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April 2012

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

KwiecienHeroesCDEditor's Choice

Mariusz Kwiecien: "Slavic Heroes"
spacer Arias by Borodin, Dvořák, Moniuszko, Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana, Szymanowski, Tchaikovsky. Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Borowicz. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi 906101

Heroic Standards

Mariusz Kwiecien applies impressive phrasing and beautiful tone to a program of Slavic arias.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Caligula Cover 412GLANERT: Caligula
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spacer With Schuster, Adamonyte, Zechmeister; Holland, Wölfel, Frank, Lazar, Volle; Frankfurt Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Stenz. Text, no translation. OEHMS Classics OC 932 (2)
PenzanceCDSULLIVAN: The Pirates of Penzance
spacer Hughes, Kress, Birrer, Best; Faulk, Wuehrmann, Moss, Christopher, Kelleher-Flight; Ohio Light Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Thompson. Albany Records 1331/32 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Furlanetto Cover 412Ferruccio Furlanetto and Igor Tchetuev: "SCHUBERT: Die Winterreise"
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spacer Text and translations. Prestige Classics Vienna LC 15942 (2) Catalogue No. 668327.
Recordings Boesch Cover 412Florian Boesch and Malcolm Martineau: "SCHUBERT: Die Winterreise"
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spacer Texts and translations. ONYX 4077
Recordings Strauss Songs Cover 412Kiera Duffy and Roger Vignoles: "STRAUSS: The Complete Songs, Volume 5"
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spacer Notes, texts and translations. Hyperion CDA67746
Lament.CDLes Arts Florissants and Paul Agnew: "Lamentazione"
spacer Motets by Caldara, Legrenzi, Leo, Lotti and D. Scarlatti. Virgin Classics 0709072
Recordings Erde Cover 412MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde
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spacer J. Henschel; Kunde; Houston Symphony, Graf. No texts of translations. Naxos 8.572498
Schwaneng.CDMark Padmore and Paul Lewis: "SCHUBERT: Schwanengesang"
spacer With Watkins, French horn. Notes, texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907520
Recordings Requiem Cover 412MOZART: Requiem
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spacer Watts, Pancella; Owens, Kennedy; Handel and Haydn Society, Christophers. Texts and translations. COR16093


SchollCDAndreas Scholl: "Bach Cantatas"
spacer Kammerorchester Basel, Schröder. Texts and translations. Decca 478 2733
DeNieseCDDanielle de Niese: "Beauty of the Baroque"
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spacer Arias by Bach, Dowland, Handel, Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Purcell. The English Concert, Bicket. Texts and translations. Decca 
478 2260
Hvorost.Rach.CDDmitri Hvorostovsky and Ivari Ilja: "Rachmaninov Romances"
spacer Texts. Ondine 1207-2
PorporaCDIestyn Davies: "Porpora Cantatas"
spacer Arcangelo, J. Cohen. Texts and translations. Hyperion CD A67894
ConnollyCDSarah Connolly and Malcolm Martineau: "My True Love Hath My Heart"
spacer Music by Britten, Howells, Ireland, Gurney, Bennett. English Texts. Chandos 10691


Recordings Roberto Diable Cover 412MEYERBEER: Robert le Diable (in Italian)
spacer Scotto, Malagù; Merighi, Manganotti, Christoff, Antonini; Chorus and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Sanzogno. No text or translation. Myto 0006 (3)


DrakeDVDAlfred Drake: "Bell Telephone Hour Telecasts: 1959–1962"
spacer With Munsel, Howes, Carson, Geneviève; Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra and Chorus, Voorhees. VAI 4538, 48 mins., no subtitles
spacer Petibon, Juon; Groves, Holland, Grundheber; Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Boder. Production: Py. Deutsche Grammophon 00440 073 4637 (2 DVDs), 181 mins., subtitled
CarmenBluRayBIZET: Carmen
spacer Uria-Monzon, Poplavskaya; Alagna, Schrott; Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Gran Teatre del Liceu, Piollet. 
Production: Bieito. C Major 707404 (Blu-ray) or 707308 (2 DVDs), 156 mins., subtitled
Video MacRaecover 412Gordon MacRae: "Bell Telephone Hour Telecasts: 1960-1965"
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spacer With S. MacRae; Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra and Chorus, Voorhees. VAI 4544, 30 mins. (program), 16 mins. (bonus), no subtitles
Video Keel cover 412Howard Keel: "Bell Telephone Hour Telecasts: 1959–1965"
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spacer With Blyth, Wright, Howes; Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra and Chorus, Voorhees. VAI 4543, 37 mins. (program), 12 mins. (bonus), no subtitles
RaittDVDJohn Raitt: "Bell Telephone Hour Telecasts: 1959-1966"
spacer With Stevens, Wright; Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra and Chorus, Voorhees. VAI 4542, 49 mins., no subtitles
CapriccioDVDR. STRAUSS: Capriccio
spacer Fleming, Connolly; Kaiser, Larsen, Braun, P. Rose; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, A. Davis. Production: Cox. Decca B0016196-09 (2 DVDs) or B0016196-59BD (Blu-ray), 149 mins., subtitled
ReichDVDSteve Reich: Phase to Face
spacer A film by Eric Darmon and Franck Mallet. Idéale Audience 3058128 (DVD) or 3058124 (Blu-ray), 52 mins. (documentary), 28 mins. (bonus), subtitled
MahagBluRayWEILL: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
spacer Brueggergosman, Henschel; M. König, White, Kaasch, Easterlin; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Real, Heras-Casado. 
Production: La Fura dels Baus. BelAir Classiques BAC467 (Blu-ray) or BAC067 (DVD), 138 mins., subtitled

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