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October 2020

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

Recordings Zwerg Cover 1020Editor's Choice

DVD Button Tsallagova, Magee; Philip, Jekal; Orchestra of Deutsche Oper, Runnicles. Production: Kratzer. Naxos 2.110657, 95 mins., subtitles

Past is Prologue.

A Zemlinsky opera is paired with a pantomime about his relationship with Alma Mahler.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings the Parting cover 1020CIPULLO: The Parting
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CD Button Cook, Strickling; Mayes; Music of Remembrance, Willis. Text. Naxos 8.669044
Recordings Handel Semele Cover 1020HANDEL: Semele
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CD Button Alder, Owen, Richardot; Hymas, Vistoli, G. Buratto; Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner. English text. SDG 733 (3)
Recordings Phedre Cover 1020LEMOYNE: Phèdre
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CD Button Van Wanroij, Louledjian, Gombert; Behr, Christoyannis, Boutillier; Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra, Vashegyi. Bru Zane BZ 1040 (2)
Recordings Cavalleria Rusticana cover 1020MASCAGNI: Cavalleria Rusticana
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CD Button M. Moore, Constantinescu, Fiorillo; Jagde, L. Lynch; Dresden Philharmonic and MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, Janowski. Text and translation. Pentatone PTCS186772
Recordings Duchesse Cover 1020MAYR: Le Due Duchesse
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CD Button Choi, Herbert, Jo; Ahn, Hasselhorn; Concerto de Bassus, Bayerischer Staatsopernchor, Simon Mayr Chorus, Hauk. Tracked synopsis; full Italian text online. Naxos 8660422-23 (2)
REcordings Glyndebourne Zauberflote cover 1020MOZART: Die Zauberflöte
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DVD Button Portillo, Fomina, Sherratt, Bürger, Wettergreen; Kraus, Dierkes, Fontanals-Simmons, Magiera; The Glyndebourne Orchestra and Chorus, Wigglesworth. Production: Barbe, Doucet. Opus Arte, OA1304D (2), 166 mins. (opera), 8 mins. (bonus), subtitles
Recordings Penderecki Cover 1020PENDERECKI: St. Luke Passion
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CD Button Wegener; Meachem, Rose, Holland; Kraków Philharmonic Choir, Warsaw Boys’ Choir, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Nagano. Text and translation. BIS 2287
Recordings Erwartung Cover 1020SCHOENBERG: Erwartung
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CD Button Jakubiak; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Gardner. German text. Chandos CHSA 5198
Recordings Schuller Cover 1020SCHULLER: The Fisherman and His Wife
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CD Button Galka, Kelly; Goldstein, Kravitz, Depuy; Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, Rose. English text. BMOP/sound 1070
Recordings Frau Cover 1020STRAUSS: Die Frau ohne Schatten
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CD Button Nylund, Stemme, Nazarova, Herlitzius; Gould, Koch, Holecek; Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Thielemann. No text or translation. Orfeo CD C991203 (3)
Recordings Trovatore 1020VERDI: Il Trovatore
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DVD Button Netrebko, Zajick; Eyvazov, Salsi, Fassi; Orchestra & Chorus of the Verona Arena, Pier Giorgio Morandi. Production: Zeffirelli. C Major 754704 (Blu-ray)/754608 (DVD), 157 mins., subtitles
Recordings Simon Boccanegra cover 1020VERDI: Simon Boccanegra
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DVD Button Rebeka; Salsi, Pape, Castronovo, Heyboer; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Vienna Philharmonic, Gergiev. Production: Kriegenburg. Unitel Edition 802608 (DVD)/802704 (Blu-ray), 142 mins., subtitles

Choral and Song

Recordings Angelus Cover 1020AYLWARD: Angelus
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CD Button Guo; Ecce Ensemble, Wurtz. English and Latin texts, German text with translation. New Focus Recordings FCR261
Recordings Accused Cover 1020LINDBURG: Accused
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CD Button Komsi; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lintu. Text and translation. Ondine ODE 1345-2


Recordings Paradise Lost Prohaska cover 1020Anna Prohaska: Paradise Lost
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CD Button Drake, piano. Texts and translations. Alpha Classics 581
Recordings Fagioli Cover 1020Franco Fagioli: Veni, Vidi, Vinci 
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CD Button Arias by Leonardo Vinci. Il Pomo d’Oro, Valova. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 4838358
Recordings Junker Handel Cover 1020Sophie Junker: La Francesina: Handel’s Nightingale 
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CD Button Arias and instrumental works by Handel. Le Concert de L’Hostel Dieu, Comte. Texts and translations. Aparté AP233
Recordings Veronique Gens Nuits cover 1020Véronique Gens: Nuits
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CD Button I Giardini. Texts and translations. Alpha Classics 589

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