March 2013

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

FoscariCdEditor's Choice

VERDI: I Due Foscari
spacer Vitale, Pellegrino; Bergonzi, Bersieri, Bertocci, G. Guelfi, Lombardo, G. Barbieri; Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of RAI Milano, Giulini. Warner Fonit Cetra 2564 661434 (2)

Irresistible Attraction

Verdi's early opera I Due Foscari proves to be exceptionally invigorating in Cetra's 1951 recording, led with authority by Carlo Maria Giulini.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Paradis cover 313DUBOIS: Le Paradis Perdu
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spacer Santon, Borghi; Vidal, Buet, Dubois, Benito, Dumitrascu; Les Cris de Paris and les solistes des Siècles, Jourdain. Notes, texts and translations. Aparté AP0030 (2)
GiulioCesCDHANDEL: Giulio Cesare
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spacer Gauvin, Lemieux, Baráth, Basso, Storti; Mineccia, Weisser, Buratto; Il Complesso Barocco, Curtis. Text and translation. 
Naïve OP 30536 (3)
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spacer Connolly, Atherton, Harvey; Purves, Murray, Dobell, Budd, S. Young; the Sixteen, Christophers. Libretto and translation. Coro 16103 (3)
Recordings Eileen Cover 313HERBERT: Eileen
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spacer O'Sullivan, R. Kelly, L. Lee; Mulhall, Mulvey, Power, Corbett, O'Reilly; Orchestra of Ireland, with unidentified adult chorus and Boy Choristers of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Brophy. Text. New World Records 80733-2 (2)
Recordings David Bathsheba cover 313KLEIBERG: David and Bathsheba
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spacer Einarsson; Weisser, Akselberg; Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble, Kaljuste. Notes and libretto. Linderg Lyd AS (2L) 2L-084-SACD
Recordings Ulisse Cover 313MONTEVERDI: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse
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spacer Lo Monaco, Mameli, Milanesi, Lombardi, Fumagalli, Cassinari; Giustiniani, Sakurada, Vitale, V. Di Donato. Dordolo, Antognetti, Cavina; La Venexiana, Cavina. Italian text and translation. Glossa GCD 920920 (3)
Recordings Artaserse cover 313VINCI: Artaserse
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spacer Jaroussky, Barna-Sabadus, Fagioli, Cencic, Mynenko, Behle; Concerto Köln, Fasolis. Texts and translations. Virgin Classics 50999 6028692 5 (3)
TristanCDWAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
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spacer Stemme, Breedt; Gould, Reuter, Youn; Rundfunkchor Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Janowski. Text and translation. Pentatone PTC 5186 404 (3)

Choral and Song

Recordings Conspirare cover 313BARBER: "An American Romantic"
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spacer Farwig; Conspirare, Johnson. English texts. Harmonia Mundi HMU 807522
Recordings Essential Voices Cover 313Essential Voices USA: "Celebrating the American Spirit"
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spacer With O'Hara; Raines; Clurman. Sono Luminus DSL-92162
Recordings Gorecki Miserere cover 313GÓRECKI: Miserere
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spacer Los Angeles Master Chorale, Gershon. Texts and translations. Decca 478 3537
Recordings Matthew Passion Cover 313J.S. BACH: St. Matthew Passion
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spacer Selbig, B. Schwarz; Petzold, Weichert, Laske; Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhaus, Biller. Online libretto. Rondeau 06690 (3)
Recordings Schohenberg Songs cover 313SCHOENBERG: "Complete Songs"
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spacer Barainsky, Diener, Mayer, Vondung; Schäfer, Jarnot; Liska, piano. German texts, no translations. Capriccio 7120 (4 CDs)
Recordings Gents Cover 313The Gents: "George Gershwin"
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spacer With Zomer; Ponsioen, percussion, Haags Saxophone Quartet, Csillag. Texts, no translations. Channel Classics CCS SA 33312


Recordings Schneider Operetta Arias Cover 313Jörg Schneider: "Operetta Arias"
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spacer Works by J. Strauss, Lehár, Stolz, Kálmán, Zeller and others. With Barden; Wiener Salonorchester. No texts or translations. Capriccio 5109
DomingoSongsCDPlácido Domingo: "Songs"
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spacer With Jenkins, Boyle, Hilty, Zaz; Groban, Connick Jr., Domingo Jr.; Kohn, conductor. Sony Classic 88691934932
VillazonVerdiCdRolando Villazón: "Villazón Verdi"
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spacer Arias and Songs. With Erdmann, Ombuena; Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino, Noseda. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon B00177783-02
KermesCDSimone Kermes: "Dramma"
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spacer Arias by Porpora, Leo, Hasse, Pergolesi, de Majo, Handel. La Magnifica Comunità, Longo. Texts and translations. Sony Classical 88691963962
GrahamVVVCDSusan Graham and Malcolm Martineau: "Virgins, Vixens and Viragos"
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spacer Songs by Purcell, Berlioz, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Duparc, Tchaikovsky, Wolf, Horovitz, Poulenc, Porter, Duke, Sondheim. Texts and translations. Onyx Classics 4105
Recordings Low Countree cover 313Hope Koehler and James Douglass: "The Lass From the Low Countree"
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spacer Songs by John Jacob Niles. Texts. Albany TROY1015


Recordings Wagner Again Cover 313"Wagner Again?: The Earliest Postwar Dresden Wagner Recordings"
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spacer Bäumer, Friedland, Goltz, Zschille, Walter-Sacks; Aldenhoff, Hopf, Sattler, Herrmann, Paul, Schellenberg, Böhme; various orchestras, Keilberth, Kempe, Kleinert, Pflüger, Streigler, Stotschek, Wehnding, Wiesenhütter, conds. No libretto. Profil Hänssler 11044 (3)


WozzeckDVDBERG: Wozzeck
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spacer Byers; Nigl, Muravitsky, Paster, Migunov; Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Currentzis. Production: Tcherniakov. Bel Air Classiques BAC068, 135 mins., subtitled
TurnScrewBluRayBRITTEN: The Turn of the Screw
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spacer Persson, Bickley, G. Allen; Spence; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hrůša. Production: Kent. FRA Musica FRA 507 (Blu-ray) or FRA 007 (DVD), 111 mins. (opera), 22 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Cold War Cover 313Classical Music and Cold War: Musicians in the GDR
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spacer Subtitles. Arthaus Musik 101 655, 52 mins.
FigaroBluRayMOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro
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spacer Rey, Frittoli, Comparato; Pisaroni, Tézier; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, López-Cobos. Production: Sagi. Teatro Real TR97001BD (Blu-ray) or TR97002DVD (2 DVDs), 205 mins., subtitled
BohemeDVDPUCCINI: La Bohème
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spacer Netrebko, Machaidze; Beczala, Cavalletti, Colombara; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gatti. Production: Michieletto. Deutsche Grammophon B0017772-09 (DVD) or B0017798-59 (Blu-ray). 124 mins., subtitled
ReichOrchBluRayThe Reichsorchester: The Berlin Philharmonic and the Third Reich
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spacer A film by Enrique Sánchez Lansch. Arthaus Musik 108 059 (Blu-ray) or 101 453 (DVD), 90 mins. (documentary), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled
AttilaDVDVERDI: Attila
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spacer Branchini; Parodi, De Biasio, Catana; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Regio di Parma, Battistoni. Production: Maestrini. C Major 721608 (DVD) or 721704 (Blu-ray), 118 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled
GiovannaDVDVERDI: Giovanna d'Arco
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spacer S. Vassileva; Bowers, Bruson; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Regio di Parma, 
Bartoletti. Production: Lavia. C Major 721208 (DVD) or 721304 (Blu-ray), 128 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled
TraviataDVDVERDI: La Traviata
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spacer Matthews; Terranova, J. Summers; Opera Australia Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Castles-Onion. Production: Zambello. Opera Australia OPOZ56029DVD (DVD), OPOZ56030BD (Blu-ray) or OPOZ56031CD (2 CDs), 141 mins., subtitled

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