July 2014

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

KaufmannWinterrCDEditor's Choice

Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch: "SCHUBERT: Winterreise"
spacer Texts and translations. SONY Classical 88837 95632

Winter Wonders

Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch deliver a gem of a Winterreise that combines beautiful, imaginative singing with rock-solid pianism.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Busoni Faust Cover 714BUSONI: Doktor Faust
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spacer Jenis; Begley, Henschel, Roth, Hollup; Chorus of the Grand Theater, Geneva, Chorus and Orchestra of Lyon National Opera, Nagano. No texts. Erato 2564-64682 (3)
BelisarioCDDONIZETTI: Belisario
spacer El-Khoury, Roberts; R. Thomas, Hoare, N. Alaimo, Miles; BBC Singers and 
Symphony, Elder. Libretto and translation. Opera Rara ORC48 (2)
RitaCDDONIZETTI: Rita (Deux Hommes et une Femme)
spacer Karnéus; Banks, Maltman; Hallé Orchestra, Elder. Text and translation. Opera Rara ORC50
PhaetonCDLULLY: Phaéton
spacer Perruche, Druet, Arquez, Thomas; Gonzalez Toro, Auvity, Foster-Williams, Caton, Arnould; Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Aparté AP061 (2)
Recordings Castor Cover 714RAMEAU: Castor et Pollux
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spacer Lazarenko, Plummer, Fraser; Thompson, Adams, Goodwin-Groen, Herington, Donnelly; Cantillation; Orchestra of the Antipodes, Walker. Text and translation. Pinchgut Live PG003
StravinskyCDSTRAVINSKY: Oedipus Rex; Apollon Musagète
spacer Johnston; Skelton, Quirke, Shipley, Saks, Ashworth; London Symphony, Monteverdi Choir, Gardiner. Text and translation. LSO Live LSO 0751

Choral and Song

Records Missa Solemnis Cover 714BEETHOVEN: Missa Solemnis
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spacer Crowe, Johnston; Gilchrist, M. Rose; Monteverdi Choir; Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique; Gardiner. Libretto and translation. SDG 7118
JardinCDLes Arts Florissants: "Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau"
spacer With Skorka, Renard, Mazzucato; Wilder, Sicard, C. Costanzo; Les Arts Florissants, W. Christie. Texts and translations. Les Arts Florissants Editions B00HSVEE6A
Recordings Danish partsong Cover 714The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
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spacer Choral songs by Gade, J.P. Hartmann, Heise, Kuhlau, Laub, Nielsen, Nørholm, Schultz, and Weyse. Ars Nova Copenhagen/Hillier. Dacapo 6.220568 (texts and translations)
VaughanWillCDVAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Ten Blake Songs; On Wenlock Edge
DOVE: The End
WARLOCK: The Curlew 
spacer Padmore; Britten Sinfonia. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMU 807566


DowlandSongsCDIestyn Davies and Thomas Dunford: "The Art of Melancholy: Songs By John Dowland"
spacer English texts. Hyperion CDA 68007
Recordings Mozart Lieder Cover 714Bente Vist and Henrik Metz: "Mozart Lieder"
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spacer No texts or translations. United Classics T2CD2012123
CencicCDMax Emanuel Cencic: "Rokoko: Opera Arias by Hasse"
spacer With Armonia Atenea, Petrou. Texts and translations. Decca 478 6418
Recordings Belle Dame cover 714Rosalind Plowright and Philip Mountford: "La Belle Dame Sans Merci"
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spacer Songs by Stradella, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, de Falla, Weill, Kaye, Quilter, Stanford, Britten, Bridge. Texts and translations. Roméo Records 7302
Recordings Gurna Scottish Cover 714Werner Gura: "HAYDN: Scottish Airs"
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spacer With Christopher Berner, Julia Schröder, Roel Dieltiens. Harmonia Mundi B00COU081K     


PuritaniCDBELLINI: I Puritani
spacer Freni, Bezzi; Kraus, D'Orazi, Arié; orchestra and chorus, Verchi. No text or translations. Bongiovanni HOC 081-82
Recordings Novotna Cover 714Jarmila Novotná: Opera Recital
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spacer Arias and duets by Dvořák, Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini, Rossini, Smetana and Verdi; with Jobin, Melton, Peerce, Singher, Kipnis and Pinza, King, piano; Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Philharmonic and various orchestras, Abravanel, Beecham, Black, Breisach, Gould, Panizza, Pelletier, Toscanini, Voorhees, Wallenstein, Walter and Weissmann. No texts or translations. Supraphon 4158-2
BohmCDMOZART: Symphony No. 40; MAHLER: Kindertotenlieder; R. STRAUSS: Also Sprach Zarathusthra
spacer Fischer Dieskau; Berlin Philharmonic, Böhm. Testament SBT 21489 (2)
Recordings Carlo Karajan Cover 714VERDI: Don Carlo
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spacer Freni, Baltsa, Gruberova; Carreras, Cappuccilli, Raimondi, Salminen, Roni. Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. No text or translation. Orfeo C 876 133D
KarajanVerdiReqCDVERDI: Messa da Requiem
spacer L. Price, Simionato; Zampieri, Ghiaurov; Vienna Singverein, Berlin Philharmonic, Karajan. Testament SBT 1491


DeathVeniceDVDBRITTEN: Death in Venice
spacer Graham-Hall, Mead, Shore; Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera, Gardner. Production: Warner. Opus Arte OA 1130D, 153 mins., subtitled
LucretiaDVDBRITTEN: The Rape of Lucretia
spacer Boylan, Connolly, Nelson, Wyn-Rogers; Ainsley, Maltman, Melrose, Bayley; ENO Orchestra, Daniel. Production: McVicar. Opus Arte OA 1123D, 120 mins., subtitled
PorgyDVDGERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess
spacer Mitchell, Slack, Blue; Packer, Lynch, Owens; San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Demain. Production: Zambello. EuroArts 2059634 (Blu-Ray) or 2059638 (DVD), 158 mins. (0pera), 29 mins. (bonus), subtitled
BorisDVDMUSSORGSKY: Boris Godunov
spacer Tsymbalyuk, Siegel, Eiche, Kotscherga; Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Nagano. Production: Bieito. BelAir Classique BAC 102, 139 mins., subtitled
KitezhDVDRIMSKY-KORSAKOV: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
spacer Ignatovich, Check, Nekrasova; Daszak, Aksenov, Markov, Vaneev, Ognovenko, Jerkunica; Chorus of the Netherlands Opera, Netherlands Philharmonic, Albrecht. Production: Tcherniakov. Opus Arte 1089D (2 DVDs), 207 mins., subtitled
AriadneDVDSTRAUSS: Ariadne auf Naxos
spacer Hillebrecht, Grist, Jurinac; Thomas, von Kesteren, Feldhoff, Schöffler; Vienna Philharmonic, Böhm. Production: Rennert. Arthaus Musik 107255, 130 mins., subtitled

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