Notes & Reviews:
Ozawa can keep it together and produce a thrill-a-minute ... The Rome orchestra plays handsomely, the chorus is gloriously straight jacketed into its individual parts, and never is anyone lost in the weird syncopations ... [Bonisolli] performs with amazing conviction and security (and an added, uninvited-if-on-the-money high-D in his final aria), with clear French diction ... Teresa Zylis-Gara ... has class and ... Robert Amis El Hage sings the Cardinal's music with great authority - he's both a bully and an appreciator of art, just as Berlioz wished ... This certainly excites.
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Grand Tier - R. Strauss: Die Ägyptische Helena / Keilberth, Rysanek, etc
Donizetti: La Favorita / Fedora Barbieri, Gianni Raimondi, Carlo Tagliabue, Giulio Neri
Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide / Joan Sutherland, Monica Sinclair, Mario Petri. Richard Bonynge (1968)
Get Happy , virtuoso showtunes for piano by Berlin, Gershwin, Loewe, Porter, Sondheim et al. / Jenny Lin, piano
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Catherine Carby, Cheryl Barker, Manfred Hemm, Emma Pearson. Opera Australia
Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Dana Buresova, soprano; Thomas Juhas, tenor; Jozef Benci, bass
Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 2 "The Four Temperaments" & 3 "Sinfonia Espansiva" / Alan Gilbert, New York PO (live)
American Serenade - works for violin & orchestra by Bernstein, Waxman & Gershwin / Rachel Kolly d'Alba, violin
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 / London SO, Valery Gergiev