August 2010

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

IdomeneoCDGlyndEditor's Choice

MOZART: Idomeneo
spacer Janowitz, Tarrés; R. Lewis, Pavarotti, N. Taylor; Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pritchard. Libretto, translation. GFOCD 006-64 (2)

Historic Performance

Luciano Pavarotti's Idamante is the main attraction in Glyndebourne's 1964 Idomeneo, conducted by John Pritchard.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Argento Cover 8110ARGENTO: Jonah and the Whale
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spacer Norman, Cole; Oakes (narrator); Providence Singers, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Clark. English text. BMOP/sound 1015 
Beeson CD Cover 8110BEESON: Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines 
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spacer Wilcox, James, N. Jones, Sisney, Yarmat; R. O. Jones, Green; Kansas City Lyric Theatre, Patterson. Texts. Albany TROY 1149/50 (2) 
Recordings Cesare Cover 8110HANDEL: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
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spacer Hammarström, Galli, Nesi, Karaianni, Basso; Christoyannis, Magoulas, Spanatis. Orchestra of Patras, Petrou. Texts and translations. MDG SCENE MDG 609 1604-2
Recordings Egypt Cover 8110HANDEL: Israel in Egypt 
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spacer Joshua, Romberger; van Rensburg, Pauly; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Köln, Dijkstra. English text with German translation. BR Klassik 900501 (2) 
CrociatoCDMEYERBEER: Il Crociato in Egitto
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spacer Ciofi, Polverelli; Maniaci, Portari, Vinco; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro la Fenice, Villaume. No text or translation. Naxos 8.660245-47 (3)
Recordings Aleko CD Cover 8110RACHMANINOFF: Aleko 
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spacer S. Vassileva, N. Vasilieva; Akimov, Murzaev, Bezzubenkov; Chorus of the Teatro Regio, Turin, BBC Philharmonic, Noseda. Libretto, translation. Chandos 10583
Recordings Wanderer Cover 8110SHCHREDIN: The Enchanted Wanderer
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spacer Kapustinskaya; Akimov, Aleksashkin; Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater, Gergiev. Libretto, translation. Mariinsky 0504 (2 SACD discs) 
RuddigoreCDSULLIVAN: Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse
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spacer Ellis, Glasener-Boles; Christopher, Reeder, Buck, Jesse; Ohio Light Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Borowitz. Texts. Albany TROY 1164-65 (2)

Choral and Song

HemmingsCDBOLCOM: From the Diary of Sally Hemings
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spacer Cambridge; Brown, piano. English text. White Pine Music WPM 221
Recordings Burgon Cover 8110BURGON: Merciless Beauty, Viola and Cello Concertos
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spacer Connolly; Dukes (viola), Knight (cello), City of London Sinfonia, Gamba. English texts. Chandos Chan 10592
Recordings Stabat Mater Cover 8110HAYDN: Stabat Mater
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spacer Hoyt, Brackett; Sands, Lippold; Trinity Choir, Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Burdick. No texts. Naxos 8.572121
NuiteMaiCDLEONCAVALLO: La Nuit de Mai 
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spacer Domingo; Lang, piano; Orchestra Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Veronesi. Text and translation. Deutsche Grammophon 477 6633
Recordings Mahler Cover 8110MAHLER: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection" 
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spacer Kenny, van Nes; London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Tennstedt. Text and Translation. LPO-0044
Recordings Palestrina Cover 8110PALESTRINA: Missa Te Deum Laudamus; Missa Tu Es Petrus
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spacer The Choir of Westminster Cathedral, Baker. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA67785
Recordings Rachmaninoff CD Cover 8110RACHMANINOFF: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom 
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spacer Rutentals, Dzilums; Latvian Radio Choir, Klava. Transliterated text and translation. Ondine SACD 1151-5
Recordings Rogier Cover 8110ROGIER: Missa Ego Sum Qui Sum, Motets
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spacer The Choir of King's College London, Trendell. The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA67807
Recordings Gents Cover 8110The Gents: "Sehnsucht"
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spacer Songs by Schubert, Wolf, Strauss, Schumann, Röntgen. With Ruiten; Janssen, piano; Csillag. Texts, no translations. Channel Classics CCS SA 30109
Recordings Victoria Cover 8110VICTORIA: Lamentations of Jeremiah 
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spacer The Tallis Scholars, Phillips. Latin text with translations. Gimell CDGIM 043 


SchollMyselfCDAndreas Scholl: "Songs of Myself"
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spacer Songs by Oswald von Wolkenstein. With K. Dineen; Shield of Harmony, C. Young. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902051 
LottCDFelicity Lott and Graham Johnson: "Call Me Flott"
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spacer Songs in English by Barber, Berlin, Berners, Bliss, Bridge, Britten, Bush, Coward, Dring, Flanders & Swann, Gounod, Hahn, Hopkins, Horder, Hupfield, Kern, Musto, Novello, Porter, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns and Ware. Champs Hill Records CD CHRCD003
ManiaciCDMichael Maniaci: "Mozart Arias for Male Soprano"
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spacer Boston Baroque, Pearlman. Texts and translations. Telarc TEL 31827-02 
RadvanovCDSondra Radvanovsky: "Verdi Arias"
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spacer Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow, and Philharmonia of Russia, Orbelian. Texts and translations. Delos DE 3404


FieschDieskCDDietrich Fischer-Dieskau: "The Great EMI Recordings"
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spacer Lieder by Brahms, Cornelius, Liszt, Loewe, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Wagner, Wolf; various arias and songs on bonus disc. Various accompanists. Notes; text provided as downloadable PDF on bonus disc. EMI B00369K29Q (11)
Recordings Schumann Cover 8110SCHUMANN: Dichterliebe and Frauenliebe und –leben 
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spacer Anderson, Ferrier, Hüsch, Lehmann, Panzera, Schiøtz. With Cortot, Moore, Müller, Rupp, Ulanowsky, Walter. Music & Arts CD-1235 (2)


Video Matrimonio Cover 8110CIMAROSA: Il Matrimonio Segreto
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spacer Forte, Laplace, Pinti; Caputo, A. Rinaldi, Cassi; Orchestra of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Antonini. Production: Pralafera. Dynamic 33631, 155 mins., subtitled
ElisirVzonDVDDONIZETTI: L'Elisir d'Amore 
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spacer Bayo; Villazón, Chaignaud, Praticò; Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Callegari. Production: Gas. Virgin Classics 2672779 0, 152 mins., subtitled 
DonGiovGazzDVDGAZZANIGA: Don Giovanni
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spacer Campanella, Mantese, Molinari, Grimaz; Iuliano, Trucco, Leoni, Giorgelè, Rota; Chorus of the Teatro Donizetti, Fondazione Orchestra Stabile Gaetano Donizetti, Pelucchi. Production: Pizzech. Bongiovanni AB 20002, 130 mins., subtitled
Video Orlando Cover 8110HAYDN: Orlando Furioso 
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spacer Petersen, Pendatchanska, Im; Randle, Staveland, Spagnoli, Torres, Kataja; Freiburger Barockorchester, Jacobs. Production: Lowery & Hosseinpour. EuroArts 2057788, 168 mins., subtitled
CavPagCuraDVDMASCAGNI: Cavalleria Rusticana
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spacer Cavalleria: Marrocu, Nikiteanu; Cura, Davidson. Pagliacci: Cedolins; Cura, Guelfi, Bermúdez; Orchestra and Chorus of the Zurich Opera House, Ranzani. Production: Asagaroff. Arthaus Musik 101 489 (DVD) or 101 490 (Blu-ray), 151 mins., subtitled
SophieChDVDMAW: Sophie's Choice
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spacer Kirchschlager; Gietz, Gilfry; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Rattle. Production: Nunn. Opus Arte OA 1024 D (2 DVDs), 223 mins., subtitled
BoulezDVDPierre Boulez and the Lucerne Festival Academy: Inheriting the Future of Music 
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spacer A film by Günter Atteln and Angelika Stiehler. Euro Arts 2058048, 57 mins. (documentary), 71 mins. (bonus)
Video Ioltanta Cover 8110TCHAIKOVSKY: Iolanta 
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spacer Kalinina, Grigorieva; Kuznetsov, Morozov, Malchenko, Eisen; Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Vardanian. VAI 4514, 92 mins., subtitled
BalloCobosDVDVERDI: Un Ballo in Maschera
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spacer Urmana, Marianelli, Zaremba; Álvarez, Vratogna; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid, López-Cobos. Production: Martone. Opus Arte OA 1017 D (DVD) or OA BD7048 D (Blu-ray), 144 mins., subtitled

Musical Theater

NightMusicCDSONDHEIM: A Little Night Music
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spacer Zeta-Jones, Lansbury, Davie; Hanson, Lazar; Murray, conductor/piano. Nonesuch 523488-2

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