August 2011

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

KaufmannVerismoCDEditor's Choice

Jonas Kaufmann: "Verismo Arias"
spacer Arias by Boito, Cilèa, Giordano, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli and Refice. With Westbroek; Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Pappano. Texts and translations. Decca B0015463-02

Natural Style

Jonas Kaufmann's glamorous voice, smooth technique and dramatic intensity make his program of verismo arias an outstanding achievement.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Conversione Cover 811CALDARA: La Conversione di Clodoveo, Rè di Francia
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spacer LeBlanc, McHardy, Paulin; White; Le Nouvel Opéra, Weimann. Notes, Italian text, English and French translations. ATMA Classique ACD2 2505 (2)
Recordings Montezuma cover 811GRAUN: Montezuma
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spacer Vazquez, Wirtz, Julian, Ambriz, Sanchez, Tamez, Acosta; Deutsche Kammerakademie, Goritzki. Text and German-language translation only. Capriccio 7085
Bast.LucreziaCDMUSTO: Bastianello
BOLCOM: Lucrezia
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spacer Cooke, Vroman; Appleby, Boehler, Mason; Barrett, Blier. English librettos. Bridge 9299 A/B (2)
ErmioneCDROSSINI: Ermione
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spacer Giannattasio, Bardon, Bottone, Simmonds; Nilon, C. Lee, Félix, Bezdüz, Broadbent; London Philharmonic Orchestra and Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Parry. Italian text and English translation. Opera Rara ORC42 (2)
Recordings Schumann Goethe's Faust cover 811SCHUMANN: Scenes from Goethe's Faust
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spacer Libor, Hossa; Kortekangas, Gangestad, Kirch; Warsaw Boys' Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit. Text and translation available online only. Naxos 8.572430-31
Recordings Alchymist Cover 811SPOHR: Der Alchymist
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spacer Abouloff, Pütters; Weikl, Dürmüller, Zinkler, Garling; Staatsorchester Braunschweig and Chor des Staatstheaters Braunschweig, Fröhlich. Text, no translation. Oehms Classics OC 923 (3) 
PatienceCDSULLIVAN: Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride
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spacer Ellis-Billis, Wright Costa; Knapp, Gerhard, Mackus; Ohio Light Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Borowitz. Libretto. Albany Troy 1241/42 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Matthew Passione cover 811BACH: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
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spacer Dieltiens, Thornhill; Türk, Harvey, Noack, Podger, Mead, White, Daniels; Netherlands Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra, Kampen Boys Choir, Veldhoven. Text and translation. Channel Classics CCS SA 32511
BachMotetsCDJ. S. BACH: Motets
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spacer Vocalconsort Berlin, Creed. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902079
Verdi Choral Cover 811VERDI: Quattro Pezzi SacriInno della Nazioni
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spacer Frittoli; Meli; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio, Turin, Noseda. Texts and translations. Chandos CHAN 10659
WaltonBelsh.CDWALTON: Belshazzar's Feast; Symphony No. 1
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spacer Coleman-Wright; London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, C. Davis. English text. LSO 0681


LezhnevaCDJulia Lezhneva: "Rossini"
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spacer Selections from L'Assedio di Corinto, La Cenerentola, La Donna del Lago, Guillaume Tell, Otello and ?Semiramide. Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Chamber Opera Choir, Minkowski. ?Texts and translations. Naïve V 5221
Recordings Giordani cover 811Marcello Giordani: "Ti Voglio Tanto Bene"
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spacer Italian and Neapolitan love songs. With New York Choral Arts Society and Pannon Philharmonic, Mercurio. Texts and translations. In-Canto 2570-2


Sonnam.Suth.CDBELLINI: La Sonnambula
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spacer Sutherland, J. Sinclair, Barry; Lazzari, Rouleau; Covent Garden Orchestra and Opera Chorus, Serafin. No text or ?translation. MYTO 00261 (2)
HuntLieb.BerliozCDLorraine Hunt Lieberson: "BERLIOZ: Les Nuits D'Été; HANDEL: Arias"
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spacer Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, McGegan. Texts and translations. PBP-01
Meister.Met.CDWAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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spacer Lorengar, Love; King, Driscoll, Adam, Kusche, Flagello, Gramm; Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Schippers. No text or translation. Sony 88697 85304-2 (3)
WalkureMetCDWAGNER: Die Walküre
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spacer Nilsson, Rysanek, Ludwig; Vickers, Stewart, Ridderbusch; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Klobucar. No text or translation. Sony 88697 85308 2 (3)


Beeth.Mass.BlRayBEETHOVEN: Missa Solemnis
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spacer Stoyanova, Garanca; Schade, Selig; Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann. C Major 705504 (Blu-ray) or 705408 (DVD), 90 mins., subtitled
Beeth.Symphs.BlRyBEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 7, 8 & 9
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spacer Dasch, Fujimura; Beczala, Zeppenfeld; Wiener Singverein, Wiener Philharmoniker, Thielemann. C Major 705204 (Blu-ray) or 705108 (3 DVDs), 157 mins. (symphonies), 169 mins. (documentaries), subtitled
R.JacobsDVDPrivate Music Lessons, Vol. 1: René Jacobs
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spacer A film by Claude Mouriéras. With Maria Cristina Kiehr, Susanne Rydén. Harmonia Mundi HMD 9909030, 55 mins., subtitled 
Kivi.DVDRAUTAVAARA: Aleksis Kivi
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spacer Rantanen, Linnosaari; Hynninen, Rusanen, Reinikainen, Zilliacus; Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Franck. Production: Milonoff. Ondine ODV 4009, 90 mins. (opera), 23 mins. (bonus), subtitled
SamsonVlaamseDVDSAINT-SAËNS: Samson et Dalila
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spacer Tarasova; Kerl, Mijailovic; Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Vlaamse Opera Antwerp/Ghent, Netopil. Production: Nitzan and Zuabi. EuroArts 2058628, 121 mins. (opera), 15 mins. (bonus), subtitled
ForzaDVDVERDI: La Forza del Destino
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spacer Caballé, Nave; Carreras, Cappuccilli, Ghiaurov; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, Patané. Production: Puggelli. Hardy Classic Video HCD 4046 (2 DVDs), 192 mins., subtitled

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