January 2011

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

PuritaniCDEditor's Choice

BELLINI: I Puritani
spacer Sutherland; Filacuridi, Blanc, Modesti; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Chorus, Gui. Texts and translations. GFOCD 009-60 (2)

A Prima Donna's Early Progress

Joan Sutherland's radiant first Elvira is the centerpiece of Glyndebourne's 1960 I Puritani.

Opera and Oratorio

PorgyCDGERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess
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spacer Kabatu, Nwobilo, Simpson, Alexander; Lemalu, G. Baker, Forest, Clarke, Moore; Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Harnoncourt. Text included. RCA Red Seal/Sony Music 88697591762 (3) 
Recordings Handel Cantatas cover 1111HANDEL: "Complete Cantatas, Vol. 1"
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spacer True; Contrasto Armonico, Vitale. Texts and translations.  Brilliant Classics 93999
Recordings Hummel cover 1111HUMMEL: Mathilde von Guise 
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spacer Gailite, Thébault, Šušková; Do, Pruvot, Šaling; Choir Alea, Solamente Naturali Orchestra, Talpain. Notes, no texts. Brilliant Classics 94043 
AriadneCDR. STRAUSS: Ariadne on Naxos
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spacer Brewer, Keith, Coote; R. D. Smith, Graham-Hall, Williams, Opie, Fry; Scottish Chamber Orchestra, R. Armstrong. English text only. Chandos CHAN 3168 (2)
ItalianaCDROSSINI: L'Italiana in Algeri
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spacer Pizzolato, Gonzalez, Giannoulidou; Brownlee, De Simone, Regazzo; Virtuosi Brunensis, Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir, Zedda. No texts or translations. Naxos 8.660284-5 (2)
OtelloCDVERDI: Otello
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spacer Schwanewilms, Tufano; O'Neill, A. Clayton, Finley, Tsymbalyuk; London ?Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, C. Davis. Text and translation. LSO Live 2500700 (2)

Choral and Song

KnabenCDMAHLER: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
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spacer Kožená; Gerhaher; Cleveland Orchestra, Boulez. Texts and translations. DG 477 9060 


Recordings Schumann cover 1111Christian Elsner and Eugen Wangler: Dichterliebe, Op. 48, and Liederkreis, Op. 39
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spacer Texts and translations. Ars Musici 232213 
Recordings Behle cover 1111Daniel Behle and Sveinung Bjelland: Die Schöne Müllerin 
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spacer With Koster, horn. Texts and translations. Capriccio 5044 
FurlanettoCDFerruccio Furlanetto and Igor Tchetuev: "Songs"
spacer By Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky. Prestige Classics Vienna 688314 
Recordings Moniuszko Songs cover 1111Jadwiga Rappé and Maja Nosowska: "Moniuszko Songs"
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spacer Texts and translations. Dux 0743
PassingByCDJake Heggie: "Passing By"
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spacer With Bayrakdarian, Cao, DiDonato, Graham, von Stade; Groves, Phares; Heggie. English texts. Avie AV 2198
PetibonCDPatricia Petibon: "Rosso"
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spacer Italian Baroque arias by Handel, Sartorio, Stradella, Scarlatti, Porpora, Vivaldi and Marcello. Venice Baroque Orchestra, Marcon. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon CD 477 8763 
Recordings Faure Cover 1111Yann Beuron and Billy Eidi: "Fauré Mélodies"
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spacer Troisième Recueil, Deux Mélodies de 1906. Texts, no translations. Timpani 1C1162


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spacer Lewis, Carron, Strine, Brice; Hecht, Irving, Renan, Driscoll, Frierson, McChesney; New York City Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Krachmalnick. No libretto. Sony Masterworks Broadway 72912
Recordings Wagner Strauss Cover 1111Kirsten Flagstad: Sings Wagner & Strauss
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spacer Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder, excerpts from Tristan und Isolde and Götterdämmerung; Strauss: Excerpts from Vier Letzte Lieder and Elektra. Orchester der Städtischen Oper Berlin, Sebastian.  Texts (without translation), notes.  Audite 23.416 (2)


PrevinDVDAndré Previn: A Bridge Between Two Worlds
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spacer A film by Lillian Birnbaum and Peter Stephan Jungk. With Renée Fleming, Mia Farrow, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Tom Stoppard, et al. C Major 703208, 52 mins. (film), 55 mins. (bonus), subtitled
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spacer Migenes, Lear; Mazura, Riegel, Little; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Levine. Production: Dexter. Available as an ?individual release (Metropolitan Opera 811357013137) or as part of the DVD boxed set James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met, 175 mins., subtitled 
Video Chopin at the Opera lg 1111Chopin at the Opera
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spacer A Jan Schmidt-Garre film. Script by Georg-Albrecht Eckle. With Christiane Libor, Karolina Ferencz, Vesselina Kasarova, Katerina Hebelkova. Arthaus Musik 101 513, 60 mins. (documentary), 42 mins. (bonus), subtitled  
Video Aci Cover 1111HANDEL: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo
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spacer Rosique, Mingardo; Abete; Cappella della Pietà de' Turchini, Florio. Production: Livermore. Dynamic 33645, 98 mins., subtitled 
MessiahDVDHANDEL: Messiah
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spacer Gritton, Horak; B. Mehta, R. Croft, Boesch; Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Ensemble Matheus, Spinosi. Production: Guth. ?C Major 703104 (Blu-ray) or 703008 (DVD), 154 mins., subtitled
Video Figaro lg 1111MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro
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spacer Battle, Vaness, von Stade; Raimondi, Allen; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Levine. Production: Ponnelle. Metropolitan Opera 811357013328 (2 DVDs), available only as part of the twelve-opera boxed set James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met, 192 mins., subtitled 
Video Trittico Cover lg 1111PUCCINI: Il Trittico
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spacer Scotto, Taillon; MacNeil, Moldoveanu, Bacquier, Creech; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Levine. Production: Melano. Metropolitan Opera 811357013335 (2 DVDs), available only as part of the twelve-opera boxed set James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met, 169 mins., subtitled 
AriadneDVDR. STRAUSS: Ariadne auf Naxos
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spacer Voigt, Dessay, Mentzer; Margison; ?Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Levine. ?Production: Moshinsky. Available as an individual release (Virgin Classics 6418679 5) or as part of the DVD boxed set James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met, ?134 mins., subtitled 
FlemingHvor.DVDRenée Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky: "A Musical Odyssey in St. Petersburg"
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spacer Ilja, Kern, pianists; State Hermitage Orchestra, Orbelian. Production: Fleischer. Decca B0014647-09, 91 mins. (film), 23 mins. (bonus), subtitled 
Video Cockerel lg 1111RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Golden Cockerel
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spacer Chakhoyan, Martirossian, Shakhverdian; Gondjian, Aivazian, Kubelian, Shushardjian, Karadjian; Chorus and Orchestra of the Yerevan Alexander Spendiaryan State Academic Theatre, Katanian. VAI 4518, 123 mins., subtitled 
MosesDVDSCHOENBERG: Moses und Aron
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spacer Duesing, Conrad; ChorWerk Ruhr, Bochumer Symphoniker, Boder. Production: Decker. EuroArts 2058178, 106 mins., ?subtitled

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