Gilles Cachemaille, Michael Ruhr & others. Konzertchor Darmstadt. Philharmonisches Orchester Darmstadt. Wolfgang Seeliger, conductor.
Label: Christophorus. Format: 2 CDs.
UPC: 4010072773265. Daedalus Item Code: 47893
Influenced by the large-scale biblical works of Felix Mendelssohn, Carl Amand Mangold's robust 1859 oratorio Abraham—appearing here in its first-ever recording—recounts key moments in the life ... (Read More)
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Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Anna Moffo, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf & others. Tullio Serafin, Herbert von Karajan, Nicola Resicigno, Georges Prêtre & others, conductors.
Label: Warner Classics. Format: 69 CDs & CD-ROM.
UPC: 825646339914. Daedalus Item Code: 49648
The epitome of the true diva, American-born Greek soprano Maria Callas was a singing actress who defined (and often redefined) the operatic repertoire in the 20th century. Although she died young—in ... (Read More)
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Montserrat Caballé, soprano. Juan Pons, baritone. Ambrosian Opera Chorus. London Philharmonic Orchestra. Sir Georg Solti, conductor, & others.
Label: Sony Classical. Format: 6 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 887254883425. Daedalus Item Code: 69069
One of the 20th century's greatest sopranos and a major exponent of the bel canto style, Spain's Montserrat Caballé performed more than 100 roles in her six-decade career. This lavish anthology ... (Read More)
André Post, Claudia Patacca, Cécile van de Sant & others. Vocal Ensemble Cocu. Musica ad Rhenum. Jed Wentz, conductor.
Label: Brilliant Classics. Format: 2 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 5028421939674. Daedalus Item Code: 67203
Recorded in the 900-year-old Maria Minor Church in the Netherlands, this 2002 performance of W.A. Mozart's two-act opera features Dutch tenor André Post in the role of emperor Tito Vespasiano and ... (Read More)
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Alessandro Corbelli, Christine Brewer, Gilles Cachemaille, Thomas Allen & others. Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor.
Label: Telarc. Format: 11 cutout CDs, boxed.
UPC: 089408074622. Daedalus Item Code: 47814
Sometimes one must pause to marvel that humans are capable of creating such gorgeous, transcendent music. The late Sir Charles Mackerras was keen on 18th-century performance practice, and in a ... (Read More)
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Daniel Behle, Marlis Petersen, Daniel Schmutzhard & others. Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. RIAS Kammerchor. René Jacobs, conductor.
Label: Harmonia Mundi. Format: 3 CDs & DVD.
UPC: 794881977628. Daedalus Item Code: 67034
(A Gramophone Editor's Choice, Winner of the BBC Music Magazine Opera Award, A "Choc de Classica" selection, and recipient of the "ffff" distinction from Télérama) Increasingly regarded ... (Read More)
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Written for two flutes and often accompanied by piano, opera paraphrases were a staple in the musical salons of the 19th century. The instrument's delicate poetic charm and ability to capture ... (Read More)
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You wouldn't expect Astor Piazzolla to write a conventional opera—and he didn't. The Argentine's surreal 1968 "tango operetta" is the story of young María, who tries to rise above her modest ... (Read More)
Originally conceived as a play with musical accompaniment, Henry Purcell's 1691 King Arthur endures on the strength of its adventurous harmonies and appealing orchestration. Laying aside the ... (Read More)
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Evelyn Lear, Frederica von Stade, Jules Bastin & others. Netherlands Opera Chorus. Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Edo de Waart, conductor.
Label: Brilliant Classics. Format: 3 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 5029365924825. Daedalus Item Code: 67190
Appearing in her signature role, Evelyn Lear is the aristocratic Feldmarschallin, and Frederica von Stade stars as her young lover Octavian, in this performance of Richard Strauss's comic opera, ... (Read More)
A classic and part of the standard repertory in his native land, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's four-act tragedy from 1898 is performed here by an all-Russian cast, recorded in 1992 at the Bolshoi ... (Read More)