April 2014

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

VillazonMozartCDEditor's Choice

Rolando Villazón: "Mozart: Concert Arias"
spacer London Symphony Orchestra, Pappano. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 002894791054


In a joyous return to form, Rolando Villazón brings ten Mozart arias to vibrant life in his recital with Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Opera and Oratorio

LSO_TurnScrewCDBRITTEN: The Turn of the Screw
spacer Matthews, Wyn-Rogers, Broderick, Hall; Clayton-Jolly, Kennedy; London Symphony Orchestra, Farnes. English text. LSO 0749 (2)
SecrAgentCDDELLAIRA: The Secret Agent
spacer Burton; Bearden; Center for Contemporary Opera, Jobin. English text. Albany Records (Troy) 1450-51 (2)
Recordings Galilei cover 414GLASS: Galileo Galilei
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spacer Ohse, Reed; Troxell, Nelson, Holiday, Hayward, Rubio; Portland Opera Orchestra, Manson. English text. Orange Mountain 0091
Recordings Aci Galatea cover 414HANDEL: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo
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spacer Invernizzi, Staskiewicz; Abadie; La Risonanza, Bonizzoni. Text and translations. Glossa GCD 921515 (2)
Recordings Pergolesi cover 414PERGOLESI: Septem Verba a Christo
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spacer Karthäuser; Dumaux, Behr, Wolff; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Jacobs. Text and translation. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902155
PinaforeCDSULLIVAN: H.M.S. Pinafore
spacer Ballenger, Maughan, Devlin; Faulk, Gordon, Christopher, Bershatsky, Hanlon; Ohio Light Opera, Thompson. Albany Records (Troy) 1459-60 (2)
GotterdCDWAGNER: Götterdämmerung
spacer Lang, Haller, Prudenskaya; Ryan, Brück, Schmeckenbecher, Salminen; Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester and Rundfunkchor Berlin, Janowski. Text and translation. PentaTone PTC 5186 (4)

Choral and Song

Recordings Vocalise Cover 414CORIGLIANO: Conjurer; Vocalise
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spacer Plitmann; Glennie, percussion; Albany Symphony, Miller. Naxos 8.559757
Recordings Danielpour Cover 414DANIELPOUR: Darkness in the Ancient Valley; A Woman's Life; Lacrimae Beati 
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spacer With Brown; Plitmann; Nashville Symphony, Guerrero. English texts. Naxos 8.559707


Recordings Karg Cover 414Christiane Karg: "Wigmore Hall Live"
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spacer Songs by Strauss, Wolf, Berg, Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc. Martineau, piano. Texts and translations. Wigmore Hall Live WHlive 0062
MosucCDElena Mosuc: "Donizetti Heroines"
spacer Symphony Orchestra of Croatian Radio-Television, Croatian Radio-Television Choir, Lipanović. Notes, no texts or translations. Sony Classical 88883788222
Recordings Charleston Cover 414Erik Charlston and Virginia Perry Lamb: "Erik Charlston Sings Lieder"
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spacer Texts and translations. Luja Classics B00EZ3TSLA
RebekaCDMarina Rebeka: "Mozart Arias"
spacer Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Scappucci. Warner Classics 6154972
GrigoloAveCDVittorio Grigolo: "Ave Maria"
spacer With Evancho. Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta and I Pueri Cantores della Cappella Musicale Pontificia detta Sistina, various conductors. Texts and translations. Sony Classical 88883786372


Recordings Rouleau cover 414Joseph Rouleau: "Russian Opera Arias"
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By Borodin, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky. Chorus and orchestra of Radio Canada; Deslauriers, cond. No texts. With bonus DVD. Analekta 2-9223-4
Luciano Pavarotti: "In Recital"
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spacer Arias and songs by Bellini, Tosti, Verdi, Respighi and others. Kohn (uncredited), piano. Recorded live October 28, 1973. No texts or translations. SRO 846
Recordings Dvorakova cover 414Ludmila Dvořáková: "Wagner — Smetana"
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spacer Arias by Smetana and Wagner. Orchestra of the Prague National Theatre, Vašata. No texts. Supraphon 4137-2


spacer Lear, Litz; Schock, Equiluz, Schöffler, Braun, Knapp; Wiener Symphoniker, Böhm. Production: Schenk. Arthaus Musik 101687, 135 mins., subtitled
Recordings Borgia Cover 414DONIZETTI: Lucrezia Borgia
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spacer Fleming, DeShong; Fabiano, Kowaljow, Jackson, Jagde, Montenegro, Kness, Li, Vieira, Kuster. San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Frizza. Production: Pascoe. EuroArts 2059648, 127 mins., subtitled
PerfAmerDVDGLASS: The Perfect American
spacer Kelly, McLaughlin; Kaasch, Purves, Pittsinger, James; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real, D. R. Davies. Production: McDermott. Opus Arte OA1117D (DVD) or OABD7129D (Blu-ray); 120 mins., subtitled
HeavenlyVoicesDVDHeavenly Voices: The Legacy of Farinelli
spacer A film by Gino Pennacchi and Alessandro Scillitani, narrated by Max Emanuel Cencic, Philippe Jaroussky, Ernesto Tomasini, and others. ArtHaus Musik 101689, 75 mins., subtitled
ZauberBregBluRyMOZART: Die Zauberflöte
spacer Bobro, Durlovski; Reinhardt, Schmutzhard, Reiter; Prague Philharmonic Choir, Vienna Symphony, Summers. 
Production: Pountney. C Major 713708 (DVD) or 713804 (Blu-ray), 149 mins., subtitled
Video Vargas Cover 414"Ramón Vargas in Recital"
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spacer Songs by Schumann, Salvador Moreno, Manuel Ponce, Obradors, Respighi, Grever and Donizetti. Bachtouridze, piano. Kultur D4899, 89 mins., no subtitles
RheingoldScalaDVDWAGNER: Das Rheingold
spacer Samuil, Soffel, Larsson; Rügamer, Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Jentzsch, Kränzle, Buchwald, Pape, Youn, Riihonen; Teatro alla Scala Chorus and Orchestra, Barenboim. Production: Cassiers. ArtHaus Musik 101 695, 163 mins., subtitled
RienziBlRayWAGNER: Rienzi
spacer Sindram, Schönberg; Kerl; Toulouse Capitole Orchestra, Teatro alla Scala Chorus, Steinberg. Production: Lavelli. Opus Arte OA1110D (2 DVDs) or OABD7125D (Blu-ray), 176 mins. (opera), 55 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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