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OPERA RECORDINGS-APRIL 2014

LA DESCENTE D’ORPHÉE AUX ENFERS & LA COURONNE DE FLEURS

COMPOSER: Marc-Antoine Charpentier

ARTIST: Aaron Sheeham • Amanda Forsythe • Teresa Wakim • Jesse Blumberg • Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensembles • Paul O’Dette • Stephen Stubbs

777876-2 | 761203787623

1 CD | US SRP $16.99

•       In cooperation with the Boston Early Music Festival, cpo will release two baroque operas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, works both complex and highly entertaining.

•       Charpentier wrote an impressive number of sacred works; the number of secular works is considerably smaller, but similarly varied. These two works are genuine standouts.

•       The BEMF once again presents a marvelous cast of young soloists for the interpretation of these two vibrant operas.

 

TAMERLANO

COMPOSER: George Frideric Handel

ARTIST: Xavier Sabata • Max Emanuel Cencic • John Mark Ainsley • Karina Gauvin • Ruxandra Donose • Pavel KudinovTamerlano HWV 18, 1731 Version

V5373 | 822186053737

3 CD | US SRP $44.99

•       Riccardo Minasi leads the Il Pomo D’Oro and a fine singing cast in this recording of Handel’s music drama Tamerlano.

•       Mr. Minasi’s performing edition prepared for this recording is modeled after Handel’s 1731 version, but reinstates the Act II trio he omitted at the time.

•       Booklet includes a David Vickers-penned essay on Tamerlano, a synopsis, a complete libretto in French and Italian, and artist photos.


 

LES CONTRALTOS

COMPOSER: Antonio Vivaldi • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi • Ambroise Thomas • Robert Schumann • Johann Sebastian Bach • Joseph Haydn • Georges Bizet • Reynaldo Hahn • Giacomo Carissimi • Charles Gounod

ARTIST: Marie-Nicole Lemieux • Sara Mingardo • Nathalie Stutzmann • Sonia Prina • Delphine Galou

V5359 | 822186053591

1 CD | US SRP $16.99

•       An hour of music featuring highlights from Vivaldi (Gloria and operas), Bizet’s Carmen, Bach’s B minor Mass, Hahn’s L’heure exquise, and Schumann’s Liederkreis, etc.

•       Both warm and dark, the voice of contralto offers fascinating colors to many musical universes. This CD gathers baroque, classical and romantic hits performed by some of the most prestigious contemporary contralto voices: Sara Mingardo, Nathalie Stutzmann, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Sonia Prina and Delphine Galou.

 

IPHIGENIA IN AULIS

COMPOSER: Christoph Willibald Gluck

ARTIST: Camilla Nylund • Michelle Breedt • Christian Elsner • Oliver Zwarg • Chorus Musicus Cologne • Das Neue Orchester • Christoph Spering

OC 953 | 4260034869530

2 CD | US SRP $34.99

•       Whilst the concert and opera business continues to repeat Wagner‘s operas in ever new facets, Christoph Spering is interested in different aspects during the Gluck and Wagner years 2013/14.

•       His serendipity led him to early Wagner and his adaptation of Iphigenia in Aulis, from which Wagner formed an almost new opera. Wagner conducted the world premiere of his version at the Royal Court Opera in Dresden on February 24, 1847—now Spering releases a new recording of it with an outstanding ensemble.

 

MEMBRA JESU NOSTRI

COMPOSER: Dieterich Buxtehude

ARTIST: John Mark Ainsley • Robin Blaze • Giles Underwood • Phantasm • Choir of Magdalen College Oxford • Daniel Hyde

OA CD9023D | 809478090236

1 CD | US SRP $22.99

•       This release heralds a new association between Opus Arte and the Magdalen College Choir, Oxford, under its director, Daniel Hyde.

•       Dietrich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri is considered to be the first Lutheran oratorio.

•       Renowned soloists include John-Mark Ainsley and Robin Blaze.

•       Features Gramophone Award-winning instrumental group Phantasm.

 

 

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