Fall Discs

Recommended CDs and DVDs

Published: November 26, 2017

MUNICH — Recent releases and reissues:

Dvořák: Song cycle Cypřiše (Cypresses), complete (1865); five Večerní písně (Evening Songs), Op. 31 (1876); and Cigánské melodie (Gypsy Melodies) Op. 55, complete (1880). Pavol Breslik, tenor; Róbert Pechanec, piano. 2016 studio recording.* Supraphon

Janáček: Věc Makropulos (1925). Libuše Prylová, soprano, and others. Chorus and Orchestra of Prague National Theatre conducted by Bohumil Gregor. 1966 studio recording.* Supraphon

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (1859). Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Martti Talvela, and others. Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival conducted by Karl Böhm. Remaster of the 1966 quasi-live recording.** Deutsche Grammophon

Verdi: Il trovatore (1852). Plácido Domingo and others. Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera conducted by Herbert von Karajan. DVD repackaging of the 1978 telecast.* Arthaus

Verdi: Macbeth (1847, rev. 1865). Enzo Mascherini, baritone. Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala conducted by Victor de Sabata. Remaster of Maria Callas’s role debut as Lady Macbeth on Dec. 7, 1952. Warner Classics

Bellini: La sonnambula (1831). Callas and others. Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Remaster of the soprano’s title role debut on March 5, 1955. Warner Classics

Giordano: Andrea Chénier (1896). Mario del Monaco, tenor. Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala conducted by Antonino Votto. Remaster of Callas’s role debut as Maddalena di Coigny on Jan. 8, 1955. Warner Classics

Haydn: Piano Concertos in F (1765), G (1770) and D (1780). Leif Ove Andsnes, soloist and conductor, with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Reissue of the 1998 Baerum studio recordings.* Warner Classics

Szymanowski: Litany to the Virgin Mary (two fragments, 1933); Stabat mater (1926, in Polish); and Symphony No. 3 (1916). Aleksandra Kurzak, soprano, and other soloists. Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Warsaw Phil. conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk. 2015 studio recordings. Warner Classics

Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Pausen (1872, in Carragan’s 2005 edition, MWV Wien). Leipzig ‎Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Herbert Blomstedt. 2012 live recording.** Querstand

Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, Wagner (1873, in Nowak’s 1977 edition, MWV Wien). Leipzig ‎Gewandhaus Orch. conducted by Blomstedt. 2010 live recording.** Querstand

Berg: Lulu (1935, with Cerha’s reconstitution of Act III). Marlis Petersen, Daniela Sindram, Matthias Klink, Bo Skovhus, and others. Bavarian State Orchestra conducted by Kirill Petrenko. DVD of a 2015 video-stream.** BelAir Classiques

Verdi: Aida (1870). Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, and others. Coro e Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conducted by Antonio Pappano. 2015 studio recording. Warner Classics

Berlioz: Les Troyens (1863). Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Joyce DiDonato, Michael Spyres, and others. Choeur de l’Opéra du Rhin, Badischer Staatsopernchor, and Choeur et Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg conducted by John Nelson. 2017 quasi-live recording. Erato

Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli (1567) and motets. Coro della Cappella Musicale Pontificia conducted by Massimo Palombella. 2016 studio recording. Deutsche Grammophon

*recommended; **outstanding

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