May 2014

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

SeefriedCDEditor's Choice

Irmgard Seefried: "Recordings 1944-67"
spacer Arias, Scenes and Songs. Various orchestras, ensembles and conductors. Erik Werba, piano. No texts or translations. ORFEO C877 1341 (4)

The Natural

A four-CD set of live performances by Irmgard Seefried captures the legendary soprano's seemingly effortless brilliance.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Other Mary Cover 514ADAMS: The Gospel According to the Other Mary
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spacer O'Connor, Mumford; Thomas; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Dudamel. DG 479 2243 (2)
Recordings Billy Budd Cover 514BRITTEN: Billy Budd
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spacer Ainsley, Imbrailo, Paterson, Ens, M. Rose; Chorus of the Glyndebourne Festival; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Elder. No libretto. Glyndebourne Festival Opera CD 017-10 (3)
Recordings Britten Requiem Cover 514BRITTEN: War Requiem
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spacer Netrebko; Bostridge, Hampson; Coro e Voci Bianche dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra dell'Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Pappano. Warner 50999 6 15448 2
Recordings Rauberbraut Cover 514RIES: Die Räuberbraut
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spacer Ziesak, Borchert; Blondelle, Kupfer, Wolff, Speer; WDR Rundfunkchor Köln and WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Griffiths. Text and translation. Classic Produktion Osnabrück CPO 777 655-2 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Nelson Cover 514HAYDN: Missa in Angustiis, "Lord Nelson Mass"; Symphony No. 102 in B-Flat Major
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spacer With M. Wilson, Fischer; Jameson, Deas; Boston Baroque, Pearlman. LINN Records B00G2KTIVE
HereAfterCDHEGGIE: "Here/After: Songs of Lost Voices"
spacer Music by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer. Trevigne, DiDonato; Costello, Gunn; Heggie, piano. With Wincenc, flute; Alexander String Quartet. PentaTone 
Classics PTC 5186 515 (2)


TynanCDAilish Tynan and Iain Burnside: "Fauré Mélodies"
spacer Texts and translations. Opus Arte CD9018 D
Recordings Cheney Cover 514Brian Cheney: "Tenor"
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spacer MiGL Productions Orchestra, Vote. No texts or translations. MiGL Productions B00FPS386K
Recordings Boesch Cover 514Florian Boesch and Roger Vignoles: "Der Wanderer"
spacer Songs by Schubert. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA 68010
Recordings Boesch 2 Cover 514Florian Boesch and Malcolm Martineau: SCHUBERT: Die Schöne Müllerin
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spacer Texts and translations. Onyx 4112
Recordings Meli Cover 514Francesco Meli: BRITTEN: Michelangelo Sonnets, LISZT: Petrarch Sonnets 
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spacer Songs and arias by Britten, Donizetti, Gounod, Liszt, Massenet, Rossini, Tosti, and Verdi. With Pais, piano. Texts and translations. Opus Arte OA CD9019 D
AbdrazakovPowerCDIldar Abdrazakov: "Power Players: Russian Arias for Bass"
spacer Kaunas State Choir and City State Orchestra, Orbelian. Transliterated texts and translations. Delos 3456
Recordings Bayrakdarian lg 514Isabel Bayrakdarian: "Troubadour & The Nightingale"
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spacer Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Manson. Texts and translations. MCO Records 013001
Recordings Jaroussky cover 514Philippe Jaroussky: "Farinelli: Porpora Arias"
spacer With Bartoli; Venice Baroque Orchestra, Marcon. Texts and translations. Erato 9341332
DevielheCDSabine Devieilhe: "Le Grand Théâtre de L'Amour"
spacer Arias and scenes by Rameau. With Boden, Lefèvre; Les Ambassadeurs, Kossenko. Texts and translations. Erato 5099993414920


Recordings Britten War Requiem Cover 514BRITTEN: War Requiem
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spacer Harper; Pears, Fisher-Dieskau; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Melos Ensemble, Coventry Festival Choir, M. Davies, Britten. No texts or translations. Testament (mono) SBT 1490
Recordings Sebastien Cover 514DONIZETTI: Dom Sébastien
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spacer Takacs; Leech, L. Miller, Koptchak; Schola Cantorum of New York; Opera Orchestra of New York; Queler. No libretto. Legato Classics 190-2 (2)
Recordings Ernani Cover 514VERDI: Ernani
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spacer Crider; Shicoff, C. Álvarez, Scandiuzzi; Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera; Ozawa. No libretto. Orfeo C 861 1321 (2)


WrittenSkinDVDBENJAMIN: Written on Skin
spacer Hannigan, Simmonds; Purves, Mehta, Clayton; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Benjamin. Production: Mitchell. Opus Arte OA 1125, 90 mins. (opera), 8 mins (bonus), subtitled
CarmenAustralBIZET: Carmen
spacer R. Shaham, Car, Sawadivong, Ferris; Popov, Roberts-Smith, Gabbedy, A. Jones, Tamburini, Dundas; Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Opera Australia Chorus, Castles-Onion. Production: Edwards. Opera Australia OPOZ56043BD, 141 mins., subtitled
GrimesAldebDVDBRITTEN: Peter Grimes
spacer Allen, Wyn-Rogers, Keeble; Oke, Kempster; Britten–Pears Orchestra, Opera North Chorus, Guildhall School Chorus, Bedford. Production: Albery. Arthaus 102 179, 141 mins. (opera), 20 mins (bonus), subtitled
Video Ajo nell'imbarazzo cover 514DONIZETTI: L'Ajo Nell'Imbarazzo
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spacer Serra, Barbacini, Corbelli, Dara; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio di Torino, Campanella. Hardy Classic HCD 4051, 145 mins., subtitled
CosiMadridDVDMOZART: Così Fan Tutte
spacer Fritsch, Avemo, Gardina; Gatell, Wolf, Shimell; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real de Madrid, Cambreling. Production: Haneke. C Major 714604 (Blu-ray) or 714508 (DVD), 202 mins. (opera), 18 mins (bonus), subtitled
MathildeDVDROSSINI: Matilde di Shabran
spacer Peretyatko, Goryachova, Chialli; Flórez, Bordogna, N. Alaimo, Orfila; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Comunale, Bologna, Mariotti. Production: Martone. Decca 074 3813 (2 DVDs), 074 3816 (Blu-ray), 220 mins., subtitled
AidaVeronaDVDVERDI: Aida
spacer He, Ulbrich; Berti, Maestri, Ellero d'Artegna, Tagliavini; Chorus and Orchestra of the Verona Arena, Oren. 
Production: De Basio. Opus Arte OA 1107D, 150 mins., subtitled

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