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Alice Ping Yee Ho: The Lesson of Da Ji / Vania Chan, Charlotte Corwin, Benjamin Covey, Alexander Dobson, Derek Kwan, William Lau. Toronto Masque Theatre
Alice Ping Yee Ho: The Lesson of Da Ji / Vania Chan, Charlotte Corwin, Benjamin Covey, Alexander Dobson, Derek Kwan, William Lau. Toronto Masque Theatre

1 CD / Centrediscs / 2015-11-13

Works: Alice Ping Yee Ho: The Lesson of Da Ji, opera
Performers: Chan, Vania [Vocals]; Corwin, Charlotte [Vocals]; Covey, Benjamin; Dobson, Alexander [Bass Vocal]; Kwan, Derek; Lau, William [Vocals]; Newman, Marion
Conductors: Beckwith, Larry
Ensemble: Toronto Masque Theatre

The JUNO Award nominated composer Alice Ping Yee Ho has created a work that improbably blends Chinese, Baroque, and Western art formats in this Dora...continue...
Recording information: Music Gallery, Toronto (05/28/2015-05/30/2015)....continue...
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CERE 22115
The NYFA Collection, Vol. 2 - works by contemporary U.S. composers Laura Andel, John Bacon, Svjetlana Bukvich, Frank Carlberg et al. / various artists
The NYFA Collection, Vol. 2 - works by contemporary U.S. composers Laura Andel, John Bacon, Svjetlana Bukvich, Frank Carlberg et al. / various artists

1 CD / Innova / 2015-11-13

Works: Laura Andel: Khartes 4, for electric guitar, fender rhodes, bandoneon & drums; Sylvie Courvoisier: La Cigale, for piano, double bass & drums; Frank Carlberg: March, for big band; John Bacon: The Brok...
Performers: Bukvich-Nichols, Svjetlana; Dube, Alec [Percussion]; Gerstein, Ben; Hansen, Holly; Herrera, Juan [Percussion]; Kleijn, Gerard; Newman, Jack; Rivelli, Taylor; Sankaram, Kamala; Scudder, Kyle; Sloan, J...
Conductors: Andel, Laura; ; Stonefelt, Karolyn; Bloom, David
Ensemble: ; Contemporaneous; Frank Carlberg Big Band; Laura Andel Orchestra; SUNY Fredonia Percussion Ensemble; Sylvie Courvoisier Trio

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the NYFA's Fellowship Program which has over the past three decades awarded unrestricted cash grants to over 4,400 artists in...continue...
Recording information: Mountain Studio, NYC (01/2013); New York City (01/2013); Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY (01/2013); The Bimhuis, Amsterdam (01/2013); Warsaw (01/2013); Mountain ...continue...
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INNO 253
Robin de Raaff (b.1968): Waiting for Miss Monroe, opera / Laura Aikin, Dutch Nat'l Opera, Steven Sloane (live)
Robin de Raaff (b.1968): Waiting for Miss Monroe, opera / Laura Aikin, Dutch Nat'l Opera, Steven Sloane (live)

2 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2015-11-06

Works: Robin de Raaff: Waiting for Miss Monroe, opera
Performers: Aikin, Laura; Belcher, Daniel; Coulombe, Alain [Bass Vocal]; Duesing, Dale; Kowan, Maria [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Lee, David DQ; Randle, Tom [Tenor vocals]; Tessier, John; Van Kerckhove, Hendrickje
Conductors: Sloane, Steven
Ensemble: Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

World premiere recording of the new opera by leading Dutch composer Robin de Raaff, starring soprano Laura Aikin in the role of Marilyn Monroe....continue...
Recording information: Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (2012-06-07&2012-06-15&2012-)....continue...
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Mira J. Spektor: Villa Diodati, chamber opera / Rachel Arky, Jeremy J. Moore, Hillary Schranze, Angela Leson, Rachel Zatcoff, Mike Longo, Arkady Orlovsky, cello; Barbara Ames, piano [DVD]
Mira J. Spektor: Villa Diodati, chamber opera / Rachel Arky, Jeremy J. Moore, Hillary Schranze, Angela Leson, Rachel Zatcoff, Mike Longo, Arkady Orlovsky, cello; Barbara Ames, piano [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Albany Records / 2015-10-13

Works: Mira J. Spektor: Villa Diodati, chamber opera
Performers: Arky, Rachel; Leson, Angela; Longo, Mike; Moore, Jeremy J.; Schranze, Hillary; Zatcoff, Rachel

This film by Bank Street Films of Villa Diodati, a chamber opera by Mira J. Spektor with libretto by Colette Inez, was the result of...continue...
Run Time: 72 min.
Region: 0
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ALB 1584
Les Menus Plaisirs de Louis XIV de Paris à Versailles - music of Lully, Charpentier, Delalande, Couperin et al. / Véronique Gens, René Jacobs
Les Menus Plaisirs de Louis XIV de Paris à Versailles - music of Lully, Charpentier, Delalande, Couperin et al. / Véronique Gens, René Jacobs

10 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2015-10-09

Works: Giovanni Rovetta: Dixit secondo, for 7 voices & 2 violins, Op. 4; Lauda Jerusalem, for 6 voices & 2 violins, Op. 4; Magnificat, for 8 voices & 2 violins, Op. 4; Sébastien Daucé: Le Conc...
Performers: Claire, Robert; Coadou, Luc; Costoyas, Dolores; Cremonesi, Attilio; Crook, Howard [Tenor Vocals]; Cunningham, Sarah [Viola da gamba]; Deletre, Bernard; Elwes, John; Garmy, René; Gens, Veroniqu...
Conductors: Junghanel, Konrad; Daucé, Sébastien; Goodwin, Paul; Christie, William; Herreweghe, Philippe; Reyne, Hugo; Beyer, Amandine
Ensemble: Cantus Cölln ; Concerto Palatino; Ensemble Correspondances; Gli Incogniti; La Chapelle Royale; La Simphonie du Marais; Les Arts Florissants; London Oboe Band

2015 marks the 300th anniversary of the death of Louis XIV. An autocratic ruler, the Sun King was known for plunging his country into famine...continue...
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Jake Heggie (b.1961): The Radio Hour, A Choral Opera in One Act / Susan Graham, mz; David Clemensen, piano; John Alexander Singers; Pacific SO
Jake Heggie (b.1961): The Radio Hour, A Choral Opera in One Act / Susan Graham, mz; David Clemensen, piano; John Alexander Singers; Pacific SO

1 CD / Delos / 2015-10-09

Works: Jake Heggie: The Radio Hour, opera in one act for soloists, chorus & orchestra; Patterns, for mezzo-soprano & female chorus; I Shall Not Live in Vain, song for voice & piano; Dead Man Walking; He wil...
Performers: Dyson, Denean [Vocals]; Graham, Susan; McKillips, Ricardo V. [Vocals]
Conductors: Clemensen, David; Alexander, John
Ensemble: ; Pacific Symphony

Initially regarded as a master composer of art songs, Jake Heggie has since become known as perhaps America's leading contemporary composer of internationally acclaimed operas....continue...
Recording information: Meng Concert Hall, Clayes Performing Arts Center, Calif (05/20/2014); Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom C (05/20/2014); Meng Concert Hall, Clayes Perfor...continue...
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DEL 3484
Frances White: She Lost Her Voice, That's How We Knew / Kristin Norderval, soprano; Elizabeth Brown, Shakuhachi
Frances White: She Lost Her Voice, That's How We Knew / Kristin Norderval, soprano; Elizabeth Brown, Shakuhachi

1 CD / Ravello / 2015-10-09

Works: Frances White: She Lost Her Voice that's How We Knew, for soprano & electronics
Performers: Brown, Elizabeth [Flute]; Norderval, Kristin

Frances White's music has been featured as part of the soundtrack of three of Gus Van Sant's award-winning films Elephant, Paranoid Park, and Milk. Kristin...continue...
Recording information: CityVox in Manhattan NY (2005)....continue...
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RAEL 7915
Rufus Wainwright (b.1973): Prima Donna, opera / Janis Kelly, Kathryn Guthrie, Antonio Figueroa, Richard Morrison. BBC SO, Jayce Ogren
Rufus Wainwright (b.1973): Prima Donna, opera / Janis Kelly, Kathryn Guthrie, Antonio Figueroa, Richard Morrison. BBC SO, Jayce Ogren

2 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2015-10-02

Works: Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna, opera
Conductors: Ogren, Jayce
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Prima Donna centers on a day in the life of an ageing opera singer, who is anxiously preparing for her comeback in 1970s Paris. Once...continue...
Personnel: Graham Bradshaw (cello).

Recording information: London, Maida Vale (BBC) Studio 1 (01/2015)....continue...
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Le Concert Royal de la Nuit - music by Jean de Cambefort, Antoine Boesset, Louis Constantin, Michel Lambert, Francesco Cavalli and Luigi Rossi
Le Concert Royal de la Nuit - music by Jean de Cambefort, Antoine Boesset, Louis Constantin, Michel Lambert, Francesco Cavalli and Luigi Rossi

2 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2015-09-11

Works: Sébastien Daucé: Le Concert Royal de la Nuit, Baroque pastiche opéra-ballet
Performers: Dauce, Sebastien; Ensemble Correspondances
Conductors: Daucé, Sébastien
Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances

In late February 1653, just after the Fronde rebellion, the most influential spectacle of the early reign of Louis XIV was presented at the Louvre:...continue...
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Glass: Satyagraha / Douglas Perry, Claudia Cummings, Rhonda Liss, Robert McFarland, Scott Reeve, Sheryl Woods. Christopher Keene, New York City Opera
Glass: Satyagraha / Douglas Perry, Claudia Cummings, Rhonda Liss, Robert McFarland, Scott Reeve, Sheryl Woods. Christopher Keene, New York City Opera

3 CD / Sony / RCA / 2015-09-11

Works: Philip Glass: MEDLEY
Performers: Cummings, Claudia; Liss, Rhonda; McFarland, Robert; Perry, Douglas [Viola]; Reeve, Scott; Woods, Sheryl
Conductors: Keene, Christopher
Ensemble: New York City Opera Chorus

Drawn from the worldwide catalog holdings of Sony Classical, which includes both the Columbia/CBS and RCA Victor label imprints, the SONY Classical Originals, SONY Classical...continue...
Recording information: RCA Studio A, New York City (1984-02-04&1984-02-05&1984-).

The first sound one hears is Douglas Perry's breathtakingly pure tenor intoning Sanskrit syllables from the Bha...continue...
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Gerald Barry (b.1952): The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, opera / Rayanne Dupuis, Mary Plazas; Stephanie Marshall, Sylvia O'Brien. RTE Nat'l SO
Gerald Barry (b.1952): The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, opera / Rayanne Dupuis, Mary Plazas; Stephanie Marshall, Sylvia O'Brien. RTE Nat'l SO

4 CD / Discovery / 2015-09-04

Works: Gerald Barry: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, opera
Conductors: Markson, Gerhard
Ensemble: RTE National Symphony Orchestra

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is a love story: ecstatic, moving, gripping, obsessive, funny, heart-breaking, and filled with tenderness, hatred, jealously, and compassion....continue...
Recording information: The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (05/27/2005); The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (05/29/2005)....continue...
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J.S. Bach & Philip Glass: Organ Works / Iveta Apkalna, organ
J.S. Bach & Philip Glass: Organ Works / Iveta Apkalna, organ

2 CD / Oehms / 2015-07-10

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565; Pastorale in F major, BWV 590; Prelude and Fugue, for organ in E flat major ("St. Anne;" Clavier-Übung III/26), BWV 552 (B...
Performers: Apkalna, Iveta

Bach meets Glass! Iveta Apkalna has selected a more than unusual program for her new double OehmsClassics CD, a selection of Bach organ works contrasted...continue...
Recording information: Himmerod Abbey (06/2013/10/2013)....continue...
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OEH 1827
Will Todd (b.1970): Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a family opera / An Opera Holland Park production
Will Todd (b.1970): Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a family opera / An Opera Holland Park production

1 CD / Signum Records / 2015-07-10

Works: Will Todd: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, opera
Conductors: Walden, Matthew

11-year-old Alice lives in the not terribly exciting town of Grimthorpe. On a boring Wednesday in the summer holidays Alice’s family, wandering around town, gets...continue...
Recording information: Angel Recording Studios; Jazzmouse Studio....continue...
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Contemporary British Operas - Birtwistle: The Minotaur; Benjamin: Written On Skin; Turnage: Anna Nicole / Tomlinson, Reuter, Rice, Purves, Hannigan, Mehta, Westbroek, Bickley, Finley [4 DVD]
Contemporary British Operas - Birtwistle: The Minotaur; Benjamin: Written On Skin; Turnage: Anna Nicole / Tomlinson, Reuter, Rice, Purves, Hannigan, Mehta, Westbroek, Bickley, Finley [4 DVD]

4 DVD Video / Opus Arte / 2015-06-30

Works: Harrison Britwistle: The Minotaur; George Benjamin: Written on Skin, opera; Mark-Anthony Turnage: Anna Nicole
Performers: Bickley, Susan; Clayton, Allan; De Pont Davies, Rebecca; Doyle, Grant; Finley, Gerald; Hannigan, Barbara; Hoare, Peter; Langridge, Philip; Lixenberg, Lore; Mehta, Bejun; Oke, Alan; Purves, Christophe...
Conductors: Manning, Peter; Ganjamin, George;
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Chorus; Royal Opera House Orchestra

This 4DVD collection celebrates the best of contemporary British opera, bringing together three acclaimed Royal Opera House productions. John Tomlinson stars in the world premiere...continue...
Run Time: 265 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS Surround
Subtitles: English, German, French
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BOA 1189BD
Brett Dean: Bliss
Brett Dean: Bliss

3 CD / HBDirect Import / 2015-06-23

Works: Brett Dean: Bliss, opera
Performers: Breen, Kanen; Coleman-Wright, Peter; Corcoran, David [Tenor Vocal]; Fiebig, Taryn; Gore, Lorina; Quaife, Merlyn; Ryan, Barry
Conductors: Howarth, Elgar

Recording information: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House (03/2010)....continue...
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HBIM 5023160
Glass Piano
Glass Piano

1 CD / Infine Music / 2015-06-16

Works: Philip Glass: Mad Rush; Metamorphosis, for piano; Einstein on the Beach; Wichita Vortex Sutra, for piano
Performers: Brubaker, Bruce

Recording information: Théâtre et Auditorium de Poitiers....continue...
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Veli-Matti Puumala (b.1965): Anna Liisa, opera / Tapiola Sinfonietta; Helsinki Chamber Choir; Söderblom
Veli-Matti Puumala (b.1965): Anna Liisa, opera / Tapiola Sinfonietta; Helsinki Chamber Choir; Söderblom

2 CD / Ondine / 2015-06-09

Works: Veli-Matti Puumala: Anna Liisa, opera
Performers: Hostikka, Anu; Hostikka, Juha; Hynninen, Jorma; Juntunen, Helena; Kauppinen-Savijoki, Tanja; Kokora, Jouni; Kurki-Suonio, Sanna; Rusanen, Ville [Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Söderblom, Jan; Schweckendiek, Nils
Ensemble: Helsinki Chamber Choir; Tapiola Sinfonietta

This Ondine release marks the world premiere recording of Veli-Matti Puumala's (b. 1965) opera Anna Liisa, based on a popular 19th c. Finnish play concerning...continue...
Recording information: Tapiola Hall (02/03/2014-02/07/2014)....continue...
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OND 1254
Aulis Sallinen (b.1935): King Lear / Lilli Paasikivi, Taina Piira, Satu Vihavainen, Petri Lindroos, Kai Pitkanen. Finnish Nat'l Opera, Okko Kamu [DVD]
Aulis Sallinen (b.1935): King Lear / Lilli Paasikivi, Taina Piira, Satu Vihavainen, Petri Lindroos, Kai Pitkanen. Finnish Nat'l Opera, Okko Kamu [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Ondine / 2015-05-12

Works: Aulis Sallinen: Kullervo, opera
Performers: Hynninen, Jorma; Lindroos, Petri; Paasikivi, Lilli; Piira, Taina; Pitkanen, Kai; Salminen, Matti; Silvasti, Jorma; Tiilikainen, Sauli; Vihavainen, Satu
Conductors: Kamu, Okko
Ensemble: Finnish National Opera Chorus; Finnish National Opera Orchestra

One of the most internationally well-known of Finnish composers, Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935) will celebrate his 80th birthday in 2015. In tribute, Ondine is releasing...continue...
Run Time: 164 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, Finnish
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OND 4010
John Metcalf: Under Milk Wood, opera (text: Dylan Thomas) / Welsh National Opera
John Metcalf: Under Milk Wood, opera (text: Dylan Thomas) / Welsh National Opera

2 CD / Launch Music / 2015-05-12

Works: John Metcalf: Under Milk Wood, opera
Performers: Davies, Wyn; Donovan, Elizabeth; Howells, Helen Jane [Soprano Vocal]; Jeffers, Gweneth-Ann; Jones, Michael Douglas; Jones, Paul Carey; Lucas, Karina; Morris, Richard [Baritone Vocal]; Mulholl, Eamonn...
Conductors: Davies, Wyn
Ensemble: Welsh National Opera

This new CD presents the first time that Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood" has been used as a libretto. The cover artwork was provided by...continue...
Recording information: St German's Church, Cardiff (04/09/2014-04/10/2014)....continue...
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LAUC TY40665
Sinful Women - Arias by Massenet, Saint-Saëns,  Stravinsky, Wagner et al.  / Dagmar Pecková, mzz.; Slovak Philharmonic Chorus & Orch.; Markovic
Sinful Women - Arias by Massenet, Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, Wagner et al. / Dagmar Pecková, mzz.; Slovak Philharmonic Chorus & Orch.; Markovic

1 CD / Supraphon / 2015-05-12

Works: Jules Massenet: Marie-Magdeleine; Hérodiade; Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila; Igor Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex; Luigi Cherubini: Medea; Richard Wagner: Parsifal; Richard Strauss: Salome...
Performers: Mikulás, Peter [Bass Vocals]; Peckova, Dagmar; Veberova, Ivana [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Markovic, Aleksandar
Ensemble: ; Slovak Philharmonic Chorusá ; Slovak Philharmonic Orchestraá

The provocative title of the new album by the feted mezzo-soprano Dagmar Pecková reflects a remarkable dramaturgic idea: that which connects the life of modern...continue...
Recording information: Studio of Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Bratislava (2014-09-02_2014-09-04&2014-)....continue...
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Kamran Ince (b.1960): Judgment of Midas, opera / Matthew DiBattista, tenor; Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano; Gregory Gerbrandt,  baritone; Jennifer Goltz, soprano; Mikhail Svetlov, bass
Kamran Ince (b.1960): Judgment of Midas, opera / Matthew DiBattista, tenor; Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano; Gregory Gerbrandt, baritone; Jennifer Goltz, soprano; Mikhail Svetlov, bass

2 CD / Albany Records / 2015-05-05

Works: Kamran Ince: Judgement of Midas, opera
Performers: DiBattista, Matthew; Fischer, Abigail; Gerbrandt, Gregory [baritone Vocal]; Goltz, Jennifer; Horst, Phillip [Bass Baritone]; Svetlov, Mikhail
Conductors: Ince, Kamran
Ensemble: Milwaukee Opera Theatre Chorus

The opera Judgment of Midas was commissioned by Crawford Greenewalt, Jr. to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sardis excavations in Turkey. Composer Kamran Ince...continue...
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ALB 1562
Thierry Escaich (b.1965): Claude, opera (Libretto: R. Badinter) / L'Opera de Lyon Chorus & Orchestra; Rhorer [DVD]
Thierry Escaich (b.1965): Claude, opera (Libretto: R. Badinter) / L'Opera de Lyon Chorus & Orchestra; Rhorer [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Bel Air Classiques / 2015-04-28

Works: Thierry Escaich: Claude, opera
Performers: Bou, Jean-Sebastien; Ferreira, Rodrigo; LaFont, Jean-Philippe
Conductors: Rhorer, Jérémie
Ensemble: Chœurs de L'Opera de Lyon; Orchestre de L'Opera de Lyon

A modern opera inspired by Victor Hugo's ''Claude Gueux'', on a libretto by Robert Badinter and music by Thierry Escaich. The synopsis of ''Claude'' is...continue...
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Aribert Reimann: Lear, opera (adapted from Shakespeare) / Bo Skovhus, Katja Pieweck, Hellen Kwon, Siobhan Stagg. Simone Young, Hamburg State Opera [DVD]
Aribert Reimann: Lear, opera (adapted from Shakespeare) / Bo Skovhus, Katja Pieweck, Hellen Kwon, Siobhan Stagg. Simone Young, Hamburg State Opera [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Arthaus / 2015-04-28

Works: Aribert Reimann: Lear, opera
Performers: Kwon, Hellen; Leder, Erwin; Pieweck, Katja; Skovhus, Bo; Stagg, Siobhan; Vasar, Lauri; Watts, Edgar
Conductors: Young, Simone
Ensemble: Hamburg Philharmonic; Hamburg State Opera Chorus

Aribert Reimann's "Lear" is a milestone in the tragic opera of the 20th century. Ever since its 1978 premiere at the Bavarian State Opera in...continue...
Run Time: 156 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, German
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AHM 109063
Aribert Reimann: Lear, opera (adapted from Shakespeare) / Bo Skovhus, Katja Pieweck, Hellen Kwon, Siobhan Stagg. Simone Young, Hamburg State Opera [Blu-ray]
Aribert Reimann: Lear, opera (adapted from Shakespeare) / Bo Skovhus, Katja Pieweck, Hellen Kwon, Siobhan Stagg. Simone Young, Hamburg State Opera [Blu-ray]

1 Blu-Ray Video / Arthaus / 2015-04-28

Works: Aribert Reimann: Lear, opera
Performers: Kwon, Hellen; Leder, Erwin; Pieweck, Katja; Skovhus, Bo; Stagg, Siobhan; Vasar, Lauri; Watts, Edgar
Conductors: Young, Simone
Ensemble: Hamburg Philharmonic; Hamburg State Opera Chorus

Aribert Reimann's "Lear" is a milestone in the tragic opera of the 20th century. Ever since its 1978 premiere at the Bavarian State Opera in...continue...
Run Time: 156 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English, German
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AHM 109064
Tim Fain Plays Philip Glass: Partita for Solo Violin / Tim Fain, violin
Tim Fain Plays Philip Glass: Partita for Solo Violin / Tim Fain, violin

1 CD / Orange Mountain Music / 2015-04-14

Works: Philip Glass: Partita, for violin; Einstein on the Beach; Book of Longing; Concerto for Violin no 2
Performers: Fain, Tim

Violinist Tim Fain has long been an advocate of Glass's music, both as a soloist in the composer's concertos and in chamber music performances with...continue...
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Little Girl Blue from Nina Simone / Sonia Wieder-Atherton, cello; Bruno Fontaine, piano; Laurent Kraif, percussion
Little Girl Blue from Nina Simone / Sonia Wieder-Atherton, cello; Bruno Fontaine, piano; Laurent Kraif, percussion

1 CD / Naïve / 2015-03-31

Works: Gian Carlo Menotti: The Medium; American Traditional: Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, folk song; Richard Rodgers: Little Girl Blue, song (from "Jumbo"); Nina Simone: Fodder On My Wings; Im...
Performers: Fontaine, Bruno; Kraif, Laurent [Percussion]; Wieder-Atherton, Sonia [Cello]

Sonia Wieder-Atherton on Nina Simone: "There is one thing I am sure of: she moves you and enchants you beyond belief. But then we all...continue...
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Shchedrin: The Left-Hander, comic opera / Popov, Tsanga, Moroz, Alieva, Maksakova; Mariinsky Orchestra; Valery Gergiev
Shchedrin: The Left-Hander, comic opera / Popov, Tsanga, Moroz, Alieva, Maksakova; Mariinsky Orchestra; Valery Gergiev

2 Super Audio CD / Mariinsky / 2015-03-10

Works: Rodion Shchedrin: The Left-Hander (Levsha), opera
Performers: Aleshonkova, Marina [Vocals]; Alieva, Kristina [Vocals]; Gerasimov, Alexander; Goncharova, Yekaterina [Vocals]; Koleushko, Dmitry; Krapivina, Yekaterina [Vocals]; Latyshev, Mikhail [Vocals]; Lukhanin...
Conductors: Gergiev, Valery
Ensemble: Mariinsky Orchestra

Specially written for Gergiev on the occasion of his 60th birthday, Rodion Shchedrin's The Left-Hander is a comedy of Russians and Englishmen, new technology, old...continue...
Recording information: Mariinsky-II, St Petersburg, Russia (07/27/2013-07/28/2013)....continue...
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Paola Prestini: Oceanic Verses / Christopher Burchett, baritone; Helga Davis, voice; Hila Plitmann, soprano [CD + DVD]
Paola Prestini: Oceanic Verses / Christopher Burchett, baritone; Helga Davis, voice; Hila Plitmann, soprano [CD + DVD]

2 CD / VIA Records / 2015-02-10

Works: Paola Prestini: Oceanic Verses, operatic tableau for soloists, chorus & orchestra; Unspecified: [DVD Bonus Material]
Conductors: Wachner, Julian
Ensemble: Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Decoda

"Oceanic Verses" is a 60-minute meditation on fading civilizations. An archaeologist, played by improviser Helga Davis, leads the exploration whose investigation into the 'artifacts of...continue...
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Brian Current (b.1972): Airline Icarus, chamber opera / Carla Huhtanen, Krisztina Szabo, Graham Thomson, Alexander Dobson, Geoffrey Sirett
Brian Current (b.1972): Airline Icarus, chamber opera / Carla Huhtanen, Krisztina Szabo, Graham Thomson, Alexander Dobson, Geoffrey Sirett

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2014-11-11

Works: Brian Current: Airline Icarus, opera
Performers: Bowman, Benjamin; Campbell, Gregory; Davidson, Charles; Dobson, Alexander [Bass Vocal]; Huhtanen, Carla; Kirkpatrick, Loralie; Martin, Leigh-Anne [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Mathieu, Veronique [Violin]; R...
Conductors: Current, Brian

1st recording of the Canadian Brian Current's chamber opera Airline Icarus, set aboard an airliner....continue...
Recording information: Conservatory Theatre, The Royal Conservatory, Toronto (11/25/2012)....continue...

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Gerald Barry: The Importance of Being Earnest, opera; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Adès
Gerald Barry: The Importance of Being Earnest, opera; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Adès

1 CD / NMC Recordings / 2014-11-11

Works: Gerald Barry: The Importance of Being Earnest, opera
Conductors: Adès, Thomas
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

‘The world now has something rare: a new genuinely comic opera and maybe the most inventive Oscar Wilde opera since Richard Strauss's Salome more than...continue...
Recording information: Barbican Hall, London (04/24/2012); Birmingham (04/24/2012); Barbican Hall, London (04/26/2012); Birmingham (04/26/2012)....continue...
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Anne LeBaron (b.1953): Crescent City, opera / Lebron, The Industry
Anne LeBaron (b.1953): Crescent City, opera / Lebron, The Industry

2 CD / Innova / 2014-10-28

Works: Anne LeBaron: Crescent City, hyperopera
Performers: Altany, Maria Elena [Vocals]; Bekbosunov, Timur; Berry, Cedric; Brown, Gwendolyn; Faatoalia, Ashley; Lowenstein, Marc; Mack, Jonathan; Sengpiehl, Lillian [Vocals]; Yang, Ji Young [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Lowenstein, Marc
Ensemble: The Industry

Anne LeBaron, whom The New Yorker calls "an admired West Coast experimentalist, who is an innovative performer on the harp as well as an unusually...continue...
Recording information: Atwater Crossing, Los Angeles (05/26/2012-05/27/2012)....continue...
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INNO 878
Classic ABC TV and Radio Themes
Classic ABC TV and Radio Themes

2 CD / HBDirect Import / 2014-09-30

Works: Charles Williams: Majestic Fanfare, for orchestra (ABC Radio News theme); Geoffrey Burgon: Brideshead Revisited, theme from the television score; Nunc dimittis, for chorus, trumpet & organ; Ottorino ...
Performers: Atwell, Winifred; Bloxsom, Ian; Bowra, Tania; Campbell, David [Double Bass]; Couch, Wendy [Percussion]; Cronin, Jacqueline; Dikkenberg, Jo [Vocals]; Dourmany, Mary [Harp]; Evans, Angus [Vocals]; Evan...
Conductors: Challender, Stuart; Serebrier, José; Northey, Benjamin; Stanhope, David; Smeaton, Bruce; Hocking, Kevin; Grabowsky, Paul; Porcelijn, David; Motzing, William; Thomas, Patrick; Dreyfus, George; ...
Ensemble: ; ABC Showband; Seraphim Trio; Sydney Alpha Ensemble
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HBIM 1172893
Nico Muhly: Two Boys
Nico Muhly: Two Boys

2 CD / Nonesuch / 2014-09-30

Works: Nico Muhly: Two Boys, opera
Performers: Appleby, Paul; Coote, Alice; Petersen, Dennis
Conductors: Robertson, David

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The performance cannot be faulted. Alice Coote is splendid as the detective; and Paul Appleby, who looks a little too mature...continue...
Recording information: The Metropolitan Opera, New York City (10/21/2013/11/06/2013)....continue...
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Saegusa: Chushingura / Otomo, Tokyo Symphony, et al
Saegusa: Chushingura / Otomo, Tokyo Symphony, et al

3 CD / Sony Classical Import / 2014-09-17

Works: Shigeaki Saegusa: Chusingura, opera
Performers: Eiso, Shigemitsu; Kyoko Akiba
Conductors: Otomo, Naoto
Ensemble: Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
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SNYC 60233
Philip Glass: Spuren der Verirrten - The Lost, opera / Dennis Russell Davies
Philip Glass: Spuren der Verirrten - The Lost, opera / Dennis Russell Davies

2 CD / Orange Mountain Music / 2014-09-09

Works: Philip Glass: Spuren der Verirrten (The Lost), opera
Performers: Achrainer, Martin; Breuer, Elisabeth [Vocals]; de Beul, Bram [Vocals]; Griesmeier, Gotho [Vocals]; Hirschmann, Martha [Vocals]; Nekel, Dominik [Vocals]; Pertusini, Peter [Vocals]; Ratzenbock, Christa...
Conductors: Davies, Dennis R.
Ensemble: Bruckner Orchestra Linz

Philip Glass's opera Spuren der Verirrten (The Lost) was first performed in April 2013 at the opening of the new Musiktheater am Volksgarten Linz. The...continue...
Recording information: Musiktheater, Landestheater Linz (04/12/2013)....continue...
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Dean Burry (b. 1972): Baby Kintyre, opera/ Laura Albino, Benjamin Covey, James McLennan, Shannon Mercer, Eileen Nash, Krisztina Szabó, Giles Tomkins
Dean Burry (b. 1972): Baby Kintyre, opera/ Laura Albino, Benjamin Covey, James McLennan, Shannon Mercer, Eileen Nash, Krisztina Szabó, Giles Tomkins

1 CD / Centrediscs / 2014-09-09

Works: Dean Burry: Baby Kintyre, radio serial opera; Spoken Word: Documentary
Performers: Albion, Laura; Attariwalla, Parmela [Viola]; Bard, Shalom; Bergman, Bethany; Covey, Benjamin; Ghent, Amber; Hess, John; McLennan, James; Mercer, Shannon [Soprano Vocal]; Miyagawa, Aya; Nash, Eileen [...

Set against a backdrop of 1920's Toronto, this radio opera serial is based on a true story of a mummified baby found in the floorboards...continue...
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CERE 20314
Garth Baxter (b. 1946): Songs and Arias / Katherine Unha Keem, soprano; Andrew Stewart, piano; Kathrin Murray, guitar; Peter Scott Drackley, tenor
Garth Baxter (b. 1946): Songs and Arias / Katherine Unha Keem, soprano; Andrew Stewart, piano; Kathrin Murray, guitar; Peter Scott Drackley, tenor

1 CD / Centaur / 2014-09-09

Works: Garth Baxter: Poems (3) by Linda Pastan, for voice & piano; The Long Hill, for voice & piano; A Wife in London, for voice & piano; Grandmother Think Not I Forget, for voice & guitar; From the Heart; ...
Performers: Drackley, Peter Scott [Tenor Vocal]; Keem, Katherine; Murray, Kathrin; Stewart, Andrew [Liner Notes]

This album of modern Garth Baxter-composed art songs, features coloratura soprano Katherine Unha Keem, with accompanying musicians Andrew Stuart at the piano, guitarist Kathrin Murray...continue...
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CEN 3359
Judith Weir (b. 1954): The Vanishing Bridegroom, opera / Ailish Tynan, soprano; Anna Stéphany, soprano; Andrew Tortise, tenor; Owen Gilhooly, baritone. BBC SO, Brabbins
Judith Weir (b. 1954): The Vanishing Bridegroom, opera / Ailish Tynan, soprano; Anna Stéphany, soprano; Andrew Tortise, tenor; Owen Gilhooly, baritone. BBC SO, Brabbins

2 CD / NMC Recordings / 2014-09-09

Works: Judith Weir: The Vanishing Bridegroom, opera
Performers: Alcantara, Lynette; Birchall, Simon [Bass Baritone Vocals]; Bowen, Christopher; Curievici, Paul Haas [Vocals]; Gilhooly, Owen; Goater, Edward; Lemalu, Jonathan; Menna, Sian; Murgatroyd, Andrew; Price...
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Judith Weir's opera, commissioned by Glasgow District Council for the 1990 City of Culture celebrations, takes three Scottish folktales, all concerned with disappearance: The Inheritance...continue...
Recording information: Barbican Concert Hall, London, England (01/19/2008)....continue...
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Andreé Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice, opera in 3 acts / Christopher Ainslie, Jason Bridges, Adrian Erod, Verena Gunz, Magdalena Hoffmann, David Stout, Charles Workman [Blu-ray]
Andreé Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice, opera in 3 acts / Christopher Ainslie, Jason Bridges, Adrian Erod, Verena Gunz, Magdalena Hoffmann, David Stout, Charles Workman [Blu-ray]

1 Blu-Ray Video / EuroArts / 2014-08-26

Works: André Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice, opera in 3 acts
Performers: Ainslie, Christopher; Angas, Richard; Bridges, Jason; Clarke, Adrian; Gunz, Verena; Herfurtner, Hanna; Hofmann, Magdalena Anna; Lewek, Kathryn; Patzke, Norman; Stout, David; Workman, Charles
Conductors: Nielsen, Erik
Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Despite his initial success as a concert pianist, André Tchaikowsky's real passion was composition. "The Merchant of Venice", after Shakespeare, was to remain his only...continue...
Run Time: 250 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.0
Subtitles: English, German, Fren...continue...
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EUA 2072704
Andreé Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice, opera in 3 acts / Christopher Ainslie, Jason Bridges, Adrian Erod, Verena Gunz, Magdalena Hoffmann, David Stout, Charles Workman [DVD]
Andreé Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice, opera in 3 acts / Christopher Ainslie, Jason Bridges, Adrian Erod, Verena Gunz, Magdalena Hoffmann, David Stout, Charles Workman [DVD]

2 DVD Video / EuroArts / 2014-08-26

Works: André Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice, opera in 3 acts
Performers: Ainslie, Christopher; Angas, Richard; Bridges, Jason; Clarke, Adrian; Gunz, Verena; Herfurtner, Hanna; Hofmann, Magdalena Anna; Lewek, Kathryn; Patzke, Norman; Stout, David; Workman, Charles
Conductors: Nielsen, Erik
Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Despite his initial success as a concert pianist, André Tchaikowsky's real passion was composition. "The Merchant of Venice", after Shakespeare, was to remain his only...continue...
Run Time: 250 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Polish...continue...
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EUA 2072708
Harrison Birtwistle (b.1934): Gawain, opera / Marie Angel, Anne Howells, Francois Le Roux, John Tomlinson. Elgar Howarth, ROH
Harrison Birtwistle (b.1934): Gawain, opera / Marie Angel, Anne Howells, Francois Le Roux, John Tomlinson. Elgar Howarth, ROH

2 CD / NMC Recordings / 2014-08-12

Works: Harrison Birtwistle: Gawain, opera
Conductors: Howarth, Elgar
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Orchestra

Birtwistle's fascination with myth and ritual has influenced many of his works and this opera, its libretto by David Harsent, is based on the Arthurian...continue...
Recording information: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (04/20/1994)....continue...
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Peter Maxwell Davies: Resurrection, opera in 1 act / Della Jones, Christopher Robson, Martyn Hill, Neil Jenkins, Henry Herford, Gerald Finley
Peter Maxwell Davies: Resurrection, opera in 1 act / Della Jones, Christopher Robson, Martyn Hill, Neil Jenkins, Henry Herford, Gerald Finley

2 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2014-08-12

Works: Peter Maxwell Davies: Resurrection, opera in 1 act with prologue, J. 216
Performers: Best, Jonathan; Carewe, Mary [Soprano Vocal]; Finley, Gerald [Bass-Baritone Vocals]; Herford, Henry; Hill, Martyn [Tenor Vocals]; Jenkins, Neil; Jones, Della; Robson, Christopher [Countertenor Vocal]
Conductors: Maxwell Davies, Peter
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies began work on his parodic opera Resurrection whilst studying at Princeton in the early 1960s but it wasn't until the 1980s...continue...
Recording information: Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England (09/08/1994)....continue...
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NXS 8660359
Michael Ching (b.1958): A Midsummer Night's Dream, opera a cappella / Jeremiah Johnson; Jennifer Coopera; Kent Fleshman; John Dooley; Laura Stracko; Emily Bodkin
Michael Ching (b.1958): A Midsummer Night's Dream, opera a cappella / Jeremiah Johnson; Jennifer Coopera; Kent Fleshman; John Dooley; Laura Stracko; Emily Bodkin

2 CD / Albany Records / 2014-08-12

Works: Michael Ching: A Midsummer Night's Dream, opera a cappella
Performers: Cooper, Jennifer Goode [Vocals]; Fleshman, Kent [Vocals]; Johnson, Jeremiah
Conductors: Tucker, Curtis
Ensemble: Riva

An opera without an orchestra? Composer Michael Ching's A Midsummer Night's Dream, uses a "voicestra," an ensemble of a cappella singers, instead of instruments in...continue...
Recording information: Ardent Studios, Alpha Sound, Memphis, TN (02/2011-04/2011)....continue...
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Daniel Crozier (b.1957): With Blood, With Ink, opera / Sandra Lopez; Vanessa Becerra; Audrey Babcock; Ian McEuen; Jesse Enderle. Fort Worth Opera
Daniel Crozier (b.1957): With Blood, With Ink, opera / Sandra Lopez; Vanessa Becerra; Audrey Babcock; Ian McEuen; Jesse Enderle. Fort Worth Opera

2 CD / Albany Records / 2014-08-12

Works: Daniel Crozier: With Blood, with Ink, opera
Performers: Babcock, Audrey [Vocals]; Becerra, Vanessa [Vocals]; Deiter, Meaghan [Vocals]; Donovan, Corrie [Vocals]; Enderle, Jesse [Vocals]; Lopez, Sandra; McEuen, Ian [Vocals]; Nieman, Clara [Vocals]
Conductors: Myers, Timothy
Ensemble: Fort Worth Opera Orchestra

This world premiere recording of With Blood, With Ink, a dramatic opera with music by Daniel Crozier and libretto by Peter Krask, was made in...continue...
Recording information: The McDavid Studio, Ft. Worth, TX (05/2014)....continue...
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Michael F. Williams: The Juniper Passion / Stephanie Acraman, Julia Booth, Lilia Carpinelli, Pene Pati et al.
Michael F. Williams: The Juniper Passion / Stephanie Acraman, Julia Booth, Lilia Carpinelli, Pene Pati et al.

2 CD / Atoll / 2014-07-01

Works: Michael F. Williams: The Juniper Passion, opera
Performers: Abramova, Elena [Violin]; Acraman, Stephanie [Soprano Vocal]; Austin, Katherine; Bierre, Susan; Booth, Julia; Campbell, Ian; Carpinelli, Lillia [Soprano Vocal]; Cross, Douglas; Grapes, Brent [Trumpet...
Conductors: Griffiths-Hughes, Rachel
Ensemble: New Zealand Chamber Soloists

This World War II opera, set during the Battle of Monte Cassino, presents a universal experience of war with a uniquely New Zealand perspective. Contains...continue...
Recording information: Stebbing Recording Centre, Auckland, New Zealand (07/2011-09/2011)....continue...
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ATOL 243
Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

1 CD / Sony Classical / 2014-06-10

Works: Woody Allen: Bullets Over Broadway, musical
Conductors: Einhorn, Andy

Personnel: Randy Cohen (keyboard programming).

Recording information: MSR Studios, New York, NY (04/14/2014).

Based on the 1994 Woody Allen film Bullets Over Broadway, which tells the st...continue...
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SNYC 88843075342
Louis Andriessen: La Commedia
Louis Andriessen: La Commedia

3 CD / Nonesuch / 2014-06-10

Works: Louis Andriessen: La Commedia, opera; Unspecified: Bonus Content [DVD]
Performers: Beckman, Marcel; McFadden, Claron; Willems, Jeroen [Vocals]; Zavalloni, Cristina
Conductors: Leeuw, Reinbert de

Recording information: Konninklijk Theater Carré, Amsterdam (06/12/2008)....continue...
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NON CX534877
Richard Meale (1932-2009): 'Cantilena Pacifica' / Tasmanian SO; Franks
Richard Meale (1932-2009): 'Cantilena Pacifica' / Tasmanian SO; Franks

1 CD / ABC Classics / 2014-06-10

Works: Richard Meale: Mer de glace, opera; Cantilena pacifica for violin & strings; Variations, for orchestra; Lumen, for orchestra; Clouds now and then, for orchestra; Homage to García Lorca, for orch...
Performers: Kennedy, Erica; Quaife, Merlyn
Conductors: Mills, Richard; Franks, Dobbs
Ensemble: ; Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Richard Meale's music traces a path from avant-garde pioneer to poet of lyrical melody. The first Australian to engage directly with the radical developments in...continue...
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ABCC 4763221
Peter Maxwell Davies: The Lighthouse, opera / Neil Mackie, Christopher Keyte, Ian Comboy
Peter Maxwell Davies: The Lighthouse, opera / Neil Mackie, Christopher Keyte, Ian Comboy

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2014-05-27

Works: Peter Maxwell Davies: The Lighthouse, chamber opera in 1 act with prologue, J. 162
Performers: Comboy, Ian; Keyte, Christopher; Mackie, Neil
Conductors: Maxwell Davies, Peter
Ensemble: Members of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Collins Classic reissue of Maxwell Davies' chamber opera based on the disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from the Flannan Isles Lighthouse, Orkney Islands, in unexplained...continue...
Recording information: Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England (02/22/1994)....continue...
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HERITAGE  Barber / Thomas Schippers, New York Philharmonic
HERITAGE Barber / Thomas Schippers, New York Philharmonic

1 CD / Sony Classical Import / 2014-05-13

Works: Samuel Barber: Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a; Adagio for Strings; Second Essay, for orchestra, Op. 17; The School for Scandal, overture for orchestra, Op. 5; Andromache's Farewel...
Performers: Arroyo, Martina
Conductors: Schippers, Thomas
Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra; New York Philharmonic

"...if you wanted to make a case for Barber's orchestral music...you could scarcely do better than with this disc. Even the Adagio is richer, much...continue...
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