March 2014

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

PeretyatkoCDEditor's Choice

Olga Peretyatko: "Arabesque"
spacer Arias and songs by Alabiev, Arditi, Bellini, Bizet, dell'Acqua, Gounod, Mozart, Rossini, J. Strauss and Verdi; NDR Sinfonieorchester, Mazzola. No texts. Sony 88883738592.

Russian Nightingale

Coloratura Olga Peretyatko's new disc from Sony is an enjoyable and accomplished program of songs and arias.

Opera and Oratorio

GloryCDCIPULLO: Glory Denied
spacer Mancasola, Worra; Blalock, Mayes; Fort Worth Opera Festival Chamber Ensemble, Deaton. English text. Albany Records TROY 1433
Recordings Orlando Cover 314HANDEL: Orlando
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spacer Gauvin, Forsythe, McHardy; Willetts, Berg; Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Weimann. Texts and translations. Atma Classique ACD2 2678 (3)
Recordings Serse Cover 314HANDEL: Serse
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spacer Stéphany, Joshua, Harvey, Summers; Daniels, Sherratt, Wolf; Early Opera Company, Curnyn. Texts and translations. Chaconne CHAN 0797 (3)
Recordings Therese Cover 314MASSENET: Thérèse
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spacer Gubisch; Castronovo, Dupuis, Lis; Choeur et Orchestre de l'Opéra National Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, Altinoglu. Text and translations. Radio France ES 1011
CenerentolaCDROSSINI: La Cenerentola
spacer Donose, Sheeran, Cirillo; Mironov, Corbelli, Spagnoli, Chiummo; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Glyndebourne Chorus, Jurowski. Texts and translations. Glyndebourne GFOCD 018-07 (2)
Recordings Olimpiade Cover 314VIVALDI: L'Olimpiade
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spacer Van der Sluis, Meeuwsen, von Magnus; Christoffelis, Lesne, Schultze, Oberholtzer; Clemencic Consort and Ensemble Vocal La Cappella, Clemencic. 1990. No texts or translations. United Classics, Nuova Era (2)
SiegfriedCDWAGNER: Siegfried
spacer Urmana, Larsson; Gould, Elsner, Schmeckenbecher, Konieczny, Salminen; Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Janowski. Text and translation. PentaTone PTC 5186 408

Choral and Song

Recordings Deutsche Requiem cover 314BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem
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spacer Richter; Genz; MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Alsop. Text and translation. Naxos 8.572996
Recordings Brown Choral Cover 314BROWN: "Though Love Be a Day"
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spacer Antioch Chamber Ensemble, Copeland, director. With Fortin, vocals, and Chang, piano. Texts and translations. Acis APL18719


BMehtaCDBejun Mehta: "Che Puro Ciel: The Rise of Classical Opera"
spacer Arias by J. C. Bach, Gluck, Hasse, Mozart and Traetta. RIAS Chamber Choir, Akademie für alte Musik, Jacobs. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi 902133
Recordings Szmytka Cover 314Elzbieta Szmytka and Levente Kende: "Karłowicz and Szymanowski Songs"
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spacer Texts and translations. SMP 201303
Recordings Lisa Delan Cover 314Lisa Delan: "The Hours Begin to Sing"
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spacer Songs by Bolcom, Corigliano, Garner, Getty, Heggie and Woolf. Pankonin, piano; Haimovitz, cello; Krakauer, clarinet; Rubtsov, flute. Texts and translations. PentaTone Classics PTC 5186 459
LegrandDessayCDNatalie Dessay: "Entre Elle et Lui"
spacer Music of Michel Legrand. With Petibon; Naouri; Legrand. Erato/Warner Classics 934148


Recordings Pedro Lavirgen Cover 314Pedro Lavirgen: "Famous Opera Arias"
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spacer By Puccini, Leoncavallo, Giordano, Donizetti, Bellini Verdi, Bizet; Songs by Lara, Saavedra, Friere. Various unnamed orchestras and conductors. No texts or translations. EMEC E-109


NetHvorRedSqDVDAnna Netrebko & Dmitri Hvorostovsky: "Live from Red Square, Moscow"
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spacer Arias, duets and songs by Giordano, Hermann, Kálmán, Puccini, Solovyov-Sedoi, Tchaikovsky and Verdi. Masters of Choral Singing, State Academic Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov," Orbelian. Deutsche Grammophon BOO19498-09, 
101 mins., subtitled
SonnambulaBlRayBELLINI: La Sonnambula
spacer Pratt, Viola, Mellor; Mukeria, Parodi, Ciotoli; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro La Fenice, Ferro. Production: Morassi. 
Unitel/C Major 714004 (Blu-ray), 132 mins., subtitled
MobyDickBlRayHEGGIE: Moby-Dick
spacer Trevigne; Hunter Morris, Costello, Smith, Lemalu; San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Dance Corps, Summers. 
Production: Foglia. EuroArts 2059658 (2 DVDs), 142 mins. (opera), 51 mins. (bonus), subtitled
AbductionBerlinDVDMOZART: Die Entführung aus dem Serail
spacer Donat, Vogel; Laubenthal, Orth, Talvela; Chorus and Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bertini. Production: Rennert. Arthaus Musik 101691, 130 mins., subtitled
ManonLesBluRyPUCCINI: Manon Lescaut
spacer Nitescu; Denniston, de Candia, Montarsolo; Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gardiner. 
Production: Vick. Kultur BD 4203 (Blu-ray), 125 mins., subtitled
FrauMariinskyR. STRAUSS: Die Frau ohne Schatten
spacer Khudoley, Sergeeva, O. Savova; Amonov, Umerov; Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Gergiev. Production: Kent. Mariinsky 053 (2 DVDs), 203 mins., subtitled
GlynHeureDVDRAVEL: L'Heure Espagnole; L'Enfant et les Sortilèges 
spacer Kim, d'Oustrac, Gadelia; Shrader, Piolino, Madore, Gay; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Chorus, Ono. Production: Pelly. FRA 508, 103 mins., subtitled
LA_PhilReqDVDVERDI: Requiem
spacer DiGiacomo, de Young; Grigolo, D'Arcangelo; Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel. 
C Major 714708

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