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A beguiling Scheherazade from Istanbul

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Sascha Goetzel/ Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (Onyx) Peter Oundjian/ Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Chandos) Full of Eastern promise, Scheherazade weaves her sinuous way into my affections once again, with new recordings from Istanbul and Toronto. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Arabian Nights-inspired orchestral … Continue reading

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An essential “Babi Yar” from Kirill Kondrashin on Praga

Shostakovich: Symphony No.13 ‘Babi Yar’; Prokofiev: October Kirill Kondrashin/Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (Praga) Even for Dmitri Shostakovich, few works had such a controversial genesis as his Thirteenth Symphony, “Babi Yar”. It was originally intended as a one movement cantata, based on … Continue reading

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Netrebko’s Tatyana the main draw in new Met Opera Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin Metropolitan Opera/Valery Gergiev (DG) Anna Netrebko’s Tatyana has been a long time coming. Ever since I first saw her, with her elfin, Audrey Hepburn looks, perched on a balcony as Natasha in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, she … Continue reading

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A superb live Don Carlo from Karajan in Vienna

Verdi: Don Carlo Herbert von Karajan/Wiener Staatsoper (Orfeo) When comparing all the interpretations of Verdi’s Don Carlo(s) on disc (November 2011), I awarded Herbert von Karajan’s 1978 EMI set the title ‘most frustrating studio account’. Wonderfully cast, it suffered at … Continue reading

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“One that lov’d not wisely but too well”: Antonenko a thrilling Otello

Verdi: Otello Riccardo Muti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO Resound) As destiny would have it, the latest disc to land on the review pile following my final report on the gigantic Tutto Verdi box was this concert recording of Otello from Chicago. … Continue reading

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