BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat (Nowak Edition) – London Sym. Orch./ Lance Friedel – MSR Classics
Could we be witnessing the birth of a born Brucknerian? Yes, if this recording has anything to say about it. BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat (Nowak Edition) – London Sym. Orch./ Lance Friedel – MSR Classics multichannel SACD MS 1600, 73:19 [Distr. by Albany] *****: Not since 2010, as far as I can tell, […]
Rita Gorr Sings French Opera = Rita Gorr, sop./ Orch. du Theatre National de l’Opera/ Orch. de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire/ Andre Cluytens/ Georges Pretre – Guild
Belgian soprano Rita Gorr brings a powerful luster to six staples of the French operatic repertory.
WAGNER: Rienzi (complete opera) – Soloists/ Frankfurt Opera Chorus and Orch./ Sebastian Weigle – Oehms Classics OC (3 CDs)
Any “Rienzi” these days must be welcomed—but…
Home Page for May 2013
Our drawing/giveaway for May is for five readers of AUDIOPHILE AUDITION who will be selected to receive the new 12-CD box set The Complete Beethoven Symphonies, Concertos and Overtures from Naxos, the world’s leading classical music group. Beethoven laid down the foundations of the Romantic era and changed the course of music history. The set […]
Editorial for April 2013
Wagner aficionados will want to have this month’s drawing/giveaway. It is for all four Wagner music dramas making up The Ring, on 14 CDs from Opera d’Oro. Clemens Krauss conducts the leading soloists and the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus in 1953, and the set features four newly-translated complete librettos in English, plus a fifth […]
WAGNER: Lohengrin (complete opera), Blu-ray (2012)
Need a definition of “strange Wagner”? You’ve found it here!
Audio News for July 27, 2012
Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert at Library of Congress; Nazi Tattoo Forces Russian Baritone from Bayreuth; Pioneer’s Next Generation of Basic HT Speakers
WAGNER: Parsifal (complete opera) – Gary Lehman (Parsifal)/ Violeta Urmana (Kundry)/ Rene Pape (Gurnemanz)/ Evgeny Nikitin (Amfortas)/ Alexei Tanovitski (Titurel)/ Mariinsky Soloists, Orchestra, and Chorus/ Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky (4 discs)
Presto, chango, Gergiev comes up with a really dynamic performance of a fiendishly difficult work.
Baritone Hermann Uhde = HANDEL: Julius Caesar: “Aus der Brandung Gefarhen”; WEBER: Der Freischuetz: 2 Arias; VERDI: Rigoletto: 2 Arias; BIZET: “Euren Toast kann ich wohl erwiden” – others – Preiser
“…stage singers like Hermann Uhde deserve the greatest appreciation: they uplift the opera to the highest level of musical drama.”