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September 2010

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

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ivari Ilja: "Pushkin Romances"
spacer Songs by Glinka, Dargomyzhsky, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Cui, Rachmaninoff, Medtner, Vlasov, Sviridov. Transliterated texts and translations. Delos 3392

Romantic Touch

Dmitri Hvorostovsky sounds terrific in a recital of Russian romansy based on the poetry of Alexander Pushkin.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Nielsen Cantatas CD Cover 9110NIELSEN: "Cantatas"
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spacer D. H. Andersen, Knudsen, Hedegaard; Aarhus Cathedral Choir, Danish National Opera Chorus, Vox Aros; Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, B. Holten. Texts and translations. DA CAPO 8.226079 
OtelloRossCDROSSINI: Otello 
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spacer Pratt, Chauvet; Spyres, Adami, Trucco, Guagliardo; Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani. No text or translation. Naxos 8.660275-76 (2)
Recordings Schutz CD Cover 8110SCHÜTZ: Weihnachtshistorie, Auferstehungshistorie
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spacer Ars Nova Copenhagen, Concerto Copenhagen, Sirius Viols, Hillier. Texts and translations. DACAPO 8.226058
StravinCDSTRAVINSKY: Oedipus Rex, Les Noces
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spacer Khudoley, Savova; Timchenko, Serov (Les Noces); Semenchuk; Semishkur, Nikitin, Petrenko, Timchenko; Depardieu, narrator (Oedipus Rex); Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus, Gergiev. Mariinsky MAR0510


vonOtterCDAnne Sofie von Otter: "Ombre de Mon Amant"
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spacer Arias and songs by M. Charpentier, Rameau, Lambert. Les Arts Florissants, Christie. Texts and translations. Archiv 477 8610
DessiPucciniCDDaniela Dessì: "Puccini Arias"
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spacer Arias from La Bohème, La Fanciulla del West, Gianni Schicchi, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, La Rondine, Suor Angelica, Tosca and Turandot. Orchestra e Coro della Fondazione Arena di Verona, Boemi. No texts. Decca 476 3775 
Records Wintereisse CD CDover 9110Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis: Winterreise
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spacer Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907484
LavaCDSimone Kermes: "Lava: Opera Arias From 18th Century Napoli"
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spacer Works by Pergolesi, Porpora, Vinci, Leo, Hasse. Le Musiche Nove, Osele. Texts and translations. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88697 541212


Recordings Berganza CD Cover 9110Teresa Berganza: "An Evening of Song, 1985"
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spacer Songs and arias by Haydn, Mussorgsky, Fauré, Respighi, Braga, Rossini. Juan-Antonio Alvarez Parejo, Piano. No texts or translations. Hänssler Classics 93.705
ParsifalCDWAGNER: Parsifal 
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spacer Lammers; Liebl, Wächter, Frick, Kraus, Robinson; Covent Garden Opera Chorus, Boys from the Choir of St. Margaret's Church, Westminster, Students of the Edith Cavell Secondary School, Covent Garden Orchestra, Kempe. Notes. Text available online. Testament SBT 4 1455


Video Coco and Igor Poster LG 9110Coco Chanel &?Igor Stravinsky
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spacer Screenplay by Chris Greenhalgh, Carlo de Boutiny and Jan Kounen. Directed by Jan Kounen. Limited U.S. theatrical release
RoyalPhysDVDHOLTEN: The Visit of the Royal Physician 
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spacer E. Jansson, Sjöberg; Reuter, Henning-Jensen, Byriel; Royal Danish Orchestra and Opera Chorus, Holten. Production: Oskarson. Dacapo 2.110408, 154 mins. (opera), 37 mins. (bonus interviews), subtitled
NozzeVAI.DVDMOZART: Die Entführung aus dem Serail 
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spacer Hallstein, Grist; Alva, Unger, Corena, Heltau; Chorus of the Vienna State Opera, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Mehta. VAI 4521, 134 mins., subtitled 
ZauberDVDMOZART: Die Zauberflöte 
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spacer Lorengar, Peters; Kmentt, Berry, Kreppel; Chorus of the Vienna State Opera, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Kertész. VAI 4520, 168 mins., subtitled
Video Tito Cover 9110MOZART: La Clemenza di Tito
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spacer Putnam, Szmytka, Montague, Mahé; Langridge, Rose; Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, A. Davis. Production: Hytner. Arthaus Musik 100 407, 143 mins., subtitled 
NozzeVAI.DVDMOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro
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spacer Sciutti, Güden, Lear; Evans, Fischer-Dieskau; Chorus of the Vienna State Opera, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Maazel. Production: Sellner. VAI 4519, 178 mins., subtitled 
Video Boheme DVD Cover 9110PUCCINI: La Bohème (In English) 
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spacer Moore, Alattar; Boe, Wood, Putnins; English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Harth-Bedoya. Production: Miller. Kultur D4464 (DVD) or BD4464 (Blu-ray), 120 mins., subtitled
OtelloVerdDVDVERDI: Otello 
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spacer Poplavskaya; Antonenko, Alvarez; Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Muti. Production: S. Langridge. C Major 701408 (DVD) or 701504 (Blu-ray), 143 mins. (opera), 20 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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