 142 mins., subtitled

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