July 2010

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

Recordings Maria Stuarda CD Cover 7110Editor's Choice

Bernarda Fink and Anthony Spiri: "Schumann Lieder"
spacer Including Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart and Liederkreis, Op. 39. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902031

Songs Fit for a Queen

Mezzo Bernarda Fink applies her intellectual rigor to Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart and other Schumann lieder.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Magnificant CD Cover 7110J.S. BACH: Magnificat
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spacer Keohane, Zander; Mena, Mammel, MacLeod; Ricercar Consort, Pierlot. Texts and translations. Mirare MIR 102
Recordings CD Cover Orphee 7110GLUCK: Orphée et Eurydice
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spacer Garmendia, Marianelli; Flórez; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid, López-Cobos. Text and translations. Decca 4782197 (2)
Recordings Pique Dame CD Cover 7110SUPPÉ: Pique Dame
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spacer Bartz, Erdmann, Pfeffer; Lie, Dewald; WDR Radio Orchestra and Chorus, M. Jurowski. Notes only. CPO 777 480 
Recordings Don Carlos CD COVER 7110VERDI: Don Carlos (in English)
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spacer J. Watson, Dutton; Gavin, Dazeley, Miles, Tomlinson; Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North, Farnes. English text. Chandos 3162 (3)
Recordings Weckmann CD cover 7110WECKMANN: Wie Liegt die Stadt so Wüste 
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spacer Sacred motets and lamenations. Koslowsky; Schneider, Mammel, Friedrich; Concerto Palatino, Dickey; Cantus Cölln, Junghänel. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902034

Choral and Song

Recordings Howells CD Cover 7110HOWELLS: St. John's Magnificat and other Choral Works 
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spacer The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Nethsingha. Texts. Chandos CHAN 10587
Recordings Machaut CD Cover 7110MACHAUT: Le Remède de Fortune
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spacer Biffi, M. Mauillon; A. Mauillon (harp), Hamon (flute), Goubioud, Vistorky. Texts and translations. Eloquentia EL 0918 (2)
Recordings CHance CD Cover 7110Michael Chance: "Purcell Songs"
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spacer Songs and Instrumental Music. With Florilegium: Boothby (viola da gamba), Cole(harpsichord), North (archlute and theorbo). English and Latin texts. Brilliant Classics 93937


Recordings Finley CD COver 7110Gerald Finley: "Great Operatic Arias"
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spacer With Brain-Gabbott, Crowe, Gibbons, Jenkin, Long, Miles-Johnson; Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gardner. Texts. CHAN 3167
REcordings Marc Hervieux CD COver 7110Marc Hervieux: "Tenor Arias"
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spacer Arias and orchestral movements by Cilèa, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Puccini and Verdi. Orchestre Métropolitain, Nézet-Séguin. Texts and translations. ATMA Classique ACD2 2618 
Recordings Heliopolis CD COver 7110Matthias Goerne and Ingo Metzmacher: "Heliopolis"
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spacer Songs by Schubert. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902035
Recordings Cencic CD Cover 7110Max Emanuel Cencic: "Handel Mezzo-Soprano Opera Arias" 
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spacer Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, I Barocchisti, Fasolis. Texts and translations. Virgin 6945740
Recordings Handel Duets CD COVER 7110Rosemary Joshua and Sarah Connolly: "Handel Duets"
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spacer English Concert, Bicket. Texts and translations. Chandos CHAN 0767
Recordings Gura Wintereisse 7110Werner Güra and Christoph Berner: "SCHUBERT: Die Winterreise"
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spacer Text and translation. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902066


Recordings Bidu Sayao CD Cover 7110Bidú Sayão: "Hommage à Bidú Sayão" 
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spacer Arias and songs by Bernstein, Delibes, Gomes, Gounod, Liza Lehmann, Mozart, Puccini, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, Villa-Lobos and others. Various orchestras, Barlow, Breisach, Merola, Stupak, Voorhees. No texts. Cembal d'amore 144
Recordings Samson CD Cover 7110SAINT-SAËNS: Samson et Dalila (Act II)
BERLIOZ: Les Troyens (excerpts)
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spacer Thebom, Dellert, Meyer, Ericson; Svanholm, S. Björling, Näslund; Royal Swedish Opera Chorus, Royal Orchestra Stockholm, Sandberg. Caprice CAP20054 (2) 
Recordings Aida Wagner CD COver 7110VERDI: Aida (excerpts)
WAGNER: Lohengrin, Parsifal (excerpts) 
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spacer B. Nilsson, Herzberg, Söderström, Bergström; Svanholm, Beyron, S. Björling, S. Nilsson, Berglund; Royal Swedish Opera Chorus, Royal Orchestra Stockholm, Sandberg. Caprice CAP22055 (2) 
Recordings Walter Berry CD Cover 7110Walter Berry: "Live Recordings 1955-1993"
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spacer Arias and scenes by Mozart, Berg, Beethoven, Strauss, Wagner, Verdi. Other soloists; Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna Staatsoper, various conductors. Orfeo C 769 091 B


Video Sacrificium DVD Cover 7110Cecilia Bartoli: "Sacrificium: The Art of the Castrati"
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spacer Arias by Araia, Broschi, Giacomelli, Handel and Porpora. With Il Giardino Armonico, Antonini. Bonus features. Decca B0014039-09, 60 mins. (film), 22 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Vide Thais DVD Cover 7110MASSENET: Thaïs
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spacer Fleming; Hampson, Schade, Vernhes; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, López-Cobos. Production: Cox. Bonus features. Decca B0013884-09. 138 mins., subtitled 
VIDEO Figaro DVD Cover 7110MOZART: Die Hochzeit des Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro)
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spacer Reinhardt-Kiss, Falewicz, Trekel-Burckhardt; Dene, Kreyssig; Chorus and Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, Oberfrank. Production: Felsenstein. Bonus features. Arthaus Musik 101 295 (2 discs), 166 mins. (opera), 50 mins. (bonus), color, subtitled
Video Don Giovanni LG 7110MOZART: Don Giovanni
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spacer Barlow, Schlemm, Baum; Melis, Moulson, Asmus, Hübner, Rössler; Chorus and Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, Košler. Production: Felsenstein. Bonus features. Arthaus Musik 101 299 (2 discs), 165 mins. (opera), 40 mins. (bonus), black and white, subtitled
Video May Night DVD Cover 7110RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: May Night 
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spacer Zaytseva, Vladimirskaya, Chistyakova; Polpudin, Voynarovsky, Loshak, Ulyanov; Orchestra and Chorus of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Academic Music Theatre, Moscow, Korobov. Production: Titel. VAI 4510, 120 mins., subtitled
Video Sadko DVD Cover 7110RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Sadko
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spacer Milashkina, Arkhipova, Grigorieva; Atlantov, Ognivtsev, Kuznetsov, Voroshilo, Morozov; Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Simonov. VAI 4512, 173 mins., subtitled
Video Barber of Seville DVD Cover 7110ROSSINI: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
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spacer DiDonato; Spagnoli, Flórez, Corbelli, Furlanetto; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Pappano. Production: Leiser and Caurier. Bonus features. Virgin Classics 694581 9 4 (2 discs), 122 mins. (opera), 54 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Cerentola DVD Cover 7110ROSSINI: La Cenerentola 
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spacer Garanca; Brownlee, Corbelli, Alberghini; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Benini. Production: Lievi. Bonus features. Deutsche Grammophon B0013831-09 (2 discs), 161 mins., subtitled
Video Tristan DVD Cover 7110WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
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spacer Theorin, Breedt; Smith, Rasilainen, Holl; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and ?Chorus, Schneider. Production: Marthaler. Bonus features. Opus Arte OA 1033 D ?(3 DVDs) or OA?BD7067 D ?(2 Blu-ray discs), 256 mins., subtitled
Video Gergiev Documentary 7110You Cannot Start Without Me: Valery Gergiev — Maestro
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spacer With Fleming, Lopatkina, Netrebko, Hvorostovsky and others. Directed by Allan Miller. Bonus features. Bel Air Classiques BAC053, 87 mins. (program), 69 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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