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August 2017

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

Recordings Europa Ricconosciuta Cover 817Editor's Choice

SALIERI: Europa Riconosciuta
DVD Button Damrau, Rancatore, Kühmeier, Barcellona; Sabbatini; Ferri, Bolle; Orchestra, Chorus and Corps de Ballet of Teatro alla Scala, Muti. Production: Ronconi. Erato 0190295889982 (DVD), 133 mins., subtitled

Returning to the Scene.

Salieri’s Mozartean opera opened La Scala in 1778—and reopened it in 2004.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Lully Persee Cover 817LULLY: Persée 1770
CD Button Guilmette, Watson, Santon-Jeffery, Lenormand, Kalinine; Vidal, Christoyannis, Teitgen, Dubois, Dolié, Wilder; Le Concert Spirituel, Niquet. Text and translations. Alpha 967
Recordings Mansurian Requiem Cover 918MANSURIAN: Requiem
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CD Button A. Petersen; Redmond; RIAS Chamber Chorus, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Liebreich. Texts. ECM 4814101
Recordings Uthal Cover 817MÉHUL: Uthal
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CD Button Deshayes; Beuron, Bou, Droy, Martin; Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Ediciones Singulares ES 1026
Recordings Vincent Rands Cover 817RANDS: Vincent
CD Button Kruse, Conyers, Leonard; Burchett, Perkins, Eck, Linville, Walton, Morstein, Grundy; Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra, Fagen. Libretto online. Naxos 8.669037-38 (2)
Recordings Gurrelieder Cover 817SCHÖNBERG: Gurre-Lieder
DVD Button Magee, Larsson, Melles; Fritz, Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Marquardt; Dutch National Opera Chorus, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Albrecht. Production: Audi. Opus Arte OABD7215D (Blu-ray)/OA1227D (DVD), 140 mins., subtitled
Recordings Shostakovich Moskva Cover 817SHOSTAKOVICH: Moskva, Cheremushki
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CD Button Prokina, Chernykh, Gelakhova; Apaikin, Baturkin, Lochak, Kisselev, Goujov; Russian State Symphonic Cappella, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, Rozhdestvensky. No text or translation. Chandos CHAN 9591 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Black Mountain Songs Cover 817Brooklyn Youth Chorus: "Black Mountain Songs"
CD Button Works by Dessner, Parry, Shaw, King, Vrebalov, Bischoff, Muhly, Hecker. Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Berkun Menaker. Texts and translation. New Amsterdam NWAM087
Recordings Monteverdi Madrigali Cover 817MONTEVERDI: "Madrigali, Vol. 3: Venezia"
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CD Button Allan, Lawson, Morrison, Richardot; Agnew, Wilder, Clayton, Abadie, Costanzo; Les Arts Florissants, Agnew. Harmonia Mundi HAF 8905278
Recordings Winterreise Goerne lg 817SCHUBERT: Winterreise
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DVD Button Goerne; Hinterhäuser. Production: Kentridge. C Major 738008, 85 mins. (concert), 53 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Recordings Sullivan Songs Cover 817SULLIVAN: "Songs"
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CD Button Bevan; Johnson, Riches. Norris, piano. Texts and translations. Chandos CHAN 10935 (2)


Recordings Boulianne cover 817Julie Boulianne: "Alma Oppressa"
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CD Button Arias from Handel’s Alcina, Arianna in Creta, Ariodante, Giulio Cesare, Imeneo, Rinaldo, Serse; and from Vivaldi’s La Fida Ninfa, Andromeda Liberata. Clavecin en Concert, Beauséjour.  Analekta AN28780
Recordings Stoyanova Puccini Songs 817Krassimira Stoyanova: "Giacomo Puccini: Complete Songs for Soprano and Piano"
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CD Button Prinz, piano. No texts or translations. Naxos 0747313350179
Recordings Stoyanova Verismo Cover 817Krassimira Stoyanova: "Verismo"
CD Button Arias from Manon Lescaut, Adriana Lecouvreur, Turandot, Madama Butterfly, La Wally, Suor Angelica, Andrea Chénier, Tosca. Munich Radio Orchestra, Baleff. Orfeo C899 171 A
Recordings Kielland Cover 817Marianne Beate Kielland: “Whispering Mozart”
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CD Button Mortensen, piano. Texts and translations. LAWO Classics CD LWC 1111
Recordings Lemieux CD Cover 817Marie-Nicole Lemieux: "Sì, Sì, Sì, Sì!"
CD Button Arias and duets by Rossini. With Ciofi. National Orchestra of Montepellier Occitaine, Mazzola. Texts and translations. Warner Classics 190295953263
Recordings Jaroussky Orfeo cover 817Philippe Jaroussky: "La Storia di Orfeo"
CD Button Baráth; I Barocchisti, Fasolis. Texts and translations. Erato 0190295851903
Recordings Novak Portrait Cover 817Richard Novák: "Portrait"
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CD Button Arias and songs by Mozart, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Offenbach, Verdi, Wagner, Janáček, Wolf, Schubert, Křička. Various orchestras and conductors; Zeller, piano. Texts and Czech translations for German lieder; texts and English translation for Czech songs; no texts or translations for arias. Supraphon SU 4206-2 (2)
Recordings Ruby Hughes Heroines Cover 817Ruby Hughes: "Heroines of Love and Loss"
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CD Button Songs by Purcell, Strozzi, Bennet, Sessa, F. Caccini and Vizzana; instrumental works by Vivaldi, Piccinini and Kapsberger. Brinkmann, cello; Nordberg, lute. Texts and translations. Bis BIS 2248
Recordings Sylvia Sass Cover 817Sylvia Sass: "Anniversary Edition"
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CD Button Arias and songs by Boito, Catalani, Cilea, Gounod, Mascagni, Mozart, R. Strauss, Verdi, Wagner. A. Schiff, piano; various orchestras and conductors. Notes (including a major interview) but no texts or translations. Hungaraton HCO32788-89 (2)


Recordings Winterreise Fischer Dieskau lg 817SCHUBERT: Winterreise
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DVD Button Fischer-Dieskau, Brendel. Arthaus Musik 109317 (DVD), 131 mins. (work), 56 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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