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November 2018

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

Recordings Nilsson Doc lg 1118Editor's Choice

Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own
DVD Button Directors: Voigt and Wunderlich. Interviews with Plácido Domingo, Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme, Otto Schenk, Christa Ludwig, Marilyn Horne and others. C Major 800008, 89 mins., subtitles

Larger than Film

A new documentary proves Birgit Nilsson’s life and artistry were too big to contain.

Opera and Oratorio

CD Button Bullock, Johnston; Finley, Sherratt, Staples, Allicock, Farnsworth, Sakker; BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Adams. Text. Nonesuch 7559-79310-7 (2)
Recordings Blitzstein Cover 1118BLITZSTEIN: The Cradle Will Rock
CD Button Costa-Jackson, Spinner; Jameson, Boehler, Burchett, Hopkins; Opera Saratoga Orchestra, Mauceri. Text. Bridge 9511 A/B
Recordings Sancia Cover 1118DONIZETTI: Sancia di Castiglia
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DVD Button Bandelli, Cicogna, Palade; Costanzo, De Grandis; Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano della RAI, R. Abbado. Production: Crivelli. Hardy Classic Video HCD 4055 (DVD), distributed by VAI, 123 mins., subtitles 
Recordings Orfeo Cover 1118GLUCK: Orfeo ed Euridice
CD Button Forsythe, Baráth; Jaroussky; I Barocchisti, Radiotelevisione Svizzera Chorus, Fasolis. Italian text, no translation. Erato 9029570794
Recordings Acis Cover 1118HANDEL: Acis and Galatea
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CD Button Crowe, Pierce: Clayton, Hulett, Budd, N. Davies; Early Opera Company, Curnyn. Text. Chaconne Super Audio 0404 (2)
Recordngs Vologeso Cover 1118JOMMELLI: Il Vologeso
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DVD Button Marilley, A. Durlovski, C. Smith, Schneiderman; I. Durlovski, Kohlhepp; Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Ferro. Production: Wieler and Morabito. Naxos 2.110395-96 (2), 183 mins., subtitles
Recordings Widma Cover 1118MONIUSZKO: Widma
CD Button Rot, Kubas-Kruk, Wieczorek, Passini; Bręk, Butryn, Kujawa, Makal, Bonaszewski, Janyst, Wasilkowski; Wrocław Baroque Orch., Kosendiak. Texts and translations. Accord 243
Recordings Ivan Terrible Cover 1118PROKOFIEV: Ivan the Terrible
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CD Button Prudenskaya: Vinogradov; Berlin Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Strobel. Libretto and translation. Capriccio 5311 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Faure Cover 1118FAURÉ: Complete Songs for Voice and Piano
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CD Button Guilmette, Boulianne; Figueroa, Boucher; Godin, pianist. ATMA Classique CD ACD2.2741 (4)
Recordings Lutoslawski Cover 1118LUTOSŁAWSKI: Piosenki dla Dzieci
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CD Button Chór Chłopięcy NFM, Lutosławski Quartet, LutosAir Quintet, Instrumentaliści NFM Filmharmonii Wrocławskiej, Kosendiak. Accord ACD 242-2, Narodowe Forum Muzyki NFM 46


Recordings McDonald Cover 1118Audra McDonald: Sing Happy 
CD Button New York Philharmonic, Einhorn. No texts. Decca B0028495-02
REcordings Beardsley Cover 1118Bethany Beardslee Sings Schubert, Schumann, Brahms
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CD Button Shapiro, Goode, piano. Texts & translations. Bridge 9504
Recording Farley Grieg Cover 1118Carole Farley Sings Grieg Songs
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CD Button London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, José Serebrier. Texts and translations. Somm Recordings ARIADNE 5001
Recordings Gelinas Cover 1118Caroline Gélinas: Confidences 
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CD Button Song cycles by Ravel, Debussy, Schumann, and Fleming. Godin, piano. ATMA Classique ACD2 2781
Recordings Elena Mosuc Cover 1118Elena Moşuc: Verdi Heroines
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CD Button Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Academic Choir Ivan Goran Kovačić, Lipanović. No texts or translations. Solo Musica SM 279
Recordings Pregardien Cover 1118Julian Prégardien: Orpheus: Songs, Arias and Madrigals 
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CD Button Works by Monteverdi, Peri, Campion, Purcell, Kindermann, Vogtländer, and others. Teatro del mondo, Küppers. Texts and translations. CPO Radio Bremen 555 168-2
Recordings Bye Bye Berlin Cover 1118Marion Rampal: Bye-Bye Berlin 
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CD Button Music of Weill, Hollaender, Eisler, Spoliansky, Schulhoff, Hindemith, Meyerowitz and Berg. Quatour Manfred. Texts, no translations. Harmonia Mundi HMM 902295
Recordings Chaney Cover 1118Olivia Chaney: Shelter 
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CD Button Various instrumentalists. Texts. Nonesuch 567191-2


Recordings Nilsson Tristan cover lg 1118WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
CD Button Nilsson, Hoffman; Windgassen, Saedén, Greindl; Orchestra and Chorus of the Bayreuth Festival, Sawallisch. Orfeo 951183 (3)
Recordings Tristan Cover 1118WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
DVD Button Behrens, Minton; Hofmann, Weikl, Sotin; Bavarian Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Bernstein. Production: Krauss. C Major 746304 (Blu-ray), 291 mins., subtitles


Recordings Maria by Callas lg 1118Maria By Callas
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Director: Tom Volf. Sony Pictures Classics, 113 mins. Opens November 2

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