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Foulds: A World Requiem / Botstein, Charbonnet, et al
Foulds: A World Requiem / Botstein, Charbonnet, et al

2 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2008-02-05

Works: John Foulds: A World Requiem, Op. 60
Performers: Charbonnet, Jeanne-Michèle; Finley, Gerald [Bass-Baritone Vocals]; Hicks, Malcolm; Skelton, Stuart; Wyn-Rogers, Catherine
Conductors: Botstein, Leon
Ensemble: Trinity Boys Choir

"Though the work is a virtuoso piece of writing with no living performance tradition behind it, the soloists, choruses, and orchestra handle the work with...continue...
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Börtz: His Name was Orestes, etc / Gilbert, Björk, Persson, Tobiasson, Laurin, et al
Börtz: His Name was Orestes, etc / Gilbert, Björk, Persson, Tobiasson, Laurin, et al

2 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2008-02-01

Works: Daniel Börtz: His Name Was Orestes; A Joker's Tale
Performers: Eklöf, Marianne; Larsson, Anders; Larsson, Anna; Laurin, Dan; Persson, Olle; Ruuttunen, Esa; Tobiasson, Ingrid
Conductors: Gilbert, Alan [classical];
Ensemble: Eric Ericson Chamber Choir; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

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Vivaldi: Griselda / Mallon, Aradia Ensemble, et al
Vivaldi: Griselda / Mallon, Aradia Ensemble, et al

3 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2008-01-29

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Griselda, RV 718
Performers: Ainsworth, Colin; Huhtanen, Carla; McMurtry, Lynn; Nedecky, Jason; Newman, Marion; Tomkins, Giles
Conductors: Mallon, Kevin
Ensemble: Aradia Baroque Ensemble

Vivaldi's Griselda, one of more than twenty operas, is based on a story retold in Boccaccio's 'Il decamerone' about the testing of Griselda's patience and...continue...
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Essential Jose Carreras (International)
Essential Jose Carreras (International)

2 CD / Sony / BMG / 2008-01-29

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata; Umberto Giordano: Fedora; Andrea Chenier; Giacomo Puccini: Tosca; Turandot; Gaetano Donizetti: Poliuto, opera; Jules Massenet: Werther; Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rustic...
Performers: Baltsa, Agnes; Bogart, John-Paul; Carreras, José [Tenor Vocal]; Domingo, Placido; Gavanelli, Paolo; Hintermeier, Margaretha; Katz, Martin [Piano]; Kerns, Robert [Baritone Vocals]; King, Sarah;...
Conductors: Domingo, Placido; Patanè, Giuseppe; Patan?, Giuseppe; Thomas, Michael Tilson; Maazel, Lorin; Caetani, Oleg; Tunick, Jonathan; Casas, Joan; Mercurio, Steven

A beloved member of The Three Tenors, Spain's Jos Carreras has become one of the most passionate, popular and affecting singers of his time. Though...continue...
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Vivaldi: Jiditha triumphans / de Marchi, Kozena, et al
Vivaldi: Jiditha triumphans / de Marchi, Kozena, et al

1 CD / Naïve / 2008-01-29

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans
Performers: Comparato, Marina; Hermann, Anke; Herrmann, Anke; Kozena, Magdalena; Trullu, Maria Jose
Conductors: Marchi, Alessandro de

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Zarzuelas - Arrieta, Bretón, Vives
Zarzuelas - Arrieta, Bretón, Vives

6 CD / Naïve / 2008-01-29

Works: Emilio Arrieta: Marina, zarzuela in 3 acts; Tomás Bretón: La Verbena de la Paloma, zarzuela; Amadeo Vives: Bohemios, zarzuela; Doña Francisquita, zarzuela in 3 acts
Performers: Alvarez, Carlos [Baritone Vocals]; Amengual, Ana Maria; Andres, Ramon de; Baquerizo, Enrique; Bayo, Maria; Castejon, Jesus; Castejon, Rafael; Domingo, Placido; Echeverria, Alfonso; Grijalba, Martin; ...
Conductors: Pérez, Victor Pablo; Ros Marbà, Antoni

Zarzuela is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular song, as well as dance. The...continue...
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Soavi accenti [Hybrid SACD]
Soavi accenti [Hybrid SACD]

1 Super Audio CD / Proprius / 2008-01-22

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 6; Chiome d'oro, Canzonetta (Livre 7) a 4 voci con violini; Lamento della Ninfa (Canto Amoroso); Madrigals, Book 7; Dario Castello: Sonata duodicesima, for 3 instr...
Performers: Aruhn-Solen, Leif; Ericson, Anders; Frostenson, Mattias; Gammelgard, David; Linderoth, Johan; Lindvall, Stefan; Malmberg, Fredrick; Norin, Lena Susanne; Nyhlin, Karl; Roknic, Rastko; Sundin, Joel; Wa...
Conductors: Malmberg, Fredrick
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The Essential José Carreras
The Essential José Carreras

2 CD / Sony Classical / 2008-01-15

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata; Umberto Giordano: Fedora; Andrea Chénier, opera; Giacomo Puccini: Tosca; Turandot; Gaetano Donizetti: Poliuto, opera; Jules Massenet: Werther; Pietro Mascagni: Cav...
Performers: Baltsa, Agnes; Bogart, John-Paul; Carreras, José [Tenor Vocal]; Domingo, Placido; Gavanelli, Paolo; Hintermeier, Margaretha; Katz, Martin [Piano]; Kerns, Robert [Baritone Vocals]; King, Sarah;...
Conductors: Domingo, Placido; Patan?, Giuseppe; Patanè, Giuseppe; Thomas, Michael Tilson; Maazel, Lorin; Caetani, Oleg; Tunick, Jonathan; Casas, Joan; Mercurio, Steven
Ensemble: ; Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra; Hungarian State Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra; Tallis Chamber Choir; Vienna State Opera Chorus; Vienna State Opera Orchestra; Vienna Symphony Orchestra

A beloved member of "The Three Tenors," Spain's Jose Carreras endures as one of the most passionate, popular and affecting singers of his time. Though...continue...
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Chansons de la Renaissance: France, Espagne
Chansons de la Renaissance: France, Espagne

2 CD / Virgin Import / 2008-01-13

Works: Pierre Cléreau: La lune est coustumiere, song; Jehan Chardavoine: Quand j'estois libre, for voice; Claude Le Jeune: Revecy venir du printans; Fiere cruelle en amour, chanson; L'un apreste la glu...
Performers: Balloy, Philippe; Bona, Jacques; Lablaude, Anne-Marie; Norin, Lena Susanne; Quentin, Anne; Turk, Gerd; Vellard, Dominique
Conductors: Vellard, Dominique
Ensemble: ; Ensemble Gilles Binchois
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Faces of a Woman / Tapestry
Faces of a Woman / Tapestry

1 CD / MD&G / 2008-01-08

Works: Marcos Krieger: Lyula, lyulyala, for chorus; Serbian Traditional: Prozor na ocima (A window for her eyes), for chorus; Dom Dinis: Non sei como me alv'a, cantiga; Traditional: Rainha Santa Isabel, rom...
Performers: Brewer, Diana; Buff, Carolann; Catt, Cristi; Freiberg, Sarah; Kammen, Shira; Monahan, Laurie [Mezzo-Soprano Vocals]; Tosic, Daniela; Yee, Darrick

The Boston Based all woman, early music group Tapestry returns with their second release for MDG! The ensemble covers a broad musical territory ranging from...continue...
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MDG 3441468
Boris Tischenko: Symphony no 6 / Rozhdestvensky, et al
Boris Tischenko: Symphony no 6 / Rozhdestvensky, et al

1 CD / Northern Flowers / 2008-01-01

Works: Boris Tishchenko: Symphony for no 6, Op. 105
Performers: Rubin, Elena; Yuzvenko, Valentina
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: USSR Ministry of Culture State Symphony Orchestra

Although Tischenko is probably the most important living student of Shostakovich and whose early works showed a definite influence of the teacher, this remarkable Russian...continue...
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NTF 9947
Aksel Schiotz - Danish Tenor 1933-1946, Vol 1-10
Aksel Schiotz - Danish Tenor 1933-1946, Vol 1-10

11 CD / Danacord / 2008-01-01

Works: George Frederick Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio; Acis and Galatea, HWV 49; Dietrich Buxtehude: Was mich auf dieser Welt betrübt, BuxWV 105; Aperite mihi portas justitiae, BuxWV 7; Johann Seba...
Performers: Bentzon, Johan; Boesen, Axel; Bruun, Elsa Marie; Bruun, Else Marje; Colber, Else; Grauengaard, Jorn; Hansen, Blicher; Jensen, Folmer; Koppel, Hermann D.; Koppel, Julius; Kordt, Grete; Krebs, Harald; ...
Conductors: Wöldike, Mogens; Tango, Egisto; Hye-Knudsen, Johan; Thomsen, Aage Juhl;
Ensemble: Chorus; Copenhagen Boys Choir; Danish State Radio Orchestra; Orchestra; Royal Danish Orchestra; Royal Opera House Orchestra Copenhagen

Ten years ago Danacord released the complete recordings of the famed Danish tenor Aksel Schoitz. This production was a labor of love made possible through...continue...
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DCD 451
Remoter Worlds - Judith Bingham: Choral Music / David Hill, BBC Singers
Remoter Worlds - Judith Bingham: Choral Music / David Hill, BBC Singers

1 CD / Signum Records / 2008-01-01

Works: Judith Bingham: Gleams of a Remoter World, for chorus; The Shepheardes Calender, for chorus; Water Lilies, for chorus; Irish Tenebrae, for soloists, chorus, violin, organ & percussion; Unpredictable ...
Performers: Adams-Barbaro, Jennifer; Benjafield, Richard; Bowen, Christopher; Brannick, Chris; Farrington, Iain; Feaviour, Margaret; Johnston, Robert; Miles-Johnson, Deborah; Osostowicz, Krysia; Robinson, Olivia...
Conductors: Hill, David

The BBC Singers, led by David Hill, are the UK's only full-time professional chamber choir, and their repertoire and virtuosic versatility are almost boundless. The...continue...
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SIG 144
Mache dich auf, werde licht - J.L. Bach / Schlick, Nicholas
Mache dich auf, werde licht - J.L. Bach / Schlick, Nicholas

1 CD / Carus / 2008-01-01

Works: Johann Ludwig Bach: Mache dich auf, werde Licht; Ja, mir hast du Arbeit genacht; Er machete uns lebendig; Die mit Tränen säen
Performers: Jochens, Wilfried; Nichols, Mary; Schlick, Barbara; Varcoe, Stephen
Conductors: Max, Hermann
Ensemble: Das Kleine Konzert; Jugendkantorei Dormagen

Johann Ludwig Bach - one of the most accomplished of J.S. Bach's cousins - was appointed in 1699 as a musician at the Court of...continue...
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Domenico Gabrielli: San Sigismondo, re di Borgogna / Baldassari, Les Nations Ensemble
Domenico Gabrielli: San Sigismondo, re di Borgogna / Baldassari, Les Nations Ensemble

1 CD / Tactus / 2008-01-01

Works: Domenico Gabrielli: S. Sigismondo, re di Borgogna, oratorio for 5 voices & ensemble
Performers: Antonaz, Laura; Biscuola, Elena; Favari, Andrea; Furnari, Fabio; Vaccari, Patrizia
Conductors: Baldassari, Maria Luisa
Ensemble: Ensemble Les Nations

The oratorio as a genre enjoyed particular favor in Bologna, flourishing first in the hands of Giovanni Paolo Colonna (a pupil of Carissimi), and later...continue...
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TCT 650702
The Essential Bach / Brandenburg Concertos; Mass in B minor; Well-Tempered Clavier; etc. [5 DVD]
The Essential Bach / Brandenburg Concertos; Mass in B minor; Well-Tempered Clavier; etc. [5 DVD]

5 DVD Video / EuroArts / 2007-11-20

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046; Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047; Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048; Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G m...
Performers: Gavrilov, Andrei; Genz, Christoph; Holton, Ruth; Koopman, Ton; McGregor, Joanna; Mertens, Klaus; Rexhorth, Matthias
Conductors: Von der Goltz, Gottfried; Biller, Georg Christoph;
Ensemble: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; German Brass; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Thomanerchor Leipzig

Looking for a Christmas present that can’t go wrong? EuroArts offers a 5-DVD Budget Box of music by one of the greatest composers of all...continue...
Run Time: 480 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Country of Origin: USA
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Instant Classics - Pergolèse, Vivaldi: Stabat Mater
Instant Classics - Pergolèse, Vivaldi: Stabat Mater

1 CD / Naïve / 2007-11-20

Works: Giovanni Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Antonio Vivaldi: Amen
Performers: Bertagnolli, Gemma; Mingardo, Sara
Conductors: Alessandrini, Rinaldo
Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
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NAI 5110
Verdi: Rigoletto / Santi/Zurich Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Leo Nucci [DVD]
Verdi: Rigoletto / Santi/Zurich Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Leo Nucci [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Arthaus DVD / 2007-11-20

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto
Performers: Beczala, Piotr; Mosuc, Elena; Nucci, Leo; Peetz, Katharina; Polgar, Laszlo
Conductors: Santi, Nello
Ensemble: Zurich Opera Chorus; Zurich Opera Orchestra

"It has long been a truism that Nello Santi is an exceptionally gifted conductor of Verdi, but it is always a pleasure to observe to...continue...
Run Time: 128 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Sound Format(s): , Digitally Processed
Country of Origin: Switzerland
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AHM 101285
40 Most Beautiful Christmas Classics
40 Most Beautiful Christmas Classics

2 CD / Warner Classics / 2007-11-13

Works: Christmas Traditional: O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol; Gabriel's Message (Basque); In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones); I Wonder As I Wander (American); This is the truth sen...
Performers: Bach, Gottfried [Classical Keyboards]; Carreras, José [Tenor Vocal]; Domingo, Placido; George, Michael [Vocals]; Hampson, Thomas [Baritone Vocal]; Harjanne, Jouko; Jo, Sumi; Lipovsek, Marjana;...
Conductors: Stapleton, Robin; Higginbottom, Edward; Wolff, Hugh; ; Gardiner, John Eliot; Sutej, Vjekoslav; Schneider, Michael; Scimone, Claudio; Werner, Fritz; Glahe, Will; Cohen, Joel [Early Music]; Lazarev, Al...
Ensemble: ; Concentus Musicus Wien; I Solisti Veneti; Il Giardino Armonico; London Brass; Will Glahe Soloists

Personnel: Marjana Lipovsek , Plácido Domingo, José Carreras , Michael George , Thomas Hampson , Sumi Jo, Kiri Te Kanawa , Dawn Upshaw (vocals); Jouko Harjanne (trumpet); Gottfried Bach (f...continue...
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Opera in English - Janacek: Katya Kabanova / Rizzi, et al
Opera in English - Janacek: Katya Kabanova / Rizzi, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-11-06

Works: Leos Janácek: Káta Kabanová, opera, JW 1/8
Performers: Barker, Cheryl; Brubaker, Robert; Hampton, Claire; Henschel, Jane; Hoare, Peter [; Holtam, Philip Lloyd; Howell, Gwynne; Meinir, Sian; Simmonds, Victoria; Webb, Owen; Wedd, Peter; Wilkinson, Kathleen
Conductors: Rizzi, Carlo
Ensemble: Welsh National Opera Chorus

Janacek once wrote that Katya Kabanova, his sixth opera, was "one of my most tender works," and his score contrasts extreme beauty with fateful oppression...continue...
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Buxtehude: Sacred Cantatas / Collegium Ad Mosam
Buxtehude: Sacred Cantatas / Collegium Ad Mosam

1 CD / Ramee / 2007-11-06

Works: Dietrich Buxtehude: Jesu, meines Lebens Leben, for SATB voices, 2 violins, 2 violas, violone & continuo, BuxWV62 (2 vers; Befiehl dem Engel, dass er komm, BuxWV 10; Fürwahr, er trug unsere Krank...
Performers: Chaoui, Hayat; Giaux, Benoit; Kopra, Hanna; Meijer, Michiel; Morrison, Hannah; Schroder, Immo
Conductors: Ehlen, Huub
Ensemble: Collegium Ad Mosam
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Christmas Carols / Andrew Parrott, The Taverner Consort
Christmas Carols / Andrew Parrott, The Taverner Consort

4 CD / Virgin Classics / 2007-11-06

Works: William Billings: Methinks I See a Heavenly Host; A Virgin Unspotted; John Foster: While shepherds watched their flocks by night (A 2nd Collection of Sacred Music. York, ca. 1820); Joan Cererols: Mar...
Performers: Ardagh-Walter, Patrick; Blackadder, David; Bonner, Tessa; Boothby, Richard [Viola da Gamba]; Carolan, Lucy [Harpsichord]; Carroll, Paul; Charlesworth, Stephen; Consort, Taverner; Cooper, Peter [Fiddl...
Conductors: Parrott, Andrew
Ensemble: Taverner Choir; Taverner Consort; Taverner Players
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VCL 036802
Gottfied Homilius: Passion Cantata / Fritz Naf, et al
Gottfied Homilius: Passion Cantata / Fritz Naf, et al

2 Super Audio CD / Carus / 2007-11-01

Works: Gottfried August Homilius: Ein Lämmlein geht
Performers: Bartosz, Bogna; Begemann, Hans Christoph; Brutscher, Markus; Mauch, Monika
Conductors: Näf, Fritz;
Ensemble: Basel Madrigalists; Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik

Althought Gottfried Homilius was the longtime choirmaster of the Kreuzkirche, due to its destruction, the primary center where he performed this function was at the...continue...
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Opera Explained - An Introduction to Wagner: The Ring
Opera Explained - An Introduction to Wagner: The Ring

2 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2007-10-30

Works: Stephen Johnson: An Introduction to Wagner
Performers: Behle, Renate; Bonnema, Albert; Bracht, Roland; Castle, Sarah; Collins, Janet; Denoke, Angela; DeVol, Luana; Diefenthal, Margit; Ejsing, Mette; Ens, Phillip; Göetjes, Wiebke; Göhrig, Heinz;...
Conductors: Zagrosek, Lothar

Based in legend, Wagner's 'The Ring of Nibelung' has become a legend in its own right: a supreme challenge for conductors, singers, opera producers, and...continue...
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Dvorak: Stabat Mater / Neumann/Czech Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra [DVD]
Dvorak: Stabat Mater / Neumann/Czech Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Arthaus DVD / 2007-10-30

Works: Antonín Dvorák: Stabat Mater, Op. 58/B 71
Performers: Galla, Ján; Kenny, Yvonne; Ochmann, Wieslav; Randova, Eva
Conductors: Neumann, Václav
Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Prague Philharmonic Chorus

'Stabat Mater' is a thirteenth century Roman Catholic sequence attributed to Jacopone da Todi. Its title is an abbreviation of the first line, Stabat mater...continue...
Run Time: 87 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, Letterbox, Color
Country of Origin: USA
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AHM 102109
Bantock: Omar Khayyám / Handley, Wyn-Rogers, et al
Bantock: Omar Khayyám / Handley, Wyn-Rogers, et al

3 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2007-10-23

Works: Granville Bantock: Omar Khayyam, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
Performers: Menna, Sian; Price, Edward; Robinson, Olivia; Spence, Toby; Williams, Roderick [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Wyn-Rogers, Catherine
Conductors: Handley, Vernon
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Bantock succeeded Sir Edward Elgar at Birmingham University in 1908. During his time there he developed an interest in large-scale choral composition, producing among other...continue...
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Giordano: Fedora;  Puccini: Turandot,  etc / Di Stefano [14 CDs]
Giordano: Fedora; Puccini: Turandot, etc / Di Stefano [14 CDs]

14 CD / Bravissimo / 2007-10-16

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: I Puritani, opera; Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act; Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor; Giacomo Puccini: Turandot; ...
Performers: Amedeo, Giovanni; Beggiato, Ortensia; Buccini, Vittorio; Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Campi, Enrico; Campolonghi, Piero; Capecchi, Renato; Carbonari, Virgilio; Carlin, Mario; Carteri, Rosanna; Car...
Conductors: Picco, Guido; Mugnai, Umberto; Votto, Antonino; Karajan, Herbert v.; Gavazzeni, Gianandrea; Basile, Arturo

During his peak years, Giuseppe Di Stefano (b. 1921) had one of the most sensually beautiful tenor voices ever recorded. He was universally regarded as...continue...
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BRV 9912
French Opera Masterworks / Fournet, Solti, et al [14 CDs]
French Opera Masterworks / Fournet, Solti, et al [14 CDs]

14 CD / Bravissimo / 2007-10-16

Works: Fromental Halévy: La juive; Hector Berlioz: La damnation de Faust, Op. 24; Charles Gounod: Faust; Georges Bizet: Carmen, opera; Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op. 47; Léo Delib...
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Alva, Luigi [Tenor Vocals]; Badaro, Thelma; Baldwin, Anthony; Benvenuti, Monica; Beretta, Anna; Bickerstaff, Robert; Bilt, Peter van der; Blanc, Ernest; Bris, Michele Le; Cahill, Teres...
Conductors: Guadagno, Anton; Prêtre, Georges; Solti, Sir Georg; Fournet, Jean; Piantini, Carlos

Six complete operas from the French repertoire in one space-saving set, featuring a twenty-four-page booklet with biographies, detailed listings, and historic photos! Exciting live recordings...continue...
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BRV 9802
Puccini, Catalani, Verdi, Giordano, Boito: Operas / Tebaldi [14 CDs]
Puccini, Catalani, Verdi, Giordano, Boito: Operas / Tebaldi [14 CDs]

14 CD / Bravissimo / 2007-10-16

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
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BRV 9906
Handel, Bellini, Gounod, Donizetti: Operas / Freni [14 CDs]
Handel, Bellini, Gounod, Donizetti: Operas / Freni [14 CDs]

14 CD / Bravissimo / 2007-10-16

Works: George Frederick Handel: MEDLEY; Vincenzo Bellini: I Puritani, opera; Charles Gounod: Faust; Gaetano Donizetti: La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), opera; Giacomo Puccini: La ...
Performers: Allegri, Maria Grazia; Alva, Luigi [Tenor Vocals]; Arie, Raffaele; Berbie, Jane; Breda, Rita Bezzi; Bruscantini, Sesto; Calabrese, Franco; Caron, Willy; Cioni, Bruno; Companez, Irene; Cossotto, Fiore...
Conductors: Bellugi, Piero; Verchi, Nino; Prêtre, Georges; Sanzogno, Nino; Schippers, Thomas; Karajan, Herbert v.

This collection of six complete operas makes a strong case for why Mirella Freni has had the distinction of being one of the best-loved operatic...continue...
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BRV 9905
SCENE Stoelzel: Christmas Oratorio - Epistle Cantatas
SCENE Stoelzel: Christmas Oratorio - Epistle Cantatas

1 CD / MD&G / 2007-10-09

Performers: Pöhl, Albrecht; Partowi, Schirin; Post, Andreas; Rembeck, Christine Maria; Van der Linden, Paul
Conductors: Homburg, Rainer Johannes
Ensemble: Handel's Company; Marien-Kantorei Lemgo Chamber Choir
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MDG 6051232
Maria Callas - 100 Best Classics
Maria Callas - 100 Best Classics

14 CD / Warner Classics / 2007-10-02

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"; Symphony no 3 in D minor; Des Knaben Wunderhorn; Symphony no 4 in G major; Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor; Symphony no 7 in E minor; Symphony no 8 in ...
Performers: Auger, Arleen [Soprano]; Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Banse, Juliane; Brewer, Christine; Doese, Helena; Hampson, Thomas [Baritone Vocal]; Hodgson, Alfreda; Isokoski, Soile; Keenlyside, S...
Conductors: Rattle, Simon, Sir

The recording of Sir Simon Rattle's cycle the Mahler Symphonies commenced in 1986 with the Second Symphony and was completed in 2002 with the Fifth....continue...
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Britten: Turn of the Screw / Harding/Mahler CO, Delunsch [DVD]
Britten: Turn of the Screw / Harding/Mahler CO, Delunsch [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Bel Air Classiques / 2007-10-01

Works: Benjamin Britten: Turn of the Screw, Op. 54
Performers: Delunsch, Mireille; McLaughlin, Marie; Miller, Marlin; Schaer, Hanna
Conductors: Harding, Daniel
Ensemble: Mahler Chamber Orchestra

"BelAir Classiques' DVD of a performance staged at the 2001 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence may not have (Petr Weigl's) consistent dramatic punch, but musically it's one of...continue...
Run Time: 108 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, Letterbox, Color
Sound Format(s): , Digitally Processed
Country of Origin: France
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Bellini: La Sonnambula / Pidò, Dessay, Meli, Mingardo, et al
Bellini: La Sonnambula / Pidò, Dessay, Meli, Mingardo, et al

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2007-09-25

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: La sonnambula, opera
Performers: Azzaretti, Jael; Colombara, Carlo; Dessay, Natalie; Gay, Paul; Gietz, Gordon; Meli, Francesco; Mingardo, Sara
Conductors: Pidò, Evelino
Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra

After her immense success as Lucia in Paris in Autumn 2006 under the direction of Evelino Pido, Natalie Dessay and the Italian maestro furthered their...continue...
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VCL 951382B
Beethoven: Symphonies / Mackerras, et al
Beethoven: Symphonies / Mackerras, et al

5 CD / Hyperion / 2007-09-11

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21; Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36; Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"; Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60; Symphony no 5 in C min...
Performers: Roth, Detlef; Skelton, Stuart; Watson, Janice; Wyn-Rogers, Catherine
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra; Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Sir Charles Mackerras leads an electrifying live reading of Beethoven's complete symphonies, vividly recorded at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is in...continue...
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Bach - Concerts avec plusieurs instruments Vol 1
Bach - Concerts avec plusieurs instruments Vol 1

1 CD / Alpha Productions / 2007-09-01

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052; Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A major, BWV 1055; Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042; Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D maj...
Performers: Beyer, Amandine; Bouthinon, Sabine; Cachia, Claire; Gagnon, Patricia; Plantier, David
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Ensemble: Café Zimmermann
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AHP 013
Anthology of Song, Vol IV - Franz Naval
Anthology of Song, Vol IV - Franz Naval

1 CD / Symposium / 2007-09-01

Works: Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25; Robert Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42
Performers: Bake, Otto; Culp, Julia; Naval, Franz; Pilz, August

These performances by Franz Naval and Julia Culp, both exceptional lieder performers, are thought to be the first complete performances of any song cycle. Thus...continue...
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SYM 1367
Joseph Haydn: Sämtliche Baryton Octette
Joseph Haydn: Sämtliche Baryton Octette

2 CD / Ricecar / 2007-09-01

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Divertimento for Baryton, 2 Horns and Strings in G major, H 10 no 12; Divertimento a 8, for baryton, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass & 2 horns in A minor/A major, H. 10/3; Divertime...
Performers: Dombrecht, Piet; Fernandez, Francois; Maury, Claude; Pierlot, Philippe; Stuurop, Alda; Terakado, Ryo [Violin]; Yamagata, Sayuri; Zipperling, Rainer
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Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
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RCR 206
Wagner: Gotterdämmerung / Asher Fisch, et al
Wagner: Gotterdämmerung / Asher Fisch, et al

4 Super Audio CD / Melba Recordings / 2007-09-01

Works: Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Performers: Campbell, Elizabeth; Cole, Joanna; Dal Monte, Duccio; Dunlop, Donna-Maree; Gasteen, Lisa; Jones, Natalie; Keegan, Liane; Ladner, Kate; MacFarlane, Gaye; McKendree-Wright, Zan; Mussard, Timothy; Summe...
Conductors: Fisch, Asher
Ensemble: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; State Opera of South Australia

The Ring Cycle for the 21st century reaches its triumphal conclusion with this magnificent performance, in resplendent surround-sound Super Audio. The previous releases have received...continue...
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MELB 301099
Saint-Saëns: Christmas Oratorio / Holger Speck, et al
Saint-Saëns: Christmas Oratorio / Holger Speck, et al

1 Super Audio CD / Carus / 2007-09-01

Works: Camille Saint-Saëns: Christmas Oratorio, Op. 12
Performers: Bourvé, Antonia; Czinczel, Sabine; Giefer, Romano; Hamann, Jens; Schneider, Gundula; Ullmann, Marcus
Conductors: Speck, Holger
Ensemble: Les Favorites; Rastatt Vocal Ensemble
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CRS 83352
Bruno Skulte: Heiress of Vilkaci / Andrejs Jansons, et al
Bruno Skulte: Heiress of Vilkaci / Andrejs Jansons, et al

2 CD / Albany Records / 2007-08-01

Works: Bruno Skulte: The Heiress of Vilkaci, opera in 5 acts
Performers: Bertule, Baiba; Berzins, Aldis; Bicevskis, Didzis; Bigaca, Antra; Goba, Andzella; Indzeris, Nauris; Lapins, Andris; Lasmane-Vitola, Liene; Ozola, Iveta; Parsa, Ieva; Puntulis, Nauris; Rungis, Guntars...
Conductors: Jansons, Andrejs

Along with his brother, the symphonist Adolfs Skulte (1909-2000), Bruno Skulte represented a bridge between the Romantic era and the blooming of modern Latvian music....continue...
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ALB 944
Opera in English - Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel / Mackerras
Opera in English - Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel / Mackerras

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-07-31

Works: Engelbert Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Performers: Coppen, Sarah; Evans, Rebecca; Hayward, Robert; Henschel, Jane; Larmore, Jennifer; Montague, Diana; Plowright, Rosalind; Vocal], Sarah Tynan [Soprano
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: New London Children's Choir

"Simply unmissable for any fans of this opera, Anglophone or not, Mackerras balances the songful and the sinister with absolute sureness. There is not a...continue...

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Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, etc / Marian Anderson, et al
Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, etc / Marian Anderson, et al

1 CD / Urania (Italy) / 2007-07-24

Works: Johannes Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53; Traditional: Ride on, King Jesus!; Deep river; Go down, Moses; De gospel train; Oh, what a beautiful city; He's got the whole world in His hands; Roll, Jerd'n ...
Performers: Anderson, Marian; Rupp, Franz
Conductors: Ormandy, Eugene
Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra

The great American Alto Marian Anderson devoted a great part of her activity and of her interiority to the performance of the so called Spirituals:...continue...
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URA 328
Festal Mass at the Imperial Court of Vienna 1648 / Seymour
Festal Mass at the Imperial Court of Vienna 1648 / Seymour

1 CD / Musical Concepts / 2007-07-17

Works: Girolamo Fantini: Sonata Imperiale No 1 "Del Colloreto"; Missa Veni sponsa Christi; Sonata Imperiale No 2; Andreas Rauch: Attolite Portas; Jubilate Deo; Benedicite; Pater Noster; Cantate Domino; Giov...
Performers: Cable, Margaret; Collins, David; Covey-Crump, Rogers; Daggett, Philip; Kampen, Anthony Van; Laird, Michael; Langford, Roger; North, Nigel [Lute]; Partridge, Ian [Tenor Vocals]; Seymour, Yvonne; Steel...
Conductors: Seymour, Peter
Ensemble: Baroque Brass of London; Yorkshire Baroque Soloists

The works on this record constitute a complete Mass likely heard shortly after the signing of the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, celebrating the end...continue...
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MSLC 1006
Airs Célèbres
Airs Célèbres

1 CD / HBDirect Imports / 2007-07-10

Works: George Frederick Handel: Rinaldo; Antonio Vivaldi: Orlando furioso, opera in 3 acts, RV 728; Bajazet, RV 703 "Tamerlano"; Benedetto Marcello: Il mio bel foco; Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z 626; C...
Performers: Podles, Ewa
Conductors: Peire, Patrick
Ensemble: Collegium Instrumental De Bruges
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HBIM 913765
The Originals - Verdi: Luisa Miller / Maag, Pavarotti, et al
The Originals - Verdi: Luisa Miller / Maag, Pavarotti, et al

2 CD / Decca / 2007-07-10

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller
Performers: Caballe, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Celine, Annette; Giaiotti, Bonaldo; Milnes, Sherrill [Baritone Vocals]; Pavarotti, Fernando; Pavarotti, Luciano; Reynolds, Anna; van Allan, Richard [Bass-Bariton...
Conductors: Maag, Peter

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Verdi's early score receives here one of its best studio accounts, with Caballé splendid in the title role, Pavarotti stylistically apt as her...continue...
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Electronical - Carlos, Stefanou, etc / Johnny Reinhard,et al
Electronical - Carlos, Stefanou, etc / Johnny Reinhard,et al

1 CD / Pitch / 2007-07-01

Works: Wendy Carlos: Afterlife; Albina Stefanou: The Daemon; Joel Mandelbaum: Andante Cantabile; Elodie Lauten: XX; Joseph Pehrson: Blackjack; David Glazier: Token
Performers: Bolotowsky, Andrew; Bookstein, Kenneth; Borden, Meredith; Carlos, Wendy; Catler, Bradford; Chiu, Tom; Eggar, Dave; Glazier, David; Glynn, Brendan; Lauten, Elodie; Lee, Elizabeth [alto]; Mendlow, Gabr...
Conductors: Reinhard, Johnny

This is a fascinating and ear-opening collection which explores the various and truly diverse aspects of electronic music alone or with acoustic instruments. As with...continue...
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PIT 200208
Lachner: Requiem / Meyer, Augsburg Chamber Soloists
Lachner: Requiem / Meyer, Augsburg Chamber Soloists

1 Super Audio CD / Carus / 2007-07-01

Works: Franz Lachner: Requiem in F minor
Performers: Balzer, Colin; Constantinescu, Roxana; Hughes, Ruby; Papendell, Gunter; Ulewicz, Marina; Werlitz, Gerhard
Conductors: Meyer, Hermann
Ensemble: Augsburg Chamber Soloists

After almost 30 years of composing strictly a cappella church works, Lachner created his Requiem in the Mozart Commemorative Year of 1856 as an expression...continue...
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CRS 83178
Lully: Thésée / O'Dette, Stubbs, Crook, van der Kamp, et al
Lully: Thésée / O'Dette, Stubbs, Crook, van der Kamp, et al

3 CD / CPO / 2007-06-26

Works: Jean-Baptiste Lully: Thésée, opera, LWV 51
Performers: Crook, Howard [Tenor Vocals]; Cube, Moritz von; Doren, Yulia Van; Engebreth, Aaron; Forsythe, Amanda; Hargis, Ellen; Laquerre, Olivier; Lebel, Mireille; LeBlanc, Suzie [Soprano Vocal]; Molomot, Marc;...

"...recognition is due to the brilliant period-violinist who, as first-desk "leader", draws wonderful discipline and spirit from the ensemble. The sound is full-bodied and well-balanced....continue...
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Ultimate Opera - The Essential Masterpieces
Ultimate Opera - The Essential Masterpieces

5 CD / Decca / 2007-06-12

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, opera; Tosca; La bohème; Madama Butterfly; Turandot; La Rondine; La Fanciulla del West; Manon Lescaut; Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco; Rigoletto; Luisa Miller; La tr...
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Bacquier, Gabriel; Bastianini, Ettore; Berbie, Jane; Berganza, Teresa [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Bergonzi, Carlo; Bjorling, Jussi [Tenor Vocal]; Borthayre, Jean; Braun, Victor; Bumbry, Gra...
Conductors: Gardelli, Lamberto; Lewis, Henry; Molinari-Pradelli, France; Maazel, Lorin; Gavazzeni, Gianandrea; Bernet, Dietfried; Solti, Sir Georg; Patanè, Giuseppe; Serafin, Tullio; Downes, Edward; Gibso...

"Decca doesn't stint in offering some of its most outstanding performances -- the star-studded list of singers includes Joan Sutherland, Renata Tebaldi, Birgit Nilsson, Marilyn...continue...
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