Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Notable DVD and CD releases for January

Last month it was impossible to compile a list. However this month many new operas will be released this month.

My number one pick of the month is Simon Boccanegra with Placido Domingo and Anja Harteros from La Scala di Milano. The performance is conducted by Daniel Barenboim and also features Ferrucio Furlanetto. It also marks the third Simon Boccanegra released for Placido Domingo. If you haven't already seen his interpretation, Domingo's Boccanegra is one that should not be missed.

Rossini's masterpiece Tancredi gets a new release featuring a stellar cast that includes Daniela Barcellona, Raul Gimenez and Darina Takova. Riccardo Frizza conducts.

Two months ago I featured a DVD of Lulu with Patricia Petibon. Petibon is known as the greatest exponent of the demanding role today. January marks the second recording of her interpretation. This time from an acclaimed Salzburg production that also stars Pavol Breslick and Michael Volle. 

Slavic Heroes
Mariusz Kwiecien releases his first solo recording featuring the music of Tchaikovsky and other slavic composers. The recording conducted by Lukasz Borowicz features the Polish Symphony Orchestra.Verdi: Ernani (Metropolitan Opera) (2 CD)  Verdi: Luisa Miller (Metropolitan Opera) (2 CD) 
Donizetti: L'elisir D'amore (Metropolitan Opera) (2 CD)  Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana (Metropolitan Opera)
The Met continues releasing historic performances. This month features the art of Carlo Bergonzi, Richard Tucker, Monserrat Caballe, Roberta Peters, Sherrill Milnes and Eileen Farrell. If you have enjoyed this collection thus far or are a fan of historic performances these are recordings that shouldn't be missed.

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