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 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

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 Offer Puccini: La fanciulla del West

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

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Zubin Mehta

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2 SACDs

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Wagner: Parsifal

Gary Lehman (Parsifal), Violeta Urmana (Kundry), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Evgeny Nikitin (Amfortas), Alexei Tano Vitski (Titurel) & Nikolai Putilin (Klingsor)

Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, Valery Gergiev

What really distinguishes this...is Gergiev. His reading is vivid and luminous, generally expansive but with fluidly shifting tempos, unashamedly guilty of theatrical excitement. Yet he evokes... More…

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4 SACDs

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 Offer Verdi: Otello

Simon O’Neill (Otello), Gerald Finley (Iago), Anne Schwanewilms (Desdemona), Allan Clayton (Cassio), Ben Johnson (Roderigo), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Lodovico), Matthew Rose (Montano), Lukas Jakobski (Herald) & Eufemia Tufano (Emilia)

London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra,...

everything contributes to accentuating extremes: Colin Davis gets the LSO, in shattering form, to play chords like cannon shots...The two male leads are superb: Simon O'Neill is the most complete... More…

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2 SACDs

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Massenet: Don Quichotte

Ferruccio Furlanetto (Don Quichotte), Anna Kiknadze (Dulcinée) & Andrei Serov (Sancho Panza)

Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers Ensemble & Mariinsky Orchestra & Soloists, Valery Gergiev

Furlanetto's basso cantante makes a fine compromise [between Ghiaurov and van Dam] - rich but smooth in fluent French - and Valery Gergiev whips up the score more vigorously than either predecessor...Gergiev... More…

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2 SACDs

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Shostakovich: The Nose

Vladislav Sulimsky, Alexei Tanovitski, Tatiana Kravtsova, Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur, Gennady Bezzubenkov, Vadim Kravets, Sergei Skorokhodov, Yevgeny Strashko, Elena Vitman & Zhanna Dombrovskaya

Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, Valery Gergiev

…Gergiev… wrings superb playing from his band, bringing real panache to the rapid alternations of contrast and grotesquerie and to the brilliantly inventive interludes. Vladislav Sulimsky as... More…

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2 SACDs

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Natalie Dessay (Lucia), Piotr Beczala (Edgardo), Vladislav Sulimsky (Enrico), Dmitry Voropaev (Arturo), Ilya Bannik (Raimondo), Zhanna Dombrovskaya (Alisa) & Sergei Skorokhodov (Normanno)

Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, Valery Gergiev

Everything Dessay does is lovely, but there is a lack of the desperation which should pervade the role...[Beczala is] actually more moving and Italianate than Dessay. Still, as post-Maria Callas... More…

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2 SACDs

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 New Handel: Parnasso in Festa, HWV73

David Hansen (Apollo), Robin Johannsen (Clio), Kangmin Justin Kim (Orfeo), Jenny Högstrom (Calliope), Silke Gäng (Cloride), Francesca Ascioti (Euterpe), Luca Tittoto (Marte)

La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel, Andrea Marcon

The elaborate solo writing is well served by David Hansen (Apollo), Robin Johannsen (Clio) and, especially, the remarkable soprano falsettist Kangmin Justin Kim (Orfeo), and the playing is vivid. More…

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 Offer Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini

Gregory Kunde (Cellini), Laura Claycomb (Teresa), Darren Jeffery (Balducci), Andrew Kennedy (Francesco), Isabelle Cals (Ascanio), John Relyea (Pope Clement VII), Peter Coleman-Wright (Fieramosca), Jacques Imbrailo (Pompeo), Andrew Foster-Williams (Bernardino) & Alasdair Elliott (Cabaretier)

London...

The combination of technology and the conductor's unimpaired élanmakes for glowing textures and shattering climaxes. More…

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2 SACDs

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 New  Offer Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Ricarda Merbeth, Albert Dohmen, Christian Elsner, Katrin Wundsam, Alexandra Hutton, Annika Gerhards, Alexandra Steiner

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Kinderchor Staatsoper Berlin, Marek Janowski

2 SACDs

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