Recordings

January 2018

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

Recordings Callas Armida lg 118Editor's Choice

ROSSINI: Armida
CD Button Callas; Albanese, Filippeschi, Ziliani, Raimondi; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Florence, Serafin. Warner Classics 0190295844530 (2)

Recordings Callas Macbeth Cover 118Editor's Choice

VERDI: Macbeth

CD Button Callas; Penno, Mascherini, Tajo; La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, de Sabata. Warner Classics 0190295844479 (2)

The Most Beautiful Sounds I Ever Heard.

A sampling of the new Maria Callas live box-set reveals the prima donna at her best.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Becoming Santa Claus Cover 118ADAMO: Becoming Santa Claus
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DVD Button Rivera, Plitmann, Schaufer; Blalock, Boehler, K. Jameson, Burdette; Dallas Opera Orchestra, Villaume. Production: Curran. Dallas Opera 888295497824/3 (DVD/BD)
Recordins Andriessen Cover 118ANDRIESSEN: Theatre of the World
CD Button Kesselman, Zavalloni, Houberg, Fetokaki, Bröchler; Melrose, Beekman, van de Woerd; Los Angeles Philharmonic, de Leeuw. Text and translation. Nonesuch 7559-79361-8 (2)
REcordings Favorite Cover 118DONIZETTI: La Favorite
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DVD Button Garanča, Benoit; Polenzani, Mills, Kwiecien, Kares; Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper; Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chichon. Production: Niermeyer. Deutsche Grammophon 00440 073 5358 (2), 157 mins., subtitled
Recordings Angels Bone Cover 118DU: Angel’s Bone
CD Button Fischer, Charles, Russell, Du; Pfortmiller, Bielfield, McCargar; Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS NY, Wachner. Text. Vision into Art Records VIA 16 (2)
Recordings Faccio Hamlet Cover 118FACCIO: Hamlet
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DVD Button Dan, Kaiser; Černoch, Schweinester, Soulès, Sgura; Vienna Symphony and Prague Philharmonic Choir, Carignani. Production: Tambosi. C Major 740608 (2), 145 mins., subtitled
Recordings Trionfo Cover 118HANDEL: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
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DVD Button Devieilhe, Mingardo; Fagioli, Spyres; Le Concert d'Astrée; Haïm. Production: Warlikowski. Erato 0190295819361, 138 mins., surtitled
Recordings Parnasso in Festa Cover 118HANDEL: Parnasso in Festa
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CD Button Johannsen, Högström, Gäng, Ascioti; Hansen, Kim, Tittoto; La Cetra Barockochester, Vokalensemble Basel, Marcon. Pentatone PTC 5186 643 (2)
Recordings Scarlet Letter Cover 118LAITMAN: The Scarlet Letter
CD Button Claycomb, Gawrysiak; Armstrong, Knapp, Belcher, MacKenzie; Opera Colorado Orchestra and Chorus, Pelto. Texts online. Naxos 8.669034-35 (2)
Recordings Tulipan Cover 118OFFENBACH: L’Île de Tulipatan
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CD Button Kuttler, Jones; Mulder, Kranak, Khodadad; Light Opera of New York, Deaton. Translations. Albany Records TROY 1678
Recordings Wings of Daedalus Cover 118SQUILLANTE: The Wings of Daedalus
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CD Button Kavanaugh, Murray, Vaillancourt, Krucker, Luchetti, Murray, Kavanaugh; Haughton, Brown, Carmignani. Texts. WERGO WER 2073 2
Recordings Siegfried Cover 118WAGNER: Siegfried
CD Button Melton, Farcas, Humble; O’Neill, Goerne, Cangelosi, Van Mechelen, Struckmann; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, van Zweden. No texts or translations. Naxos 8.660413-16 (4)

Choral and Song

Recordings Delius Cover 118DELIUS: Sea Drift; Songs of Farewell; Songs of Sunset 
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CD Button Burgess; Terfel; Waynflete Singers, Southern Voices; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Hickox. English texts and translations. Chandos Chan 9214
Recordings Goerne Cover 118J. S. Bach: "Cantatas for Bass"
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CD Button BWV 56 and 82, with Concerto for oboe d’amore BWV 1055 (reconstructed). Goerne; Freiburger Barockorchester, von der Goltz; Arfken, oboe. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi 902323
Recordings Boesch Cover 118SCHUBERT: Die Winterreise
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CD Button Boesch; Vignoles, piano. Text & translations. Hyperion CDA 68197

Recital

Recordings Isabel Leonard Cover 118Isabel Leonard: "Alma Española"
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CD Button Songs by García Lorca, Rodrigo, Lara, Falla and Montsalvatge. Sharon Isbin, guitar. Text and translations. Bridge 90404 94912
Recordings Kaufmann Cover 118Jonas Kaufmann: "L’Opéra"
CD Button Bayerisches Staatsorchester, de Billy. Texts and translations. Sony Classical 88985390762
Recordings Louise Alder Cover 118Louise Alder: "Through Life and Love"
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CD Button Songs by Richard Strauss. Joseph Middleton, piano. No texts or translations. Orchid Classics ORC100072

Historical

Recordings Bluebeard Cover 118BARTÓK: Bluebeard’s Castle; Cantata Profana 
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CD Button Hellwigh; Lewis, Kereh, Rothmüller, Lorsy; New Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Susskind. No texts. CD Praga Digitals PRD 250 349
Recordings Conley Cover 118Eugene Conley: "Air Checks"
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CD Button Arias by Massenet, Verdi, Donizetti, Bellini, Flotow, Puccini. Songs by Adam, Sullivan, Lehmann, Romberg, Firestone, Marshall. Various orchestras and conductors. No texts or translations. Arabesque Recordings Z6888
Recordings Khovanshchina Cover 118MUSSORGSKY: Khovanshchina
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CD Button Christoff, Petri; Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Roma della RAI Radiotelevisione Italian, Rodzinski. Datum DAT 12320 (2)
Recordings Jacks Kingdom Cover 118OSTRČIL: Jack’s Kingdom
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CD Button Jirásková, Hanzalíková,Vymazalová; Kočí, Celerin, Votava, Otava, Žídek, Veverka; Prague Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Jiráček; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Neumann. Text and translation. Supraphon SU 4224-2 (2)

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