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Massenet: overtures and ballet music / Truls Mork, cello; Neeme Järvi
Massenet: overtures and ballet music / Truls Mork, cello; Neeme Järvi

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2014-05-27

Works: Jules Massenet: Suite de ballet from 'Le Cid'; La Vierge; Le Roi de Lahore; Fantaisie for cello & orchestra; Ouverture de Phèdre, for orchestra; Les Erinnyes; Don Cesar de Bazan; Suite no 4 fo...
Performers: Truls Mork, Truls Otterbech [Cello]
Conductors: Järvi, Neeme
Ensemble: ; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

This collection of overtures, ballet music and concert pieces, each with its own unique orchestral color, showcases Jules Massenet 's overlooked orchestral work. The Orchestre...continue...
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Verdi: Macbeth / Latonia Moore, Simon Keenlyside, Brindley Sherratt, Gwyn Hughes Jones
Verdi: Macbeth / Latonia Moore, Simon Keenlyside, Brindley Sherratt, Gwyn Hughes Jones

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2014-04-29

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth
Conductors: Gardner, Edward
Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra

This recording of Verdi's Macbeth marks the completion of the Peter Moores Foundation's remarkable Opera in English series, established in 1995 with aim of making...continue...
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Richard Strauss: Josephslegende, complete ballet; Festmarsch;
Richard Strauss: Josephslegende, complete ballet; Festmarsch; "Feuersnot" love scene / Jarvi

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2013-06-25

Works: Richard Strauss: Josephslegende, Op. 63; Feuersnot, Op. 50, TrV 203; Festmarsch for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 1 (TrV 43)
Conductors: Järvi, Neeme
Ensemble: ; Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Richard Strauss's legendary Joseph legende is complemented by the love scene from Feuersnot and the early work Festmarsch. All are performed by the Royal Scottish...continue...
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Chabrier: Overtures to Gwendoline; L'Etoile; suite Pastorale. Joyeuse marche; Bourrée fantasque / Neeme Jarvi
Chabrier: Overtures to Gwendoline; L'Etoile; suite Pastorale. Joyeuse marche; Bourrée fantasque / Neeme Jarvi

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2013-05-28

Works: Emmanuel Chabrier: Joyeuse marche "Marche française"; Gwendolin; Habañera, for piano (or orchestra); España, rhapsody for orchestra (also vers. for 2 pianos); Lamento, for orchestr...
Conductors: Järvi, Neeme
Ensemble: ; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

This disc of popular works by Emmanuel Chabrier marks the beginning of a new series of French repertoire, performed by Orchestre de la Suisse Romande...continue...
Recording information: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (06/27/2012-06/29/2012)....continue...
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Franz von Suppé: Overtures; Marches / Neeme Jarvi
Franz von Suppé: Overtures; Marches / Neeme Jarvi

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2013-01-29

Works: Franz von Suppé: Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry), overture to the operetta; Boccaccio, overture to the operetta; Boccaccio; Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), overture to the operetta; Comic v...
Conductors: Järvi, Neeme
Ensemble: ; Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Although the bulk of his operas and operettas have sunk into relative obscurity, his bright and colorful overtures have survived. Suppé was often referred to...continue...
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Holst: The Wandering Scholar; Suite de ballet; A Song of the Night / Ingrid Attrot; Neill Archer, Alan Opie, Donald Maxwell, Richard Hickox
Holst: The Wandering Scholar; Suite de ballet; A Song of the Night / Ingrid Attrot; Neill Archer, Alan Opie, Donald Maxwell, Richard Hickox

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2012-07-31

Works: Gustav Holst: Suite de ballet, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 10, H. 43; A Song of the Night, Op. 19 no 1/H 74; The Wandering Scholar, opera, Op. 50, H. 176
Performers: Hatfield, Lesley; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: ; Northern Sinfonia

Another re-release from Hickox's classic recordings finds us knee-deep in lesser-known and widely varied works of Gustav Holst. The Suite de Ballet is one of...continue...
Recording information: St. Nicholas' Hospital, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, (05/15/1996-05/16/1996)....continue...
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Neeme Jarvi - Highlights from a remarkable 30-year recording career
Neeme Jarvi - Highlights from a remarkable 30-year recording career

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2012-07-31

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Carnival Overture, Op. 92; Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147; Johan Halvorsen: La Mélancolie, for string orchestra (after Ole Bull's "Lament"); Entry March of ...
Performers: Berman, Boris; Finnie, Linda [Mezzo-Soprano Vocals]; Kaptain, Laurence; Lott, Felicity [Soprano Vocal]; Madozzi, Melina; Mishura, Irina; Murphy, Suzanne
Conductors: Järvi, Neeme

This year, we celebrate the thirty-year conducting career of Neeme Järvi with Chandos Records, as well as the conductor's own seventy-fifth birthday.

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Saint-Saëns: Orchestral Works / Neeme Järvi
Saint-Saëns: Orchestral Works / Neeme Järvi

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2012-06-26

Works: Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op. 47; Le rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31; Phaéton, Op. 39; Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40; La jeunesse d'Hercule, symphonic poem in E flat major, Op. 50; ...
Performers: Iwabuchi, Maya
Conductors: Järvi, Neeme
Ensemble: ; Royal Scottish National Orchestra

The works on this disc are all early, dating from the first half of the composing life of Saint-Saëns - that is, with the one...continue...
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Handel: Alceste / Lucy Crowe, Benjamin Hulett, Andrew Foster-Williams - Christian Curnyn
Handel: Alceste / Lucy Crowe, Benjamin Hulett, Andrew Foster-Williams - Christian Curnyn

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2012-05-29

Works: George Frederick Handel: Alceste, incidental music, HWV 45; Admeto, re di Tessaglia, HWV 22; Radamisto, HWV 12a
Performers: Foster-Williams, Andrew
Conductors: Curnyn, Christian
Ensemble: ; Early Opera Company

This recording of Alceste is performed by the Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn, whose other Handel recordings for Chandos have all received glowing accolades:...continue...
Recording information: St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (11/07/2011-11/08/2011)....continue...
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Wagner: Two Symphonies; Rienzi Overture et al. / Neeme Jarvi
Wagner: Two Symphonies; Rienzi Overture et al. / Neeme Jarvi

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2012-03-27

Works: Richard Wagner: Symphony in C major, WWV 29; Symphony in E major (incomplete), WWV 35; Huldigungsmarsch, for military band in E flat major, WWV 97; Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen, WWV 49; Kaisermars...
Conductors: Järvi, Neeme
Ensemble: ; Royal Scottish National Orchestra

The Chandos series of works by Richard Wagner, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Neeme Järvi, continues with a disc of early symphonies...continue...
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Debussy: Pelléas and Mélisande / Mark Elder
Debussy: Pelléas and Mélisande / Mark Elder

3 CD / Chandos Records / 2012-01-31

Works: Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Conductors: Elder, Mark
Ensemble: English National Opera Chorus

This live BBC broadcast of Claude Debussy's ground-breaking opera Pelléas and Mélisande was recorded at the Coliseum in 1981. The unique performance is now available...continue...
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The Glière Orchestral Collection / Richard Watkins, horn; Peter Dixon, cello
The Glière Orchestral Collection / Richard Watkins, horn; Peter Dixon, cello

5 CD / Chandos Records / 2011-07-26

Works: Reinhold Glière: Symphony no 3 in B minor ("Il'ya Muromets"), Op. 42; Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 25; The Zaporozhy Cossacks, symphonic poem, Op. 64; Symphony no 1 in E flat major, Op. 8; The ...
Performers: Dixon, Peter; Watkins, Richard [Horn]
Conductors: Downes, Edward; Sinaisky, Vassili
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic

This Chandos box set, which includes many rarities in the concert and record repertoires, is the most comprehensive survey of composer Sir Edward Downes; it...continue...
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Verdi: Four Sacred Pieces; Hymn of the Nations / Noseda
Verdi: Four Sacred Pieces; Hymn of the Nations / Noseda

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2011-03-29

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Inno delle nazioni, for voice, chorus & orchestra; Libera me - Dies irae (from the Requirm Mass); Sacred Pieces (4), for chorus & orchestra; La forza del Destino
Performers: Frittoli, Barbara; Meli, Francesco
Conductors: Noseda, Gianandrea

This is a recording of rarely heard choral works by Verdi, performed by all-Italian forces: the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatre Regio in Turin, with...continue...
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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - An Orchestra Passion (arranged by Henk de Vlieger)
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - An Orchestra Passion (arranged by Henk de Vlieger)

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2011-02-22

Works: Richard Wagner: Das Liebesverbot, opera; Die Feen; Henk de Vlieger: Tristan und Isolde, an orchestral passion (after Wagner)
Conductors: Järvi, Neeme

Neeme Järvi is back conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the third of four albums featuring Henk de Vlieger's bold arrangements of operas by...continue...
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Richard Strauss: Intermezzo / Söderström
Richard Strauss: Intermezzo / Söderström

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2011-01-25

Works: Richard Strauss: Intermezzo, Op. 72
Performers: Bakker, Marco; Gale, Elisabeth; Soderstrom, Elisabeth
Conductors: Pritchard, John

Elisabeth Söderström (1927 - 2009) stars in this live BBC broadcast of Richard Strauss's comic and pioneering opera Intermezzo, recorded at Glyndebourne in 1974. Glyndebourne's...continue...
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Italian Intermezzo: Music Without Words
Italian Intermezzo: Music Without Words

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2011-01-25

Works: Francesco Cilèa: Adriana Lecouvreur; Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut; Suor Angelica; Edgar, opera; Alfredo Catalani: Loreley; La Wally; Umberto Giordano: Siberia; Fedora; Amilcare Ponchielli: Dan...
Conductors: Noseda, Gianandrea

The intermezzi recorded on this CD are, in the main, orchestral mood-painting interludes found in the great Italian operatic repertoire of the 19th and early...continue...
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Handel: Flavio, re di Longobardi, opera
Handel: Flavio, re di Longobardi, opera

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2010-10-26

Works: George Frederick Handel: Flavio, Rè di Longobardi, HWV 16
Conductors: Curnyn, Christian

Although Flavio, premiered in 1723, deals with motives of love, honour, and duty, the tone is domestic, with less emphasis than in many other operas...continue...
Recording information: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/08/2010-02/12/2010)....continue...
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Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos
Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2010-09-28

Works: Richard Strauss: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Op. 60; Ariadne auf Naxos, Op 60
Performers: Beveridge, Catriona; Creswick, Bradley; Watkin, David
Conductors: Armstrong, Richard

Appearances in opera, concert, and recital by the Grammy Award winning American soprano Christine Brewer are marked by her unique timbre, at once warm and...continue...
Recording information: Trident Audio Post, London (2010-01-17_2010-01-28&2010-); Usher Hall, Edinburgh (2010-01-17_2010-01-28&2010-)....continue...
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Jonathan Dove: Tobias & The Angel
Jonathan Dove: Tobias & The Angel

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2010-07-27

Works: Jonathan Dove: Tobias and the Angel, opera in 1 act
Performers: Ebrahim, Omar
Conductors: Abell, David Charles

Jonathan Dove is one of Britain’s leading composers of opera. His community opera 'Tobias and the Angel' was premiered in 1999 at Christ Church, Highbury...continue...
Recording information: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden South, London, En (11/06/2006-11/08/2006)....continue...

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Monteverdi: Coronation Of Poppea
Monteverdi: Coronation Of Poppea

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2010-06-29

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308
Conductors: Leppard, Raymond

In November 1971, Dame Janet Baker - a great champion of Opera sung in English - performed the title role in Monteverdi's 'The Coronation of...continue...
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Wagner: Parsifal an Orchestra Quest; Overture & Venusberg Ballet Scene from Tannhauser; Etc.
Wagner: Parsifal an Orchestra Quest; Overture & Venusberg Ballet Scene from Tannhauser; Etc.

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2010-05-25

Works: Henk de Vlieger: Parsifal, an Orchestral Quest, for orchestra (after Wagner); Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser; Lohengrin
Conductors: Järvi, Neeme

Neeme Jarvi conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the second of four albums dedicated to the bold arrangements of Henk de Vlieger. Classic FM...continue...
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Sergey Rachmaninoff: Aleko
Sergey Rachmaninoff: Aleko

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2010-04-27

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Aleko
Conductors: Noseda, Gianandrea

"This entire entry in the ever-growing Raff discography is both novel and highly satisfying, and that goes for the warm, expansive sonics too. Of course...continue...
Recording information: Auditorio RAI Arturo Toscanini, Turin, Italy (09/07/2009-09/08/2009)....continue...
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Handel Duets
Handel Duets

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2010-03-30

Works: George Frederick Handel: Radamisto, HWV 12a; Rodelinda, regina de' Longobardi, HWV 19; Solomon, HWV 67; Theodora, HWV 68; Ottone, re di Germania, HWV 15; Ariodante, HWV 33; Belshazzar, HWV 61; Tamerl...
Performers: Bicket, Harry; Connolly, Sarah [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Joshua, Rosemary
Conductors: Bicket, Harry
Ensemble: The English Concert

This new Handel collection features two great singers alongside the English Concert, arguably the best baroque orchestra in the UK. Duets play a key role...continue...
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Sir Arthor Sullivan: Ivanhoe
Sir Arthor Sullivan: Ivanhoe

3 CD / Chandos Records / 2010-02-23

Works: Arthur Sullivan: Ivanhoe, opera
Conductors: Lloyd-Jones, David

'Ivanhoe', perhaps Sir Walter Scott's most popular novel, was the perfect choice for historical opera and launched by D'Oyly Carte's ambitious English Royal Opera (now...continue...
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Great Operatic Arias, Vol. 21
Great Operatic Arias, Vol. 21

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2010-02-23

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Iolanta; Carl Maria von Weber: Euryanthe; John Adams: Doctor Atomic; Giuseppe Verdi: Otello; Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser; The Mastersingers of Nuremberg; Wolfgang Amade...
Performers: Brain-Gabbott, Emma; Crowe, Lucy; Finley, Gerald [Bass-Baritone Vocals]; Gibbons, Anne-Marie; Hancock, Gareth; Jenkin, Kathryn; Long, Matthew [Vocals]; Miles-Johnson, Deborah
Conductors: Gardner, Edward

Leading baritone and dramatic interpreter of his generation, Gerald Finley is an artist who sets alight the stage and delights the ear, whatever role he...continue...
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Benjamin Britten: The Beggar's Opera / Christian Curnyn, et al
Benjamin Britten: The Beggar's Opera / Christian Curnyn, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-10-27

Works: Benjamin Britten: The Beggar's Opera, ballad opera
Performers: Barnard, Thomas; Batho, Katy; Bickley, Susan; Evans, Bryn; Gardiner, Robert Anthony; Gibson, Siobhain; Hopwood, Paul; Jenkin, Kathryn; Jones, Leah-Marian; Lord, Bernadette; Maxwell, Donald [Bass-Bari...
Conductors: Curnyn, Christian

The popularity of Britten's three chamber operas proper (The Rape of Lucretia, Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw) has tended to somewhat overshadow...continue...
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Within a Dream - A Celebration of the Artistry of Richard Hickox
Within a Dream - A Celebration of the Artistry of Richard Hickox

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-10-27

Works: Frank Bridge: The Sea, suite for orchestra; Benjamin Britten: Albert Herring, Op. 39; War Requiem, Op. 66; Peter Grimes; Ralph Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (Symphony no 2) (Original 1913 versi...
Performers: Ainsley, John Mark; Barker, Cheryl; Bullock, Susan; Burgess, Sally; Davies, Arthur [Tenor Vocal]; Eckhoff, Herbert; Elms, Roderick; Finley, Gerald [Bass-Baritone Vocals]; Gilchrist, James [Tenor Voca...
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; BBC Welsh Symphony; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; City of London Sinfonia; Collegium Musicum 90; London Symphony Orchestra; R...

The premature death of Richard Hickox on 23 November 2008, aged sixty, deprived the musical world of one of its greatest conductors. The depth and...continue...
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Rachmaninoff: The Miserly Knight / Gianandrea Noseda
Rachmaninoff: The Miserly Knight / Gianandrea Noseda

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-09-29

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: The miserly knight, Op. 24
Performers: Abdrazakov, Ildar; Bezzubenkov, Gennady; Bronder, Peter; Didyk, Misha; Murzaev, Sergey
Conductors: Noseda, Gianandrea
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

"Ildar Abdrazakov's Baron is a nasty portrait, snarling, self-involved, perpetually sneering. Terrific, in fact... The BBC Philharmonic plays wonderfully and the recording is spotless, with...continue...
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Prokofiev: War and Peace Suite, etc / Järvi, Philharmonia Orchestra
Prokofiev: War and Peace Suite, etc / Järvi, Philharmonia Orchestra

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-08-25

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Symphonic Suite from 'War and Peace'; Summer Night, suite for orchestra, Op. 123; Russian Overture, Op. 72
Conductors: Järvi, Neeme

This disc offers the Symphonic Suite from 'War and Peace', arranged by Christopher Palmer, the suite "Summer Night" from the music to 'The Duenna', Op....continue...
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Smetana: Music from the Bartered Bride, etc / Gianandrea Noseda, BBC PO
Smetana: Music from the Bartered Bride, etc / Gianandrea Noseda, BBC PO

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-06-30

Works: Bedrich Smetana: Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93; Overture to The Secret (Tajemstvi); Libuse; The Devil's Wall (Certova stena); The Brandenburgers in Bohemia (Branibori v Cechách); Overture to The ...
Conductors: Noseda, Gianandrea
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

The first volume of this series was met with great critical acclaim. 'Gramophone', making the disc an 'Editor's Choice', commented: "This is a superb disc....continue...
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Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers (Highlights) / Cohen, Miles, Tynan, Gibbons, Soar, et al
Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers (Highlights) / Cohen, Miles, Tynan, Gibbons, Soar, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-04-28

Works: Gioachino Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers

This is one of Rossini's most wonderful comic operas. The plot is full of wit, warmth and endearing craziness and the music bubbles with fun...continue...
Personnel: Sarah Tynan (soprano); Anne-Marie Gibbons, Jennifer Larmore (mezzo soprano); Barry Banks (tenor); Alan Opie (baritone); Alastair Miles , David Soar (bass voice).

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Great Operatic Arias Vol 2 / Brewer, Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra, et al
Great Operatic Arias Vol 2 / Brewer, Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-03-31

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492; Christoph Willibald Gluck: Alceste; Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser; Lohengrin; Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes; Lu...
Performers: Brewer, Christine; Howarth, Judith; Robinson, Timothy
Conductors: Parry, David

"Hats off, gentlemen. A diva. The real, rare, wondrous thing. Her name is Christine Brewer." With these words the 'Evening Standard' described the first of...continue...
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Opera in English - R. Strauss: Salome / Mackerras, Bullock, et al
Opera in English - R. Strauss: Salome / Mackerras, Bullock, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2008-11-25

Works: Richard Strauss: Final Scene; Salome, Op. 54
Performers: Begley, Roger; Broadbent, Graeme; Bullock, Susan; Burgess, Sally; Davies, Rebecca de Pont; Druiett, Michael; Elliott, Alasdair; Evans, Wynford; Ewing, Alan; Graham-Hall, John; Judson, Colin; Parry, R...
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

"For any who are reluctant to go near 'Salome' in English I would recommend reconsidering. Quite apart from the fact that this recording captures one...continue...
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Opera in English - Bizet: Les pêcheurs de perles / Cohen, Keenlyside, Banks, Evans, Miles, et al
Opera in English - Bizet: Les pêcheurs de perles / Cohen, Keenlyside, Banks, Evans, Miles, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2008-09-30

Works: Georges Bizet: The Pearl Fishers, opera
Performers: Banks, Barry; Evans, Rebecca; Keenlyside, Simon; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]
Conductors: Cohen, Brad
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Bizet's exotic opera 'The Pearl Fishers' is not as well known as 'Carmen' but contains a wealth of attractive music, including the popular duet 'Au...continue...
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Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg / Goodall, Bailey, Mangin, Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra, et al
Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg / Goodall, Bailey, Mangin, Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra, et al

4 CD / Chandos Records / 2008-07-29

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Performers: Bailey, Norman [Bass Baritone]; Bowman, David; Brecknock, John; Curphey, Margaret; Dean, Stafford; Dempsey, Gregory; Gray, David Morton; Hammond-Stroud, Derek; Mangin, Noel; Morgan, Gerwyn; Moyle, Ju...
Conductors: Goodall, Reginald
Ensemble: Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra

This is the first time that the legendary centenary production of Wagner's 'The Mastersingers of Nuremberg' conducted by Reginald Goodall has been available on disc....continue...
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Britten: Owen Wingrave Op 85 / Hickox, Coleman-Wright, Gilchrist, Watson, Fox, Leggate, et al
Britten: Owen Wingrave Op 85 / Hickox, Coleman-Wright, Gilchrist, Watson, Fox, Leggate, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2008-06-24

Works: Benjamin Britten: Owen Wingrave, opera, Op. 85
Performers: Coleman-Wright, Peter; Connell, Elizabeth; Gilchrist, James [Tenor Vocal]; Leggate, Robin [Tenor Vocal]; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]; Stephen, Pamela Helen; Vocal], Sarah Fox [Soprano; Watson, Janice
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: Tiffin School Boys Chorus

Owen Wingrave was commissioned by BBC Television in 1966 and has been described as something of a Cinderella amongst Britten's operas despite an imaginative and...continue...
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Wagner: The Ring arranged by Vlieger / Järvi, et al
Wagner: The Ring arranged by Vlieger / Järvi, et al

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2008-03-04

Works: Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold; Die Walküre; Siegfried; Götterdämmerung; Siegfried Idyll
Conductors: Järvi, Neeme

"With this music [Henk de Vlieger] masterfully recreated all the inner drama contained in these four operas including Wagner's rich orchestral palette as well as...continue...

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Dvorak: Rusalka / Hickox, Barker, Owens, Martin, et al
Dvorak: Rusalka / Hickox, Barker, Owens, Martin, et al

3 CD / Chandos Records / 2008-02-05

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Rusalka
Performers: Barker, Cheryl; Crane, Sarah; Fiebig, Taryn; Martin, Bruce; Matthews, Dominica; Owens, Anne-Marie; Pendry, Sian; Ryan, Barry; Spina, Rosario La; Whitehouse, Elizabeth
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: Australian Opera Chorus

Chandos recorded the performances live and here releases the opera on a 3-CD set. Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's fairy-tale The Little Mermaid, Rusalka tells...continue...
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Rachmaninov: Francesca da Rimini / Noseda, et al
Rachmaninov: Francesca da Rimini / Noseda, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-12-04

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Francesca da Rimini
Performers: Akimov, Evgeny; Bezzubenkov, Gennady; Didyk, Misha; Murzaev, Sergey; Vasilieva, Svetla
Conductors: Noseda, Gianandrea
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Rachmaninoff's one-act opera uses a libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky, based on a story told by Dante in his divine Comedy. An underlying theme is that...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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Vaughan Williams: The First Nowell, etc / Hickox, et al
Vaughan Williams: The First Nowell, etc / Hickox, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-10-09

Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols; On Christmas Night, ballet; The First Nowell, opera (completed by Douglas)
Performers: Cullen, Joseph [Choral Conductor/Organ]; Vocal], Sarah Fox [Soprano; Williams, Roderick [Bass-Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia; Joyful Company of Singers

"There's no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with this enchanting RVW disc, which contains some delightful rarities. OK, so there are...continue...
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Korngold: Märchenbilder, etc / Bamert, et al
Korngold: Märchenbilder, etc / Bamert, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-08-28

Works: Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Schauspiel Overture for orchestra, Op 4; Märchenbilder for piano, Op 3; Der Schneemann, ballet-pantomime; Violanta, opera, Op. 8
Performers: Manning, Peter
Conductors: Bamert, Matthias
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

This disc is devoted to the adolescent compositions of Erich Wolfgang Korngold. This would not normally excite great interest but there is nothing normal about...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; 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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Rimsky-Korsakov: Overtures, etc / Sinaisky, et al
Rimsky-Korsakov: Overtures, etc / Sinaisky, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-07-31

Works: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: The Maid of Pskov (Pskovityanka) (standard version), opera in 3 acts with a prologue; Fairy Tale (Skazka, or Baba Yaga), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 29; Neapolitan Song (Nea...
Conductors: Sinaisky, Vassili
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

This new disc from the BBC Philharmonic offers the ever-popular Capriccio Espagnol along with the rarely heard Overtures to The Maid of Pskov and The...continue...
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Spirit of Scotland - Berlioz, MacCunn, Arnold, etc
Spirit of Scotland - Berlioz, MacCunn, Arnold, etc

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-04-24

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave"; Hector Berlioz: Waverley Overture, Op. 1; Rob Roy Overture, H.54; Malcolm Arnold: Tam O'Shanter Overture, Op. 51; Scottish Dan...
Conductors: Gibson, Alexander, Sir; Thompson, Bryden
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra; Royal Scottish National Orchestra

"A highly attractive and colourful sequence, excellently performed... With brilliant recording and highly informative notes by Andrew Keener, who would be unlikely to find time...continue...
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Janacek: The Makropulos Case / Mackerras, et al
Janacek: The Makropulos Case / Mackerras, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-03-27

Works: Leos Janácek: The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10; Spoken Word: Interview with Sir Charles Mackerras
Performers: Barker, Cheryl; Brubaker, Robert; Clark, Graham [Tenor]; Danby, Graeme; Davies, Neal [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Graham-Hall, John; Tudor-Thomas, Susanna; Walker, Thomas; Wegner, John; Wilkinson, Kathleen...
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles

"Sir Charles Mackerras conducts with the energy of a man possessed, confirming his status as the world's pre-eminent Janácek interpreter and producing a blistering performance...continue...
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Verdi: Nabucco / Parry, Opie, Patterson, et al
Verdi: Nabucco / Parry, Opie, Patterson, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-01-16

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco
Performers: Capalbo, Leonardo; Irwin, Jane; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]; Patterson, Susan; Roberts, Camilla; Robinson, Dean; Wade, Paul
Conductors: Parry, David

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Flaming Heart - Monteverdi: Madrigals, etc / I Fagiolini
Flaming Heart - Monteverdi: Madrigals, etc / I Fagiolini

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-01-16

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo; Madrigals, Book 4; Madrigals, Book 7; Madrigals, Book 5; Madrigals, Book 8; Piagn' e sospira, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 4), SV 93
Performers: Campbell, Richard; Crookes, Anna; Halls, Matthew; Hogan, Louise; Lane, Carys-Anne; Martin, Catherine; Miller, David [Lute/Baroque Guitar]; Mulroy, Nicholas; Pierron, Catherine; Quinteiro, Eligio; Smi...

"As anyone who has experienced a concert by Robert Hollingsworth and I Fagiolini, the group he founded 20 years ago, would expect, their first Monteverdi...continue...
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Opera in English - Poulenc: The Carmelites / Daniel
Opera in English - Poulenc: The Carmelites / Daniel

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2006-10-17

Works: Francis Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites, opera, FP 159
Performers: Barstow, Josephine; Berger, William [Baritone Vocal]; Boylan, Orla; Cook, Lyn; Coward, Gary; Crane, Gloria; Davies, Catrin Wyn; Davies, Ryland; Davison, Deborah; Dix, Christine; Douglas, Judith; Edwa...
Conductors: Daniel, Paul
Ensemble: English National Opera Chorus

Poulenc did something deeply unfashionable in the mid-1950s when he wrote 'Dialogues of the Carmelites' - in an era of modernism he created an opera...continue...
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Opera in English - Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle
Opera in English - Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2006-06-27

Works: Béla Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Op. 11/Sz 48
Performers: Burgess, Sally; Lindley, Simon; Tomlinson, John
Conductors: Farnes, Richard
Ensemble: Opera North Orchestra

Bartok's only opera, Bluebeard's Castle, is bitingly dramatic and keeps audiences enthralled from beginning to end. It is performed here with absolute authority by Opera...continue...
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