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Mark Padmore (Evangelist), Camilla Tilling (soprano), Magdalena Kožená (mezzo), Topi Lehtipuu (tenor), Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Roderick Williams (Jesus)
Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Sellars (director)
Sellars is an intrinsically 'musical' director...Williams's Christ all but steals the show - even alongside tenor Mark Padmore whose Evangelist fearlessly interrogates as well as interprets the... — More…
2 DVDs + Blu-ray
Werner Güra (Evangelist), Johannes Weisser (bass arias/Christus), Andrew Redmon (Petrus), Johannes Schendel (Pilatus), Sunhae Im (soprano arias), Benno Schachtner (alto arias), Sebastian Kohlhepp (tenor arias), Fabienne Weiss (Ancilla), Minsub Hong (Servus)
Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS...
Clarity of sound and purpose distinguish [this] recording…woodwind are placed in front of the strings, allowing for exceptional detail in the turba choruses [while] the soloists sing throughout,... — More…
2 SACD + DVD
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Judith Nelson (soprano I), Emma Kirkby (soprano II), Carolyn Watkinson (contralto), Paul Elliott (tenor), David Thomas (bass)
Academy of Ancient Music, Westminster Cathedral Choir, Christopher Hogwood
…the lovely sound and supreme musicality of this performance… The authoritative David Thomas relishes every moment; Carolyn Watkinson brings tender dignity to 'He was despised'; Emma Kirkby... — More…
Dame Janet Baker (The Angel), John Shirley Quirk (The Priest & The Angel of the agony) & Peter Pears (Gerontius)
London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir, Sir Adrian Boult
Boult’s handling of the Prelude, and his masterly accompaniment – especially to Janet Baker’s radiant final benediction – is so beautiful, so magisterial in its intensity, that it feels as though... — More…
Plácido Domingo (Simon Boccanegra), Marina Poplavskaya (Amelia Grimaldi/Maria Boccanegra), Joseph Calleja (Gabriele Adorno), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Jacope Fiesco), Jonathan Summers (Paolo Albiani), Lukas Jakobski (Piero)
Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano
The result is far more than a vanity project...overall [Domingo] makes a remarkably moving and complex creation out of it...Summers is worn but malevolent in his sharply etched portrayal of the... — More…
Burkhard Fritz (Waldemar), Emily Magee (Tove), Anna Larsson (Waldtaube), Markus Marquard (Bauer), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Klaus-Narr), Sunnyi Melles (Narrator)
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus of the Dutch National Opera, Marc Albrecht (conductor) & Pierre Audi (director)
The whole production presents a formidable challenge to any opera house contemplating an alternative staging. — More…