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September 2017

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

Recordings Susannah CD Cover 917Editor's Choice

FLOYD: Susannah
DVD Button Spatafora; Webb, Wichael, Donovan; St. Petersburg Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Sforzini. Production: Unger. Naxos 2.110381, 106 mins., subtitled

Cry for Me

The first home-video release of Carlisle Floyd’s seminal work is powerfully raw.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Pecheurs de Perles cover 1017BIZET: Les Pêcheurs de Perles
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DVD Button Damrau; Polenzani, Kwiecien, Testé; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Noseda.  Production: Woolcock. Erato 01 9029 58936 1 3, 120 mins., subtitled
Recordings Enfant Cover 917DEBUSSY: L’Enfant Prodigue
RAVEL: L’Enfant et les Sortilèges 
CD Button Briot, Devieilhe, Devos, Gauvin, Pasturaud, Stutzmann; Alagna, Courjal, Lapointe; Choeur, Maîtrise and Orchestre de Radio France, Franck. Texts & translations. Erato CD 9029589692 (2)
Recording GLover Lucy 917GLOVER: Lucy
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CD Button Wilkowske, Zemliauskas; REDSHIFT Ensemble. Texts. New Focus Recordings FCR183
Recording Sound from the Bench cover 917HEARNE: Sound from the Bench
CD Button T. Levine, J. Moore, electric guitars; Wiltrout, percussion; The Crossing, Nally. English texts. Cantaloupe CA 21126
Recordings Joubert Jane Eyre Cover 917JOUBERT: Jane Eyre
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CD Button Frederick; Stout, Thomas, Milhofer; English Symphony Orchestra, Woods. English text. Somm Recordings SOMMCD 263-2 (2)
Recordings Lully Armide Cover 917LULLY: Armide
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CD Button Henry, van Wanroij, Chappuis; Figueroa, Auvity, Mauillon, Toro, Bazola, Williams; Les Talens lyriques and Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Rousset. Texts and translations. Aparte AP135 (2)
Recordings Francesca cover 917MERCADANTE: Francesca da Rimini
DVD Button Bonilla, Martinez, Wakizono; Sungu, Rivas, Di Matteo; Chorus of the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, Luisi. Production: Pizzi. Dynamic 57753 (Blu-ray)/37753 (DVD), 200 mins., subtitled

Choral and Song

Recordings MOnteverdi Other Vespers Cover 917MONTEVERDI: The Other Vespers
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CD Button I Fagiolini, Hollingworth. Latin texts and translations. Decca 4831654
Recordings Orr Songs Cover 917ORR: "Songs"
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CD Button N. Spence; Burnside, piano; J. Black, N. Naumov,bass; members of the Edinburgh Quartet. Texts. Delphian DCD34175
Recordings Verdi Requiem Noseda cover 917VERDI: Messa da Requiem
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CD Button Grimaldi, Barcellona; Meli, Pertusi; London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Noseda. Text and translation. London Symphony Orchestra LSO 0800


Recordings Russia Cast Adrift Hvorostovsky cover 917Dmitri Hvorostovsky: "Russia Cast Adrift"
CD Button St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Orbelian. Style of Five. Transliterated texts and translations. Delos DE 1631
Recordings Fernando Varela Cover 917Fernando Varela: "Vivere"
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CD Button Crouch End Festival Chorus; no orchestra credited, Dodd, Greenaway. No texts or translations. Deutsche Grammophon 028947964391
RECORDINGS Kaufmann Das Lied Cover 917Jonas Kaufmann: Das Lied von der Erde
CD Button Vienna Philharmonic, Nott. Sony Classical 88985389832
Recordings Julia Lezhneva Cover 917Julia Lezhneva: "Carl Heinrich Graun Opera Arias"
CD Button Concerto Köln, M. Antonenko. Texts and translations. Decca 433 1518
RECORDINGS Thousands of Miles Cover 917Kate Lindsey: "Thousands of Miles"
CD Button Songs by Weill, Korngold, Alma Mahler and Zemlinsky. Trotignon, piano. Texts and translations. Alpha Classics 272
Recordings Einsamkeit Cover 917Matthias Goerne: "Einsamkeit"
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CD Button Schumann Lieder. Hinterhäuser, piano. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMM 902243


Recordings Victoria de los Angeles Cover 917Victoria del los Ángeles: Fauré Requiem and more
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CD Button Faure: Requiem; Debussy: La Damoiselle Élue; Ravel: Shéhérazade, Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques. Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Prêtre, Cluytens; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Munch. No texts or translations. Praga Digitals  PRD/DSD 350 137

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