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July 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 Pique Dame Cover 718Editor's Choice

TCHAIKOVSKY: Pique Dame

DVD Button Aksenova, Diadkova; Didyk, Markov, Stoyanov; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jansons. Production: Herheim. C Major 743908 (DVD)/744004 (Blu-ray), 181 mins., subtitles

Composer Ex Machina

Stefan Herheim’s production of Queen of Spades puts Tchaikovsky into the action.



Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Fedora Cover 718GIORDANO: Fedora
DVD Button Dessì, Kovalenko, Rotondi; F. Armiliato, Antoniozzi, Ottino, Maietta; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Carlo Felice, Galli. Production: Cucchi. Dynamic 37772 (DVD)/57772 (Blu-ray), 160 mins., subtitles. Also on CD, DYN-CDS7772.02
Recordings Young Cesar cover 718HARRISON: Young Caesar
MP3 Button 817 Maultsby, Kamareh; Fisher, Adams, Vilanch, Timur; LA Phil New Music Group, Men of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Lowenstein. No text. The Industry Records
Recordings Ritorno d'Ulisse Cover 718MONTEVERDI: Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria
DVD Button Gillet, Watson, Kožená, Druet, Méchain; Engeltjes, Villazón, Spicer, Vidal, Schneider, Toro, Thorpe, Odinius, Teitgen; Le Concert d’Astrée, Haïm. Production: Clément. Erato 0190295738129 (2), 197 mins., subtitles
Recordings Jacobs Figaro cover 718MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro
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DVD Button Joshua, Dasch, Kirscschlager, Pondjiclis, Courtin; Facini, Goubioud, Pisaroni, Spagnoli, Abete, Svab. Concerto Köln, Chœur du Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Jacobs. Production: Martinoty. BelAir Classiques BAC217 (2), 182 mins., subtitles
Recordings Germanico Cover 718PORPORA: Germanico in Germania
CD Button Bennani, Idrisova, Lezhneva, Nesi; Cenčić, Sancho; Capella Cracoviensis, Adamus. Text and translation. Decca 4831523 (3)
Recording Mikado Cover 718SULLIVAN: The (New) Mikado
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CD Button Westley, Schroeder, Allee, Gariaeff; Martin, Gates, Ewing, Neely, Neil. Lamplighters Music Theatre, Peeples. No texts. Lamplighters (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Lilith Cover 718NOVA, WELLS, MERZ, METCALF: Lilith
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CD Button Lilith. Text at lilithensemble.com. National Sawdust Tracks NS 019
Recordings Santa Fe Desert Chorale cover 718Santa Fe Desert Chorale: "The Road Home"
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CD Button Music by Guillaume, Kirchner, Lauridsen, Mattson, Paulus, Runestad, and Webster, plus traditional songs. Lankov, piano; Habermann. Texts and translations. AVIE AV 2377

Recital

Recordings Appl Cover 718Benjamin Appl & Graham Johnson: "The Songs of Brahms 7"
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CD Button Appl; G. Johnson, piano. Texts and translations. Hyperion CD J33127
Recordings Calleja Verdi Cover 718Joseph Calleja: "Verdi"
CD Button Gheorghiu; Vitelli; Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Tebar. Texts and translations. Decca 483 1549
Recordings Sulayman cover 718Karim Sulayman: "Songs of Orpheus"
CD Button Apollo’s Fire, Sorrell. Texts and translations. AVIE CD A 2383
Recording Renee Fleming in Concert lg 718"Renée Fleming in Concert"
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DVD Button Wolf, Bruckner with Staatskapelle Dresden, Strauss with Wiener Philharmoniker, Thielemann. Opus Arte OA 1258 BD (2), subtitles for Strauss only
Recordings Winterreise Cover 718SCHUBERT: Winterreise
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CD Button Padmore; Bezuidenhout, fortepiano. harmonia mundi HMM90 2264
Recordings Calleja Cover 718Sonya Yoncheva: "The Verdi Album"
CD Button Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Zanetti. Texts and translations. Sony Classical 88985417982
Recordings Degout Enfers cover 718Stéphane Degout: "Enfers"
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CD Button Pygmalion, Pinchon. harmonia mundi HMM 902288

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