Notes & Reviews:
Sony Classical offers opera lovers another ten complete recordings from the RCA Victor, CBS/Sony and Eurodisc catalogues, with highlights from La Juive and the complete Tha´s with Anna Moffo as well as Schoenberg's Moses und Aron by Hans Rosbaud for the first time on CD, remastered from the analogue masters. This latest release is one of the widest ranging yet in this series, spanning the history of theatrical music from Monteverdi to Schoenberg. We move into the 20th century for a veritable landmark recording. Arnold Schoenberg died in 1951 without completing his only full-length opera, Moses und Aron. Three years later, North German Radio mounted the work's first performance in Hamburg. The conductor was Hans Rosbaud, an authoritative interpreter of contemporary works. This historic performance, initially preserved on a commercial recording issued in 1957, is released for the first time on CD in Sony Classical's new batch of ten opera reissues.