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Verismo
Verismo
Price: £15.41

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic album from Renee Fleming, 15 Sep 2009
This review is from: Verismo (Audio CD)
This album was launched as part of Renee Fleming's South African tour with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in August 2009. Fleming has compiled familiar selections and some rarities in this new album. Some listeners might find that her voice not matching singers more familiar in the style of verismo, but on repeated listening, there is much to enjoy. The rare selections from Leoncavallo's La Boheme and Zandonai's Conchita are a particular highlight, alongside excerpts from Puccini's La Boheme, La Rondine and Turandot, where Fleming's heartfelt singing is most welcome. A disc which shows off Fleming's artistry yet again.


Strauss: Salome [DVD] [2009] [2010]
Strauss: Salome [DVD] [2009] [2010]
Dvd ~ Derek Bailey
Price: £13.66

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maria steals the show, 7 July 2009
Maria Ewing's portrayl of Salome surprised me. In the beginning she irritated me with her swooning style of singing and her german pronunciation. However, she grew into the role and got around even the most difficult parts successfully. She kept the girlish element in her voice prominent, but also played her like a real spoilt girl. I feel though that her direction was too contrived, her initial movements too static. Michael Devlin's voice is also an acquired taste. The supporting roles were well cast. A worthy choice if compared with the more recent ROH production with Malfitano and Terfel. My top choice is still the production from Berlin with Sinopoli conducting.
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Carl Orff: Carmina Burana / Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Choral) [DVD] [NTSC] [2004]
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana / Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Choral) [DVD] [NTSC] [2004]
Dvd ~ Barrie Gavin
Price: £15.24

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 7 July 2009
A superb DVD issue from Phillips, with top soloists, choir and orchestras. The coupling of Orff and Beethoven works well as both are large-scale choral works. I used to watch the Carmina Burana on VHS and I am really delighted that this has been re-issued on DVD. Kathleen Battle's contibution in Carmina Burana is simply put - amazing! This is how I became hooked on her all those years ago.


Symphony: Live in Vienna (W/Dvd) (Jewl)
Symphony: Live in Vienna (W/Dvd) (Jewl)
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £19.89

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding release from Ms Brightman, 14 April 2009
Sarah Brightman's latest live concert, filmed in St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna is a winner on all fronts. Featuring a dazzling lineup of songs from her current album Symphony, outstanding guest artists, a pickup orchestra and frontline rhythm section, her long-standing admirers will certainly not be disappointed. The Cathedral provides an atmospheric setting for Sarah to showcase both classical and popular repertoire with consumate ease. With so many highlights to choose from, her duets with Italian tenor Alessandro Safina, Manfred Mannvocalist Chris Thompson and Spanish counter-tenor Fernando Lima are most memorable. The show also features several older hits, among them Pie Jesu, Phantom of the Opera, Ave Maria and Time to say Goodbye.
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Symphony: Live in Vienna
Symphony: Live in Vienna
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £13.70

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding concert from Ms Brightman, 14 April 2009
Sarah Brightman's latest live concert, filmed in St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna is a winner on all fronts. Featuring a dazzling lineup of songs from her current album Symphony, outstanding guest artists, a pickup orchestra and frontline rhythm section, her long-standing admirers will certainly not be disappointed. The Cathedral provides an atmospheric setting for Sarah to showcase both classical and popular repertoire with consumate ease. With so many highlights to choose from, her duets with Italian tenor Alessandro Safina, Manfred Mannvocalist Chris Thompson and Spanish counter-tenor Fernando Lima are most memorable. The show also features several older hits, among them Pie Jesu, Phantom of the Opera, Ave Maria and Time to say Goodbye.


Symphony Live In Viena (Cd+Dvd)
Symphony Live In Viena (Cd+Dvd)
Price: £19.23

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing concert from Ms Brightman, 14 April 2009
Sarah Brightman's latest live concert, filmed in St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna is a winner on all fronts. Featuring a dazzling lineup of songs from her current album Symphony, outstanding guest artists, a pickup orchestra and frontline rhythm section, her long-standing admirers will certainly not be disappointed. The Cathedral provides an atmospheric setting for Sarah to showcase both classical and popular repertoire with consumate ease. With so many highlights to choose from, her duets with Italian tenor Alessandro Safina, Manfred Mannvocalist Chris Thompson and Spanish counter-tenor Fernando Lima are most memorable. The show also features several older hits, among them Pie Jesu, Phantom of the Opera, Ave Maria and Time to say Goodbye.


Aida: Teatro Alla Scala (Chailly) [DVD] [2007]
Aida: Teatro Alla Scala (Chailly) [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Violeta Urmana
Price: £17.06

15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes and ears, 11 Nov 2007
La Scala, Milan pulled out all the stops in their staging of Verdi's opera, which had not been performed since 1987. Zeffirelli's staging is highly effective and one could not have expected anything less than excellent from this seasoned director. The principals are a mixed bag, depending on how you like your singers - Alagna's lyric voice has grown and he has no problems sustaining the role's demands once he gets past Celeste Aida and Violeta Urmana has a big voice and can shade it down to a fine whisper when required, although I personally feel she is not completely within the role's demands vocally. The supporting cast is excellent and Riccardo Chailly conducts a fine account of Verdi's score.
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Giuseppe Verdi - Macbeth [1987 film] [DVD] [2007]
Giuseppe Verdi - Macbeth [1987 film] [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Leo Nucci
Price: £19.49

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful film, 10 Nov 2007
This film version of Verdi's opera shows off the talents of Leo Nucci and Shirley Verrett who are both excellent singing actors. This is probably the best version available with an informative documentary showing how the film was made. This is where you will see Claude d'Anna's insights into recreating one of Verdi's masterpieces. I am always bowled over by Shirley Verrett and here, I am happy to report that she gives a performance of a lifetime. Highly recommended!


C'est Magnifique! Robert Alagna Sings Luis Mariano
C'est Magnifique! Robert Alagna Sings Luis Mariano
Price: £27.38

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy tribute to a great singer, 6 Sep 2007
Alagna scores big time with this fantastic tribute album to a great French tenor Luis Mariano. I was unfamiliar with Mariano's music until I listened to this album. Alagna's voice is in great shape, showing us that he can pull off French operetta just as well as the great Mariano himself!


Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great singers let down by so-so conducting, 6 Sep 2007
The singers rule this set of Un Ballo - in my opinion there is not one single weak link in this cast. Crider being one of my favourite sopranos sings Amelia with feeling and security in both lower and top registers. I find her much more preferable to Martina Arroyo, whose lower register is weak and she seems to glosses over the text, although she sings the role well enough. Some may find Crider's tone jarring and her technique beyond reproach, but she still scores in my books, and she does this well! Leech and Chernov are excellent in their respective parts, with both Zaremba and Bayo offering fine support. The letdown in this set is the slack conducting of Carlo Rizzi. I think the cast and orchestra would have been more inspired with a Muti or Solti. Imagine that.................! PS Having heard Crider live in AIDA a few years ago, I cannot wait to hear Crider Amelia at the MET later this year.


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