Reviews

Review of CHARPENTIER Histoires sacrées

CHARPENTIER Histoires sacrées

This is superb. Here is a generous selection of sacred pieces by Charpentier, impeccably performed by Ensemble Correspondances under Sébastien...

Harmonia Mundi
Reviewed by Richard Lawrence in issue: 07/2019

Review of Johan Botha: Italian Opera Arias

Johan Botha: Italian Opera Arias

This double album serves as a natural follow-up to a selection of scenes by Beethoven, Strauss and Wagner, recorded live...

Orfeo
Reviewed by Hugo Shirley in issue: 07/2019

Review of WAGNER Siegfried (Elder)

WAGNER Siegfried (Elder)

This new Siegfried completes Mark Elder and the Hallé’s Ring, nine years in the making from concerts in Manchester and...

Hallé
Reviewed by Mike Ashman in issue: 07/2019

Review of VACCAJ Giulietta e Romeo

VACCAJ Giulietta e Romeo

The ordering of the names might give a clue: like Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Nicola Vaccaj’s Giulietta e...

Dynamic
Reviewed by Hugo Shirley in issue: 07/2019

Review of SPONTINI Olimpie

SPONTINI Olimpie

Spontini, the favourite of Napoleon and Josephine, had his greatest successes with La vestale and Fernand Cortez, staged at the...

Bru Zane
Reviewed by Richard Lawrence in issue: 07/2019

Review of MONTEVERDI The Coronation of Poppea (Helyard)

MONTEVERDI The Coronation of Poppea (Helyard)

Pinchgut Opera’s 2017 staged production has several singers doubling up in multiple roles, which is likely the same sort of...

Pinchgut Opera
Reviewed by David Vickers in issue: 07/2019

Review of KÁLMÁN Ein Herbstmanöver

KÁLMÁN Ein Herbstmanöver

You can’t have Viennese operetta without gold braid, frogging and moustachioed cavalry officers, and Kálmán’s ‘military operetta’ Ein Herbstmanöver is...

Oehms
Reviewed by Richard Bratby in issue: 07/2019

Review of GRANADOS Goyescas (Pons)

GRANADOS Goyescas (Pons)

In purely dramatic terms, Goyescas doesn’t amount to much: its plot is threadbare and its characters are little more than...

Harmonia Mundi
Reviewed by Andrew Farach-Colton in issue: 07/2019

Review of EINEM Der Prozess (Gruber)

EINEM Der Prozess (Gruber)

Literaturoper is what German writers (not uncritically) named a growing school of 20th-century composers who set librettos taken from compressed...

Capriccio
Reviewed by Mike Ashman in issue: 07/2019

Review of DONIZETTI; VERDI Opera Arias (Michael Fabiano)

DONIZETTI; VERDI Opera Arias (Michael Fabiano)

In some respects, Michael Fabiano was famous before he was famous. In 2009 he appeared in Susan Froemke’s feature documentary...

Pentatone
Reviewed by Mark Pullinger in issue: 07/2019

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