Cello Effect – Works by PROKOFIEV, PUCCINI, RACHMANINOFF, JOBIM, HANDY, BRUBECK, ANDERSON, DESMOND, TCHAIKOVSKY – Rastrelli Cello Quartet – GENUIN GEN15364 – 53:45 **** A Cello Quartet performs a wide variety of short classics transcribed and arranged by one of its members. One may wonder why anyone would want to listen to four cellos (celli?) […]
Something’s different about this production. PUCCINI: Turandot (2016, Luciano Berio completion) Cast: Nina Stemme, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Maria Agresta , Coro di voci bianche dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala Orch.: Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano Director: Riccardo Chailly Studio: Decca. Blue-ray [1/27/17] Run Time: 130 minutes Video: 1.77:1 Color Audio: DTS-HD 5.1, PCM Stereo Subtitles: English, […]
China’s Newest Export is Classical Music – The China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) is touring New York City, LA and San Francisco. Musicians from the China National Opera House in Beijing performed in Puccini’s Turandot in the Budapest Spring Festival. At London’s Coliseum, the Shanghai Opera performed Thunderstorm, a newly-adapted Western-style Chinese work, and the Shanghai […]
It’s hard to divorce this release from recent events. PUCCINI: La Boheme (complete opera), Blu-ray (2016) Performers: Daniela Dessì (Mimì)/ Fabio Armiliato (Rodolfo)/ Alessandro Luongo (Marcello)/ Alida Berti (Musetta)/ Federico Longhi (Schaunard)/ Marco Spotti (Colline)/ Angelo Nardinocchi (Benoit/Alcindoro)/ Ugo Tarquini (Parpignol)/ Marco Simonelli (Sergente dei doganieri)/ Jacopo Bianchini (Un doganiere)/ Orchestra and Choir of the […]
Stokowski – Gala Night at the Opera = Works of WAGNER, MOZART, GOUNOD, BORODIN, VERDI & PUCCINI – Soloists/Philadelphia Orch./ Leopold Stokowski – Guild
Guild permits us to relive the spectacular gala event in Philadelphia, 1962, when Stokowski led an operatic tribute to the Academy of Music.
Stratas in her prime is always worth a listen—and a viewing.
A sumptuously recorded video presentation that falters at a critical juncture.
A brilliant Boheme from the forces at one of the most innovative opera centers in the world.
Fritz Wunderlich, Der Kammersänger = Arias by HANDEL, GLUCK, MOZART, PUCCINI, LORTZING and TCHAIKOVSKY and songs – Rafael Kubelik, Eugen Jochum, Emmerich Smola, Hans Moltkau, Otto Gerdes, Robert Stolz, conductors – Clearaudio vinyl double-LP
A terrific double-vinyl reissue of tenor Wunderlich.
“Sempre libera” = Scenes and arias from operas of BELLINI, VERDI, DONITZETTI & PUCCINI – Anna Netrebko, sop./ Mahler Ch. Orch./ Claudio Abbado – DGG stereo-only Blu-ray
This is a terrific album. Why it was released in this format is anyone’s guess.
“A Romantic Journey of Tuscany” (TrackList follows) – Music of VERDI, PUCCINI, CATALANI, LEONCAVALLO, DONIZETTI, VIVALDI Etc. – TopMusic
A gold CD compilation directed mainly toward audiophiles.
Exceeds all expectations, and the hype was enormous.
PUCCINI: Turandot – Birgit Nilsson, soprano/ Franco Corelli, tenor & others/MET/ Stokowski – Pristine (2 CDs)
Leopold Stokowski’s immortalized MET debut in Puccini’s last but flawed masterpiece returns to us in its spectacular triumph with a stellar cast.
Are we really ready for a Hollywood modernist takeoff on the old West?
A marvelous voice that lacks only some more direct focus and bite—the tools are all in place.
WALTON conducts WALTON: Troilus and Cressida–excerpts; Partita for Orchestra – Soloists/Philharmonia Orch./Sir William Walton – Pristine
William Walton’s only full-length opera, after the story by Chaucer, remains a problem child in the composer’s creative history.
One of our last living legends continues to shine…
Kurt Baum = 18 Opera Arias by BELLINI, ROSSINI, HALEVY,VERDI, PUCCINI, GOUNOD, BIZET, LEONCAVALLO, PONCHIELLI, GIORDANO, MEYERBEER, and R. STRAUSS – Kurt Baum, tenor/Austrian Symphony Orchestra/Wilhelm Loibner – Preiser
A vocal anomaly, Kurt Baum could deliver both unblemished beauty and power and irritating, mannered histrionics at once.