June 2013

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

VonStadeCDEditor's Choice

Frederica von Stade: "Salzburg Recital"
spacer Songs by Canteloube, Copland, Fauré, Ives, Mahler, Pasatieri, Poulenc, Schönberg, R. Strauss; Katz, piano. No texts. Orfeo C 870 121 B

Revolutionary Lady

A live recital from Salzburg captures Frederica von Stade in peak form, showing charm and accomplishment in a diverse but delightful program of song.

Opera and Oratorio

RomeoCDGOUNOD: Roméo et Juliette
spacer Alberola, Stroppa, Traversi; Bocelli, Nacoski, Luongo, Mastroni; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Luisi. Text and translation. 
Decca 478 4372 (2)
Recordings Carnival Fairy Cover 613KÁLMÁN: The Carnival Fairy
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spacer T. Sperry, Ballenger; Knox, J. Allen, Faulk, Cobbett; Orchestra and Chorus of Ohio Light Opera, Byess. Texts and translations. Albany TROY 1391-92 (2)
recordings thais cover 613MASSENET: Thaïs
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spacer Mei; Joyner, Pertusi; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro La Fenice, M. Viotti. Notes, no libretto. Dynamic CDS 732/1-2 (2)
Recordings Uproar Cover 613MAZZOLI: Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt
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spacer Fischer, Mogielnicki, Watkins, Maroney, Cruz, Stewart; NOW Ensemble, Osgood. Texts. New Amsterdam Records NWAM042
Recordings Santo Sepolcro cover 613PAËR: Il Santo Sepolcro
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spacer Horak, Barkowski; T. M. Allen, Hamman; Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble, Hauk. No text or translation. Naxos 8. 572492
SweenToddCDSONDHEIM: Sweeney Todd
spacer Henschel, Bottone, DiMarzio; Stone, G. Baker, J. Best, Dwyer, Samm, Charbonneau; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, 
Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Schirmer. No texts. BR Klassik 900316 (2)
MariinskyWalkCDWAGNER: Die Walküre
spacer Stemme, Kampe, Gubanova; Kaufmann, Pape, Petrenko; Mariinsky Orchestra, Gergiev. Text and translation. Mariinsky MAR 0527 (4)

Choral and Song

Recordings Hymn to the Dawn cover 613Etherea Vocal Ensemble: "Hymn to the Dawn"
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spacer Music of Holst, Prokofiev, Beach, Rheinberger, Mendelssohn, Rossini. Cloutier, harp; Murchie, organ and piano; Greten-Harrison, artistic director. Texts and translations. Delos DE 3431
ErasmusCDJordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI: "Erasmus Van Rotterdam: In Praise of Folly"
spacer Various soloists; La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Savall. Alia Vox B009NEP3E2 (6)
Recordings Gottwald Cover 613SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart: "Clytus Gottwald: Transkriptionen"
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spacer Transcriptions for a cappella choir. Creed, conductor. Texts and translations. Carus 83.370
Recordings Pater Noster Cover 613The King's Singers: "Pater Noster: A Choral Reflection on the Lord's Prayer"
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spacer Music by Schütz, des Prés, Palestrina, Duruflé, Taverner, others. Texts and translations. Naxos 8.572987


Recordings Plachetka cover 613Adam Plachetka: "HANDEL: Oratorio Arias"
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spacer Excerpts from Alexander's Feast, Messiah, Acis and Galatea, Judas Maccabaeus. With K. Knežíková, Czech Ensemble Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Valék. Supraphon 4116
Recordings Schwanewilms cover 613Anne Schwanewilms and Charles Spencer: "Das Himmlische Leben"
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spacer Songs by Liszt and Mahler. Texts and translations. Onyx 4103
Recordings Fink Canciones Cover 613Bernarda Fink and Anthony Spiri: "Canciones Españolas"
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spacer Songs by Falla, Granados and Rodrigo. Spiri, piano. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi 902133
Recordings Mercy Grand cover 613Jessica Walker: "Mercy and Grand"
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spacer The Music of Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan. Bryars, Townsend, Holmes, arrangements; Opera North Ensemble. GB Records; Allegro BCGBCD18
AlleluiaCDJulia Lezhneva: "Alleluia"
spacer Sacred Latin motets by Vivaldi, Handel, Porpora, Mozart. Il Giardino Armonico, Antonini. Latin texts and translations. Decca 478 5242
Recordings Breedt Jahreszetiten cover 613Michelle Breedt and Nina Schumann: "SCHUBERT: Jahreszeiten"
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spacer Notes, texts and translations. TwoPianists LC27868
Recordings Ravel Melodies Cover 613Nora Gubisch and Alain Altinoglu: "Ravel Mélodies"
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spacer Additional accompaniments by Magali Mosnier, flute, and Jérôme Pernoo, cello. Notes, texts and translations. Naïve V 5304
Recordings Bella Mia fiamma cover 613Olga Pasichnyk: "Bella Mia Fiamma"
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spacer Concert arias by Mozart. NFM Wroooclaw Baroque Orchestra, Thiel. Texts and translations. NFM 15
Recordings Scandiuzzi Cover 613Roberto Scandiuzzi and Friedrich Haider: "A Diletta"
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spacer No texts or translations. Nightingale Classics NC 040252-2
SchwartzCDSylvia Schwartz and Malcolm Martineau: "Canciones Españolas"
spacer Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA67954
Recordings tara hugo cover 613Tara Hugo: "Sings Philip Glass"
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spacer Gureckis, conductor and arranger. English and Latin texts. Orange Mountain Music 0084


Recordings Souzay Cover 613Gérard Souzay and Dalton Baldwin: "Mélodies Françaises"
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spacer Songs by Fauré, Poulenc, Ravel, Leguerny, Hahn, Duparc, Gounod, Chabrier, Bizet, Franck, Roussel. Notes; no texts or translations. Newton Classics 8802007 (4)


MissionDVDCecilia Bartoli: "Mission"
spacer Music of Agostino Steffani. With Jaroussky, Delage; I Barocchisti, Fasolis. A film by Olivier Simonnet. Decca 074 3604, 60 mins., subtitled
ArianeDVDDUKAS: Ariane et Barbe-bleue
spacer Charbonnet, Bardon, Coma-Alabert; van Dam; Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Denève. Production: Guth. Opus Arte OA 1098 D, 120 mins., subtitled
Video Melchoir DVD COver 613Lauritz Melchior: "The Art of the Heldentenor in Opera and Song, Vol. 1 & 2"
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spacer Excerpts from The Voice of Firestone. No subtitles. Kultur D4794 (DVD), 90 mins.
Video Turandot Cover 613PUCCINI: Turandot
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spacer Foster, Kwon; La Spina, Arthur, MacFarlane, Corcoran, Moran, Rasheed; Orchestra Victoria, Opera Australia Chorus, Licata. Production: Murphy. Opera Australia OPOZ56032DVD 124 Mins. Subtitles
SalomeDVDR. STRAUSS: Salome
spacer Michael, Vermillion; Struckmann, Bronder; Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala, Harding. Production: Bondy. Arthaus Musik 107 323, 107 mins., subtitled
AdelaideDVDROSSINI: Adelaide di Borgogna
spacer Pratt, Barcellona, Pierpaoli; Mihai, Ulivieri; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Communale di Bologna, D. Jurowski. Production: Pier'Alli. Arthaus Musik Unitel Classica 101 646 (2 DVDs), 137 mins. (opera), 17 mins. (bonus), subtitled
DemetrioDVDROSSINI: Demetrio e Polibio
spacer Moreno, Zaytseva; Shi, Palazzi; Prague Chamber Choir, Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini, Rovaris. Production: Livermore. Arthaus Musik 101 647 (DVD), 115 mins. (opera), 14 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Kroll Opera House Cover 613The Berlin Kroll Opera House: The Middle of Germany
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spacer A film by Jörg Moser-Metius. 59 mins. EuroArts 2001738
Video Alzira Cover 613VERDI: Alzira
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spacer Saito; von Bothmer, Gazheli, Facini; Choral and Orchestral Institute of Dobbiaco; Orchestra Haydn of Bolzano, Kuhn. Subtitles. Unitel Classics 721408, 117 mins.
Video Legnano Cover 613VERDI: La Battaglia di Legnano
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spacer Theodossiou; Richards, López Linares, Iori; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Lirico "Giuseppe Verdi" di Trieste, Brott. Production: Cappuccio. C Major/Unitel Classica 722608 (DVD), TK (Blu-ray). 119 mins. (opera), 11 mins. (bonus), subtitled
LuisaMillerDVDVERDI: Luisa Miller
spacer Cedolins, Franci; M. Álvarez, Nucci, Surian, Siwek; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Regio di Parma, Renzetti. Production: Krief. C Major 722808 (DVD) or 722904 (Blu-ray), 147 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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