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March 2012

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

CallejaCDEditor's Choice

Joseph Calleja: "The Maltese Tenor"
spacer Arias and duets by Bizet, Boito, Gounod, Offenbach, Massenet, Puccini and Verdi. With Kurzak. Choeur d'Hommes du Grand Théâtre de Genève, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, M. Armiliato. Texts and translations. Decca 4782720

Manly Beauty

Tenor Joseph Calleja's sound now has a beautiful shimmer and Mediterranean sunniness to it, coupled with an honest, authentic virility.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings MIdsummer Night's Cover 312BRITTEN: A Midsummer Night's Dream
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spacer Í. Martínez, Royal, Dahlberg, Poole; Mehta, T. Robinson, J. Holt, Paterson, M. Rose; Trinity Boys Choir, London 
Philharmonic Orchestra, Volkov. Libretto. Glyndebourne 013-06 (2)
MariaRohanCDDONIZETTI: Maria di Rohan
spacer Stoyanova; Bros, Purves, Sherratt, Broadbent; Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Elder. Text and translation. Opera Rara ORC44 (2) 

Choral and Song

Recordings Anonymous 4 cover 312Anonymous 4: "Secret Voices"
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spacer Chant & Polyphony from the Las Huelgas Codex, c.1300. Cunningham, Genensky, Hellauer, Horner-Kwiatek. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMU 807510
Recordings Poulenc cover 312POULENC: "The Complete Songs, Vol. 2"
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spacer Anderson, Lott, Milne; Lemalu, Maltman, R. Murray; Martineau, piano. Texts, notes and translations. Signum Classics SIGCD263
Recordings Whitbourn cover 312WHITBOURN: Living Voices
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spacer Powell, soprano saxophone; Cowan, organ; Carroll, reader; Westminster Williamson Voices, Jordan. Texts online only. Naxos 8.572737


Recordings reiss cover 312Chen Reiss: "Liaisons"
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spacer Arias by Cimarosa, Haydn, Mozart, Salieri. L'Arte del Mondo, Ehrhardt. Texts and translations. Onyx 4068
Recordings Pregardien cover 312Christoph Prégardien: "Schubert Lieder"
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spacer Zwolf Lieder aus Winterreise und Funf Lieder. Hoppstock, guitar. Texts and translations. Christophorus CHR 77352
Recordings Haselbock cover 312Hermine Haselböck and Russell Ryan: "MAHLER: Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen; Rückert-Lieder; Kindertotenlieder"
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spacer Texts and translations. Bridge 9341
PerssonCDMiah Persson and Joseph Breinl: "Portraits: Songs by Clara and Robert Schumann" 
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spacer Texts, notes and translations. Bis SACD-1834
SpyresCDMichael Spyres: "A Fool for Love"
spacer Arias by Donizetti, Mozart, Verdi, Bizet, etc. Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Orbelian. Texts and translations. Delos DE 3414
ToriAmosCDTori Amos: "Night of Hunters"
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spacer With N. Hawley, K. Dobyns; Apollon Musagète Quartett; Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Nigel Shore, oboe; Peter Whelan, bassoon; Laura Lucas, flute; Luke Whitehead, contrabassoon. Notes and text. DVD in deluxe edition only. Deutsche Grammophon 4779429


MetCarmenCDBIZET: Carmen
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spacer Stevens, Conner, Amara, Roggero; Tucker, De Paolis, Silveri, Cehanovsky; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Reiner. No texts or translations. Sony Classical 7961892 (2)
Recordings Fille Cover 312DONIZETTI: La Fille du Régiment
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spacer Pons, Petina; Jobin, Baccaloni, D'Angelo; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Papi. No texts or translations. Sony Classical SNYC 961912 (2)
Recordings Baker Cover 312Janet Baker: "Chausson, Berlioz, Schoenberg"
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spacer Songs and vocal pieces by Berkeley, Berlioz, Britten, Chausson, Finzi, Gluck, Lully, Marcello, Purcell, Schoenberg, Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Warlock. Isepp, Johnson, Parsons, piano; London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Del Mar, Giulini, Svetlanov. No texts or translations. BBC Legends 5006-2 (3)
Recordings Popp Cover 312Lucia Popp: "Great Singers Live"
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spacer Arias by Donizetti, Handel, Lehár, Lortzing, Mozart, Rossini, Smetana, Stolz and Weber. Bavarian Radio Orchestra and Chorus, various conductors. No texts or translations. BR Klassic 900306
MetMignonCDTHOMAS: Mignon
spacer Stevens, Benzell; Melton, Pinza; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Pelletier. No texts or translations. Sony Classical 7961922 (2)
Recordings Falstaff cover 312VERDI: Falstaff
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spacer Ligabue, Adani, Dominguez, Rota; Oncina, G. Evans, Bruscantini; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Gui. Libretto. Glyndebourne 010-60 (2)


BolenaDVDDONIZETTI: Anna Bolena
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spacer Netrebko, Garanča, Kulman; Meli, D'Arcangelo; Chorus and Orchestra of Wiener Staatsoper, Pidò. Production: Génovèse. Deutsche Grammophon B0016203-09 (2 DVDs) or B0016328-59 (Blu-ray), 194 mins., subtitled
ChenierDVDGIORDANO: Andrea Chénier
spacer Guleghina; Pavarotti, Pons; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Levine. Production: Joël. Decca B0016111-09,  123 mins., subtitled
CreationDVDHAYDN: Die Schöpfung
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spacer Milne, L. Crowe; Güra, M. Rose, Beyer; Netherlands Radio Choir, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Nelson. Idéale Audience 3079378, 142 mins. (concert), 40 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Bernstein Bach cover 312Leonard Bernstein Conducts Bach and Stravinsky
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spacer Mory, Parker; Hardesty, Mitchinson, Hudson; English Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra, Bernstein. Idéale Audience 3085308, 54 mins., subtitled
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spacer De Negri, d'Oustrac, Daneman; Richter, Rivenq, Mauillon; Les Arts Florissants, Christie. Production: 
Villégier. FRA Musica FRA 006 (2 DVDs) or FRA 506 (Blu-ray), 195 mins. (opera), 90 mins. (bonus), subtitled
MedeaDVDMAYR: Medea in Corinto
spacer Michael, Tsallagova; Vargas, Shrader, Miles; Chorus and Orchestra of Bayerische Staatsoper, Bolton. Production: Neuenfels. Arthaus Musik 101 578 (2 DVDs) or 108 030 (Blu-ray), 151 mins. (opera), 48 mins. (bonus), subtitled
CoplandDVDMusic in the 20's
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spacer With Aaron Copland. Produced and directed by David M. Davis. Kultur D4760 (3 DVDs), 348 mins., black and white, 
no subtitles
Video Joy of Sharing cover 312The Joy of Sharing
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spacer Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, Bernstein. Kultur D4714, 58 mins.
TraviataBluRayVERDI: La Traviata
spacer Petersen; Varano, Rutherford; Chorus of Oper Graz, Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester, Evans. Production: Konwitschny. Arthaus Musik 108 036 (Blu-ray) or 101 587 (DVD), 110 mins. (opera), 20 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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