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Gerald Finley (Robert Oppenheimer), Julia Bullock (Kitty Oppenheimer), Brindley Sherratt (Edward Teller), Samuel Sakker (James Nolan), Andrew Staples (Robert Wilson), Jennifer Johnston (Pasqualita)

BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, John Adams

Finley ‘owns’ the characterisation of J Robert Oppenheimer…and Julia Bullock’s Kitty [is] the most ardent possible. All else is compelling on every level, with superb British support from Brindley... More…

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2 CDs

($19.75) $17.25

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Anja Harteros (Aida), Jonas Kaufmann (Radamès), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Amneris), Ludovic Tezier (Amonasro), Erwin Schrott (Ramfis), Marco Spotti (Il Re d'Egitto), Paolo Fanale (Un Messaggero), Eleonora Buratto (Sacerdotessa)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma; Coro dell'Accademia...

Anja Harteros can boast both the high-octane tone and the necessary level of dramatic expression to make Aida credibly three dimensional…[Ekaterina Semenchuk makes] many subtle observations pertinent... More…

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3 CDs

($27.50) $20.50

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Joyce DiDonato (Didon), Michael Spyres (Énée), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Cassandre), Orchestre et Choeur philharmonique de Strasbourg, Badischer Staatsopernchor, Choeur de l’Opéra du Rhin, John Nelson

Nelson drives the drama with unforced tempos but ample theatrical vitality and grandeur…Spyres isn’t as heroic an Aeneas as Jon Vickers…but sings with lyrical grace and spirit and decent if not... More…

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4 CDs + DVD Video

($35.50) $23.25

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Evgeny Nikitin (Amfortas), Christian Elsner (Parsifal), Franz-Josef Selig (Gurnemanz), Michelle DeYoung (Kundry/Stimme aus der Hohe), Dimitry Ivaschenko (Titurel), Eike Wilm Schulte (Klingsor)

Rundfunkchor Berlin & Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski

It has spontaneity of something which has sunk so deeply into the performers' minds and souls that they can throw caution to the wind and still be accurate...Elsner is a wonderfully sensitive... More…

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4 SACDs

($46.00) $16.00

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Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Don Giovanni), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello), Diana Damrau (Donna Anna), Joyce DiDonato (Donna Elvira), Rolando Villazón (Don Ottavio), Mojca Erdmann (Zerlina), Konstantin Wolff (Masetto), Vitalij Kowaljow (Commendatore)

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

D'Arcangelo's full bass allows this Giovanni to register as a vocal heavyweight, a dominant male who's also an expert seducer...Nézet-Séguin supplies plenty of character, with effective tempos... More…

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3 CDs

($34.25) $25.50

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(Limited Edition casebound deluxe)

Philippe Jaroussky (Orfeo), Amanda Forsythe (Euridice), Emőke Baráth (Amore)

Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera & I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis

Jaroussky is an engaging Orfeo, who sometimes puts expression before purity of sound...I Barocchisti, conducted by Diego Fasolis, make sure Gluck’s drama comes leaping vividly from the loudspeakers. More…

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CD

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Samuel Youn (Alberich), Iain Paterson (Wotan), Susan Bickley (Fricka), Emma Bell (Freia), Reinhard Hagen (Fasolt), Clive Bayley (Fafner), David Stout (Donner), David Butt Philip (Froh), Will Hartmann (Loge), Nicky Spence (Mime) & Susanne Resmark (Erda)

The Halle, Sir Mark Elder

The Hallé’s strings don’t have the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s lustre in Jaap van Zweden Naxos version, and the recording isn’t as vivid; but with the glowing brass transition to the heights, the... More…

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3 CDs

($20.75) $17.25

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Judith Van Wanroij, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro; Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques

Outstanding among the stylish cast are Judith Van Wanroij as the eponymous heroine, her delivery pliant and lucid, her satin tones persuasively seductive…Rousset draws alert and vital playing... More…

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2 CDs

($22.50) $18.00

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Janet Baker (Dido), Raimund Herincx (Aeneas), Patricia Clark (Belinda), Monica Sinclair (Sorceress)

English Chamber Orchestra, Anthony Singers, Anthony Lewis

listening to Janet Baker as Dido in her celebrated recording made at the dawn of her career, in 1962, still leaves one breathless with admiration and moved to the core by her combination of glorious... More…

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CD

($9.75) $7.50

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Dimitris Tiliakos (Don Giovanni), Vito Priante (Leporello), Myrtò Papatanasiu (Donna Anna), Kenneth Tarver (Don Ottavio), Karina Gauvin (Donna Elvira), Guido Loconsolo (Masetto), Christina Gansch (Zerlina), Mika Kares (Il Commendatore)

MusicAeterna & MusicAeterna Choir, Teodor Currentzis

[this Don Giovanni] strips away many of our distorting performance habits, and the result is refreshing, revelatory and unsettling…Tiliakos is a dramatic Don…Loconsolo is vocally nimble and petulant... More…

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3 CDs

($21.50) $19.25

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