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Wagner: Die Walküre / Fisch, State Opera of South Australia
Wagner: Die Walküre / Fisch, State Opera of South Australia

4 Super Audio CD / Melba Recordings / 2006-07-01

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Walküre
Performers: Barnes, Jennifer; Bröcheler, John; Campbell, Elizabeth; Dunlop, Donna-Maree; Gasteen, Lisa; Green, Richard; Harper-Brown, Lisa; Keegan, Liane; Ladner, Kate; MacFarlane, Gaye; McKendree-Wright, Z...
Conductors: Fisch, Asher
Ensemble: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; State Opera of South Australia

For those of you who were around for the birth of Stereo in the late fifties and who waited expectantly for the first installment of...continue...
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Strauss: Elektra / Tate, Jones, Rysanek, Evans, et al
Strauss: Elektra / Tate, Jones, Rysanek, Evans, et al

2 CD / Claves / 2006-07-01

Works: Richard Strauss: Elektra, Op. 58
Performers: Antonini, Evangelia; Evans, Anne; Faes, Antoinette; Franz, Janeen; Graus, Leonard; Hamilton, Ronald; Jenkins, Neil; Jones, Gwyneth, Dame; Kreitzer, Jacalyn; Pavlu, Michael; Rysanek, Leonie; Sauramo, ...
Conductors: Tate, Jeffrey
Ensemble: Suisse Romande Chorus; Suisse Romande Orchestra

At the end of 1903 Richard Strauss attended a performance of von Hofmannsthal's adaptation of 'Elektra' which made a very strong impression on his. After...continue...
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Wagner: Siegfried / Heinz Kruse, Graham Clark, John Br+Cheler, Henk Smit, Carsten Stabell [3 DVD]
Wagner: Siegfried / Heinz Kruse, Graham Clark, John Br+Cheler, Henk Smit, Carsten Stabell [3 DVD]

3 DVD Video / BBC Opus Arte / 2006-06-20

Works: Richard Wagner: Siegfried
Performers: Altmeyer, Jeanine; Brocheler, John; Clark, Graham; Gjevang, Anne; Kruse, Heinz; Smit, Henk
Conductors: Haenchen, Hartmut
Ensemble: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

In the third part of the epic cycle, 'Der Ring des Nibelungen,' Siegfried pursues his path to manhood. As parental love dissipates and is replaced...continue...
Run Time: 273 min.
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Dvorák: Rusalka (in German) / Keilberth, Trötschel, et al
Dvorák: Rusalka (in German) / Keilberth, Trötschel, et al

2 CD / Profil Edition Gunter Hanssler / 2006-06-20

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Rusalka
Performers: Fleischhauer, Eva; Frick, Gottlob; Höfgen, Käte; Hellriegel, Edith; Lange, Ruth; Otto, Lisa [Soprano Vocal]; Preuß, Kurt; Schindler, Helmut; Trötschel, Elfriede; Zimmermann, Erich
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle
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Verdi: Ballo In Maschera Un / Massimiliano Pisapia, Franco Vassallo, Chiara Taigi, Annamaria Chiuri [DVD]
Verdi: Ballo In Maschera Un / Massimiliano Pisapia, Franco Vassallo, Chiara Taigi, Annamaria Chiuri [DVD]

1 DVD Video / EuroArts / 2006-06-20

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Performers: Chiuri, Anna Maria; Pisapia, Massimiliano; Taigi, Chiara; Vassallo, Franco; You, Eun Yee
Conductors: Chailly, Riccardo
Ensemble: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

This DVD Video celebrates a double premiere at the Leipzig Opera from November 2005. Riccardo Chailly directs Verdi's "un ballo in maschera" for the first...continue...
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Wagner: Die Walküre / Keilberth, Varnay, Brouwenstijn, et al
Wagner: Die Walküre / Keilberth, Varnay, Brouwenstijn, et al

4 CD / Testament / 2006-06-13

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Walküre
Performers: Brouwenstijn, Gre; Graf, Maria [Mezzo-soprano]; Greindl, Josef; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von; Lammers, Gerda; Milinkovic, Georgine von; Schartel, Elisabeth; Scheppan, Hilde; Var...
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

"This is the second release in the much-awaited, almost legendary "missing" Ring from 1955 that was professionally recorded live at Bayreuth and then dumped because...continue...
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Janácek: Kát'a Kabanová, etc / Mackerras, Söderström, et al
Janácek: Kát'a Kabanová, etc / Mackerras, Söderström, et al

2 CD / Decca Imports / 2006-06-13

Works: Leos Janácek: Káta Kabanová, opera, JW 1/8; Capriccio for Piano left hand and Winds "Defiance"; Concertino for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon
Performers: Crossley, Paul [Piano]; Drechsler, Hedwig; Dvorsky, Peter; Jahn, Gertrude; Jedlicka, Dalibor; Kniplova, Nadezda; Krejcik, Vladimir; Marova, Libuse; Pavlova, Jitka; Soderstrom, Elisabeth; Soucek, Jaro...
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles; Atherton, David
Ensemble: London Sinfonietta members; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

"...Charles Mackerras's long knowledge of the score has flowered into the richest account of it he has yet given... he draws wonderful playing from the...continue...
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Rout One - Newland, Whitty, Hayden
Rout One - Newland, Whitty, Hayden

2 CD / Divine Art / 2006-06-06

Works: Paul Newland: Standing Jump; Paul Whitty: Love; Sam Hayden: Anthem
Performers: Arrowsmith, David; Hirst, Linda; Howard, Philip; Laws, Catherine; Pryce, Richard; Welton, Emma; Whitty, Paul; Woodrow, James

This CD contains music that can be called modern classical, fusion, acid or jazz, often all at once. As Newland also says, "[Rout] delights in...continue...
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DVT 29001
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Wentz, Wermyss, Zook, et al
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Wentz, Wermyss, Zook, et al

1 Super Audio CD / Brilliant Classics / 2006-06-06

Works: Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z 626
Performers: Baker, Matthew [Tenor]; Clarke, Penni; Kim, Yong-Hee; Poorthuis, Maaike; Rasker, Helene; Simpson, Rowena; Van der Heijden, Francine; Wemyss, Nicola; Zook, Richard
Conductors: Wentz, Jed
Ensemble: Musica ad Rhenum; Musica ad Rhenum Choir
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BLC 92538SA
Ursula Schröder-Feinen Sings Fidelio, Die Walküre, Salome, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten
Ursula Schröder-Feinen Sings Fidelio, Die Walküre, Salome, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten

1 CD / Orfeo / 2006-05-26

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72; Richard Wagner: Die Walküre; Richard Strauss: Salome, Op. 54; Elektra, Op. 58; Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65
Performers: Behrens, Hildegard; Berger, Cornelia; Brunsmeier, Peter; Ernest, Wilhelm; Feldhoff, Gerd; Karen-Smith, Linda; Kastu, Matti; Kosnowski, Zenon; Kozub, Ernst; Leyer, Heinz; Meven, Peter; Nimsgern, Siegm...
Conductors: Wich, Gunter; Schneider, Peter; Quennet, Arnold
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ORF 599061
Rossini: L?Occasione Fa Il Ladro / Stuart Kale, Susan Patterson, Robert Gambill, Natale De Carolis [
Rossini: L?Occasione Fa Il Ladro / Stuart Kale, Susan Patterson, Robert Gambill, Natale De Carolis [

3 DVD Video / EuroArts / 2006-05-16

Works: Gioachino Rossini: L'occasione fa il ladro, opera
Performers: Bacelli, Monica; Corbelli, Alessandro; de Carolis, Natale; Gambill, Robert; Kale, Stuart; Patterson, Susan
Conductors: Gelmetti, Gianluigi
Ensemble: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra

This DVD video production captures a stage production of the Opera der Stadt Koln and the Opera de Montpellier from the Schwetzinger Festispiele. It was...continue...
Run Time: 94 min.
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Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
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Kaminski: Choral Works / Guglhör, Orpheus Chor München
Kaminski: Choral Works / Guglhör, Orpheus Chor München

1 CD / Oehms / 2006-05-09

Works: Heinrich Kaminski: Psalm 130 ("Aus der Tiefe rufe ich Herr zu dir"), for soprano solo & chorus; Alle Menschen müssen sterben, fugue for chorus; Die Messe deutsch (German Mass), for soloists & ch...
Performers: Constantinescu, Roxana; Eser-Streit, Priska; Feller, Harald; Plundrich, Sigrid
Conductors: Guglhör, Gerd
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OEH 608
Vivaldi: Montezuma / Curtis, Priante, Mijanovic, et al
Vivaldi: Montezuma / Curtis, Priante, Mijanovic, et al

3 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2006-05-09

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Montezuma, opera in 3 acts, RV 723
Performers: Basso, Romina; Beaumont, Maite; Invernizzi, Roberta; Kalna, Inga; Mijanovic, Marijana; Priante, Vito
Conductors: Curtis, Alan
Ensemble: Il Complesso Barocco

"The performance is stunning. Vivaldi augments the usual strings and winds with horns and trumpets, and Curtis leads a rich reading, filled with more drama...continue...
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Respighi: La fiamma / Molinari-Pradelli, Coleva, et al
Respighi: La fiamma / Molinari-Pradelli, Coleva, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-05-09

Works: Ottorino Respighi: La fiamma, opera in 3 acts, P. 175
Performers: Carturan, Gabriella; Coleva, Mara; Mandalari, Maria Teresa; Mandelli, Luisa; Moffo, Anna [Soprano vocal]; Prandelli, Giacinto; Santo, Tusa; Tagliabue, Carlo; Villa, Luisa; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Voca...
Conductors: Molinari-Pradelli, France

Respighi composed several operas, of which 'La Fiamma' is generally considered the most successful. Enchanted by the Byzantine-era mosaics in Ravenna churches, Respighi had long...continue...
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ODO 1451
Verdi: Missa da Requiem [Hybrid SACD]
Verdi: Missa da Requiem [Hybrid SACD]

1 Super Audio CD / Coviello / 2006-05-04

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem Mass
Performers: Blasius, Martin; Ende, Michael; May, Gabriele; Ramos, Melba
Conductors: Bosch, Marcus

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CVEL 30512
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Lt. Kijé / Casadesus, et al
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Lt. Kijé / Casadesus, et al

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2006-04-18

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78; Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60
Performers: Podles, Ewa
Conductors: Casadesus, Jean-Claude
Ensemble: Latvian State Academic Choir; Lille National Orchestra

Composed as a soundtrack for Eisenstein's film of the same name, 'Alexander Nevsky,' a dramatization of the thirteenth-century conflict between the Russian people and Teutonic...continue...
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NXS 8557725
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Gavazzeni, Simionato
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Gavazzeni, Simionato

1 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-04-11

Works: Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
Performers: Allegri, Maria Grazia; Carturan, Gabriella; Corelli, Franco; Guelfi, Giangiacomo; Simionato, Giulietta
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

"This live [1963] recording of 'Cavalleria Rusticana'...features a group of singers 'to the manner born,' all in their prime, and a conductor who was a...continue...
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Andriessen: Writing to Vermeer
Andriessen: Writing to Vermeer

2 CD / Nonesuch / 2006-04-11

Works: Louis Andriessen: Writing to Vermeer
Performers: Bickley, Susan; Duijkeren, Brenda van; Epen, Wendy van; Greve, Melanie; Hannigan, Barbara; Kistemaker, Jan; Makuuchi, Tomoko; Narucki, Susan; Niels, Marjolein; Noorduyn, Violet Serena; Schroevers, Ja...
Conductors: Leeuw, Reinbert de
Ensemble: ASKO Ensemble; Schoenberg Ensemble

Writing To Vermeer is the sixth Nonesuch release from Louis Andriessen, the most highly regarded contemporary composer working in the Netherlands today, an influential and...continue...
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Mozart: Mitridate / Hamoncourt/Concentus Musicus Wien [DVD]
Mozart: Mitridate / Hamoncourt/Concentus Musicus Wien [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Deutsche Grammophon / 2006-04-11

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K 87 (74a)
Performers: Gjevang, Anne; Kenny, Yvonne; Murray, Ann; Rodgers, Joan; Straka, Peter; Winbergh, Gosta
Conductors: Harnoncourt, Nikolaus
Ensemble: Concentus Musicus

Written when Mozart was just fourteen, 'Mitridate, Re di Ponte' is an endless flow of beautiful melodies and dramatic recitatives. Nikolaus Harnoncourt, whose insistence on...continue...
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Country of Origin: USA
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Wagner: Siegfried / Joseph Keilberth, et al
Wagner: Siegfried / Joseph Keilberth, et al

4 CD / Testament / 2006-04-11

Works: Richard Wagner: Siegfried
Performers: Greindl, Josef; Hollweg, Ilse; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von; Kuen, Paul; Neidlinger, Gustav [Baritone Vocals]; Varnay, Astrid; Windgassen, Wolfgang [Tenor Vocals]
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Chorus

"Magnificent is the only word for it and the stereo definition is more vivid than one dared to expect. This is team-work on an exalted...continue...
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Bach: St. Matthews Passion, Karl Richter/Munich Bach Orch. [2 DVD]
Bach: St. Matthews Passion, Karl Richter/Munich Bach Orch. [2 DVD]

2 DVD Video / Deutsche Grammophon / 2006-04-11

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Performers: Berry, Walter; Donath, Helen; Hamari, Julia; Laubenthal, Horst; Nimsgern, Siegmund; Schramm, Ernst Gerold; Schreier, Peter
Conductors: Richter, Karl
Ensemble: Munich Bach Choir; Munich Bach Orchestra

Karl Richter (1926-1981) was regarded as one of the great Bach conductors of the twentieth century, noted for solid regularity in rhythms and a serious...continue...
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Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Chinese
Country of Origin: USA
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Taste of Eternity - A Musical Shabbat / Lazar, Nimoy, et al
Taste of Eternity - A Musical Shabbat / Lazar, Nimoy, et al

1 CD / Western Wind / 2006-04-01

Works: Traditional: Kabbalat Shabbat; Yedid Nefesh; Ono B'choach; Tzur Mishelo Achalnu; D'ror Yikra; Ein Adir; El Dió alto; Ehud Zweig: Yedid Nefesh; Louis Lewandowski: L'cho Dodi; Tzadik katamar; Fran...
Performers: Abelson, Robert; Barr, Frank; Brown, Michael; Clark, Phyllis Elaine; Cutlip, Philip; Farrell, Neil; Hart, Mary Ann; Hilley, Ron; Johnson, Jeffrey; Johnson, Mark; Krueger, Karen; Levine, Elliot; Mizra...
Conductors: Lazar, Matthew
Ensemble: Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
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A Portrait - Else Paaske
A Portrait - Else Paaske

2 CD / Danacord / 2006-04-01

Works: Peter Heise: Fair lady Beatrice; Gudrun's grief; Peter E. Lange-Müller: Genboens forste vise, Op 13 no 1; Yderst i slæbet, det lette, Op 48 no 5; Three Poems, Op. 4; Dybt i skumring, Op. 20...
Performers: Graf, Peter-Lukas; Gurtler, Friedrich; Paaske, Else; Riber, Anders; Schuster, Martha; Wolf, Jurgen
Conductors: Rilling, Helmuth; Gardiner, John Eliot
Ensemble: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Stuttgart Bach Collegium

Only a minor and short singing career can be properly represented on two CDs, whereas Else Paaske's career is both significant and extensive. This volume...continue...
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DCD 647
Bach J.S.: St John Passion / Midori Suzuki, Robin Blaze, Gerd Turk, Chiyuki Urano, Stephan Macleod [
Bach J.S.: St John Passion / Midori Suzuki, Robin Blaze, Gerd Turk, Chiyuki Urano, Stephan Macleod [

1 DVD Video / EuroArts / 2006-03-21

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint John Passion, BWV 245
Performers: Blaze, Robin; Macleod, Stephan; Suzuki, Midori; Turk, Gerd; Urano, Chiyuki
Conductors: Suzuki, Masaaki
Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan

The choir and the orchestra of the Bach Collegium Japan - shooting-star among the celebrated baroque specialists -perform the St John's Passion with only a...continue...
Run Time: 117 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, Letterbox, Color
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Beethoven. Ludwig V.: Missa Solemnis / Camilla Nylund, Birgit Remmert, Christian Elsner, Rene Pape [
Beethoven. Ludwig V.: Missa Solemnis / Camilla Nylund, Birgit Remmert, Christian Elsner, Rene Pape [

1 DVD Video / EuroArts / 2006-03-21

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123
Performers: Elsner, Christian; Nylund, Camilla; Pape, Rene; Remmert, Birgit
Conductors: Luisi, Fabio
Ensemble: Staatskapelle Dresden; Staatsopernchor Dresden

"This concert from November 2005 commemorates the reopening of the Dresden Frauenkirche, an important baroque church that was destroyed in World War II. Taken as...continue...
Run Time: 92 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, Letterbox, Color
Sound Format(s): DD 5.1 Surround, LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
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Sidney Jones: The Geisha / Corp, New London Light Opera
Sidney Jones: The Geisha / Corp, New London Light Opera

1 CD / Hyperion / 2006-03-14

Works: Sidney Jones: The Geisha, operetta
Performers: Ashman, Magdalen; Bott, Paula; Fitchew, Michael; Gamble, Joanna; Koc, Jozik; Maltman, Christopher; Nicoll, Harry; Parfitt, Paul; Suart, Richard; Vivian, Sarah; Walker, Sarah; Watson, Lillian
Conductors: Corp, Ronald [Composer]
Ensemble: New London Orchestra

'The recording that has given me the most joy during the year. A work I have waited fully 40 years to find on LP or...continue...
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Legendary Performances of Renata Tebaldi - 7 Operas
Legendary Performances of Renata Tebaldi - 7 Operas

14 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-03-14

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco; La traviata; Giacomo Puccini: Tosca; La Fanciulla del West; Alfredo Catalani: La Wally; Umberto Giordano: Fedora; Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele
Performers: Amedeo, Giovanni; Assandri, Virginio; Barbesi, Attilio; Barioni, Daniele; Bergonzi, Carlo; Borriello, Mario; Buccini, Vittorio; Campi, Enrico; Carbonari, Virgilio; Caroli, Angelo; Caruso, Mariano; Ca...
Conductors: Simonetto, Alfredo; Giulini, Carlo Maria; Gavazzeni, Gianandrea; Basile, Arturo; Gardelli, Lamberto
Ensemble: Italian Radio Chorus Milan; Italian Radio Chorus Rome; Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan; Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra; Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus; Orc...

Throughout the 1950s and '60s Renata Tebaldi (1922-2004) was one of the best-loved sopranos in the world. Famous both for the stunning beauty of her...continue...
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ODO 5601
Bach: Mass in B Minor / Janowitz, Prey, Richter/Munich Bach Orch. [DVD]
Bach: Mass in B Minor / Janowitz, Prey, Richter/Munich Bach Orch. [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Deutsche Grammophon / 2006-03-14

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Performers: Janowitz, Gundula; Laubenthal, Horst; Prey, Hermann; Topper, Hertha
Conductors: Richter, Karl
Ensemble: Munich Bach Choir; Munich Bach Orchestra

"This recording, made in 1969, presents Ricther's chorus of 80 and orchestra using modern instruments, considered truer to Bach's spirit at this time than the...continue...
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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Sir Thomas Beecham, et al
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Sir Thomas Beecham, et al

2 CD / Melodram / 2006-03-01

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
Performers: Berry, Walter; Cetera, Amanda; Chelavine, Olga; Dermota, Anton [Tenor Vocals]; Ecignard, Maria del Carmen; Gagliardo, Tullio; Giuliano, Carmela; Lorengar, Pilar [Lyric soprano]; Malfa, Corrada; Mill,...
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Orchestra

The magic Beecham imparted to the music he performed in the concert hall and to his classic recordings is the stuff of legend. Thanks to...continue...
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Blest Cecilia - Britten: Choral Works Vol 1 / The Sixteen
Blest Cecilia - Britten: Choral Works Vol 1 / The Sixteen

1 CD / Coro / 2006-02-27

Works: Benjamin Britten: Hymn to the Virgin; A Hymn of Saint Columba; Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a; Antiphon, Op. 56b; Te Deum in C major; Jubilate Deo; Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27; Festival Te Deum in E major,...
Performers: Berridge, Simon; Birchall, Simon [Bass Baritone Vocals]; Crabtree, Libby; Daggett, Philip; Dean, Ruth; Jenkin, Nicola [Soprano Vocals]; Lane, Carys-Anne; Margaret Phillips, Margaret [Organ]; Miles-Jo...

"This perfectly marvelous compilation of religious choral music of Benjamin Britten is a most welcome return. Now called 'Blest Cecilia: Britten Choral Works 1", this...continue...
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Janácek: Jenufa / Jilek, Benacková, Kniplova, Pribyl, et al
Janácek: Jenufa / Jilek, Benacková, Kniplova, Pribyl, et al

2 CD / Supraphon / 2006-02-24

Works: Leos Janácek: Jenufa
Performers: Belanov, Kveta; Benackova, Gabriela; Berman, Karel; Halir, Vaclav; Janska, Jaroslava; Kniplova, Nadezda; Krejcik, Vladimir; Pokorna, Jindra; Pribyl, Vilem; Stradalov, Cecilie; Suryova, Daniela
Conductors: Jilek, Frantisek

This legendary 1979 recording features Gabriela Benackova as Jenufa, the unforgettable Nadezda Kniplova as Kostelnicka, and Vilem Pribyl as Laca. A monument drama of humanity,...continue...
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Handel: Rinaldo / Mallon, Opera in Concert, et al
Handel: Rinaldo / Mallon, Opera in Concert, et al

3 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2006-02-21

Works: George Frederick Handel: Rinaldo
Performers: Affleck, Catherine; Barber, Kimberly; Bower, Nicole; Hannigan, Barbara; Modolo, Jennifer Enns; Newman, Marion; Tomkins, Giles; Watson, Sean; Whalen, Laura; Whiting, Lenard
Conductors: Mallon, Kevin
Ensemble: Opera in Concert Chorus

"Rinaldo", its plot drawn from Taso's epic of the Crusades, was Handel's first opera for London, where it was staged in 1711. The Italian libretto...continue...
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Music of the Spirit - Seattle Pro Musica / Thomas
Music of the Spirit - Seattle Pro Musica / Thomas

1 CD / CD Baby Independants / 2006-02-21

Works: Frank Martin: Mass for Double Chorus; Charles Villiers Stanford: Motets (3), Op. 38; Karen Thomas: Lux lucis; Hugo Wolf: Geistliche Lieder (6) für Chor; Gregorio Allegri: Miserere mei Deus
Performers: Maneman, Lee; Price, Jennifer [Soprano]; Reed, Liz [Alto]; Scheyer, Rick; Strand, Jan
Conductors: Thomas, Karen
Ensemble: Seattle Pro Musica; Seattle Pro Musica Madrigalia Chamber Choir; Seattle Pro Musica Women's Schola

Seattle Pro Musica's new release, Music of the Spirit features some of the greatest a cappella choral masterworks of all time, from the austere beauty...continue...
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Prima Voce - Great Singers Vol 2 (1903-1939)
Prima Voce - Great Singers Vol 2 (1903-1939)

1 CD / Nimbus Records / 2006-02-14

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Otello; Ernani; Traditional: Ma Lisette; Friedrich von Flotow: Martha; Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly; Manon Lescaut; Giacomo Meyerbeer: L'Africaine; Les Huguenots; George Frederic...
Performers: Björling, Jussi; Calvé, Emma; Chaliapin, Feodor; Cottone, Salvatore; de Luca, Giuseppe; Ebert, Harry; Farrar, Geraldine; Favero, Mafalda; Flagstad, Kirsten; Garden, Mary; Gluck, Alma; Ivo...
Conductors: Blech, Leo; Barbirolli, John, Sir
Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

...An utterly splendid collection, winners every one...a tour from one superlative to another. Gramophone. Very popular selection of arias and featuring the greatest singers recorded...continue...
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NIM 7812
Rolando Villazón - Opera Recital / Plasson, Munich Radio SO
Rolando Villazón - Opera Recital / Plasson, Munich Radio SO

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2006-02-07

Works: Jacques Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne; Giacomo Puccini: Tosca; Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act; Umberto Giordano: Fedora; Friedrich von Flotow: Martha, o...
Performers: Blank, Theresa; Laconi, Florian; Villazón, Rolando
Conductors: Plasson, Michel
Ensemble: Munich Radio Orchestra

Rolando Villazon is undoubtedly the revelation of the years 2004-2005, and has received critical acclaim and several awards including a 2005 Gramophone Award and the...continue...
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VCL 447012
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte highlights / Sir Charles Mackerras
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte highlights / Sir Charles Mackerras

1 CD / Telarc / 2006-01-24

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Anderson, June [Soprano Vocal]; Bernheimer, Julia; Dawson, John; Hadley, Jerry; Hendricks, Barbara [Soprano Vocal]; Hornik, Gottfried; Ison, Daniel; Lloyd, Robert [Bass Voice]; Miles, ...
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Chorus; Scottish Chamber Orchestra

...the sound is outstanding both clean and rich. American Record Guide...continue...
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TLC 80345
Claudio Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D'Ulisse In Patria / Benjamin Luxon, Janet Baker, Anne Howells [DVD]
Claudio Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D'Ulisse In Patria / Benjamin Luxon, Janet Baker, Anne Howells [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Arthaus DVD / 2006-01-17

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame; Burrows, Brian; Caley, Ian; Greig, Patricia; Howells, Anne; Hunt, Annabel; Luxon, Benjamin
Conductors: Haitink, Bernard
Ensemble: Glyndebourne Festival Chorus; London Philharmonic Orchestra

"Janet Baker's searing Penelope and Luxon's noble wanderer, in keen rapport with Howells' delightful Minerva, head a magnificent cast. The recording has aged, but acceptably."...continue...
Run Time: 176 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: Italian, German, French, English, Spanish
...continue...
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Strauss: Elektra / Bychkov, Palmer, Clark, et al
Strauss: Elektra / Bychkov, Palmer, Clark, et al

2 Super Audio CD / Profil Edition Gunter Hanssler / 2006-01-17

Works: Richard Strauss: Elektra, Op. 58
Performers: Arellano, Margarita de; Bezuyen, Arnold; Clark, Graham [Tenor]; Grundheber, Franz [Baritone Vocals]; Palmer, Felicity; Polaski, Deborah; Resmark, Susanne; Robinson, Twyla; Schwanewilms, Anne; Svenden...
Conductors: Bychkov, Semyon
Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Orchestra

This new SACD production of Elektra features Felicity Palmer as Clytemnestra and Debroah Polaski as Elektra conducted by Semyon Bychkov and the WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln....continue...
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PRF 05022
Friedrich Schorr sings Richard Wagner
Friedrich Schorr sings Richard Wagner

1 CD / Hanssler Classic / 2006-01-13

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; The Flying Dutchman; Die Walküre
Performers: Davis, Ben [Vocals]; Ljungberg, Gota; Melchior, Lauritz [Tenor Vocals]; Parr, Gladys; Schorr, Friedrich; Schumann, Elisabeth [Lyric Soprano]
Conductors: Coates, Albert; Collingwood, Lawrance; Blech, Leo; Heger, Robert
Ensemble: ; Berlin State Opera Chorus; Berlin State Opera Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

Freidrich Schorr was the leading heroic baritone in Germany during the 1920s. His studio and live recordings reveal him to have been the perfect embodiment...continue...
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HAN 94512
Richard Strauss: Daphne
Richard Strauss: Daphne

2 CD / Dynamic / 2006-01-05

Works: Richard Strauss: Daphne, Op 82
Performers: Accolla, Giuseppe; Anderson, June [Soprano Vocal]; Eberle, Dominik; Ferrari, Stefano; MacAllister, Scott; Odenweller, Liesl; Pedrini, Emanuele; Remmert, Birgit; Sacca, Roberto; Wiedmann, Dorothee; Wi...
Conductors: Reck, Stefan Anton
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DYN 499/1-2
Hasse: Requiem, MIserere / Rademann
Hasse: Requiem, MIserere / Rademann

1 CD / Carus / 2006-01-01

Works: Johann Adolf Hasse: Requiem in E flat major; Miserere in D minor
Performers: Houde-Saturova, Simona; Schwarz, Britta; Stoklossa, Eric
Conductors: Rademann, Hans-Christoph
Ensemble: Dresden Baroque Orchestra; Dresden Chamber Choir

Johann Hasse was born at Bergedorf, near Hamburg. Around 1724 he arrived in Naples where he studied under Alessandro Scarlatti. Both works on this album,...continue...
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CRS 83175
Albergati: Il convito di Baldassare / Cascio, Fortuna
Albergati: Il convito di Baldassare / Cascio, Fortuna

1 CD / Tactus / 2006-01-01

Works: Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Il Convito di Baldassarro, oratorio for 5 voices with instruments
Performers: Domenicali, Valentina; Fusari, Andrea; Magnelli, Maria Adele; Sarti, Gastone; Ventura, Marcella
Conductors: Cascio, Robert
Ensemble: Fortuna Ensemble

Relatively little is known of the Bolognese composer Pirro Capacelli Albergati (1663-1735) except for the contents of a folder in the State Archives marked "Honors...continue...
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TCT 660102
Donizetti: Il Diluvio Universale
Donizetti: Il Diluvio Universale

2 CD / Bongiovanni / 2006-01-01

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Il diluvio universale, opera
Performers: Bottion, Aldo; Broganelli, Daniela; Dupuy, Martine; Garaventa, Ottavio; Giaiotti, Bonaldo; Hayashi, Yasuko; Lantieri, Annunziata Lia; Monte, Bruno dal; Pigliucci, Nicola; Rocchi, Manlio; Scalchi, Glo...
Conductors: Latham-Koenig, Jan
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21st Century Instrumental Solos
21st Century Instrumental Solos

2 CD / Oehms / 2005-12-27

Works: Jörg Wildmann: Toccata for piano; Aribert Reimann: Solo, for oboe; Heinz Holliger: Pieces (3) for bassoon; Partita (II) for harp; Hans-Jürgen von Bose: Trio Musik für K., for piano tri...
Performers: Bouriakov, Denis; Brown, Andrea; Brueggergosman, Measha; Duncan, Tyler; Gattet, Alexandre; Kim, Gérard; Nyman, Björn; Papendell, Günter; Patkoló, Roman; Prudenskaja, Marina; R...
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Ensemble: Quatuor Ebène ; Trio con Brio
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OEH 533
Verdi: Otello / Furtwängler, Vinay, Martinis, et al
Verdi: Otello / Furtwängler, Vinay, Martinis, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-12-06

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Otello
Performers: Dermota, Anton [Tenor Vocals]; Greindl, Josef; Jaresch, August; Martinis, Dragica; Monthy, Georg; Schoeffler, Paul [Baritone Vocal]; Vinay, Ramón; Wagner, Sieglinde
Conductors: Furtwängler, Wilhelm

Chilean singer Ramon Vinay is little remembered today because of the rarity of his recordings, but he is considered by many to be the greatest...continue...
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ODO 1438
Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Beecham, Tauber, Konetzni
Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Beecham, Tauber, Konetzni

2 CD / Urania (Italy) / 2005-11-29

Works: Bedrich Smetana: Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93
Performers: Andreva, Stella; Clifford, Grahame; Hinze, Gerhardt; Jarred, Mary; Kalter, Sabine; Konetzni, Hilde; Krenn, Fritz; Matters, Arnold; Rothmuller, Marko; Tauber, Richard; Tessmer, Heinrich
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas, Sir
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra; Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus

This is a very rare recording in excellent sound quality and includes the German version of The Bartered Bride. This recording enables us to listen...continue...
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URA 286
Zorn: Mysterium
Zorn: Mysterium

1 CD / Tzadik / 2005-11-22

Works: John Zorn: Orphée; Frammenti del Sappho; Walpurgisnacht
Performers: Bielawa, Lisa; Choi, Jennifer; Cluver, Martha; Fischer, Abby; Gosling, Stephen; Han, June; Martin, Lois; Mori, Ikue; O'Connor, Tara Helen; O'Neill, Richard; Sherry, Fred; Shively, David; Sollek-Avell...
Conductors: Lubman, Bradley
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TZA 8018
Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto / Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra, Hilary Griffiths, Conductor
Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto / Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra, Hilary Griffiths, Conductor

1 DVD Video / EuroArts / 2005-11-15

Works: Domenico Cimarosa: Il matrimonio segreto
Performers: Daniels, Barbara; Feller, Carlos; Kuebler, David; Nicolai, Claudio; Resick, Georgine; Szirmay, Mártha
Conductors: Griffiths, Hilary
Ensemble: Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra

Il matrimonio segreto is Cimarosas most famous opera buffa which is reputed to have won so much popularity by Emperor Leopold II at its first...continue...
Run Time: 153 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): DD 5.1 Surround, LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English, Germa...continue...
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Berg: Wozzeck / Böhm, Evans, Silja, Uhl, et al
Berg: Wozzeck / Böhm, Evans, Silja, Uhl, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2005-11-15

Works: Alban Berg: Wozzeck, opera, Op. 7
Performers: Driscoll, Laurent; Evans, Geraint [Baritone]; Hirte, Klaus; Jahn, Gertrude; Kelemen, Zoltan; Kraemmer, Hans; Melchert, Helmut; Ree, Jan Van; Silja, Anja; Uhl, Fritz
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

"Geraint Evan's Wozzeck is a powerful, tragic presence... Balancing clarity and madness, power and impotence, nobility and crudeness, it is one of the great portrayals...continue...
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Schubert: The Complete Songs
Schubert: The Complete Songs

40 CD / Hyperion / 2005-11-08

Works: Franz Schubert: Song sketch in C minor, D. 1a; Lebenstraum ("Ich sass an einer Tempelhalle"), song for voice & piano (sketch), D. 39; Hagars Klage ("Hier am Hügel"), song for voice & piano, D. 5...
Performers: Agnew, Paul [Tenor Vocals]; Ainsley, John Mark; Allen, Thomas; Ameling, Elly [Soprano Vocal]; Anderson, Lorna; Argenta, Nancy; Auger, Arleen [Soprano]; Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Berg,...
Conductors: Layton, Stephen;
Ensemble: Holst Singers; New Company

'For Schubertians who failed to acquire many of the individual releases, this new box, weighing in at around £3 per disc, is an indispensable bargain'...continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording HYP 44201
 
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