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Joseph Haydn: Sämtliche Baryton Octette
Joseph Haydn: Sämtliche Baryton Octette

2 CD / Ricercar / 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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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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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 Plowright; 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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Airs Célèbres
Airs Célèbres

1 CD / HBDirect Import / 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 Instrumentale Brugense
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HBIM 913765
Long Road Home / William Bernewitz
Long Road Home / William Bernewitz

1 CD / Avie Records / 2007-07-01

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244; Conradin Kreutzer: Das Mühlrad for soprano, clarinet & piano, Op. 72, KWV 9110-01; Richard Strauss: Andante for horn & piano in C major (fr...
Performers: Anderson, Carol; Barnewitz, William; Bird, Anne Carolyn; Butler, Margaret; DiDonato, Joyce; Gutierrez, Eglis; Holloway, Jennifer; Oppens, Ursula [Piano]; Soluri, Ted

Bill Barnewitz offers chamber works which feature the horn either as a solo personality or integrated into an ensemble. Throughout, Bill, like an operatic interpreter,...continue...
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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
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
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 Vocal]; 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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Julia Varady Sings Wagner & Verdi
Julia Varady Sings Wagner & Verdi

1 CD / Orfeo / 2007-06-13

Works: Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman; Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino; Aida, opera; Il Trovatore; Otello
Performers: Broitman, Ruben; Giacomini, Giuseppe; Grundheber, Franz [Baritone Vocal]; Koves, Peter; Lipovsek, Marjana; Varády, Julia [Soprano Vocal]; Winsauer, Waltraud
Conductors: Schirmer, Ulf; Viotti, Marcello; Badea, Christian; Soltesz, Stefan; Runnicles, Donald

Gramophone Magazine
Best of all is her Desdemona, in extracts from Otello in May 1996 conducted by Donald Runnicles. The confrontation from Act 3 with Giuseppe...continue...
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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer / Böhm
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer / Böhm

2 CD / Deutsche Grammophon Import / 2007-06-12

Works: Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
Performers: Ek, Harald; Esser, Hermin; Jones, Gwyneth, Dame [Soprano Vocal]; Ridderbusch, Karl; Stewart, Thomas [Bass-Baritone]; Wagner, Sieglinde
Conductors: Böhm, Karl

BBC Music Magazine
Recorded live at Bayreuth in 1971, Wagner's opera has a problematic Dutchman in the shape of the late Thomas Stewart, Gwyneth Jones as...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 [Tenor Vocals]; Bjorling, Jussi [Tenor Vocal]; Borthayre, Jean; Braun, Vict...
Conductors: Gardelli, Lamberto; Lewis, Henry; Molinari-Pradelli, France; Maazel, Lorin; Gavazzeni, Gianandrea; Bernet, Dietfried; Solti, Georg; Patanè, Giuseppe; Serafin, Tullio; Downes, Edward; Gibson, Ale...

"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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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Maazel, Pilou, Guy, et al
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Maazel, Pilou, Guy, et al

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2007-06-12

Works: Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Performers: Bacquier, Gabriel; Guy, Henri; Martino, Adriana; Pilou, Jeannette; Reynolds, Anna; Rovetta, Teodoro; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]
Conductors: Maazel, Lorin
Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra

This live 1969 broadcast performance of Debussy's operatic masterpiece-and one of the seminal vocal works of the 20th century- has long been unavailable, and is...continue...
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ODO 1473
CPE Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque
CPE Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque

2 CD / ORF / 2007-06-01

Works: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Saint Matthew Passion, H 782
Performers: Durmuller, Jorg; Gottwald, Franziska; Mertens, Klaus; Steur, Rene; Velez Isidro, Orlanda; York, Deborah
Conductors: Koopman, Ton
Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Choir; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

This was one of the first substantial works C.P.E. Bach composed shortly after assuming the post of Music Director in Hamburg. No doubt influenced by...continue...
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ORFR 316
Kathleen Ferrier Edition Vol 9- Schubert, Brahms, Schumann
Kathleen Ferrier Edition Vol 9- Schubert, Brahms, Schumann

1 CD / Urania (Italy) / 2007-05-29

Works: Franz Schubert: Die junge Nonne, D 828/Op. 43 no 1; Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26; Du liebst mich nicht, D 756; Der Tod und das Mädchen, D 531/Op. 7 no 3; Suleika no 1, D 720; Du bist die Ruh, D 776/O...
Performers: Ferrier, Kathleen; Walter, Bruno

The encounter - at the end of the Second World War - between the very high German conductor and the young English singer, represented for...continue...
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URA 321
Analekta- 20 Years of Excellence / Lamon, Soly, Schmithüsen, Istomin, Weil, et al
Analekta- 20 Years of Excellence / Lamon, Soly, Schmithüsen, Istomin, Weil, et al

6 CD / Analekta / 2007-05-15

Works: George Frederick Handel: Solomon, HWV 67; Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel: Bist du bei mir; Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater in F minor, RV 621; Christoph Graupner: Ach Gott und Herr; Domenico Scarlatti...
Performers: Beauséjour, Luc; Dubeau, Angèle; Ehnes, James; Gauvin, Karina; Istomin, Sergei; Kuerti, Anton; Lagacé, Bernard; Laplante, André; Lefèvre, Alain; Lemieux, Marie-Nico...
Conductors: Lamon, Jeanne; Soly, Geneviève; ; Turovsky, Yuli; Dubeau, Angèle; Pietà, La
Ensemble: ; Grand Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra; Gryphon Trio; I Musici de Montreal; L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses; Montreal Symphony Orchestra; Quebec Symphony Orchestra; Tafelmusik

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Canada's largest classical music label, Analekta, is releasing a box set of six CDs and hours of music magnificently interpreted...continue...
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ANA 299705
The Originals - R. Strauss: Elektra / Solti, Nilsson, Resnik
The Originals - R. Strauss: Elektra / Solti, Nilsson, Resnik

2 CD / Decca / 2007-05-08

Works: Richard Strauss: Elektra, Op. 58
Performers: Collier, Marie; Cook, Jane; Franc, Tugomir; Heppe, Leo; Lehane, Maureen; Lilowa, Margarita; Minton, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Nilsson, Birgit [Soprano Vocal]; Resnik, Regina; Sjostedt, Margaret; Stolz...
Conductors: Solti, Georg
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

BBC Music Magazine
A classic superbly remastered, with Nilsson's searing anti-heroine and Solti building almost unbearable tension. Includes Resnik's raddled Klytaemnestra, Krause's heroic O...continue...
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Wagner: Siegfried / Asher Fisch, Adelaide SO
Wagner: Siegfried / Asher Fisch, Adelaide SO

4 Super Audio CD / Melba Recordings / 2007-05-01

Works: Richard Wagner: Siegfried
Performers: Bröcheler, John; Gasteen, Lisa; Greager, Richard; Hibbard, David; Keegan, Liane; Rideout, Gary; Wegner, John; Yu, Shu-Cheen
Conductors: Fisch, Asher
Ensemble: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Finally, in the 21st century, the operas are being presented in SACD for the first time by the Melba label and the State Opera of...continue...
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MELB 301095
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte / Ivan Fischer/Orch. Of the Age of Enlightenment, Lehtipuu, Pisaroni [2 DVD]
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte / Ivan Fischer/Orch. Of the Age of Enlightenment, Lehtipuu, Pisaroni [2 DVD]

2 DVD Video / BBC Opus Arte / 2007-04-24

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte, K 588
Performers: Garmendia, Ainhoa; Lehtipuu, Topi; Persson, Miah; Pisaroni, Luca; Rivenq, Nicolas [baritone]; Vondung, Anke
Conductors: Fischer, Iván
Ensemble: Glyndebourne Festival Chorus; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

'Dressed in shades of sand and stone by Vicki Mortimer, and bathed in summer light by Paule Constable, Hytner's period production marries elegance, farce and...continue...
Run Time: 210 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
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Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Zagrosek, Bonnema, Bracht, et al
Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Zagrosek, Bonnema, Bracht, et al

4 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2007-04-24

Works: Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Performers: Bonnema, Albert; Bracht, Roland; Castle, Sarah; Collins, Janet; DeVol, Luana; Indrioadottir, Helga Ros [Soprano Vocal]; Iturralde, Hernan; Kapellmann, Franz-Josef; Patchell, Sue; Poulson, Lani; Vaugh...
Conductors: Zagrosek, Lothar
Ensemble: Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra

Comprising four separate operas, Wagner's visionary Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) took 25 years to complete. Centred around a ring of...continue...
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Marinuzzi: Jacquerie / Licata, Solman, Salvadori, Galgani
Marinuzzi: Jacquerie / Licata, Solman, Salvadori, Galgani

2 CD / Nuova Era / 2007-04-10

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

Born in Palermo, Sicily in 1882, Gino Marinuzzi was eighteen years old when his first composition, a Requiem dedicated to King Umberto I, was successfully...continue...
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NUO 223306
Handel: Floridante / Alan Curtis, et al
Handel: Floridante / Alan Curtis, et al

3 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2007-04-10

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

Pre-eminent Baroque specialist Alan Curtis sheds light on another neglected opera masterpiece. Following the critical acclaim of his milestone recording Rodelinda, Curtis turns his attention...continue...
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Plakidis: Songs for the Wind and Blood / Sne, Riga Chamber
Plakidis: Songs for the Wind and Blood / Sne, Riga Chamber

1 CD / Toccata Classics / 2007-04-10

Works: Peteris Plakidis: Music for piano, strings & timpani; Songs for the Wind & Blood, for voice & orchestra; Concerto for 2 oboes & strings; Concerto-Ballad for 2 violins, piano & strings
Performers: Beitans, Dzintars; Bigaca, Antra; Pauls, Andris; Pelnens, Vilnis; Plakidis, Peteris; Urbans, Uldis
Conductors: Sne, Normunds
Ensemble: Riga Chamber Players

The music of Peteris Plakidis, born in 1947, is rooted in the melodic character of Latvian folk music, which imbues all his works with a...continue...
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Joye: Les plaintes de Gilles de Bins dit Binchois
Joye: Les plaintes de Gilles de Bins dit Binchois

1 CD / Glossa / 2007-04-02

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

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

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

"This recording of Das Rheingold, though, is entirely successful, and while it may not displace the Solti or Boulez or Levine versions, it deserves a...continue...
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Goetz: The Taming of the Shrew / Keilberth, Frick, Kupper
Goetz: The Taming of the Shrew / Keilberth, Frick, Kupper

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

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

'''The Taming of the Shrew'' is in many respects a masterly score. It has an almost overabundant orchestral richness, full of ideas, wit and texture....continue...
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Monteverdi Cycle: L'Orfeo; Il Ritorno d'Ulisse; L'Incononazione di Poppea; Il Combattimento [7 DVD]
Monteverdi Cycle: L'Orfeo; Il Ritorno d'Ulisse; L'Incononazione di Poppea; Il Combattimento [7 DVD]

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

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

"For any opera to be fully effective, the singing must be superb, and the consistently transcendent vocal quality and idiomatically appropriate period practice are the...continue...
Run Time: 570 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
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Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, etc / Craft, Wyn-Rogers, et al
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, etc / Craft, Wyn-Rogers, et al

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

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

Arnold Schoenberg sought to write music that avoided traditional tonal implications, which eventually led him away from tonality altogether. Herzgewächse is a short piece for...continue...
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Wagner: Die Walküre / Knappertsbusch, Varnay, et al
Wagner: Die Walküre / Knappertsbusch, Varnay, et al

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

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

This live performance, recorded at the Bayreuth Festival in 1957, is one of the most powerful and dramatic interretations of Die Walkure ever performed. In...continue...
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Monteverdi:  L'incoronazione di Poppea / Nikolaus Harnoncourt [DVD]
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea / Nikolaus Harnoncourt [DVD]

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

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

An operatic legend returns-the celebrated Zurich Monteverdi cycle of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Until the 1970s, Monteverdi had been quietly fated to academia until...continue...
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Sound Format(s): DTS 5.1 Surround,
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese
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Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D'ulisse In Patria / Nikolaus Harnoncourt [DVD]
Monteverdi: Il Ritorno D'ulisse In Patria / Nikolaus Harnoncourt [DVD]

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

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

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

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

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

An operatic legend returns-the celebrated Zurich Monteverdi cycle of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Until the 1970s, Monteverdi had been quietly fated to academia until...continue...
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DGGI B000824309
Dallapiccola, Hartmann, Schweintz: Lieder
Dallapiccola, Hartmann, Schweintz: Lieder

1 CD / Orfeo / 2007-03-05

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

2 CD / Albany Records / 2007-03-01

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

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

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

2 CD / ORF / 2007-03-01

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

In 1768, a few weeks after his 54th birthday, C.P.E. Bach left Berlin. He had served as harpsichordist for almost 30 years in Frederick II's...continue...
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ORFR 306
Deep River - A Program of American Music / Atlanta Singers
Deep River - A Program of American Music / Atlanta Singers

1 CD / ACA Digital / 2007-03-01

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

The Atlanta Singers are a professional vocal ensemble known for their innovative programming and engaging performance style. From their founding 29 years ago by conductor...continue...
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ACD 20100
Handel: Tobit / Martini, Perillo, Hannigan, Schoch, et al
Handel: Tobit / Martini, Perillo, Hannigan, Schoch, et al

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

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

Compiled by John Christopher Smith from Handel’s operas, oratorios and other works, the oratorio Tobit, sometimes described as a pastiche, provided a winning synthesis of...continue...
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NXS 8570113
Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus / Matt, Morvai, et al
Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus / Matt, Morvai, et al

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2007-02-27

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

This is a very recent recording of one of Mozart's early operas. For this work 11 year-old Mozart used a story from Ovid's Metamorphoses. The...continue...
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BLC 93127
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Honeck/Vienna PO, Martinez, Koch, Mathey, Degout, Donath, Allen [2 DVD]
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Honeck/Vienna PO, Martinez, Koch, Mathey, Degout, Donath, Allen [2 DVD]

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

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

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

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

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

With powerful conviction, Nikolaus Lehnhoff interprets Wagner's Lohengrin as the dramatic struggle of masculine and feminine, revenge and compassion. Powerfully acted, almost like a Strindberg...continue...
Run Time: 275 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
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BOA 0964
Johann Michael Haydn: Requiem in Bb, etc / Grun, et al
Johann Michael Haydn: Requiem in Bb, etc / Grun, et al

1 CD / Carus / 2007-01-01

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

Of Johann Michael Haydn 's two Requiem settings, his incomplete late work, the Requiem in B-Flat Major, has remained in the shadow of his so-called...continue...
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CRS 83353
Wagner: Die Walküre
Wagner: Die Walküre

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

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Walküre
Performers: Bader, Helen; Greindl, Josef; Hotter, Hans [Baritone Vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von; Lammers, Gerda; Lenchner, Paula; Milinkovic, Georgine von; Nilsson, Birgit [Soprano Vocal]; Plumacher, Hetty; Scharte...
Conductors: Knappertsbusch, Hans
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URA 22.316
Martucci: Chamber Vocal Music / Onorati, Prayer
Martucci: Chamber Vocal Music / Onorati, Prayer

1 CD / Tactus / 2007-01-01

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

A welcome addition to the catalogue of vocal music by Giuseppe Martucci (1856-1909), the first nineteenth-century Italian composer not to specialize in opera-although he did...continue...
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TCT 851302
Bach: Cantatas BWV 20, 2, 10 [Hybrid SACD]
Bach: Cantatas BWV 20, 2, 10 [Hybrid SACD]

1 Super Audio CD / Accent / 2007-01-01

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata no 20, "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort" BWV 20; Cantata no 2, "Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein" BWV 2; Cantata no 10, "Meine Seel erhebt den Herren," BWV 10 (BC A175)
Performers: Crabben, Jan Van der; Genz, Christoph; Noskaiova, Petra; Thornhill, Siri Karoline
Conductors: Kuijken, Sigiswald
Ensemble: La Petite Bande

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Chilcott: Man I Sing, etc / Chilcott, BBC Singers, et al
Chilcott: Man I Sing, etc / Chilcott, BBC Singers, et al

1 CD / Signum Records / 2007-01-01

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

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

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

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

This album focuses on the earliest American singers of whom we have records. It affords us views of performing practice in the first years of...continue...
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SPUM 1361
Michel Corboz Edition Vol 4 - Bach and Brahms
Michel Corboz Edition Vol 4 - Bach and Brahms

2 CD / Cascavelle / 2006-12-01

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230; Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV 229; Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet for chorus, BWV 225 (BC C1); Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227; Der Geist hi...
Performers: Buntschu, Christiane; Casagrande, Natacha; Dami, Magali; Dinkel, June; Ducret, Natacha; Graf, Elisabeth; Kempf, Kurt; Nielsen, Philip; Perroux, Alain; Schmidt-Gaden, Barbara
Conductors: Corboz, Michel
Ensemble: Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne
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CAS 3090
Bernstein / Wonderful Town / Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle (Conductor) [DVD]
Bernstein / Wonderful Town / Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle (Conductor) [DVD]

1 DVD Video / EuroArts / 2006-11-21

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

Sir Simon Rattle conducts here one of the most brilliant and entertaining scores of Leonard Bernstein: the musical 'Wonderful Town'. Rattle is joined here by...continue...
Run Time: 76 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): DD 5.1 Surround, LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
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EUA 2052298
Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera / Zagrosek/Stuttgart Staatsoper, Ohlmann, Reinprecht, Shankle, Costea, Schneiderman [DVD]
Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera / Zagrosek/Stuttgart Staatsoper, Ohlmann, Reinprecht, Shankle, Costea, Schneiderman [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Arthaus / 2006-11-21

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

Mozart's charming opera tells the story of a Countess who disguises herself as a gardener in order to find and forgive her lover, who thinks...continue...
Run Time: 139 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: Italian, German, French, English, Spanish
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AHM 101253
The Essential Collection - Great Sopranos, Contraltos, et al
The Essential Collection - Great Sopranos, Contraltos, et al

2 CD / Avid Records / 2006-11-20

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

It 's time for the ladies to step up for the second of our "high brow" classical additions to the Essential Collection. This set features...continue...
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AVEE 1018922CD
Auber: Domino noir / Gressier, Micheau, Peyron, Berthon
Auber: Domino noir / Gressier, Micheau, Peyron, Berthon

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

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

Here is a complete performance of Auber's sparkling opera 'Le domino noir', plus highlights from another Auber opera, 'Fra Diavolo'. "Auber's music has an irresistible...continue...
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