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Verdi: Aida

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

$25.25

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 New  Offer Mozart: Il sogno di Scipione, K126

Chiara Skerath (soprano), Soraya Mafi (soprano), Klara Ek (soprano), Stuart Jackson (tenor), Krystian Adam (tenor), Robert Murray (tenor)

Classical Opera, Ian Page

All the da capo arias offer moments of genuine Mozartian musico-dramatic spark – of which later there’s an abundance in the long accompanied recitative depicting Scipio’s awakening…This is a... More…

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2 CDs

($22.25)$20.25

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No digital booklet included

 New  Offer Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande

Christian Gerhaher (Pelléas), Magdalena Kožená (Mélisande), Bernarda Fink (Geneviève), Franz-Josef Selig (Arkel), Gerald Finley (Golaud), Elias Mädler (Yniold), Joshua Bloom ((Shepherd/Doctor)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

His interpretation shares many of the strengths of Boulez’s own accounts, such as the meticulous shifts of mood and colour...One of the new recording’s great strengths lies in Rattle’s knack... More…

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3 SACD + 1 Blu-ray audio

($22.00)$19.14

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Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame

Misha Didyk (Herman), Tatiana Serjan (Lisa), Larissa Diadkova (Countess), Alexey Shishlyaev (Tomskij and Plutus), Alexey Markov (Yeletzki)

Kinderchor der Bayerischen Staatsoper & Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons

Serjan is a vibrant, fearless Lisa...Hers is a voice with plenty of ‘blade’ when required, yet she can shade it beautifully...[Didyk] surprises with his baritonal depths here as Herman, as well... More…

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3 CDs

$30.25

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

René Pape (Sarastro), Erika Miklósa (Königin der Nacht), Dorothea Röschmann (Pamina), Christoph Strehl (Tamino), Hanno Müller-Brachmann (Papageno), Julia Kleiter (Papagena), Georg Zeppenfeld (Sprecher), Kurt Azesberger (Monostatos), Caroline Stein (Erste Dame), Heidi Zehnder (Zweite Dame), Anne-Carolyn...

This is certainly the most desirable version using modern instruments to appear since Solti's second recording in 1990. That said, its characteristics are rather nearer William Christie's 1995... More…

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2 CDs

$27.25

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Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

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

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Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Angela Gheorghiu (Butterfly), Jonas Kaufmann (Pinkerton), Enkelejda Shkosa (Suzuki), Fabio Capitanucci (Sharpless), Gregory Bonfatti (Goro) & Raymond Aceto (Bonzo)

Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

In many respects Gheorghiu's singing reminds me of Callas's: in Act I they both adopt a 'little girl' voice, and in Act II they both sound more mature… so that by the tragic climax they present... More…

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2 CDs

$17.75

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This release includes a digital booklet

 New Rameau: Pygmalion

Cyrille Dubois (Pygmalion), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Céphise), Céline Scheen (La Statue), Eugénie Warnier (L’Amour)

Les Talens Lyriques, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Christophe Rousset

Rameau’s inventive overture fizzes, crackles and beguiles as each element demands in Les Talens Lyriques’ capable hands…[Dubois's] ardency and finesse never have any hints of strain at the top... More…

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CD

$14.75

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Wagner: Parsifal

Peter Hofmann (Parsifal), Dunja Vejzovic (Kundry), Kurt Moll (Gurnemanz), José van Dam (Amfortas), Siegmund Nimsgern (Klingsor), Victor von Halem (Titurel), Hanna Schwarz (Alto Stimme)

Berlin German Opera Chorus, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

In most respects this is the most perfect, atmospheric Parsifal yet committed to disc or cassette. Admitting the vocal imperfections, few as they are, the set attempts an artistic, or at least... More…

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4 CDs

$61.00

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No digital booklet included

Puccini: La fanciulla del West

Carol Neblett (Minnie), Plácido Domingo (Dick Johnson), Sherrill Milnes (Jack Rance)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Zubin Mehta

This opera depicts the triangular relationship between Minnie, the saloon owner and 'mother' to the entire town of gold miners, Jack Rance, the sheriff and Dick Johnson (alias Ramerrez), a bandit... More…

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2 CDs

$19.25

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This release includes a digital booklet