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Jonathan Harvey: Wagner Dream, opera / Claire Booth, Gordon Gietz. Martyn Brabbyns
Jonathan Harvey: Wagner Dream, opera / Claire Booth, Gordon Gietz. Martyn Brabbyns

2 CD / Cypress / 2012-10-09

Works: Jonathan Harvey: Wagner Dream, opera
Performers: Angas, Richard; Baljet, Jan Willem; Best, Matthew [Bass Vocals]; Booth, Claire; Davies, Rebecca de Pont; de Vries, Rudi; Duesing, Dale; Gietz, Gordon; Hayward, Trish; Pels, Onno; Pittie, Pascal; Roep...
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: Ictus Ensemble

Inspired by the last moments of Richard Wagner's life and his interrupted opera project Die Sieger, Jonathan Harvey's Wagner Dream centers around a Buddhist revelation...continue...
Recording information: Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (06/2007)....continue...
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Britten: Billy Budd / Harding, Bostridge, Gunn, Saks, Davies, Rose, Lemalu, London SO, et al
Britten: Billy Budd / Harding, Bostridge, Gunn, Saks, Davies, Rose, Lemalu, London SO, et al

3 CD / Virgin Classics / 2008-10-14

Works: Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd, Op. 50
Performers: Benson, Laurie; Best, Matthew [Bass Vocals]; Bostridge, Ian; Charles, Oba Kush; Davies, Neal [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Elliott, Alasdair; Green, Adam; Gunn, Nathan; Jeffrey, Darren; Kean, Kyle; Lemalu, ...
Conductors: Harding, Daniel
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

After the award-winning recording of Britten's 'Turn of the Screw' (Virgin Classics, 2002), Daniel Harding and Ian Bostridge meet again for another Britten opera, this...continue...
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The Compact Opera Collection - Rossini: Il Barbiere/Marriner
The Compact Opera Collection - Rossini: Il Barbiere/Marriner

2 CD / Decca Imports / 2002-08-20

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Araiza, Francisco [Tenor Vocals]; Baltsa, Agnes; Best, Matthew [Bass Vocals]; Burgess, Sally; Kraemer, Nicholas; Lloyd, Robert [Bass Voice]; Noble, John; Trimarchi, Domenico [Bass-Bari...
Conductors: Marriner, Sir Neville
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

"...[Marriner's] characteristic polish and refinement - beautifully caught in the clear, finely balanced recording - never get in the way of urgent spontaneity, the sparkle...continue...
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Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love / Hickox, Varcoe, et al
Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love / Hickox, Varcoe, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2001-07-24

Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love
Performers: Bannatyne-Scott, Brian; Best, Matthew [Bass Vocals]; Bowen, John; Claycomb, Laura; Connolly, Sarah [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Gritton, Susan; Lloyd-Morgan, Richard; Loges, Stephan; Maxwell, Donald [Bass-...
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia

Aside from the EMI recording made by Davies and the New Philharmonia Orchestra (breifly offered as an import, and nearly impossible to obtain), Vaughan Williams'...continue...
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Opera in English - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Daniel, et al
Opera in English - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Daniel, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 1998-05-19

Works: Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Performers: Bayley, Clive; Best, Matthew [Bass Vocals]; Cookson, Brian; Curtis, Mark; Dowson, Stephen; Howard, Yvonne; Kale, Stuart [Tenor Vocal]; Parry, Susan; Rodgers, Joan; Tomlinson, John
Conductors: Daniel, Paul
Ensemble: English Northern Philharmonia; Leeds Parish Church Chorus; Opera North Chorus

"With the rich sonics, superior dynamic range, and deep, wide soundstage typical of a Chandos production, the five extended excerpts (Coronaation Scene, Varlaam's Song, Scene...continue...
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Menotti: Martin's Lie, Five Songs, etc / Richard Hickox
Menotti: Martin's Lie, Five Songs, etc / Richard Hickox

1 CD / Chandos Records / 1998-04-21

Works: Gian Carlo Menotti: Martin's Lie, children's church opera; Five Songs, for voice & piano; Canti della lontananza, song cycle for soprano & piano
Performers: Best, Matthew [Bass Vocals]; Burrowes, Connor; Howarth, Judith; Leggate, Robin [Tenor Vocal]; Martineau, Malcolm; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]; Stephen, Pamela Helen
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia Chorus

Menotti's style is instantly appealing, yet never merely attractive. Indeed, his music is fascinating enough to hear again and agian, and his relative neglect up...continue...
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Britten: Peter Grimes / Richard Hickox, Philip Langridge
Britten: Peter Grimes / Richard Hickox, Philip Langridge

2 CD / Chandos Records / 1996-04-23

Works: Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes
Performers: Barclay, Yvonne; Best, Matthew [Bass Vocals]; Collins, Anne; Connell, John; Fryatt, John; Graham-Hall, John; Harrison, Ned; Langridge, Philip [Tenor Vocal]; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]; Stephen, Pam...
Conductors: Hickox, Richard; Westrop, Stephen
Ensemble: London Symphony Chorus

"Electrifying as their rivals are, the LSO singers seem just that much more arresting...the sense of total music-theatre is present throughout and it's excitingly laid...continue...
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