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Opera - Verschijnt op 1 december 2017 | naïve classique

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Opera - Verschijnt op 24 november 2017 | Warner Classics

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We will gladly forgive the occasional "weakness" in sound technology in this recording of Troyens by Berlioz (recorded live in concert in April 2017). In light of the first-rate quality of the music and vocals that appear on the disc (a majority of which are French voices, with Stéphane Degout at their head) this immense work is from the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the three choirs which have been brought together – because the work demands immense swelling choirs – which are the choir of the Opéra national du Rhin, the Opéra National de Bade, and the Strasbourg Philharmonic's own choir. This recording rests, of course, on the complete original edition, which gives the listener a chance to hear Les Troyens as the work was performed in 1863, at the Théâtre-Lyrique, in which some intense chopping saw Acts I and II condensed into one part and Acts III to V into another, producing two distinct operas (La Prise de Troie and Les Troyens à Carthage). We also get a taste, naturally, of Berlioz's immensely rich orchestral innovations: with every new work, he would invent some exciting new prototype from scratch, never content to rest on his laurels. The listener should note the presence of six saxhorns, recently invented by Adolphe Sax (of whom Berlioz was an indefatigable champion, even if he didn't often use his instruments in his scores, no doubt because of the poor quality of the early instrumentalists who learned - however well or badly - Sax's instruments); bass clarinet, and an army of percussion pieces including several instruments which must have been rare in those days: crotales, goblet drums, tom-toms, thunder sheets... clearly, this is a milestone in the Berlioz discography. © SM/Qobuz
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Opera - Verschijnt op 24 november 2017 | Warner Classics

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Opera - Verschenen op 17 november 2017 | Oehms Classics

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Opera - Verschenen op 17 november 2017 | American Modern Recordings

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Opera - Verschenen op 17 november 2017 | PentaTone

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Opera - Verschenen op 17 november 2017 | Bongiovanni

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Opera - Verschenen op 17 november 2017 | PentaTone

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This new recording of Verdi’s Otello possesses numerous attributes: Melody Moore’s Desdemona, Nikolai Schukoff’s Otello, and the very inspired Gulbenkian Orchestra coupled with the Gulbenkian Choir, admirably set and extremely precise, including in the highly virtuoso passages. It’s worth mentioning that Verdi’s last drama – the composer ended his career with the comic opera Falstaff – completed in 1887 after sixteen years of lyrical silence (his previous work was Aida in 1871) is spectacularly at odds with his previous language; there are few isolated motifs and recitatives, in favour of a much more modern fluidity of speech, closer to the Shakespeare drama, and a tight plot focusing on the characters and immediate actions of each of them. Lawrence Foster's interpretation highlights this continuity. Interestingly Arturo Toscanini was one of the cellists for the world premiere on February 5th, 1887 at La Scala in Milan. © SM/Qobuz
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Opera - Verschenen op 17 november 2017 | Delphian

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Opera - Verschenen op 17 november 2017 | Orfeo

These are on-stage live recordings of various great Wagnerian moments of the great Swedish dramatic soprano Nina Stemme (born in 1963) made between 2003 and 2013, right during the opera singer’s time of glory, at the prime of her ability – it’s worth pointing out that a dramatic soprano’s voice, as opposed to a “classic” lyric soprano, reaches her full prime rather late in her musical life, considering the extravagant muscular stress required for the roles of Isolde, Sieglinde or Brünnhilde. The orchestra of the Vienna State Opera is conducted by either Seiji Ozawa or Franz Welser-Möst – at the time when they succeeded each other as Music Director of this honourable and particularly traditionalist institution. And let’s not forget that Nina Stemme won the Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Prize in 1993, and gained international recognition as Isolde at Glyndebourne in 2003, the year of the first recordings presented here. Since then, she has played all the legendary female icons such as Elektra, Turandot, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, and many other major roles in Bayreuth. A stellar career fully recognised in this album. © SM/Qobuz
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Opera - Verschenen op 13 november 2017 | G.O.P.

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Opera - Verschenen op 10 november 2017 | Naxos

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Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) in China, even Wagner wouldn’t have dared dreaming of that in his greatest phantasmagorias on the Gesamtkunstwerk taking over the world. And yet it’s the work the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has decided to record, under the lead of its Music Director Jaap van Zweden, over four years of public performances – live recordings, which don’t spoil in any way the liveliness and continuity of the original work. If Wagner had had at his disposal such a talented orchestra, he would have certainly been stunned: in the East, his masterpiece is more than honoured… The stage, albeit not very Eastern (whereas the orchestra is in its overwhelming majority composed of local musicians), features some of today’s most seasoned voices, starting with New Zealander Simon O’Neill as Siegfried, American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton as Brünnhilde, and the outstanding Matthias Goerne as Wotan. The “reference versions” of the past years and decades now have serious reasons to worry about their unquestioned privileged status, even more so as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra isn’t held to sometimes burdensome traditions: it plays the music as if it had just been composed… © SM/Qobuz
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Opera - Verschenen op 10 november 2017 | Delos

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Opera - Verschenen op 10 november 2017 | Musique en Wallonie

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Opera - Verschenen op 8 november 2017 | G.O.P.

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