Notes & Reviews:
Alberto Ginastera, Argentina's leading classical composer, would have been 100 in 2016, and Sony marks the centenary with the first CD release of his opera Bomarzo. It tells the anguished true story of a deformed 16th-century Italian duke who, spurned in love and consumed by jealousy, demanded the creation of a series of fantastical sculptures for his "park of monsters". The role, created for a young, up-and-coming Spanish tenor named Plácido Domingo, is sung on this long-unavailable recording by the Mexican tenor (and Ginastera specialist) Salvador Novoa. Based on the 1967 world-premiere production in Washington DC, the set is conducted by Julius Rudel.
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Antônio Carlos Gomes (1836-1896): Il Guarany / Hao Jiang Tian, Verónica Villarroel, Plácido Domingo, Marcus Haddock, Carlos Álvarez, Graham Sanders, John-Paul Bogart, Boris Martinovich, Pieris Zarmas
Classics - Copland: Third Symphony, etc / Levi, Atlanta SO
Blurred Boundaries - String Quartets by Libby Larsen, Henry Thacker Burleigh, Florence Beatrice Price, Erberk Eryilmaz, Hajime Komatsu, Marty Regan / Apollo Chamber Players
Serge Prokofiev: The Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Shlomo Mintz, violin; Chicago SO, Claudio Abbado
Portuguese Piano Music by João Guilherme Daddi (1813-1887) & José Viana Da Mota (1868-1948) / Sofia Lourenço, piano
Wagner: Der Ring - An Organ Transcription / Hansjörg Albrecht, organ
Arrigo Boito (1842-1918): Mefistofele / Samuel Ramey, Michéle Crider, Vincenzo La Scola, Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e coro del Teatro alla Scala
Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria / Frederica von Stade; Richard Stilwell; Patrick Power; Ann Murray; Raymond Leppard, Glyndebourne Chorus; London Philharmonic Orchestra
Jacques Offenbach: La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein / Lucia Valentini-Terrani; Carla Di Censo; Carlo Allemanno; Thomas Morris; Richard Plaza; Etienne Ligot; Emmanuel Villaume, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia