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Opera & Vocal CD review - 18 January 1999


Self-indulgence and exclusive recording contracts.


Joel Kasow discusses several recent releases while examining both the positive and
negative aspects of self-indulgence that result from exclusive recording contracts.

Bacquier chante Poulenc: Chansons villageoises, Le Bestiaire, Cocardes, La Courtepaille, Chansons Gaillardes, etc.
Gabriel Bacquier, baritone
Olivia Garnier, piano
Maguelone INT MA 523 742
Notes and translations in English, French and German; texts in French only

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Bacquier chante Poulenc

Cecilia Bartoli - Live in Italy: Caccini, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart, Schubert, Viardot, Berlioz, Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Giordani, Montsalvage, Bizet
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Decca 289 455 981-2
Texts and translations in French and Italian

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Cecilia Bartoli

Renée Fleming - I Want Magic: American Opera Arias: Bernard Herrmann, Douglas Moore, GianCarlo Menotti, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Carlisle Floyd, Igor Stravinsky, Samuel Barber, André Previn
Renée Fleming, soprano
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
James Levine, conductor
Decca 460 567-2
Texts and translations in English, French and German


Renée Fleming - The Beautiful Voice: Gounod, Léhar, Orff, Puccini, Rachmaninov, Strauss, Charpentier, Massenet, Dvorak, Flotow, Korngold, Strauss, Canteloube
Renée Fleming, soprano
English Chamber Orchestra
Jeffrey Tate, conductor
Decca 458 858-2
Texts and translations in English, French and German

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Renée Fleming - I Want Magic

Matthias Goerne - Hanns Eisler: The Hollywood Songbook
Matthias Goerne, baritone
Eric Schneider, piano
Decca 460 582-2
Notes and translations in English, French and German; texts in German and English only

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Matthias Goerne

Angela Gheorghiu: Souvenirs
Angela Gheorghiu, soprano
Malcolm Martineau, piano
Decca 458 360-2
Notes and translations in English, French and German

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Dedication - Ben Heppner:
Beethoven:Adelaide, An die ferne Geliebte
Richard Strauss: Vier Lieder, Op. 27
Schumann: 7 Lieder aus Myrthen
Liszt: Tre sonnetti di Petrarca
Ben Heppner, tenor
Craig Rutenberg, piano
RCA Victor 09026 63104 2
Texts and translations in English, French and German

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Ben Heppner

Arie Antiche - Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Sir Neville Marriner,
conductor
Philips 456 543-2
Notes and translations in English, French and German

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky

La Promessa - Sumi Jo
Sumi Jo
, soprano
Vincenzo Scalera, piano
Erato 3984-23300-2
Texts and translations in English, Italian, French and German

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