Friday, January 3, 2014

Notable DVD and CD Releases for the Month January and February

The January slate of DVDs looks dry at the moment. As a result I have decided to preview some of February's releases. 

TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin / Netrebko, Beczala
The first release is the Met's latest "Eugene Onegin" starring Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien. The release the marks the Met's first DVD release since Verdi's Rigoletto. It also marks the second Onegin the company releases. The production which opened the 2013-14 season also stars Piotr Beczala and was conducted by Valery Gergiev. 

Two DVD which have been delayed over the past three months are Cecilia Bartoli's "Le Comte Ory and Jonas Kaufmann's Met "Parsifal." Currently the two DVDs are announced on the UK amazon website but have no cover. The current date is February 14 and lets hope this remains.  

La Scala will continue to unravel the Ring Cycle. This time it will release the Siegfried which stars Lance Ryan and Nina Stemme. 

One of the few releases to look forward to in January is Erwin Schrott's Live in Berlin concert where performs his Rojotango album. Sony Classical will be in charge of releasing the DVD. 

Rolando Villazon continues to surprise audiences with his repertoire choices. This time he has decided to record concert arias with Antonio Pappano conducting the incredible London Symphony Orchestra. 

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