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September 2012

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

TurandotCDEditor's Choice

PUCCINI: Turandot
spacer Nilsson, Vishnevskaya; Corelli, Zaccaria; Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan, Gavazzeni. Text and translation. La Scala Memories LAS 006 (2)

The Stars Aligned

Nilsson, Corelli, Vishnevskaya and conductor Gianandrea Gavazzeni make magic in a 1964 La Scala Turandot.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Alceste cover 912HANDEL: Alceste
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spacer Crowe; Hulett, Foster-Williams; Early Opera Company, Curnyn. Texts. Chandos Chaconne CHAN 0788
AngelAmazonCDMACK: Angel of the Amazon
spacer Mathes, Caruana, Isaac, Lee, Palmer; Rubio, Barr, Candelaria, Jabara, Mack, Russell, Ryan, Vann; IONISATION New Music Ensemble, Waldman. English text. Albany Records, Troy 1323/24 (2)
Recordings Sposa Messina cover 912VACCAI: La Sposa di Messina
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spacer Pratt, Ono; Adami, Ariostini, Lo Piccolo; Classica Chamber Choir of Brno, Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani. Recorded at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival, 2009. Deutschlandradio Kultur Naxos 8.660295-96 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Stabat Mater cover 912DVOŘÁK: Stabat Mater
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spacer J. Watson, Pecková; Auty, P. Rose; London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. N. Järvi. Libretto and translation. LPO 0062.
KuhmeierCDGenia Kühmeier, Bernarda Fink and Christoph Berner: "Dvořák Zigeunerlieder"
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spacer And other songs and duets. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902081


DaviesCDIestyn Davies: "Arias for Guadagni"
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spacer Arias by Handel, Gluck, Hasse, Smith, Arne and Guadagni. Arcangelo, Cohen. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA67924
NoahStewartCDNoah Stewart: "Noah"
spacer Philharmonia Orchestra, Dodd; The Vienna Session Orchestra, Bertl; The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Hein. No texts or translations. Verve 001701202
GuraCDWerner Güra and Christoph Berner: "Willkommen und Abschied"
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spacer Songs by Schubert. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902112


Recordings Così la scala cover 912MOZART: Così Fan Tutte
spacer Schwarzkopf, Sciutti, Merriman; Alva, Panerai, Calabrese; Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Cantelli. Text and translation. La Scala Memories LAS 002 (2)
Recordings Tristan Cover 912WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde, Act II
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spacer Flagstad, Szantho; Laholm, Gurney, Harris; New York Philharmonic, Barbirolli. Archipel ARPCD 0485


GiasoneDVDCAVALLI: Giasone
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spacer Bradić, Johannsen, Noldus; Dumaux, Ashwin, Adami, J. Wagner, d’Or, E. Pons; Symphony Orchestra of Vlaamse Opera, Sardelli. Production: Clément. Dynamic 33663 (2 DVDs), 55663 (Blu-ray), 663 (3 CDs), 198 mins., subtitled
LakmeBluRayDELIBES: Lakmé
spacer E. Matthews, D. Matthews; Di Toro, Bennett, Gabbedy; Opera Australia Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Joel-Hornak. Production: A. Cook. Opera Australia OPOZ56021BD (Blu-ray), OPOZ56020DVD (DVD), OPOZ56022CD (2 CDs), 143 mins., subtitled
Video Favorita Cover 912DONIZETTI: La Favorita
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spacer Vitali Marini; Sardelli, Silveri, Colella; Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Rucci.View Video 2413, black and white, 90 mins., no subtitles
MakropBluRayJANÁČEK: The Makropulos Case
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spacer Denoke; Very, Reuter; Wiener Philharmoniker, Salonen. Production: Marthaler. C Major 709604 (Blu-ray) or 709508 (DVD), 118 mins., subtitled
PoppeaBluRayMONTEVERDI: L’Incoronazione di Poppea
spacer M. Persson, Connolly, Beaumont, Rosique; Domènech, Selig; Baroque Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Bicket. Production: D. Alden. Opus Arte OA BD7105 D (Blu-ray) or OA 1073 D (DVD), 183 mins. (opera), 6 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Choc.Sold.DVDO. STRAUS: The Chocolate Soldier
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spacer Stevens, Chambers; Albert, Wrightson; studio orchestra, Sanford. Production: Liebman. VAI 4549, 77 mins., no subtitles
FrauBluRayR. STRAUSS: Die Frau ohne Schatten
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spacer Schwanewilms, Herlitzius, Schuster; S. Gould, W. Koch, Mayer; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Thielemann. Production: Loy. Opus Arte OA BD7104 D (Blu-ray) or OA 1072 D (2 DVDs), 220 mins. (opera), 26 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Cenerentola Cover 912ROSSINI: La Cenerentola
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spacer Barbieri; Del Signore, De Taranto, Poli; Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, de Fabritiis. View Video 2401, black and white, 95 mins., no subtitles
LuciDVDSCIARRINO: Luci Mie Traditrici
spacer Tarandek; Miedl, R. Schneider, Bode; Ensemble Algoritmo, Angius. Production: Pade. EuroArts 2059038, 69 mins. (opera), 
33 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Forza cover 912VERDI: La Forza del Destino
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spacer Gorchakova, Tarasova; Grigorian, Putilin, Alexashkin; Kirov Chorus and Orchestra, Gergiev. Production: Moshinsky. Arthaus Musik 100 079, 165 mins., subtitled

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