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September 2013

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

NetrebkoVerdiCDEditor's Choice

Anna Netrebko: "Verdi"
spacer Arias from Macbeth, Don Carlo, I Vespri Siciliani, Il Trovatore, Giovanna 
d'Arco. With Villazón; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio Torino, Noseda. Texts and translations. DG 479 1052

Exploring New Territory

Anna Netrebko meets new artistic challenges honestly — and excitingly — in her much anticipated disc of Verdi arias.

Opera and Oratorio

PlumpJackCDGETTY: Plump Jack
spacer M. Moore, Mentzer; Schukoff, Lynch, Robertson, Breault; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Schirmer. English text. Pentatone Classics PTC 5186 445
GioveArgoCDHANDEL: Giove in Argo
spacer Gauvin, Baka, Hallenberg; Giustiniani, Weisser, Priante; Il Complesso Barocco, Curtis. Italian text and English translation. Virgin Classics 50999 7231162 2 (3)
Recordings Frau Cover 913R. STRAUSS: Die Schweigsame Frau
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spacer Bauer, Yang, Straube; Berchtold, Kindschuh, Hawlata; Chorus of Opera Chemnitz, Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie, Beermann. Text and translation. CPO 777 121-2 (3)
Recordings Gazza Ladra Cover 913ROSSINI: La Gazza Ladra
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spacer Cantarero, Custer, Papatheologou; Korchak, Panozzo, Esposito, Bordogna, Pertusi; Prague Chamber Choir and Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, Jia. Dynamic CDS567/1-3 (3)
SimoneCDSAARIAHO: La Passion de Simone
spacer Upshaw; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Chamber Choir, 
Salonen. Text and translation. Ondine ODE 1217-5
Recordings Vivaldi Cover 913VIVALDI: Dixit Dominus, In Furore Iustissimae Irae
HANDEL: Dixit Dominus
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spacer With Crowe; La Nuova Musica, Bates. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi USA 093046758769
Recordings Rheingold Cover 913WAGNER: Das Rheingold
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spacer Merbeth, Vermillion, Radner; Elsner, Conrad, Konieczny, Schmeckenbecher, Groissböck, Rihonen; Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Janowski. Pentatone PTC 5186-406 (2)
Recordings Earth Requiem Cover 913XIA: Earth Requiem
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spacer Hong, Shan; Yongzhe, Li; China National Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Plasson. Text. Virgin Classics 5099993411929

Choral and Song

VoicesDenverCD"Great Voices Sing John Denver"
spacer With De Niese, Graves, Padilla, Racette, Zajick; P. Domingo, P. Domingo, Jr., Montenegro, Polenzani, Skelton, Gilfry, Gunn, Hampson, Pape, Shenyang. No texts. MPE Music
BoulezMahlerBergCDMAHLER: Das Klagende Lied
BERG: "Lulu" Suite
spacer Prohaska, Röschmann, Larsson; Botha; Vienna Philharmonic, Boulez. Texts and translations. DG 477 9891
Recordings Sweet Woods Cover 913Meredith Hall, Matthew White, Michael Slattery: "O Sweet Woods"
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spacer Irish & Scottish Airs. La Nef, Skye Consort. No texts. ATMA Classique ACD2 3012
PetMesseCDROSSINI: Petite Messe Solennelle
spacer Rebeka, Mingardo; Meli, A. Esposito; Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Pappano. Texts and translation. EMI 4167422 (2)
Recordings Lost City Cover 913Sospiri: "The Lost City: Lamentations Through the Ages"
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spacer Music of McDowall, Casals, Phinot, Britten, Duggan, Ortiz, Mundy, Vaughan Williams and Mauersberger. Laurence, Fairbairn; Vanryne, trumpet; Watson. Texts and translations. Naxos 8.573078


PerezCDAilyn Pérez: "Poème d'un Jour"
spacer Songs and arias by Hahn, Fauré, Massenet, Obradors, Turina and Falla; Burnside, piano. Texts and translations. Opus Arte OA CD9013D
Recordings Oelze Cover 913Christiane Oelze and Eric Schneider: "Strauss Lieder"
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spacer No texts. Solo Musica SM 183
BostridgeBrittenCDIan Bostridge and Antonio Pappano: "BRITTEN: Songs"
spacer With Yang, guitar. Texts. EMI 4334302
Recordings Ruiten Cover 913Lenneke Ruiten and Hans Adolfsen: "Brahms Lieder"
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spacer No texts or translations. Brilliant Classics 94611
VargasCDRamón Vargas: "Opera Arias"
spacer By Berlioz, Boito, Cilèa, Gounod, Massenet, Puccini and Verdi. Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Frizza. Texts and translations. Capriccio C5165


Recordings Lombardi Cover 913VERDI: I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata
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spacer Vitale, Pirazzini, Gallo, Bertocci, Petri; Orchestra and Chorus of RAI Milan, M. Wolf-Ferrari. Cetra 2564 661431


BerlinWozzeckDVDBERG: Wozzeck
spacer W. Meier; Clark, Wottrich, Grundheber, von Kannen; Staatsopernchor, Staatskapelle Berlin, Barenboim. Production: Chéreau. EuroArts 2066758, 97 mins., subtitled
DamrauDeM_DVDDiana Damrau and Xavier de Maistre: "Recital"
spacer Songs by Debussy, Fauré, Schumann, Strauss. Virgin Classics 98491698, 148 mins. (including documentary), no subtitles
Recordings Cesare Cover 913HANDEL: Giulio Cesare
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spacer De la Merced, Podleś, Beaumont; Oliver, Domènech, Menéndez, Zwarg; Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Theatre del Liceu, Hofstetter. Production: Wernicke. Arthaus Musik 107 279, 216 min., subtitled
FrateDVDPERGOLESI: Lo Frate 'nnamorato
spacer Belfiore, Biccirè, Adamonyté, Di Castri, Cherici, Bove; N. Alaimo, Morace, Alegret; Europa Galante, Biondi. Production: Landin. Arthaus Musik 108066 (Blu-ray) or 101652 (2 DVDs), 160 mins., subtitled
Recordings Voix Cover 913POULENC: La Voix Humaine
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spacer Lott; Johnson. Production: Alexander Van Ingen. Champs Hill Records CHRBR 075 (DVD and Blu-Ray), 40 mins., subtitled
OneginDVDTCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin
spacer Opolais, Belkina; Korchak, Ruciński, Groissböck; Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Wellber. Production: Treliński. Kultur/C Major/Unitel BD4813 (Blu-ray), D4813 (DVD), 150 mins., subtitled
GlyndFalstaffDVDVERDI: Falstaff
spacer Griffel, Gale, Condò, Penkova; Cosotti, Fryatt, Dickerson, Luxon, Gramm, Trama; Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, London Philharmonic, Pritchard. Production: Ponnelle. Opus Arte 02 315 D, 118 mins., subtitled
VespriDVDVERDI: I Vespri Siciliani
spacer Dessì; F. Armiliato, Nucci, Prestia; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Regio di Parma, Zanetti; Production: Pizzi. C Major 723904 (Blu-Ray), 723808 (DVD), 170 mins. (opera), 11 mins. (bonus), subtitled
ParmaBalloDVDVERDI: Un Ballo in Maschera
spacer Lewis, Gamberoni, Fiorillo; Meli, Stoyanov; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma, Gelmetti. Production: Samaritani. C Major 724208 (DVD) or 724304 (Blu-ray), 138 mins. (opera), 11 mins. (bonus), subtitled
LabyrinthDVDWINTER: Das Labyrinth
spacer Novikova, Hartelius; Schade, Tatzl, Fischesser, Unterreiner, Sly; Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Bolton. Production: Liedtke. Opus Arte OA 101677, 158 mins., subtitled

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