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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; 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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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; Goltz, Jennifer; Horst, Phillip; 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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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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MARK 0554
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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VIA 002
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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NXS 8660356
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
Beat Furrer (b.1954): Wüstenbuch; ira-arca; Lied; Aer / Klangforum Wien; Trio Catch; Pesin
Beat Furrer (b.1954): Wüstenbuch; ira-arca; Lied; Aer / Klangforum Wien; Trio Catch; Pesin

2 CD / Kairos Music Production / 2014-10-14

Works: Beat Furrer: Wüstenbuch, opera; Ira-arca, for bass flute & double bass; Lied for violin & piano; Aer, for clarinet, cello & piano
Performers: Augestad, Tora; Brohier, Sebastien [Baritone (Vocal)]; Dubov, Mikhail [Piano]; Fauchere, Helene [Soprano Vocal]; Furrer, Eva; Fussenegger, Uli; Pessin, Vladislav
Conductors: Furrer, Beat;
Ensemble: Klangforum Wien; Trio Catch

Beat Furrer's new opera Wüstenbuch is based on several texts, from ancient Egyptian writings to contemporary authors. The Wüste ("desert") provides a base where Furrer...continue...
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KAIR 13312
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

Recording information: The Metropolitan Opera, New York City (10/21/2013/11/06/2013)....continue...
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NON 541941
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
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...
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OMM 0097
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 Classics / 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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HBDirect Recommended Recording NMC 196
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 Classics / 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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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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ALB 1507/08
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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ALB 1513/14
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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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...
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Placido Domingo at the Met: Anniversary Edition - Arias by Verdi, Bellini, Puccini, Giordano, et al.
Placido Domingo at the Met: Anniversary Edition - Arias by Verdi, Bellini, Puccini, Giordano, et al.

3 CD / Sony Classical / 2014-05-06

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra; Rigoletto; Otello; Don Carlo; Luisa Miller; La traviata; Un ballo in maschera; Stiffelio; Aida, opera; La forza del destino; Il trovatore; Giacomo Puccini: Turandot;...
Performers: Anthony, Charles [Tenor Vocal]; Bernstein, Richard; Booth, Philip; Caballe, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Castel, Nico; Chernov, Vladimir; Coni, Paolo; D'Amico, Fiamma Izzo; Domingo, Placido [Tenor Vo...
Conductors: Levine, James; Nézet-Séguin, Yannick; Cleva, Fausto; Cillario, Carlo Felice; Adler, Kurt; Slatkin, Leonard; Patanè, Giuseppe; Santo, Nello; Armiliato, Marco; Abbado, Roberto; Sch...
Ensemble: ; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Forty-five years ago, Plácido Domingo appeared at The Metropolitan Opera for the first time, stepping in to replace an ailing Franco Corelli as Maurizio in...continue...
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New Music Collections, Vol. 2: Electronic - works by David Lumsdaine, Paul Whitty, Dave Price, Claudia Molitor, Richard Barrett, Harrison Birtwistle et al.
New Music Collections, Vol. 2: Electronic - works by David Lumsdaine, Paul Whitty, Dave Price, Claudia Molitor, Richard Barrett, Harrison Birtwistle et al.

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-04-29

Works: Roger Smalley: Pulses; Richard Barrett: Transmission 2, for guitar & electronics; Anna Meredith: Axeman, for bassoon & electronics; Rajmil Fischmann: Dreams of Being, for electronics; Claudia Molitor...
Performers: Barrett, Richard; Birtwistle, Harrison [Composer]; Buckley, Daryl; Chance, Michael; Chapman, Jane [Harpsichord]; Collins, Sarah; Dennehy, Donnacha; Ficarra, Evelyn; Fischmann, Rajmil; Harvey, Jonatha...
Conductors: Bernas, Richard; Christian Eggen, Christia; ; Protheroe, Guy
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Cikada Ensemble; Elision; Noszferatu; Sound Intermedia; Spectrum

NMC explores the rich offerings of its back catalogue in a new mid-price series called New Music Collections. (See what we did there?) Each album...continue...
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NMC 205
Marie Nelson Bennett: Orpheus Lex, a modern setting of Orpheus & Eurydice / Artemis Chamber Ens.
Marie Nelson Bennett: Orpheus Lex, a modern setting of Orpheus & Eurydice / Artemis Chamber Ens.

1 CD / Ravello / 2014-04-29

Works: Marie Bennett: Orpheus Lex, opera
Performers: Arnold, David; Baker, Wendy
Conductors: Rosenbaum, Harold
Ensemble: New York Virtuoso Singers

- Poignant retelling of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice- Performed by the New York Virtuoso Singers (Harold Rosenbaum, conductor), a chorus hailed...continue...
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RAEL 7885
Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

1 CD / Razor & Tie / 2014-04-01

Works: Steven Lutvak: A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, musical
Conductors: Staroba, Paul [Keyboards]

Personnel: Dan Moses Schreier (sound effects).

Recording information: MSR Studios, NYC (01/12/2014-01/13/2014).

The musical comedy A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which opened on...continue...
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RAZO 84482
Elam Rotem: Rappresentatione di Giuseppe e i suoi fratelli (Joseph and his brethren) / Profeti della Quinta
Elam Rotem: Rappresentatione di Giuseppe e i suoi fratelli (Joseph and his brethren) / Profeti della Quinta

2 CD / Pan Classics / 2014-03-25

Works: Elam Rotem: Rappresentatione di Giuseppe e i suoi fratelli, musical drama in 3 acts
Performers: Dunkelblum, Dan; Feldman, David; Rotem, Elam [Liner Notes]; Schleifer, Doron
Conductors: Rotem, Elam [Liner Notes]
Ensemble: Profeti della Quinta

Using the musical language and context of the revolutionary musical dramas by Cavalieri, Caccini, and Monteverdi, the piece tells the story of Joseph and his...continue...
Recording information: Addulam Kapella, Basel, Switzerland (01/28/2013-02/02/2013)....continue...
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PAN 10302
Gergly Vajda (b.1973): Barbie Blue / Dóra Érsek, soprano; Róbert Rezsnyák, baritone; Tibor Szervét: narrator
Gergly Vajda (b.1973): Barbie Blue / Dóra Érsek, soprano; Róbert Rezsnyák, baritone; Tibor Szervét: narrator

1 CD / Budapest Music / 2014-03-11

Works: Gergely Vajda: Barbie Blue, opera for soprano, baritone & orchestra; Gulliver in Faremido, for narrator & ensemble; Conversations with Children, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano
Performers: Ersek, Dora; Rezsnyak, Robert
Conductors: Vajda, Gergely; Parisi, Vittorio
Ensemble: Dedalo Ensemble; UMZE Ensemble

The idea of Barbie Blue was conceived for the 125th anniversary of Béla Bartók's birth. It was written as a preceding "comic version" to its...continue...
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BUAE 202
John Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary / Brian Cummings, Daniel Bubeck, Nathan Medley, Tamara Mumford. Dudamel, LA PO
John Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary / Brian Cummings, Daniel Bubeck, Nathan Medley, Tamara Mumford. Dudamel, LA PO

2 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2014-03-11

Works: John Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary, opera
Performers: O'Connor, Kelley
Conductors: Dudamel, Gustavo
Ensemble: Los Angeles Philharmonic

A timely, controversial work of grand proportions, The Gospel According To The Other Mary is a new, full-scale reimagining of the Bach oratorio from composer...continue...
Recording information: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (03/2013)....continue...
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Forever - Unforgettable Songs from Vienna, Broadway & Hollywood - works by Lehar, J. Strauss II; Loewe; Gershwin, Bernstein et al. / Diana Damrau, soprano
Forever - Unforgettable Songs from Vienna, Broadway & Hollywood - works by Lehar, J. Strauss II; Loewe; Gershwin, Bernstein et al. / Diana Damrau, soprano

1 CD / Erato / 2014-03-11

Works: Wojciech Kilar: The Ninth Gate; Franz Lehár: Höre ich Zigeunergeigen, song (from Gräfin Mariza); Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß (My Lips, So Hot Are Their Kisses) (from ...
Performers: Damrau, Diana; Villazón, Rolando
Conductors: Abell, David Charles
Ensemble: ; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Diana Damrau - lauded by the New York Times for her 'lustrous agile coloratura soprano voice and charisma galore,' and by Opera News for her...continue...
Recording information: Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (03/29/2013); The Friary, Liverpool (03/29/2013); Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin (2012-12-09&2012-12-11_2012-); The Friary, Liverpool (2012-12-09&20...continue...
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Michael Ellison: Say I am You (Mevlana) / Angela Postweller, Tiemo Wang, Arnout Lems
Michael Ellison: Say I am You (Mevlana) / Angela Postweller, Tiemo Wang, Arnout Lems

1 CD / Metier / 2014-01-28

Works: Michael Ellison: Say I am You (Mevlâna), opera
Performers: Brandt-Sigurdsson, Gunnar; Lems, Arnout; Levental, Ekatarina [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Straburzynski, Maciej [Bass Baritone]; Wang, Tiemo [Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Vis, Lucas
Ensemble: VocaalLab Nederland

  • Composer Michael Ellison's world premiere opera, composed for VocaalLab and the Hezarfen Ensemble.
  • VocaalLAB makes productions at the intersection of music and theatre.
  • Since
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Recording information: MIAM Studios, Istanbul (2012)....continue...
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MTI 28539
Oscar Bianchi (b.1975): Chamber music / Anna Petrini, Emily Elias, Vera Fisher, Rico Gubler, Patrick Judt, Mats Scheidegger et al.
Oscar Bianchi (b.1975): Chamber music / Anna Petrini, Emily Elias, Vera Fisher, Rico Gubler, Patrick Judt, Mats Scheidegger et al.

1 CD / Musiques Suisses / 2014-01-28

Works: Oscar Bianchi: Anahata Concerto, for orchestra; Crepuscolo, for Paetzold recorder & live electronics; Primordia Rerum, for soprano & ensemble; Zaffiro, for bass flute, baritone saxophone, viola & gui...
Performers: Elias, Emily; Fisher, Vera; Gubler, Rico; Judt, Patrick; Matzeit, Hagen; Petrini, Anna; Scheidegger, Mats; Vignaroli, Paolo; Zambrzycki-Payne, Rafal
Conductors: Poppe, Enno; ; Vis, Lucas; Octors, George-Elie; Ollu, Franck
Ensemble: ; Ictus (Belgium); Ictus Ensemble; Klangforum Wien; Nieuw Ensemble

  • Recent compositions (2003-2011)
  • One of the fast rising young star Swiss composers
  • Mr. Bianchi recently received the prestigous German distinction &dbquo;Preis der Deutschen S
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MSS 138
Manfred Trojhan (b.1949): Orest, opera / Dietrich Henschel, Sarah Castle, Rosemary Joshua. Netherlands Opera, Albrecht
Manfred Trojhan (b.1949): Orest, opera / Dietrich Henschel, Sarah Castle, Rosemary Joshua. Netherlands Opera, Albrecht

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge / 2014-01-14

Works: Manfred Trojahn: Orest, opera
Performers: Bjarnason, Finnur; Henschel, Dietrich
Conductors: Albrecht, Marc
Ensemble: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Live recording of Manfred Trojahn's new opera Orest in its world premiere in Amsterdam! In this fine production, new chief conductor Marc Albrecht is firmly...continue...
Recording information: The Amsterdam Music Theatre (12/13/2011/12/16/2011)....continue...
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Ed Hughes (b.1968): When the Flame Dies, opera / Radley, Podger, Grint, Philips, Williams
Ed Hughes (b.1968): When the Flame Dies, opera / Radley, Podger, Grint, Philips, Williams

2 CD / Metier / 2013-11-19

Works: Ed Hughes: When the Flame Dies, opera
Performers: Grint, Edward; Phillips, Emily; Podger, Julian; Radley, Andrew; Williams, Lucy
Conductors: Cueto, Carlos D. [Vocals]
Ensemble: New Music Players

This stunning new opera by British composer is based on lost love, ethical quandaries, betrayal and the Orpheus legend....continue...
Recording information: Augustine Hall, Canterbury Christ Church University (10/17/2012)....continue...
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MTI 77203
Michael Dellaira (contemporary): The Secret Agent, opera / Center for Contemporary Opera, Sara Jobin
Michael Dellaira (contemporary): The Secret Agent, opera / Center for Contemporary Opera, Sara Jobin

2 CD / Albany Records / 2013-11-12

Works: Michael Dellaira: The Secret Agent, opera
Conductors: Jobin, Sara
Ensemble: Center for Contemporary Opera

Recorded at the premiere performance by the Center for Contemporary Opera in March, 2011, The Secret Agent, with libretto by J.D. McClatchy based on Joseph...continue...
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ALB 1450/51
Péter Eötövs: Love and Other Demons / Allison Bell, Nathan Gunn, Mats Almgren, Felicity Palmer, Jean Rigby. Jurowski
Péter Eötövs: Love and Other Demons / Allison Bell, Nathan Gunn, Mats Almgren, Felicity Palmer, Jean Rigby. Jurowski

2 CD / Glyndebourne / 2013-10-29

Works: Peter Eötvös: Love and Other Demons, opera
Conductors: Jurowski, Vladimir
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Based on the novel Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez, the Glyndebourne commissioned Peter Eötvös to write Love and Other Demons. In...continue...
Recording information: Glyndebourne, Lewes, England (08/2008)....continue...
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GLY 020-08
Jake Heggie: Moby-Dick / Jan Hunter Morris, Stephen Costello, Morgan Smith, Jonathan Lemalu, Talise Trevigne. Patrick Summers, San Francisco Opera [DVD]
Jake Heggie: Moby-Dick / Jan Hunter Morris, Stephen Costello, Morgan Smith, Jonathan Lemalu, Talise Trevigne. Patrick Summers, San Francisco Opera [DVD]

2 DVD Video / EuroArts / 2013-10-29

Works: Jake Heggie: Moby Dick
Conductors: Summers, Patrick
Ensemble: San Francisco Opera Chorus; San Francisco Opera Orchestra

On this world premiere recording, Grammy-winning tenor Jay Hunter Morris plays the role of Captain Ahab in Herman Meville's epic tale of a fierce, obsessive...continue...
Run Time: 192 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese,...continue...
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EUA 2059658
Philip Glass: The Perfect American / Christopher Purves, David Pittsinger, Donald Kaasch, George Janis Kelly, Marie McLaughlin. Dennis Russell Davies [DVD]
Philip Glass: The Perfect American / Christopher Purves, David Pittsinger, Donald Kaasch, George Janis Kelly, Marie McLaughlin. Dennis Russell Davies [DVD]

1 DVD Video / BBC Opus Arte / 2013-10-29

Works: Philip Glass: The Perfect American, opera
Performers: Kaasch, Donald; Kelly, Janis [Soprano Vocal]; McLaughlin, Marie; Pittsinger, David; Purues, Christopher
Conductors: Russell Davies, Dennis
Ensemble: Improbable Skills Ensemble

The last days of the American icon Walt Disney form a powerful and poignant subject for Philip Glass's latest opera, which was filmed at its...continue...
Run Time: 120 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean
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BOA 1117D
Barbara White: Weakness, an opera / Sarah Davis, soprano; Riley Lee, bamboo flute; Barbara White, clarinets
Barbara White: Weakness, an opera / Sarah Davis, soprano; Riley Lee, bamboo flute; Barbara White, clarinets

1 CD / Albany Records / 2013-10-08

Works: Barbara White: Weakness, opera; Tom Cowan: Macha, a story
Performers: Brigaud, Millicent Kate [Percussion]; Carlucci, Lisa [Percussion]; Clotfelter, Kristin [Percussion]; Cowan, Tom; d'Argent, Aurore Bruyere [Vocals]; Davis, Paul; Davis, Sarah; Donato, Dominic; Knodel,...
Conductors: Pratt, Michael

Weakness, an opera by Barbara White, is based on an old Celtic story known as "The Curse of Macha." White was inspired to use this...continue...
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Guilty Pleasures - Renée Fleming sings Berlioz, Duparc, Refice, de Falla, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Corigliano
Guilty Pleasures - Renée Fleming sings Berlioz, Duparc, Refice, de Falla, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Corigliano

1 CD / Decca / 2013-09-17

Works: Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été; Henri Duparc: Phidylé ("L'herbe est molle au sommeil"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra); Licinio Refice: Ombra di nube, for voice & piano (...
Performers: Fleming, Renée; Graham, Susan; Simpson, Janet
Conductors: Lang-Lessing, Sebastian
Ensemble: ; Philharmonia Orchestra


Works:

Les nuits d’été, Op. 7: no 1, Villanelle by Hector Berlioz

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sebastian L

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Recording information: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (08/05/2012-08/09/2012)....continue...
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ReJoyce! A collection of the singer's finest recordings / Joyce DiDonato, soprano
ReJoyce! A collection of the singer's finest recordings / Joyce DiDonato, soprano

2 CD / Erato / 2013-09-03

Works: George Frederick Handel: Serse; Teseo; Rodelinda; Ariodante; Radamisto; Hercules; Claudio Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea; Antonio Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte; Giovanni Porta: Ifigenia in Au...
Performers: Ciofi, Patrizia; DiDonato, Joyce; Montvidas, Edgaras; Netrebko, Anna; Obrecht, Pascale; Semenova, Elena; Stupenengo, Paolo; Suliman, Nabil; Von Stade, Frederica [Mezzo-soprano vocals]
Conductors: Curtis, Alan; Rousset, Christophe; Haïm, Emmanuelle; Biondi, Fabio [Violin]; Ono, Kazushi; Nézet-Séguin, Yannick; Müller, Eduardo; Pappano, Antonio; Summers, Patrick; Wilson, John...
Ensemble: ; Europa Galante; Il Complesso Barocco; Le Concert d'Astrée ; Les Talens Lyriques

For most artists, a "Best Of" compilation is a chance to sit back and take a well-deserved break without having to go through all the...continue...
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ERA 341212B
The Very Best of Krzysztof Penderecki: Works for String Orchestra / Czepiel, Piekutowska, Bilinska
The Very Best of Krzysztof Penderecki: Works for String Orchestra / Czepiel, Piekutowska, Bilinska

2 CD / Dux (Poland) / 2013-08-27

Works: Krzysztof Penderecki: Passacaglia, for strings; Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima; Anaklasis; Sonata for violin & piano; Miniatures (3) for violin & piano; Concerto for Clarinet; Agnus Dei, for 4...
Performers: Aguilar, David [Flute]; Ashkenazy, Dmitri; Bilinska, Beata; Fundament, Pawel; Gadulanka, Jadwiga; Haufa, Jakub; Hiolski, Andrzej; Klocek, Jerzy; Ochman, Wieslaw; Paciorkiewicz, Artur; Piekutowska, Pa...
Conductors: Czepiel, Wojciech; Penderecki, Krzysztof; Lukaszewski, Jan
Ensemble: ; Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra; Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis; Sinfonia Varsovia

This compilation of Penderecki works features his best-known compositions....continue...
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DUX 853
Paul Mefano: Micromégas (b.1937) / Kaoli Isshiki, Rayanne Dupuis, Nicholas Isherwwd, Eric Tremolieres
Paul Mefano: Micromégas (b.1937) / Kaoli Isshiki, Rayanne Dupuis, Nicholas Isherwwd, Eric Tremolieres

2 CD / Maguelone / 2013-08-27

Works: Paul Méfano: Micromégas, "action lyrique" in 7 tableaux for narrator, 4 voices, chorus & orchestra (after Voltair
Performers: Crapez, Christophe; Dubois, Paul-Alexandre; Dupuis, Rayanne; Eyglier, Sandrine [Vocals]; Gurgovska, Olga [Vocals]; Isherwood, Nicholas [Bass Baritone Vocals]; Isshiki, Kaoli; Rosland, Bruno [Vocals];...
Conductors: Roullier, Pierre
Ensemble: Ensemble 2E2M

Written in 1752, Micromegas is a philosophical tale inspired by Swift's Gulliver's Travels. With its poetry of a quiet musical, Mefano leads us to perhaps...continue...
Recording information: Radio France Studios, Paris, France (07/10/2003-07/12/2003)....continue...
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