June 2011

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

MetRomeo.CDEditor's Choice

GOUNOD: Roméo et Juliette
spacer Sayão, Benzell, Turner; Björling, Hayward, J. Brownlee, Cehanovsky, Moscona, Schon; Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Cooper. No text or translation. Sony 88697 80465 (2)

"Ô matinée divine!"

The Met's 1947 broadcast of Roméo et Juliette, with Bidú Sayão and Jussi Björling in astounding form under the baton of Emil Cooper, has to be one of the greatest Roméos ever.

Opera and Oratorio

KeplerCDGLASS: Kepler
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spacer McConnell, Robertson, Hebelkova; Achrainer, Díaz, Chang, Spiess; Soloists and Chorus of the Landestheater Linz, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Davies. Text and translation. Orange Mountain Music 0071 (2)
Records Haydn Seven Last Words Cover 611HAYDN: Die Sieben Letzten Worte Unseres Erlösers am Kreuze
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spacer Milne, Donose; Kennedy, Maltman; London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir; V. Jurowski. Libretto. LPO 0051
Records Rosenkavalier Cover 611R. STRAUSS: Der Rosenkavalier
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spacer Tomowa-Sintow, Murray, Bonney; Moll, Opie, Bottone; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, A. Davis. Notes; libretto available online. Opus Arte OA 9006 D 
Records Carmen's Revenge Cover 611WILENSKI: Carmen's Revenge (La Venganza de Carmen)
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spacer López, Puente; Wilenski. English translation only; enhanced CD includes all scores, ringtones and more. Navona Records NV5837 

Choral and Song

Records Kalman Keys Cover 611Alex Hassan: "Kálmán on the Keys"
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spacer Piano Potpourris from the Operettas of Emmerich Kálmán. Excerpts from Ronny, Veilchen von Montmartre, Bajadere, Zirkusprinzessin, Herzogin von Chicago. Operetta Archives OA-1014
Records Kalman Cover 2 611Alex Hassan: "Spring All the Year Round"
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spacer Melodies of Charles Kálmán. Operetta Archives OA-1017


WattsBach.CDElizabeth Watts: "J. S. BACH: Cantatas and Arias"
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spacer The English Concert, Bicket. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi 807550
Pasichnyk.CDOlga Pasichnyk and Natalya Pasichnyk: "CHOPIN: Complete Songs"
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spacer No texts or translations. Naxos 8.572499
Recordings Meyerbeer Songs Cover 611Sivan Rotem and Jonathan Zak: "MEYERBEER: Songs"
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spacer Texts and translations online only. Naxos 8.572367
HampsonKnaben.CDThomas Hampson and Wiener Virtuosen: "MAHLER: Des Knaben Wunderhorn"
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spacer Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon DG 477 9289


Met.Barbiere.CDROSSINI: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
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spacer Pons; di Stefano, Valdengo, Baccaloni, Hines; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Erede. No text or translation. Sony Masterworks 88697 80462 2 (2)
VerrettCarn.HallShirley Verrett: "Carnegie Hall Recital: January 30, 1965"
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spacer Songs and spirituals by Copland, Johnson, Mozart, Niles, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Tchaikovsky. C. Wadsworth, piano. No texts. Sony 82319
Recordings Verrett Singing cover 611Shirley Verrett: "Singin' In the Storm"
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spacer Popular and theater songs by Allan, Grenet, Seeger, Weill, etc. Chorus and orchestra, de Paur. No texts. Sony 82318
Recordings Verrett Spanish Songs 611Shirley Verrett: "Spanish Songs"
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spacer By Falla, Granados, Montsalvatge, Nin, Obradors, Turina. C. Wadsworth, piano. No texts. Sony 82320
Recordings Verrett Vivaldi Cover 611Shirley Verrett: "Vocal Music of Vivaldi"
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spacer The Polyphonic Ensemble of Rome; I Virtuosi di Roma, Fasano. No texts. Sony 82321
TraviataCallasVERDI: La Traviata
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spacer Callas, Collier; Valletti, Zanasi; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, N. Rescigno. No text or ?translation. ICA Classics ICAC 5006 (2)


Sonnamb.DVDBELLINI: La Sonnambula
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spacer Gutiérrez; Siragusa, S. Alaimo; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Lirico, Cagliari, Benini. Production: De Ana. Dynamic 33616, 141 mins., subtitled
MariaStuardaDVDDONIZETTI: Maria Stuarda
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spacer Cedolins, Ganassi, Chakar; Bros, Caria, Palazzi; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro La Fenice, Carminati. Production: Krief. C Major 704208 (DVD) or 704304 (Blu-ray), 140 mins., subtitled
NewYrsBerlinDVDElina Garanca: "Silvesterkonzert: New Year's Eve Concert 2010"
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spacer Works by Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Falla, Chapí and Lara. Berlin Philharmonic, Dudamel. Deutsche Grammophon 00440 073 4631, 90 minutes, subtitled
Video Grety Cover 611GRÉTRY: L'Amant Jaloux
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spacer Léger, Debono, Fallot; Antoun, B. Cooper, Billier; Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, Rhorer. Production: Rousseau. Wahoo WAH 001, 80 mins., subtitled
Video Sanctae Caeciliae Cover 611HAYDN: Missa Sanctae Caeciliae
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spacer Popp, Soffel; Laubenthal, Moll; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Kubelik. Arthaus Musik 101 533, 73 mins.
NewYrsDresden.DVDLEHÁR: Die Lustige Witwe (highlights)
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spacer "New Year's Eve Concert" With Fleming, Ullrich; Maltman, Dunaev, Martinsen, Pohl, Pegram; Sächsischer Staatsopernchor, Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann. Deutsche Grammophon B0015300-09, 89 mins., subtitled
Falstaff.DVDVERDI: Falstaff
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spacer Tola, Puértolas, De Mola, L. Mattei; Raimondi, Simu, Salsi; Orchestra and Chorus of Opéra Royal de Wallonie, ?Arrivabeni. Production: Poda. Dynamic 33649, 129 mins., subtitled

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