October 2011

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

BriefEncounterCDEditor's Choice

PREVIN: Brief Encounter
spacer Futral, Arwady, Gianni, Camm, Barton, F. Sherman; Gunn, Josephson, Orth, Cioffari; Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Summers. Texts. Deutsche Grammophon 477 9351 (2) 

The Hands of a Master

André Previn's opera Brief Encounter has gorgeous melodies, clever twists of harmony and exquisite orchestration.

Opera and Oratorio

BrothersCDANTHEIL: The Brothers
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spacer Nelsen; Wade, Murphy, Dazeley, Prochera; Bochumer Symphoniker, Sloane. English text and German translation. CPO 777 545-2
Records Cleofide cover 1011HASSE: Cleofide
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spacer Kirkby, Mellon; Ragin, Visse, Cordier, Wong; Cappella Coloniensis, Christie. Italian text with German translation. Capriccio 7080 (4)

Choral and Song

Records Cantus Cover 1011Cantus: "That Eternal Day"
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spacer Texts. Cantus Recordings CTS-1210
Records Striggio Cover 1011STRIGGIO: Mass in 40 Parts and other works
TALLIS: Spem in Alium
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spacer I Fagiolini, Hollingworth; Latin and Italian texts with English translations. Decca 478 2734 CD plus DVD


BoeschCDFlorian Boesch and Roger Vignoles: "Carl Loewe Songs & Ballads"
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spacer Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA67866
FinleyBalladCDGerald Finley and Julius Drake: "The Ballad Singer"
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spacer Songs by Beethoven, Loewe, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, Stanford, Sullivan, Porter et al. Notes and translations. Hyperion CDA 67830
Records Karneus Mahler Cover 1011Katarina Karnéus: "Orchestra Songs by Mahler"
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spacer Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Mälkki. German texts and English translations. Bis SACD 1600
VoyageCDMartina Janková and Gérard Wyss: "Voyage"
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spacer Songs by Dvorák, Mussorgsky, Schoeck and R. Strauss. Some texts and translations. Supraphon 4046-2
Records Damrau Canzoni cover 1011VERDI: "Canzoni"
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spacer Damrau; C. A. Gutiérrez, P. A. Edelmann; Haider, piano. Texts and translations. Telos 1005


Records Golden Age Cover 1011"A New Golden Age: Forgotten Tenors in Italy 1940-1955"
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spacer Various singers and orchestras; The Record Collector TRC31 (2)
Records Capuleti Cover 1011BELLINI: I Capuleti e i Montecchi
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spacer Ricciarelli, Montague; Raffanti, Salvadori, Lippi; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Campanella. Text, no translation. Nuova Era Internazionale 233009 (2)
Records Wunderlich Zauberflote Cover 1011MOZART: Die Zauberflöte
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spacer Van Dongen, Duval, Farkas; Wunderlich, Schweppe, Derksen, van Naasteren; Radio Orchestra and Chorus; Haitink. No text or translation. Myto 00278 (2)
MetNozzeCDMOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro
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spacer Peters, Amara, Miller, Resnik; Siepi, Borg, Flagello; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Leinsdorf. No text or translation. Sony Classical 88697 853102 (3)
Records Tebaldi Tosca lg 1011PUCCINI: Tosca
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spacer Tebaldi; Tagliavini, Tree, Gobbi, Lewis, Glynne; Covent Garden Chorus and Orchestra, Molinari-Pradelli. No text or translation. ICA Classics ICAC 5022 (2)


BaroqueAcad.DVDBaroque Académie
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spacer A film by Priscilla Pizzato. Directed by Pizzato and Martin Blanchard. With William Christie and Le Jardin des Voix. BelAir Classiques BAC056, 93 mins., subtitled
Budd.DVDBRITTEN: Billy Budd
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spacer Imbrailo, Ainsley, Ens; Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Elder. Production: Grandage. Opus Arte ?OA 1051 D (2 DVDs) or OA BD 7086D (Blu-ray), 200 mins., subtitled
DonPasq.DVDDONIZETTI: Don Pasquale
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spacer Netrebko; Del Carlo, Polenzani, Kwiecien; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Levine. Production: Schenk. Deutsche Grammophon B0015504-09 (DVD) or B0015716-59 (Blu-ray), 133 mins. (opera), 9 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Rita cover 1011DONIZETTI: Rita
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spacer Quagliata; Giacchetta, Torriani; Orchestra del Teatro Bellini di Adrano, Ledda. Production: Nocetti and Fabeni. Kicco Classic KCOU9019, 60 mins., subtitled
TheodoraBlRyHANDEL: Theodora
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spacer Schäfer, Fink; B. Mehta, J. Kaiser, Kränzle, R. Davies; Salzburger Bachchor, Freiburger Barockorchester, Bolton. Production: Loy. C Major 705804 (Blu-ray) or 705708 (2 DVDs), 189 mins., subtitled
ArmideDVDLULLY: Armide
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spacer D'Oustrac, Debono, Druet; Agnew, Naouri; Les Arts Florissants, Christie. Production: Carsen. FRA Musica FRA 005 (DVD) or FRA 505 (Blu-ray), 168 mins., subtitled
TraviataBlRyVERDI: La Traviata
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spacer Fleming; Calleja, Hampson; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Pappano. Production: Eyre. Opus Arte ?OA BD7076 D (Blu-ray) or OA 1040 D (DVD), 154 mins., subtitled

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