April 2013

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

KaufWagnerCDEditor's Choice

Jonas Kaufmann: "Wagner"

spacer Arias from Die WalküreSiegfriedRienziTannhäuserDie Meistersinger, Lohengrin; Wesendonck-Lieder; Chorus and Orchestra of Deutsche Opera Berlin, Runnicles. Texts, notes and translations. Decca 478 5189

The Conquering Hero

Jonas Kaufmann's new recital 
confirms his status as the 
Wagnerian tenor of his generation.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Golden Ticket Cover 413ASH: The Golden Ticket
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spacer Emerson, Clayton, Costin, Barton, Nims; Wenzelberg, Thompson, Jameson, Drost, Okulitch, Hardy, Kravitz; Atlanta Opera and Chorus, Ash. 2012. Libretto. Albany TROY 1381/82 (2)
SumeidaCDFAIROUZ: Sumeida's Song
spacer J. E. Miller, Calloway; Mack, Bouvier; Mimesis Ensemble, S. Dunn. English text. Bridge Records 9385
REcordings Tafelmusik Messiah cover 413HANDEL: Messiah
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spacer Gauvin; Blaze, Müller, Polegato. Tafelmuski, Taurins. English text. TMK 1016 
Recordings Partenope cover 413VINCI: La Partenope
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spacer Prina, Schiavo, Ercolano, Tufano; Ferrari, Do Santos; I Turchini di Antonio Florio, Florio. No text. Dynamic CDS 686/1-2 (2)
OracoloCDVIVALDI: L'Oracolo in Messenia
spacer Lezhneva, Hallenberg, Genaux, Basso, Gottwald; Sabata, Staveland; Europa Galante, Biondi. Libretto and translation. Virgin 50999 6025472 6 (2)
OrlandoCDVIVALDI: Orlando (1714)
spacer T. Gheorghiu, Basso, Arquez, Galou; Novarro; Modo Antiquo, Sardelli. Text and translation. Naïve OP 30540 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Nelson Mass Cover 413HAYDN: Missa in Angustiis, "Nelson Mass"
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spacer Ward, Cutting, Pritchard, Edwards; Choir of New College Oxford, New Century Baroque, Higginbottom. Texts and translations. Novum NCR1385
Recordings Lygtemaend Cover 413NØRGÅRD: Lygtemænd I Byen
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spacer Gjerris; Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Beyer. Texts and translations. Da Capo 8.226085


CastronovoCDCharles Castronovo: "Dolce Napoli: The Neapolitan Songs"
spacer Sweet Nectar. No texts. GPR Records 12012.
GerhaherCDChristian Gerhaher: "Romantische Arien"
spacer Works by Wagner, Schubert, Schumann, Weber, Nicolai. Symphonierochester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Harding. Texts and translations. Sony Classical 88725422952


Recordings Trovatore His Cover 413VERDI: Il Trovatore
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spacer Caballé, Pospinov; Domingo, Sordello, Mayer; Orchestra and Chorus of New Orleans Opera, Andersson. Bonus Disc: Excerpts from Lucia di Lammermoor, Andrea Chenier, Tosca. With E. Ross, Tucci, Domingo; Orchestra and Chorus of New Orleans Opera, Andersson, Guadagno. VAI Audio 1274-3
Recordings Ballo Historic Cover 413VERDI: Un Ballo in Maschera
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spacer Erato, Curtis Verna, Tassinari; Tagliavini, Valdengo, Stefanoni, Susca; Orchestra and Chorus of RAI Turin, Questa. No text or translation. Warner Music (Cetra Verdi Collection) 2564 661439


Video Puritani Cover 413BELLINI: I Puritani
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spacer Cantarero, Brillembourg; Osborn, Hendricks, Zanellato, Borowki, Gonzalez; Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Carella. Production: Negrin. 173 min., subtitled. Opus Arte OA1091D
PostinoDVDCATÁN: Il Postino
spacer Squitieri, Gallardo-Domâs, Herrera; Castronovo, Domingo, Chernov, Osuna, Pérez; Los Angeles Opera, Gershon. Production: R. Daniels. Sony 88691919 7099, 172 mins., subtitled
RodelindaDVDHANDEL: Rodelinda
spacer Fleming, Blythe; Scholl, Kaiser, Shenyang, I. Davies; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bicket. Production: Wadsworth. Decca B0017451-09 (2 DVDs) or B0017452-59 (Blu-ray), 170 mins., subtitled
Video Tode Stadt Cover 413KORNGOLD: Die Tote Stadt
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spacer Armstrong, Neubauer; King, Murray; Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra and Chorus, Hollreiser. Production: Friedrich. 122 mins., subtitled. Arthaus Musik 101 656
Recordings Video Figaro Cover 413MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro
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spacer Fiebig, Durkin, Pendry, Dark; Rhodes, Coleman-Wright, Fyfe, Breen; Opera Australia Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Summers. Production: Armfield. Sydney Opera House OPOZ56001 (2 DVDs) 183 mins., subtitled
PergolesiDVDPERGOLESI: Il Prigionier Superbo; La Serva Padrona
spacer Il Prigionier Superbo. De Liso, Rodríguez-Cusí, Comparato, Rosique, Nicotra; Lozano. La Serva Padrona. Marianelli; Lepore; Accademia Barocca de I Virtuosi Italiani, Rovaris. Productions: Brockhaus. ArtHaus Musik 108068 (Blu-ray) or 101654 (2 DVDs), 177 mins., subtitled
Video Gespenstersonate Cover 413REIMANN: Die Gespenstersonate
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spacer Sieber, Mödl; Nöcker, Knutson, Hiestermann, Grobe, Dooley; Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Ensemble Modern, Layer. Production: Lukas-Kindermann (1985). 88 mins., subtitle. Arthaus Musik 101 657 (DVD)
STRAVINSKY: Perséphone
spacer Iolanta. Scherbachenko, Semenchuk; Černoch, Markov, W. White, Ulianov. Perséphone. Blanc; Groves; Young Singers of the JORCAM; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real, Madrid, Currentzis. Productions: Sellars. Teatro Real 9701, 187 mins., subtitled 
RigolettoDVDVERDI: Rigoletto
spacer Matthews, Campbell; Opie, P. O'Neill, Parkin, Dubinsky; Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Opera Australia Chorus, Reggioli. Production: Moshinsky. EPC Distribution. OPOZ56009 (DVD), 131 mins., subtitled
Recordings Wagner and Me Cover 413Wagner and Me
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spacer Directed by Patrick McGrady. A First Run Features (in U.S.) release of a Wavelength Films production in association with the BBC. B004OJKWXI. 89 mins. With: Stephen Fry, Valery Gergiev, Stefan Mickisch, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Eva Wagner-Pasquier.

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