WOLF: Spanisches Liederbuch; Italienisches Liederbuch = Birgid Steinberger, sop./ Wolfgang Holzmair, bar./ Michaela Selinger, mezzo-sop./ Russell Ryan, piano/ Georg Beckmann, piano – Bridge (3 CDs)
This collection is an important addition to the Wolf canon, and if you don’t know these works you should make an effort to acquire it.
MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 in c minor “Resurrection” – Vienna Philharmonic/ Zubin Mehta/ Ilena Cotrubas, sop./ Christa Ludwig, contralto – Decca audio-only Blu-ray
Another spectacular Mahler Second, this time in hi-res stereo on Blu-ray.
“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.
WAGNER: Götterdammerung (Complete Opera) – Lance Ryan (Siegfried)/ Petra Lang (Brünnhilde)/ Matti Salminen (Hagen)/ Berlin Radio Sym. Choir and Orch./ Marek Janowski– Pentatone Classics
I was anticipating greatness. I got very good, but in the end it’s not even close to a near miss.
Another Grammy possibility? Sure sounds that way…
NICK PEROS: Motets – The Renaissance Singers/ Richard Cunningham – Phoenix RecordsNICK PEROS: Songs – Heidi Klann, soprano/ Alayne Hall, piano – Phoenix Records
Interesting and attractive music being released once again. (Two separate CDs.)
The first of what I am sure will be many “greatest hits” albums from this soprano.
“Io Vidi in Terra” = Jose Lemos, countertenor/ Jory Vinikour, harpsichord/ Deborah Fox, Theorbo – Sono Luminus Pure Audio Blu-ray+CD
Countertenors seem to me quite artificial in nature. But artists like Lemos stand previous assumptions on their head.
“Das himmlische Leben” = Lieder by LISZT and MAHLER – Anne Schwanewilms, sop./ Charles Spencer, p. – Onyx
A marvelous recital of the highest quality, with some stirring interpretative finesse.
A world premiere of an early work that might surprise you and force an acknowledgment of yet another side of Weill’s many-faceted art.
Clever programming, excellent production values, and above all sensational singing make for a album destined for many desert island lists.
A true Iberian evening of love lyrics, realized by two authentic interpreters of the Catalan art-song, Badia and De Larrocha.
Classical Barbra – [TrackList follows] Barbra Streisand, soprano/ Columbia Sym. Orch./ Claus Ogerman, piano and cond. – Sony Masterworks
It’s taken 37 years, but Barbra’s finally back in the classical genre.
The best album of Gordon’s songs that I have heard so far.
MASCAGNI: Cavalleria Rusticana – Maria Callas, sop./ Giuseppe di Stefano/ Rolando Panerai, baritone/ Anna Maria Canali, mezzo-soprano/ Ebe Ticozzi, contralto – Chorus and Orch. of La Scala/ Tullio Serafin – Pristine Audio
The classic 1953 EMI inscription of Cavalleria Rusticana – starring Callas and di Stefano – receives a glowing restoration, gripping in its dramatic power and often brilliant vocally, all under potent maestro Tullio Serafin.
A faboulously-recorded musical triumph!
Kirsten Flagstad Song Recital = SCHUBERT: 4 Songs; SCHUMANN: Frauenliebe und Leben; BRAHMS: 3 Songs; GRIEG: Haugtussa; CHARLES: “When I Have Sung My Songs” – Kirsten Flagstad, sop./ Edwin McArthur, p. – Pristine
Pristine resurrects important post-War inscriptions from Kirsten Flagstad, once heralded as the most powerful soprano in music.
“Il caro Sassone: HANDEL in Italy” = Lucy Crowe, sop./ The English Concert / Harry Bicket – Harmonia mundi
Vocal and instrumental highlights from Handel’s heady years in Italy, very attractively presented.
Long Island Songs = TOM CIPULLO; GEORGE BRUNNER; ANNE DINSMORE PHILLIPS; CHRISTIAN MCLEER – Monica Harte, sop. – MSR
The sequel to Harte’s Songs from Another Place.
Big Band Bash.
FRESCOBALDI: Il Regno d’amore – Mariana Flores, soprano/ Clamatis Ensemble/ Leonardo Garcia-Alarcon – Ricercar
Ten arias taken from the composer’s two books of “Arie musicali,” presented in counterpoint with a selection of his instrumental “Canzoni.“
AUBERT LEMELAND: Symphony No. 6, “Les Eléments”; Time Landscapes; Mémorial, “Dieppe”; Concert Nocturne – Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie /soloists/Jose Serebrier – Skarbo HERMANN NITSCH: Symphony No. 9 – Peter J. Marthe, cond. – Gramola (2)
I almost hesitate to review these two discs together. But here goes anyway. . . .