November 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 Boheme Critics Choice Cover 1117Editor's Choice

PUCCINI: La Bohème

DVD Button Golovneva, Fontosh; Bäckström, Sulimsky, Hällström, Sebestyen; Malmö Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Badea. Production: Phelan. Naxos DVD 2.110385, 118 mins., subtitled

Bohemian Rhapsody

Got a case of Bohème fatigue? Not after you see this wonderful production from Sweden.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Little Red Riding Hood Cover 1117BARAB: Little Red Riding Hood
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CD Button Caraluzzi, Astrup; Berisso; uncredited orchestra, A. Gordon. Texts. Centaur CRC3508
Recordings Benjamin Little Hill lg 1117BENJAMIN: Into the Little Hill/Dream of the Song 
CD Button Plitmann, Bickley; Mehta, Cox; London Sinfonietta, Benjamin; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Benjamin. Text and translations. Nimbus NI5964
Recordings Charpentier Descente Cover 1117CHARPENTIER: La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers
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CD Button Weynants, LeChenadec, Dangin-Bardot, Arnaud, Richardot; Getchell, Collardelle, Cornillot, Bazola, Brooymans; Ensemble Correspondances, Daucé. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMU 902279
Recordings Canterville Ghost Cover 1117GETTY: The Canterville Ghost
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CD Button Hutton, Broekhuizen; Oliver, Michie, Golesorkhi, Treviño. Gewandhaus Orchestra, Foremny. Text and translation. Pentatone PTC 5186541
DVD Button Agresta, Erraught, Todorovitch; Beczala, Markov, Abdrazakov, Rumetz; Philharmonia Chor Vienna, Wiener Philharmoniker, Pérez. Production: von der Thannen. EuroArts 2097038 (2), 180 mins., subtitled
Recordings Raven Cover 1117HOSOKAWA: The Raven
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CD Button Hellenkant; United Instruments of Lucilin, Kawase. Text. Naxos 8.573724
CD Button Singers and instrumentalists of St.-Ursula-Gymnasium (Freiburg), Grüters. Texts. Christophorus 77318
Recordings Mithridate Cover 1117MOZART: Mitridate
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DVD Button Petibon, Papatanasiu, Devieilhe; Spyres, Dumaux; Le Concert d’Astrée, Haïm. Production: Hervieu-Léger. Erato 0190295851750 (2), 174 mins., subtitled
Recordings Golden Cockerel Cover 1117The Golden Cockerel
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DVD Button Garifullina, Loginova, Vitman; Popov, Ilyushnikov, Sulimsky, Serov, Feliauer; Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater, Gergiev. Production: Matison. Mariinsky 0596, 119 mins., subtitled
Recordings Rorem Ourt Town lg 1117ROREM: Our Town
CD Button Rood, River, Gooch, G. Arroyo; DiBattista, Buckley, Wilkinson, Kravitz, Wilson; Monadnock Music, Rose. English text. New World Records SOMMCD 80790-2 (2)
REcordings Barbiere Cover 1117ROSSINI: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
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DVD Button De Niese, Kelly; Bürger, Stayton, Corbelli, Stamboglis; London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Glyndebourne Chorus, Mazzola. Production: Arden. Opus Arte 1238D (DVD) / BD7218D (Blu-ray), 164 mins. (opera), 8 mins. (extra), subtitled
Recordings Parsifal Cover 1117WAGNER: Parsifal
CD Button Dalayman, Castle, Cragg, Devin, James, Watson, Shaw; Cleveman, Ellicott, Roth, Murray, Rees, Fox, Greenan, Tomlinson, Hagen; Hallé, Hallé Youth Choir, Royal Opera Chorus, Elder. Hallé CDHLD7539 (4)

Choral and Song

Recordings Stravaganza d'Amore Cover 1117Stravanga d’Dmore!
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CD Button Mancini, Junker, Richardot; Dolcini, Wilder, Ancely; Pygmalion, Pichon. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi 902286.87 (2)


Recordings Dove Nights Not Spent Alone Cover 1117DOVE: Nights Not Spent Alone
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CD Button Whately; Lepper, piano. English texts. Champs Hill Records CHRCD 125
Recordings Garanca Cover 1117Elīna Garanča: “Mozart & Vivaldi”
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CD Button Camerata Salzburg, Langrée; Europa Galante, Biondi. No texts or translations. Erato 0190295905996
RECORDINGS LAYLA CLAIRE COVER 1117Layla Claire: "Songbird"
CD Button Scarfone, piano. Texts, no translations. ATMA ACD2 2754
REcordings Lady of the lake Maureen Batt cover 1117Maureen Batt: "The Lady Of The Lake"
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CD Button Song cycles by Schubert and Ryan, based on Sir Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake. Batt; Decosse, Mendoza, Simard, O’Quinn, Levesque; Docking, piano; Halifax Camerata Singers, Wahlstrom, piano, Joudrey. Texts and translations. Leaf Music LM 213
CD Button Arias by Bizet, Bruneau, David, Février, Franck, Godard, Halévy, Massenet, Niedermeyer and Saint-Saëns. Munich Radio Orchestra, Niquet. Texts and translations. Alpha Classics 279
Recordings Thoughts Observed Cover 1117Yaniv d’Or: “Thoughts Observed”
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CD Button Schumann, Dichterliebe; songs by Duparc, Debussy, Hahn and Poulenc. Deutsch, piano. No texts or translations. Naxos CD 8.573789

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