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Handel: Floridante / Alan Curtis, et al
Handel: Floridante / Alan Curtis, et al

3 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2007-04-10

Works: George Frederick Handel: Il Floridante, HWV 14
Performers: DiDonato, Joyce; Invernizzi, Roberta; Mijanovic, Marijana; Novaro, Riccardo; Priante, Vito; Rostorf-Zamir, Sharon
Conductors: Curtis, Alan
Ensemble: Il Complesso Barocco

Pre-eminent Baroque specialist Alan Curtis sheds light on another neglected opera masterpiece. Following the critical acclaim of his milestone recording Rodelinda, Curtis turns his attention...continue...
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Marinuzzi: Jacquerie / Licata, Solman, Salvadori, Galgani
Marinuzzi: Jacquerie / Licata, Solman, Salvadori, Galgani

2 CD / Nuova Era / 2007-04-10

Works: Gino Marinuzzi: Jacquerie, opera
Performers: Galgani, Llaria; Marceno, Antonio; Piccinni, Andrea; Piccolo, Filippo; Rigosa, Danilo; Salvadori, Antonio; Scarfeo, Maurizio; Solman, Miro; Surais, Martine; Tosi, Giancarlo; Zizich, Paolo
Conductors: Licata, Andrea
Ensemble: Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Orchestra

Born in Palermo, Sicily in 1882, Gino Marinuzzi was eighteen years old when his first composition, a Requiem dedicated to King Umberto I, was successfully...continue...
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Joye: Les plaintes de Gilles de Bins dit Binchois
Joye: Les plaintes de Gilles de Bins dit Binchois

1 CD / Glossa / 2007-04-02

Works: Gilles de Bins dit Binchois: Adieu mes tres belles amours, rondeau for 3 voices, R. 5; Amoureux suy et me vient toute joye; Je ne pouroye estre joyeux, rondeau for 3 voices, R. 20; Se la belle n'a le...
Performers: Fennelly, Liam; Handenhove, Yves Van; Hardt, Patrizia; Meynckens, Bart; Outryve, Jan Van; Schmelzer, Bjorn; Taylor, William [Harp]; Troyer, Paul de
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Wagner: Das Rheingold / Asher Fisch, Adelaide SO
Wagner: Das Rheingold / Asher Fisch, Adelaide SO

2 Super Audio CD / Melba Recordings / 2007-04-01

Works: Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold
Performers: Bröcheler, John; Brunsdon, Andrew; Campbell, Elizabeth; Collis, Andrew; Doig, Christopher; Du Fore, Timothy; Dunlop, Donna-Maree; Greager, Richard; Hibbard, David; Jones, Natalie; Keegan, Liane;...
Conductors: Fisch, Asher
Ensemble: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

"This recording of Das Rheingold, though, is entirely successful, and while it may not displace the Solti or Boulez or Levine versions, it deserves a...continue...
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Wagner: Die Walküre / Knappertsbusch, Varnay, et al
Wagner: Die Walküre / Knappertsbusch, Varnay, et al

3 CD / Urania (Italy) / 2007-03-27

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Walküre
Performers: Bader, Helena; Greindl, Josef; Hotter, Hans; Ilosvay, Maria von; Lammers, Gerda; Lenchner, Paula; Milinkovic, Georgine von; Nilsson, Birgit; Plümacher, Hetty; Schärtel, Elisabeth; Scheppan,...
Conductors: Knappertsbusch, Hans
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

This live performance, recorded at the Bayreuth Festival in 1957, is one of the most powerful and dramatic interretations of Die Walkure ever performed. In...continue...
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Monteverdi Cycle: L'Orfeo; Il Ritorno d'Ulisse; L'Incononazione di Poppea; Il Combattimento [7 DVD]
Monteverdi Cycle: L'Orfeo; Il Ritorno d'Ulisse; L'Incononazione di Poppea; Il Combattimento [7 DVD]

7 DVD Video / BBC Opus Arte / 2007-03-27

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea; L'Orfeo; Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda; Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Performers: Ainsley, John Mark; Anderson, Lorna; Araya, Graciela; Asawa, Brian; Balleys, Brigitte; Chance, Michael; Cordier, David; Gillet, Christopher; Grant Murphy, Heidi; Haymon, Cynthia; Huijpen, Jaco; Johns...
Conductors: Rousset, Christophe; Stubbs, Stephen; Porcelijn, David; Wilson, Glen
Ensemble: ASKO Ensemble; Baroque Ensemble; Concerto Palatino; Les Talens Lyriques; Tragicomedia

"For any opera to be fully effective, the singing must be superb, and the consistently transcendent vocal quality and idiomatically appropriate period practice are the...continue...
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Goetz: The Taming of the Shrew / Keilberth, Frick, Kupper
Goetz: The Taming of the Shrew / Keilberth, Frick, Kupper

2 CD / Profil Edition Gunter Hanssler / 2007-03-27

Works: Hermann Goetz: Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung
Performers: Cordes, Marcel; Frick, Gottlob; Kmentt, Waldemar; Kuen, Paul; Kuhn, John; Kupper, Annelies; Kusche, Benno; Lindermeier, Elisabeth; Vollrad, Gertrud
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Chorus

'''The Taming of the Shrew'' is in many respects a masterly score. It has an almost overabundant orchestral richness, full of ideas, wit and texture....continue...
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Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, etc / Craft, Wyn-Rogers, et al
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, etc / Craft, Wyn-Rogers, et al

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2007-03-27

Works: Arnold Schoenberg: Herzgewächse, song for soprano, celesta, harp & harmonium, Op. 20; Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21; Orchestral Songs (4) Op. 22; Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9
Performers: Alley, John [Piano]; Appel, Toby; Carey, Tim; Carey, Timothy; Feld, Melanie; Hulse, Eileen; Kay, Alan R.; Komer, Chris; Lowenstern, Michael; Morelli, Frank [Bassoon]; Neidich, Charles; O'Connor, Tara...
Conductors: Craft, Robert
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra members; Philharmonia Orchestra; Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble

Arnold Schoenberg sought to write music that avoided traditional tonal implications, which eventually led him away from tonality altogether. Herzgewächse is a short piece for...continue...
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Donizetti: Il giovedì grasso / Loehrer, Rizzoli, Oncina
Donizetti: Il giovedì grasso / Loehrer, Rizzoli, Oncina

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-03-20

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Il giovedì grasso, opera
Performers: Bassi-Ferrari, Irene; Catalani, Nestore; Loomis, James; Malacarne, Rodolfo; Minetto, Maria; Oncina, Juan; Rizzoli, Bruna; Rovetta, Teodoro
Conductors: Loehrer, Edwin
Ensemble: Swiss Italian Orchestra

Il giovedi grasso (Fat Thursday) is one of several of Donizetti's short comic operas that have been dusted off in recent years with considerable success....continue...
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Monteverdi:  L'incoronazione di Poppea / Nikolaus Harnoncourt [DVD]
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea / Nikolaus Harnoncourt [DVD]

2 DVD Video / Deutsche Grammophon / 2007-03-13

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea
Performers: Esswood, Paul; Huttenlocher, Philippe; Minetto, Maria; Oliver, Alexander; Perry, Janet; Salminen, Matti; Schmidt, Trudeliese; Tappy, Eric; Yakar, Rachel
Conductors: Harnoncourt, Nikolaus
Ensemble: Zurich Opera Chorus; Zurich Opera Orchestra

An operatic legend returns-the celebrated Zurich Monteverdi cycle of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Until the 1970s, Monteverdi had been quietly fated to academia until...continue...
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Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D'ulisse In Patria / Nikolaus Harnoncourt [DVD]
Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D'ulisse In Patria / Nikolaus Harnoncourt [DVD]

2 DVD Video / Deutsche Grammophon / 2007-03-13

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Performers: Araiza, Francisco; Hollweg, Werner; Huttenlocher, Philippe; Keller, Peter; Perry, Janet; Schmidt, Trudeliese
Conductors: Harnoncourt, Nikolaus
Ensemble: Zurich Opera Chorus; Zurich Opera Orchestra

An operatic legend returns-the celebrated Zurich Monteverdi cycle of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Until the 1970s, Monteverdi had been quietly fated to academia until...continue...
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Nikolaus Harnoncourt / Monteverdi Opera Boxed Set [5 DVD Box Set]
Nikolaus Harnoncourt / Monteverdi Opera Boxed Set [5 DVD Box Set]

5 DVD Video / Deutsche Grammophon / 2007-03-13

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria; L'Incoronazione di Poppea; L'Orfeo
Performers: Araiza, Francisco; Hollweg, Werner; Huttenlocher, Philippe; Salminen, Matti; Schmidt, Trudeliese; Tappy, Eric; Turban, Dietlinde; Yakar, Rachel
Conductors: Harnoncourt, Nikolaus
Ensemble: Zurich Opera Chorus; Zurich Opera Orchestra

An operatic legend returns-the celebrated Zurich Monteverdi cycle of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Until the 1970s, Monteverdi had been quietly fated to academia until...continue...
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Dallapiccola, Hartmann, Schweintz: Lieder
Dallapiccola, Hartmann, Schweintz: Lieder

1 CD / Orfeo / 2007-03-05

Works: Luigi Dallapiccola: Liriche di Antonio Machado (4), for voice & piano; Rencesvals, for voice & piano; Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Lamento, for voice & piano; Wolfgang von Schweinitz: Papiersterne, 15 song...
Performers: Barainsky, Claudia; Bauni, Axel; Erdmann, Mojca; Henschel, Dietrich; Reimann, Aribert; Soffel, Doris
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ORF 558061
Gilbert & Sullivan: Gondoliers / Ohio Light Opera Company
Gilbert & Sullivan: Gondoliers / Ohio Light Opera Company

2 CD / Albany Records / 2007-03-01

Works: Arthur Sullivan: Gondoliers
Performers: Beetle, Jack; Christopher, Ted; Cucinotta, Donata; Frohnmayer, Anne Marie; Glasener, Sahara; Hartley, Nicholas; LeCroy-Florin, Kemper; Lloyd, Adam; Martin, Jessie Wright; Moss, Gary; Ross, Sandra; Va...
Conductors: Thompson, J. Lynn
Ensemble: Ohio Light Opera

"There is much to admire in the performances of Ross, Moss, Beetle, Lecroy, Florin, and Glasener-Boles. A particular strength of OLO is the chorus. It...continue...

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C.P.E. Bach: Cantatas for Hamburg / Haselböck, et al
C.P.E. Bach: Cantatas for Hamburg / Haselböck, et al

2 CD / ORF / 2007-03-01

Works: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Mache dich auf, werde Licht, H 821h; Danket dem Herrn, H 824e
Performers: Kermes, Simone; Mertens, Klaus; Schafer, Markus; Vierlinger, Lydia
Conductors: Haselböck, Martin
Ensemble: Vienna Academy; Vienna Chamber Choir

In 1768, a few weeks after his 54th birthday, C.P.E. Bach left Berlin. He had served as harpsichordist for almost 30 years in Frederick II's...continue...
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ORFR 306
Lebendige Vergangenheit - Maria von Ilosvay
Lebendige Vergangenheit - Maria von Ilosvay

1 CD / Preiser / 2007-03-01

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La finta semplice, K 51 (46a); La Betulia liberata, K 118 (74c); Ombra felice...Io ti lascio, K 255; La Clemenza de Tito; Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore; Don Carlos; Requiem Ma...
Performers: Hotter, Hans [Baritone Vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von
Conductors: Paumgartner, Bernhard; Loibner, Wilhelm; Krauss, Clemens; Kempen, Paul van
Ensemble: ; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra; Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Maria von Ilosvay was born in Budapest. She received her vocal training at the Conservatory there and at Vienna's Academy of Music. In 1937 she...continue...
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PSR 89670
Deep River - A Program of American Music / Atlanta Singers
Deep River - A Program of American Music / Atlanta Singers

1 CD / ACA Digital / 2007-03-01

Works: Jean Berger: My Days are Like an Evening Shadow, for choir; Andrew Bleckner: As a Deer Longs for Flowing Streams (Psalm 42), for choir; Traditional Spiritual: There Is a Balm in Gilead, spiritual; Th...
Performers: Copeland, Rick; Lias, Margaret; Rawson, Jenny; Shaw, Kelly; Thompson, Virginia; Timmerman, Frank; Trainer, DeWayne; Weaver, Donna; Weaver, S. Todd
Conductors: Hinson, Wallace
Ensemble: Atlanta Singers

The Atlanta Singers are a professional vocal ensemble known for their innovative programming and engaging performance style. From their founding 29 years ago by conductor...continue...
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ACD 20100
Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus / Matt, Morvai, et al
Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus / Matt, Morvai, et al

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2007-02-27

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus, K 38
Performers: Bourvé, Antonia; Haase, Anna; Harari, Alon; Lager, Daniel; Morvai, Robert; Prey, Florian
Conductors: Matt, Nicol
Ensemble: European Chamber Soloists

This is a very recent recording of one of Mozart's early operas. For this work 11 year-old Mozart used a story from Ovid's Metamorphoses. The...continue...
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BLC 93127
Handel: Tobit / Martini, Perillo, Hannigan, Schoch, et al
Handel: Tobit / Martini, Perillo, Hannigan, Schoch, et al

2 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2007-02-27

Works: John Christopher Smith: Tobit, oratorio (after Handel)
Performers: Boog, Maya; Browner, Alison; Hannigan, Barbara; MacLeod, Stephan; Perillo, Linda; Schoch, Knut
Conductors: Martini, Joachim Carlos

Compiled by John Christopher Smith from Handel’s operas, oratorios and other works, the oratorio Tobit, sometimes described as a pastiche, provided a winning synthesis of...continue...
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Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Keilberth, et al
Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Keilberth, et al

4 CD / Testament / 2007-02-13

Works: Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Performers: Bolotine, Mina; Brouwenstijn, Gré; Graf, Maria [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Greindl, Josef; Ilosvay, Maria von; Milinkovic, Georgine von; Neidlinger, Gustav [Baritone Vocals]; Schartel, Elisabeth; U...
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Chorus

"So the great project reaches its glorious close, as magnificently conducted, played, and sung as the rest of this revelatory Ring. One wonders anew at...continue...
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Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Honeck/Vienna PO, Martinez, Koch, Mathey, Degout, Donath, Allen [2 DVD]
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Honeck/Vienna PO, Martinez, Koch, Mathey, Degout, Donath, Allen [2 DVD]

2 DVD Video / HBDirect Import / 2007-02-13

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte, K 588
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Degout, Stephane; Donath, Helen; Koch, Sophie; Martinez, Ana Maria; Mathey, Shawn
Conductors: Honeck, Manfred
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

"A musical and vocal pleasure . . . A major festival event in the anniversary year." -Donaukurier, Ingoldstadt...continue...
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Wagner: Lohengrin / Vogt, Kringelborn, Konig, Trekel, Nagano/Berlin SO [3 DVD]
Wagner: Lohengrin / Vogt, Kringelborn, Konig, Trekel, Nagano/Berlin SO [3 DVD]

3 DVD Video / BBC Opus Arte / 2007-01-30

Works: Richard Wagner: Lohengrin
Performers: Fox, Tom; Kringelborn, Solveig; Meier, Waltraud; Vogt, Klaus Florian
Conductors: Nagano, Kent
Ensemble: Berlin Symphony Orchestra

With powerful conviction, Nikolaus Lehnhoff interprets Wagner's Lohengrin as the dramatic struggle of masculine and feminine, revenge and compassion. Powerfully acted, almost like a Strindberg...continue...
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BOA 0964
Johann Michael Haydn: Requiem in Bb, etc / Grun, et al
Johann Michael Haydn: Requiem in Bb, etc / Grun, et al

1 CD / Carus / 2007-01-01

Works: Johann Michael Haydn: Requiem in B flat major [fragment]; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: God is our refuge, K 20; Misericordias Domini, K 222 (205a); Venite Populi, K 260 (248a); Ave verum corpus in D majo...
Performers: Hamann, Jens; Kusano, Manami; Prégardien, Julian; Teuscher, Lydia
Conductors: Grun, Georg
Ensemble: Mannheim Chamber Orchestra; Saarbrücken Chamber Choir

Of Johann Michael Haydn 's two Requiem settings, his incomplete late work, the Requiem in B-Flat Major, has remained in the shadow of his so-called...continue...
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CRS 83353
Martucci: Chamber Vocal Music / Onorati, Prayer
Martucci: Chamber Vocal Music / Onorati, Prayer

1 CD / Tactus / 2007-01-01

Works: Giuseppe Martucci: La canzone dei ricordi; Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 68; Sogno d'amore, for voice & piano; Sogno di morte, for voice & piano; Songs (3) for voice & piano, Op. 84; Romanza, for ...
Performers: Onorati, Chiarastella; Prayer, Luisa

A welcome addition to the catalogue of vocal music by Giuseppe Martucci (1856-1909), the first nineteenth-century Italian composer not to specialize in opera-although he did...continue...
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TCT 851302
Wagner: Die Walküre
Wagner: Die Walküre

3 CD / Urania (Italy) / 2007-01-01

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Walküre
Performers: Bader, Helen; Greindl, Josef; Hotter, Hans [Baritone Vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von; Lammers, Gerda; Lenchner, Paula; Milinkovic, Georgine von; Nilsson, Birgit [Soprano Vocal]; Plumacher, Hetty; Scharte...
Conductors: Knappertsbusch, Hans
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URA 22.316
Chilcott: Man I Sing, etc / Chilcott, BBC Singers, et al
Chilcott: Man I Sing, etc / Chilcott, BBC Singers, et al

1 CD / Signum Records / 2007-01-01

Works: Bob Chilcott: The Making of the Drum, cantata for chorus & percussion; My Prayer, for 2 sopranos & double chorus; Advent Antiphons for chorus; Shepherd's Carol; And Every Stone Shall Cry, for chorus;...
Performers: Foulkes, Carolyn; Haslam, Micaela; Johnston, Robert; Murgatroyd, Andrew; Poole, Elizabeth; Porter, Kim; Rebello, Simone; Robinson, Olivia; Silverthorne, Paul
Conductors: Chilcott, Bob
Ensemble: BBC Singers

"All the music on this CD is accessible, concise and says something worthwhile... The choir is renowned as an expert ensemble and here they sing...continue...
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America's Singers Recorded - The First Generation
America's Singers Recorded - The First Generation

1 CD / Symposium (uk) / 2006-12-26

Works: Frederic H. Cowen: The promise of life, for voice & accompaniment; Gaetano Braga: Leggenda valacca "Angel's Serenade"; Walter Damrosch: Danny Deever, Op. 2 no 7; Richard Strauss: Ständchen ("Mac...
Performers: Adams, Suzanne; Adini, Ada; Bispham, David; Blass, Robert; Blauvelt, Lillian; Eames, Emma; Esty, Alice; Eweyk, Arthur van; Hamlin, George; Homer, Louise; Juch, Emma; Lussan, Zelie de; Montalant, Vert...

This album focuses on the earliest American singers of whom we have records. It affords us views of performing practice in the first years of...continue...
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Wagner: Das Rheingold / Keilberth, Hotter, Lustig, et al
Wagner: Das Rheingold / Keilberth, Hotter, Lustig, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2006-12-12

Works: Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold
Performers: Blankenheim, Toni; Graf, Maria [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Greindl, Josef; Hotter, Hans [Baritone Vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von; Kuen, Paul; Lustig, Rudolf; Milinkovic, Georgine von; Neidlinger, Gustav [Bar...
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

"It turns out that the landmark account of Wagner's "Ring" with Georg Solti conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, begun in 1958, was not the first stereo...continue...
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Michel Corboz Edition Vol 4 - Bach and Brahms
Michel Corboz Edition Vol 4 - Bach and Brahms

2 CD / Cascavelle / 2006-12-01

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230; Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV 229; Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet for chorus, BWV 225 (BC C1); Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227; Der Geist hi...
Performers: Buntschu, Christiane; Casagrande, Natacha; Dami, Magali; Dinkel, June; Ducret, Natacha; Graf, Elisabeth; Kempf, Kurt; Nielsen, Philip; Perroux, Alain; Schmidt-Gaden, Barbara
Conductors: Corboz, Michel
Ensemble: Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne
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CAS 3090
Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera / Zagrosek/Stuttgart Staatsoper, Ohlmann, Reinprecht, Shankle, Costea, Schneiderman [DVD]
Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera / Zagrosek/Stuttgart Staatsoper, Ohlmann, Reinprecht, Shankle, Costea, Schneiderman [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Arthaus / 2006-11-21

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La finta giardiniera, K 196
Performers: Bespalovaite, Irena; Costea, Cellia; Ohlmann, Daniel; Reinprecht, Alexandra; Rosen, Rudolf; Schneiderman, Helene; Shankle, Norman
Conductors: Zagrosek, Lothar
Ensemble: Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra

Mozart's charming opera tells the story of a Countess who disguises herself as a gardener in order to find and forgive her lover, who thinks...continue...
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AHM 101253
Bernstein / Wonderful Town / Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle (Conductor) [DVD]
Bernstein / Wonderful Town / Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle (Conductor) [DVD]

1 DVD Video / EuroArts / 2006-11-21

Works: Leonard Bernstein: Wonderful Town; Various Composers: Works
Performers: Aliberti, Lucia; Baltsa, Agnes; Barcellona, Daniela; Criswell, Kim; Emmerlich, Gunter; Hampson, Thomas; La Scola, Vincenzo; Marshall, Wayne; McDonald, Audra; Rydl, Kurt; Sasson, Deborah; Schwarzhaupt...
Conductors: Rattle, Simon
Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle conducts here one of the most brilliant and entertaining scores of Leonard Bernstein: the musical 'Wonderful Town'. Rattle is joined here by...continue...
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The Essential Collection - Great Sopranos, Contraltos, et al
The Essential Collection - Great Sopranos, Contraltos, et al

2 CD / Avid Records / 2006-11-20

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: Norma, opera; La sonnambula, opera; I Puritani, opera; Antonio Lotti: Arminio; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni; Il rè pastore, K 208; Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage o...
Performers: Anderson, Marian [Contralto Vocals]; Barone, Clement; Butt, Clara, Dame; Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; de los Angeles, Victoria; Ferrier, Kathleen [Contralto Vocals]; Flagstad, Kirsten [Soprano Voc...
Conductors: Basile, Arturo; Krips, Josef; Byng, George W.; Ormandy, Eugene; Pasternack, Josef A.; Bourdon, Rosario; Susskind, Walter; Molajoli, Lorenzo; Rogers, Walter B.; Robinson, Stanford; Sargent, Malcolm; C...

It 's time for the ladies to step up for the second of our "high brow" classical additions to the Essential Collection. This set features...continue...
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Auber: Domino noir / Gressier, Micheau, Peyron, Berthon
Auber: Domino noir / Gressier, Micheau, Peyron, Berthon

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-11-14

Works: Daniel-François-Esprit Auber: Le Domino Noir, opera; Fra Diavolo
Performers: Berton, Liliane; Betti, Freda; Campora, Giuseppe; Corena, Fernando; Demigny, Bernard; Maurun, Gilbert; Micheau, Janine; Nessi, Giuseppe; Noni, Alda; Orlandini, Gino; Pace, Miti Truccato; Parras, Germ...
Conductors: Gressier, Jules; Simonetto, Alfredo
Ensemble: Italian Radio Chorus Milan; Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan; ORTF Lyric Chorus

Here is a complete performance of Auber's sparkling opera 'Le domino noir', plus highlights from another Auber opera, 'Fra Diavolo'. "Auber's music has an irresistible...continue...
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Christmas Vespers at Westminster Cathedral / Baker, et al
Christmas Vespers at Westminster Cathedral / Baker, et al

1 CD / Hyperion / 2006-11-14

Works: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Gaude et laetare, Jerusalem, motet for 5 voices & continuo (Cantiones Sacrae no 18); Plainchant: Deus in adjutorium meum intende; Confiteantur Tibi Populi, antiphona in Cho...
Performers: Aitkenhead, Ian; Butler, Richard; Campbell, Colin; Keay, Nicholas; Lister, Clifford; Matthew Martin [Composer/Organ]; Mulroy, Nicholas; Payne, Benedict; Titus, Graham

This disc presents an adorned version of the 'Office of Vespers' as it might be heard on the eve of Christmas in Westminster Cathedral, a...continue...
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New Orleans Opera Archives Vol 15 -  Ponchielli: La Gioconda
New Orleans Opera Archives Vol 15 - Ponchielli: La Gioconda

3 CD / Video Artists International / 2006-11-14

Works: Amilcare Ponchielli: La Gioconda
Performers: Bardelli, Cesare; Carter, Thomas; Gismondo, Giuseppe; Harun, Steve; Kramarich, Irene; McMurray, Mary; Milanov, Zinka [Soprano Vocal]; Slifkin, Ralph; Wildermann, William
Conductors: Cellini, Renato
Ensemble: New Orleans Opera Chorus

Soprano Zinka Milanov (1906-1989) stars in this 1960 production by the New Orleans Opera, captured in vivid stereo sound. Madame Milanov is joined by Giuseppe...continue...
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VAI 1255
Mozart: Requiem / Corboz, Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne
Mozart: Requiem / Corboz, Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne

2 CD / Cascavelle / 2006-11-01

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K 626; Mass in C minor, K 427 (417a) "Great"; Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618
Performers: Brodard, Michel; Corboz, Philippe; de Mey, Guy; Dubosc, Catherine; Fink, Barbara; Michael, Audrey; Podles, Ewa; Tucker, Mark
Conductors: Corboz, Michel
Ensemble: Lausanne Instrumental Ensemble; Lausanne Vocal Ensemble

This is another in the series celebrating the unique art of Michel Corboz and the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne. They have been performing for over...continue...
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CAS 3089
Bach, Tchaikovsky / Mengelberg, Concertgebouw Orchestra
Bach, Tchaikovsky / Mengelberg, Concertgebouw Orchestra

3 CD / Opus KURA / 2006-11-01

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique"
Performers: Barwahser, Hubert; Blanchard, G.; Durigo, Ilona; Erb, Karl; Hertog, Johannes den; Peddemors, W.; Ravelli, Willem; Schey, Hermann; Van Egmond, Piet; Van Tulder, Louis; Vincent, Jo; Zimmermann, Louis
Conductors: Mengelberg, Willem
Ensemble: Amsterdam Toonkunst Chorus; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Zanglust Boys Choir

When Mengelberg conducted this 'St. Matthew Passion' in 1939, he had been associated with the Concertgebouw for almost fifty years. The vocal soloists, particularly Ravelli,...continue...
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OPK 7021
Lars-Gunnar Bodin: Clouds
Lars-Gunnar Bodin: Clouds

1 CD / Fylkingen / 2006-11-01

Works: Lars-Gunnar Bodin: From clouds; Jon II; Syner (Visions)
Performers: Ljunggren, Margaretha; Maros, Ilona; Muhle, Anne-Marie

In 'Clouds,' Swedish composer Lars-Gunnar Bodin developed an elaborate form of music drama. It was the first full-evening work in Sweden that was entirely based...continue...
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FYL 1023
Janácek: Katya Kabanova / Richter, Trötschel, et al
Janácek: Katya Kabanova / Richter, Trötschel, et al

2 CD / Profil Edition Gunter Hanssler / 2006-10-31

Works: Leos Janácek: Káta Kabanová, opera, JW 1/8
Performers: Faulhaber, Werner; Gossmann, Sieglinde; Hofgen, Kate; Lange, Ruth; Pflanzl, Heinrich; Schindler, Helmut; Thomann, Karl-Heinz; Trotschel, Elfriede; Zimmermann, Erich
Conductors: Richter, Ernst
Ensemble: Dresden State Opera Chorus
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PRF 06040
Wagner: Tannhauser / Sinopoli/Bayreuth Festival Orch. & Chorus, Hans Sotin, Richard Versalle [2 DVD]
Wagner: Tannhauser / Sinopoli/Bayreuth Festival Orch. & Chorus, Hans Sotin, Richard Versalle [2 DVD]

2 DVD Video / EuroArts / 2006-10-31

Works: Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser
Performers: Brendel, Wolfgang; Engert, Ruthild; Sotin, Hans; Studer, Cheryl; Versalle, Richard; Vogel, Siegfried
Conductors: Sinopoli, Giuseppe
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Chorus; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

The abstract starkness of Wolfgang Wagner's production is underscored by the crystalline clarity and vigor of Giuseppe Sinopoli's conducting, which particularly highlights the progressive aspects...continue...
Run Time: 188 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): DD 5.1 Surround, LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
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EUA 2072008
Grand Tier - Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten / Böhm, Rysanek
Grand Tier - Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten / Böhm, Rysanek

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-10-10

Works: Richard Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65
Performers: Alvary, Lorenzo; Berry, Walter; Dickie, Murray; Egel, Martin; Haug, Maria; Hesse, Ruth; Kelemen, Zoltan; King, James [Vocals]; Ludwig, Christa [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Mayr, Ingrid; Rysanek, Leonie; Sc...
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

"Other recordings of 'Die Frau ohne Schatten' have been in and out of the catalogue, some even with similar casts. This version... may be the...continue...
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Originals - Britten: Peter Grimes / Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears
Originals - Britten: Peter Grimes / Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears

2 CD / Decca / 2006-10-10

Works: Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes
Performers: Brannigan, Owen; Elms, Lauris; Evans, Geraint [Baritone]; Kells, Iris; Kelly, David C. [Opera]; Lanigan, John; Nilsson, Raymond; Norman, Marcus; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Pease, James [Barito...
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus

"The Decca recording was one of the first great achievements of the stereo era. Few opera recordings can claim to be do definitive, with Peter...continue...
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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8 / Klaus Tennstedt [2 DVD]
Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8 / Klaus Tennstedt [2 DVD]

2 DVD Video / EMI Classics / 2006-10-03

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"; Symphony no 8 in E flat major "Symphony of A Thousand"
Performers: Bullock, Susan; Eaglen, Jane; Rappe, Jadwiga; Riegel, Kenneth; Schulte, Eike Wilm; Sotin, Hans; Varady, Julia
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus
Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra

"Tennstedt’s 1986 Mahler 8 is one of the high points of his cycle. This 1991 concert with different soloists is even better. Partly it’s the...continue...
Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Country of Origin: USA
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Wagner: Die Walküre / Zagrosek, Staatsoper Stuttgart
Wagner: Die Walküre / Zagrosek, Staatsoper Stuttgart

3 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2006-09-26

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Walküre
Performers: Behle, Renate; Denoke, Angela; Diefenthal, Margit; Gambill, Robert; Goetjes, Wiebke; Jun, Attila; Kleindienst, Stella; Palacios, Nidia; Ranada, Helene; Rootering, Jan-Hendrik; Schafer, Magdalena; Ull...
Conductors: Zagrosek, Lothar
Ensemble: Stuttgart State Orchestra

Stuttgart State Opera has been voted 'Opera Theatre of the Year' four times by critics in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. "Lothat Zagrosek offers a masterclass...continue...
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Janacek: The Operas / Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic
Janacek: The Operas / Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic

9 CD / Decca / 2006-09-12

Works: Leos Janácek: Jenufa, opera, JW 1/4; Jealousy (Zárlivost), overture for orchestra, JW 6/10; The Cunning Little Vixen (Príhody Lisky Bystrousky), opera, JW 1/9; The Cunning Little...
Performers: Blachut, Beno; Czaková, Anna; Drechsler, Hedwig; Dvorsky, Peter; Hríbiková, Eva; Hudecová, Zuzana; Jahn, Gertrude; Janska, Jaroslava; Jedlicka, Dalibor; Jonasova, Jana; Jo...
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Vienna State Opera Chorus

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Charles Mackerras's partnership with soprano Söderström produced definitive and superbly recorded studio performances of Kát'a Kabanová, Jenufa and...continue...
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Brahms: Choral Works / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
Brahms: Choral Works / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir

1 CD / Philips / 2006-09-12

Works: Johannes Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52; Choruses (4) for female voices, 2 horns & harp, Op. 17; Songs (3) for chorus, Op. 42; Quartets (4) for mixed voices & piano, Op. 92; Gesänge (...
Performers: Halstead, Anthony [Horn/Conductor]; Levin, Robert D. [American Pianist]; Perry, John [Piano]; Rutherford, Christian; Salmon, Philip; Shaw, Teresa; Wynne, Delyth
Conductors: Gardiner, John E.
Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir

"Gardiner captures the quintessentially Viennese flavour...the choir produces some direct and richly expressive singing, with every individual phrase shaped with immense care and sensitivity." -Gramop...continue...
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Handel: Solomon / Gardiner, Watkinson, Argenta, Hendricks
Handel: Solomon / Gardiner, Watkinson, Argenta, Hendricks

2 CD / Philips / 2006-09-12

Works: George Frederick Handel: Solomon
Performers: Argenta, Nancy; Hendricks, Barbara [Soprano Vocal]; Jones, Della; Rodgers, Joan; Rolfe Johnson, Anthony [Tenor Vocal]; Varcoe, Stephen [Baritone Vocals]; Watkinson, Carolyn
Conductors: Gardiner, John E.
Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists

"This is among the very finest of all Handel oratorio recordings. With panache, Gardiner shows how authentic-sized forces can convey Handelian grandeur even with clean...continue...
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Handel: Agrippina / Combattimento Consort Amsterdam [DVD]
Handel: Agrippina / Combattimento Consort Amsterdam [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Challenge / 2006-09-12

Works: George Frideric Handel: Agrippina, HWV 6
Performers: Alofs, Jan; Arends, Renate; de Lang, Quirijn; Hart-Davis, Michael; Kremer, Annemarie; Micinski, Piotr; Muuse, Robert; van der Linde, Clint
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan Willem
Ensemble: Combattimento Consort

"Agrippina" is one of Handel’s earlier operas, written in 1709. This brilliant DVD production includes a complete staged performance of the opera, interviews, backstage photos,...continue...
Run Time: 173 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Country of Origin: USA
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Verdi: Rigoletto, Opera Arias / Questa, Taddei, et al
Verdi: Rigoletto, Opera Arias / Questa, Taddei, et al

2 CD / Preiser / 2006-09-01

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; Un ballo in maschera; Don Carlos; I vespri siciliani; Otello
Performers: Alberto Albertini [Bass/Baritone Vocal]; Colasanti, Irma; Fiorio, Tilde; Giacobini, Mario; Marietti, Ines; Neri, Giulio; Pagliughi, Lina; Soley, Tommaso; Taddei, Giuseppe; Tagliavini, Ferruccio [Teno...
Conductors: Questa, Angelo
Ensemble: Italian Radio Chorus Turin
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PSR 20045
Music for Advent and Christmas - Telemann / Ensemble 94
Music for Advent and Christmas - Telemann / Ensemble 94

1 CD / Carus / 2006-09-01

Works: Georg Philipp Telemann: In Deinem Wort TV 1 no 931; Harmonischer Gottesdienst; Magnificat, TV 9 no 18; Göttlichs Kind, lass mit Entzücken, TV 1 no 1020a; Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr...
Performers: Karasiak, Andreas; Noack, Sebastian; Ryden, Susanne; Schwarz, Britta
Conductors: Johannsen, Kay
Ensemble: Ensemble 94; Stimmkunst Vocal Ensemble

'Through Blessed Word and Sacrament' is the first piece in an annual cycle, composed in 1742/43, to words by the principal pastor of Hamburg, Erdmann...continue...
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