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April 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 Crazy Girl Crazy lg 418Editor's Choice

Barbara Hannigan: "Crazy Girl Crazy"

CD Button DVD Button Works by Berio, Berg and Gershwin. Ludwig Orchestra, Hannigan. Alpha Classics 293. Text and translations. “Music is Music,” bonus documentary, director: Amalric.

Madness and Method.

The virtuoso Barbara Hannigan reclaims and recasts opera’s hoary “madwoman” trope.

Recordings Hannigan Stravinsky lg 418Editor's Choice

LSO Live: The Rite of Spring, Mysteries of the Macabre, Three Fragments from Wozzeck, Six Pieces for Orchestra 
DVD Button Works by Webern, Berg, Ligeti and Stravinsky. Hannigan; London Symphony Orchestra, Rattle. Texts and translations. Director: Simonnet. LSO 3028 (Blu-ray and DVD), 85 mins., no subtitles

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Lulu Cover 418BERG: Lulu
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DVD Button Petersen, Sindram, Wilson, Benoit, Wulkopf, Grötzinger; Skovhus, Klink, Winkler, Hunka, Trost, Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Stephinger, Carpenter, Bernad, Reinke; Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Petrenko. Production: Tcherniankov. BelAir Classiques BAC129, 182 mins., subtitles
Recordings Carmen DVD Cover 418BIZET: Carmen
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DVD Button Tsallagova, Arquez; Johansson, Hendricks; Wiener Symphoniker, Bregenz Festival Choir, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Children’s Choir of Musikmittelschule Bregenz-Stadt, Carignani. Production: Holten. C Major 742208, 124 mins., subtitles
Recordings Godard Dante Cover 418GODARD: Dante
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CD Button Gens, Frenkel, Axentii; Montvidas, Lapointe, Foster-Williams, Meyer; Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra, Schirmer. Texts and translation. Ediciones Singulares ES 1029 (2)
Recordings Cosi DVD Cover 418MOZART: Così Fan Tutte
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DVD Button J. Wagner, Losier, G. Costa-Jackson; Antoun, Sly, Szot; Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Jordan. Production: De Keersmaeker. ArtHaus Musik 109338 (2 DVDs) / 109339 (Blu-ray), 183 mins., subtitles
Recordings Don Giovanni Cover 418MOZART: Don Giovanni
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CD Button Papatanasiu, Grevelius, Boulianne; Behr, Bou, Gleadow, Scoffoni, Humes; Choeur de Radio France, Le Cercle de l’harmonie, Rohrer. Text and translation. Alpha 379 (3)
Recordings Quo Vadis Cover 418NOWOWIEJSKI: Quo Vadis
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CD Button Chodowicz; R. Gierlach, W. Gierlach. Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir, Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, Borowicz. CPO 555 089-2 (2)
Recordings Only the Sound lg 418SAARIAHO: Only the Sound Remains
DVD Button Koele, Dijkhuizen; Jaroussky, Tines, van Ommen, Nezer; Kimball-Mentzos (dancer); Dudok Quartet, Kankaanranta (kantele), Hoitenga (flute), KleinJan (percussion), de Ridder. Production: Sellars. Erato 0190295753955, 106 mins., subtitles
Recordings Verdi Requiem DVD Cover 418VERDI: Messa da Requiem
DVD Button Stoyanova, Simeoni; Meli, Zeppenfeld; Philharmonia Zürich, Chor der Opera Zürich, Luisi. Production: Christian Spuck. Accentus ACC10392 (Blu-ray)/ACC20392 (DVD), 96 mins., 57 mins. (bonus), subtitles
Recordings Otello Cover 418VERDI: Otello
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CD Button M. Moore, Zubanovich; Schukoff, You, L. Lynch; Gulbenkian Orchestra and Chorus, Foster. Texts and translation. Pentatone PTC 5186 562 (2)


Recordings Gerhaher Muellerin cover 418Christian Gerhaher: Die Schöne Müllerin 
CD Button Huber, piano. Text & translation. Sony Classical 8898 542 7402
Recordings Delphine Galou Cover 418Delphine Galou: "Agitata"
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CD Button Solo sacred works by Vivaldi, Porpora, Jommelli, Stradella, Torelli, Brevi. Accademia Bizantina, Dantone. Texts and translations. Alpha Classics 371
Recordings Florian Boesch Cover 418Florian Boesch: "Schumann & Mahler Lieder"
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CD Button Martineau, piano. Texts and translations. Linn Records CKD 511
Recordings Wagner Project lg 418Matthias Goerne: "The Wagner Project"
CD Button Orchestral excerpts and bass-baritone scenes. Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Harding. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi 902250.51 (2)
Recordings Volle Bach cover 418Michael Volle: "Bach Solo Cantatas for Bass"
CD Button Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIA Kammerchor, Alpermann. No texts or translations. Accentus ACC 30410
Recordings Volle Wagner Cover 418Michael Volle: "Wagner"
CD Button Rundfunk-Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Fritzsch. No texts or translations. Orfeo C 904 171 A
Recordings Pretty Yende Cover 418Pretty Yende: "Dreams"
CD Button Works by Bellini, Donizetti, Gounod and Meyerbeer. With Sicignano, Pretti, Olivieri, Lepore; Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Sagripanti. Sony Classical 88985430152
Recordings Anime Amanti Cover 418Robert Mameli: "Anime Amanti"
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CD Button Songs by Monteverdi, Caccini, Strozzi, d’India, Merula. Pianca, various instruments. Texts and translations. Alpha Classics 291
Recordings Hampson Cover 418Thomas Hampson: "Serenade"
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CD Button Songs by Bizet, Chabrier, Chausson, Gounod, Magnard, Massenet, Meyerbeer and Saint-Saëns. Pikulsi, piano. Texts and translations. Pentatone PTC 5186681

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