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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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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 / Warner 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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Baroque Opera Recital / Carolyn Watkinson, de Vriend
Baroque Opera Recital / Carolyn Watkinson, de Vriend

1 CD / EtCetera Records / 2006-10-01

Works: Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z 626; George Frederick Handel: Hercules, HWV 60; Ariodante, HWV 33; Rinaldo, HWV 7; Rodelinda; Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
Performers: Watkinson, Carolyn
Conductors: de Vriend, Jan Willem
Ensemble: Amsterdam Bach Soloists
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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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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 Eliot
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 Eliot
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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Janacek: The Operas / Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic
Janacek: The Operas / Mackerras, Vienna Philharmonic

9 CD / Decca / 2006-09-12

Works: Leos Janácek: Jenufa; Jealousy; Príhody Lisky Bystrousky (The Cunning Little Vixen); The Cunning Little Vixen, suite for orchestra (arranged and orchestrated by Václav Talich); From ...
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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Here's to the Heroes
Here's to the Heroes

1 CD / Warner Classics / 2006-09-12

Works: John Barry: Just To See Each Other Again, song; Here's To The Heroes, song; There'll Come A Day, song; We Have All the Time in the World, song (for the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service); Places, ...
Performers: Anderson, John; Andrews, Julie; Anstee, Steve; Archibald, Paul; Argente, Roger; Atkinson, Craig; Baggs, Simon; Baker, Stephen; Barclay, John; Barr, Nick; Barton, Fenella; Beachill, Peter; Beale, Shar...
Conductors: Dodd, Nicholas

A compilation between Australia's favorite export, the Ten Tenors, film score icon John Barry, and famed lyricist Don Black. Here's To The Heroes has all...continue...
: Matthew Hickey, Craig Atkinson , Dion Molinas, Nathan Kneen, Shannon Brown, Drew Graham, David Kidd, Craig Hendry, Liam McLachlan, Stewart Morris.

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Berg: Lulu, Wozzeck / Karl Böhm, Lear, Fischer-Dieskau
Berg: Lulu, Wozzeck / Karl Böhm, Lear, Fischer-Dieskau

3 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2006-09-12

Works: Alban Berg: Wozzeck, opera, Op. 7; Lulu, opera; Lulu-Suite, 5 symphonic pieces from the opera for soprano & orchestra ("Lulu-Symphonie")
Performers: Böhme, Kurt [Bass Vocal]; Clam, Leopold; Dicks, William Walther; Driscoll, Loren; Feldhoff, Gerd; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Greindl, Josef; Grobe, Donald; Johnson, Patricia [vo...
Conductors: Böhm, Karl
Ensemble: Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus; Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra

Though initially believed to be very risky undertakings, these classic recordings of Wozzeck and Lulu and have been staples in Deutsche Grammophon's catalogue ever since...continue...
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Bach: Secular Cantatas (complete) / Berliner Solisten, et al
Bach: Secular Cantatas (complete) / Berliner Solisten, et al

8 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2006-09-05

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata no 36c, "Schwingt freudig euch empor" BWV 36c; Cantata no 209, "Non sa che sia dolore" BWV 209; Cantata no 203, "Amore traditore" BWV 203; Cantata no 201, "Der Streit z...
Performers: Adam, Theo; Augér, Arleen; Hamari, Julia; Lorenz, Siegfried; Mathis, Edith; Popp, Lucia; Schreier, Peter; Watkinson, Carolyn
Conductors: Schreier, Peter
Ensemble: Berlin Chamber Orchestra; Berlin Soloists

In his secular cantatas J.S. Bach tackled some of the lighter issues of life. Like coffee and marriage...Somehow these are not heard that often in...continue...
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BLC 93038
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
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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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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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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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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Strauss: Elektra / Mitropoulos, Borkh, Della Casa, et al
Strauss: Elektra / Mitropoulos, Borkh, Della Casa, et al

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2006-08-08

Works: Richard Strauss: Elektra, Op. 58
Performers: Bohme, Kurt [Bass Vocal]; Borkh, Inge; Casa, Lisa della; Draskler, Sonja; Felbermayer, Anny; Gerber-Candy, Audrey; Horne, Marilyn [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Littasy, Georg; Loraine, Karol; Lorenz, Max; M...
Conductors: Mitropoulos, Dimitri
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

"This recording finds Borkh in top form. Her energy and voice never flag...Lisa della Casa is a near perfect Chrysothemis...Dimitri Mitropoulos paces the opera with...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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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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Country of Origin: USA
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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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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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