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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...
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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; Czakov, Anna; Drechsler, Hedwig; Dvorsky, Peter; Hribikov, Eva; Hudecov, Zuzana; Jahn, Gertrude; Janska, Jaroslava; Jedlicka, Dalibor; Jonasova, Jana; Joran, Jiri; Kniplova, Nadezda; K...
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Vienna State Opera Chorus

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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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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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CRS 83180
Langgaard: Antikrist / Dausgaard, Byriel, et al
Langgaard: Antikrist / Dausgaard, Byriel, et al

2 Super Audio CD / Dacapo / 2006-08-29

Works: Rued Langgaard: Antikrist, opera
Performers: Byriel, Sten; Dahl, Anne Margrethe; Elming, Poul; Gjerris, Helene; Hal, Johnny van; Ketilsson, Jon; Lundgren, John; Nylund, Camilla; Resmark, Susanne; Suurballe, Morten
Conductors: Dausgaard, Thomas
Ensemble: Danish National Orchestra

A magnificent doomsday vision and full length nightmare - No pains are spared as the composer's revelation unfolds with its intriguing allegorical characters and its...continue...
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DACO 6220523
Angels On High: A Robert Shaw Christmas
Angels On High: A Robert Shaw Christmas

1 CD / Telarc / 2006-08-29

Works: Traditional: O come, O come Emmanuel; The first nowell; What is this lovely fragrance?; While by my sheep; Randall Thompson: Alleluia; Eric Harding Thiman: Carol of the Birds; Guillaume Costeley: All...
Performers: Blalock, David; Borland, William; Carter, Donna; Chandler, Janice; Elrod, Pam; Mackenzie, Norman; Mayer, Sean; Murray, Katherine; Nealon, Patricia; Remy, Elisabeth; Soles, Nanette; Spalinger, Anne-Ma...
Conductors: Shaw, Robert
Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers

Among the grand and brilliant choruses that are staple parts of any Robert Shaw Christmas concert are the quieter moments, lightly accompanied if at all,...continue...
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TLC 80461
Handel: Messiah / Shaw, Stilwell, McNair, Erickson
Handel: Messiah / Shaw, Stilwell, McNair, Erickson

2 CD / Telarc / 2006-08-29

Works: George Frederick Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
Performers: Erickson, Kaaren; Hodgson, Alfreda; Humphrey, Jon; James, Layton; McNair, Sylvia [Soprano Vocals]; Stilwell, Richard
Conductors: Shaw, Robert

"...fine sonics, good soloists, and a full, rich choral sound..." "[Shaw], more than any other, achieves with modern instruments the airy textures and crisp articulations...continue...
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Schoenberg: Moses und Aron / Kluttig, Schöne, Merritt, et al
Schoenberg: Moses und Aron / Kluttig, Schöne, Merritt, et al

2 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2006-08-29

Works: Arnold Schoenberg: Moses und Aron, biblical drama in 3 acts (unfinished)
Performers: Bespalovaite, Irena; Curtis, Emma; Durr, Karl-Friedrich; Ebbecke, Michael; Frisch, Ulrich; Indrioadottir, Helga Ros [Soprano Vocal]; Ishizu, Naomi; Kosviner, Barbara; Laukner, Siegfried; Riedel, Aloi...
Conductors: Kluttig, Roland
Ensemble: Stuttgart State Opera Chorus

In 1921 Arnold Schoenberg was forced to leave his holiday home in Austria because of the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe. This experience caused...continue...
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Handel: Solomon / Martini, et al
Handel: Solomon / Martini, et al

2 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2006-07-25

Works: George Frederick Handel: Solomon
Performers: Schoch, Knut; Scholl, Elisabeth; Vieweg, Matthias; Wemyss, Nicola; Wolak, Ewa
Conductors: Martini, Joachim Carlos

Universally recognized as one of Handel's finest masterpieces, 'Solomon' is the most sensuous of his biblical oratorios. Magnificent, intricate choruses, seven of which are in...continue...
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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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MELB 301091
Handel: Agrippina / Combattimento Consort Amsterdam [DVD]
Handel: Agrippina / Combattimento Consort Amsterdam [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Challenge / 2006-06-26

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: 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...
Run Time: 137 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
Sound Format(s): DD 5.1 Surround, LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
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EUA 2055108
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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PRF 06031
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.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
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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 Import / 2006-06-13

Works: Leos Janácek: Káta Kabanová, opera, JW 1/8; Capriccio for piano (left hand), flute & brass ensemble ("Vzdor," "Defiance"), JW 7/12; Concertino for piano, 2 violins, viola, clarin...
Performers: Crossley, Paul [Piano]; Drechsler, Hedwig; Dvorsky, Peter; Jahn, Gertrude; Jedlicka, Dalibor; Kniplova, Nadezda; Krejcik, Vladimir; Marova, Libuse; Pavlova, Jitka; Söderström, Elisabeth; So...
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
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 Import / 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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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
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 (Warner) / 2006-05-01

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.
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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EUAW 25499
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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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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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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DGG B000617709
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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WWD 1890
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
Sound Format(s): DD 5.1 Surround, LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
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EUA 2050396
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...
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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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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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MEL 60017
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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SPR 3869
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 [Soprano Vocal]; 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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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 / 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.
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Subtitles: Italian, German, French, English, Spanish
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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, Lawrence; 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
Music of the Spirit - Seattle Pro Musica / Thomas
Music of the Spirit - Seattle Pro Musica / Thomas

1 CD / CD Baby Independants / 2006-01-01

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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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
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
The Music of Bernhard Lang / Klangforum Wien, et al
The Music of Bernhard Lang / Klangforum Wien, et al

2 Super Audio CD / Kairos Music Production / 2006-01-01

Works: Bernhard Lang: Das Theater der Wiederholungen, opera
Performers: Abele, Ekkehard; Bauer, Christina; Bogner, Florian; Bohm, Petr; Cordier, David; Egger, Hannes; Pammer, Anna Maria; Werner, Alfred; Wicke, Jenny Renate; Wolfel, Martin
Conductors: Kalitzke, Johannes
Ensemble: Klangforum Wien
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KAIR 0012532
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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BGV 2386
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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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.
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EUA 2054548
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 Vocal]; Ainsley, John Mark; Allen, Thomas; Ameling, Elly [Soprano Vocals]; 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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Bach: Mass In B Minor / Various [DVD]
Bach: Mass In B Minor / Various [DVD]

1 DVD Video / EuroArts / 2005-10-18

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Performers: Genz, Christoph; Henschel, Dietrich; Larsson, Anna; Ziesak, Ruth
Conductors: Blomstedt, Herbert
Ensemble: Leipzig Gewandhaus Chorus; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

"Talk about a sense of occasion! This was the final concert of Leipzig's 2005 Bach Festival, scheduled as part of Maestro Blomstedt's farewell season at...continue...
Run Time: 117 min.
Region: All
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Sound Format(s): DD 5.1 Surround, LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
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Collectors Edition - Handel: Oratorios / Hogwood, et al
Collectors Edition - Handel: Oratorios / Hogwood, et al

8 CD / Decca / 2005-10-11

Works: George Frederick Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio; Athalia, HWV 52; Esther; La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47
Performers: Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Elliot, Paul [Tenor Vocals]; Jones, Aled; King, Andrew [Tenor]; Kirkby, Emma; Kwella, Patrizia; Nelson, Judith [Soprano Vocal]; Partridge, Ian [Tenor Vocals]; Rolf...
Conductors: Hogwood, Christopher
Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music; Christ Church Cathedral Choir

Christopher Hogwood and The Academy of Ancient Music have made a number of distinguished recordings of the music of Handel. Handels most popular oratorio, Messiah,...continue...
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Wiener Opernfest 1955 Highlights
Wiener Opernfest 1955 Highlights

3 CD / Orfeo / 2005-10-06

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni; Giuseppe Verdi: Aida, opera; Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Alban Berg: Wozzeck, opera, Op. 7; Rich...
Performers: Anday, Rosette; Böhme, Kurt [Bass Vocal]; Bastezky, Gertraud; Beirer, Hans; Berry, Walter; Boesch, Ruthilde; Buchbauer, Alois; Casa, Lisa della; Dermota, Anton [Tenor Vocals]; Dickie, Murray; Fe...
Conductors: Böhm, Karl; Kubelik, Rafael; Reiner, Fritz; Knappertsbusch, Hans
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