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Opera & Vocal CD review - 28 October 1999


Puccini: Il Trittico
Il Tabarro : Maria Guleghina (Giorgetta); Elena Zilio (La Frugola); Neil Shicoff (Luigi); Ricardo Cassinelli (Il Tinca); Carlo Guelfi (Michele); Enrico Fissore (Il Talpa); Barry Banks (Venditore di canzonette); Angela Gheorghiu & Roberto Alagna (Lovers) London Symphony Orchestra, London Voices

Suor Angelica : Cristina Gallardo-Domas (Suor Angelica); Bernadette Manca di Nissa (La Zia Principessa); Felicity Palmer (La Badessa); Elena Zilio (La suora zelatrice); Sara Gulgoni (La maestra delle novizie); Dorothea Röschmann (Suor Genovieffa); Judith Rees (Suor Osmina); Rachele Stanisci (Suor Dolcina); Francesca Pedaci (La suora infirmiera); Anna Maria Panzarella, Susan Mackenzie Park, Rosalind Waters, Deborah Miles-Johnson Philharmonia Orchestra, London Voices, Tiffin Boys' Choir

Gianni Schicchi :José van Dam (Gianni Schicchi); Angela Gheorghiu (Lauretta); Patrizia Ciofi (Nella); Elena Zilio (La Ciesca); Felicity Palmer (Zita); Roberto Alagna (Rinuccio); Paolo Barbacini (Gherardo); Carlos Chausson (Betto); Roberto Scaltriti (Marco); Luigi Roni (Simone; Enrico Fissore (Spinelloccio/Ser Amantio) London Symphony Orchestra

Antonio Pappano, conductor
EMI 7243 5 56857 2 2 (3 cds)
Texts and translations in English, French and German

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The early music movement attacks Mozart

Mozart: Mitridate
Natalie Dessay (Aspasia); Sandrine Piau (Ismene); Cecilia Bartoli (Sifare); Hélène Le Corre (Arbate); Brian Asawa (Farnace); Giuseppe Sabbatini (Mitridate); Juan Diego Flórez (Marzio) Les Talens Lyriques
Chistophe Rousset, conductor
Decca 460 777-2 (3 cds)
Texts and translations in English, French and German

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Mozart:Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Christine Schäfer (Konstanze); Patricia Petibon (Blonde); Ian Bostridge (Belmonte); Iain Paton (Pedrillo); Alan Ewing (Osmin); Jürg Löw (Selim) Les Arts Florissants
William Christie, conductor
Erato 3954-25490-2 (2 cds)
Texts and translations in English, French and German

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Mozart: Cosi fan tutte
Véronique Gens (Fiordiligi); Bernarda Fink (Dorabella); Graciela Oddone (Despina); Werner Güra (Ferrando); Marcel Boone (Guglielmo); Pietro Spagnoli (Alfonso) Concerto Köln
Gabrieli Consort & Players
René Jacobs, conductor
Harmonia Mundi 5901663.65 (3 cds + cdRom)
Texts and translation in French only

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Prokofiev: On Guard for Peace/Shostakovich: Song of the Forests
Zlata Bulitcheva, mezzo; Sergei Kisselieev, tenor; Gennadi Bezzubenkov, baritone; Victor Rjankin, boy alto; Irina Savitskova, narrator; Nikolai Marton, reciter; St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; St. Petersburg Chorus; Boys' Choir of Glinka College
Yury Temirkanov, conductor
EMI

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