March Blues Playlist

March 16, 2011

The clouds hovering above Berlin seem immovable. Sigh.

Poesie, Orchestral Songs of Richard Strauss; Diana Damrau, Christian Thielemann conducting the Münchner Philharmoniker (Virgin)

– Verdi, La Traviata; Anja Harteros, Piotr Beczala, Paolo Gavanelli, et al., Zubin Mehta conducting the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and the Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper – live recording, Nationaltheater, March 2006 (Farao Classics)

Von ewiger Liebe, lieder of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, R. Strauss and Brahms; Anja Harteros accompanied by Wolfgang Rieger (Berlin Classics)

Ne me refuse pas, French Opera Arias; Marie-Nicole Lemieux with guest François Lis, Fabien Gabel conducting the Orchestre National de France (Naïve)

– Vivaldi, Ercole sul Termodonte; Rolando Villazón, Romina Basso, Patrizia Ciofi, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Vivica Genaux, Philippe Jaroussky, Topi Lehtipuu, Fabio Biondi conducting his ensemble Europa Galante (Virgin)

Mélodies, songs of Debussy, Duparc, Saint-Saëns, Chabrier, Ravel, Hahn; Stéphane Degout accompanied by Hélène Lucas (Naïve)

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Valentine’s Day Playlist

February 14, 2011

– Mozart, Die Zauberflöte; Daniel Behle, Marlis Petersen, Daniel Schmutzhard, Sunhae Im, Anna-Kristiina Kaapola, Marcos Fink, et al., René Jacobs conducting the RIAS Kammerchor and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Harmonia Mundi)

– Humperdinck, Königskinder; Juliane Banse, Klaus Florian Vogt, Christian Gerhaher, et al., Ingo Metzmacher conducting the Rundfunkchor and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Crystal)

– Stravinsky, The Rake’s Progress; Raphael Arié, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Robert Rounseville, Otakar Kraus, Jennie Tourel, Hugues Cuénod, Emanuel Menkes, Igor Stravinsky conducting the Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala – live recording of the world premiere, Venice, 11 September 1951 (Gala)

– Gluck, Iphigénie en Tauride; Mireille Delunsch, Simon Keenlyside, Yann Beuron, Laurent Naouri, Alexia Cousin, et al., Marc Minkowski conducting the Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre and the Musiciens du Louvre (Archiv Produktion)

Ombra Cara, Arias of George Frideric Händel; Bejun Mehta with guest Rosemary Joshua, René Jacobs conducting the Freiburger Barockorchester (Harmonia Mundi)

– Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin (in German); Hermann Prey, Fritz Wunderlich, et al., Joseph Keilberth conducting the Bayerischer Staatsopernchor und Orchester – live recording, Prinzregenten Theater, 1962 (Gala)

Yves Saint Laurent – Pierre Bergé: L’AMOUR FOU; documentary film by Pierre Thoretton (Les Films du Lendemain / Les Films de Pierre)

Sunday Afternoon Playlist

September 5, 2010

– Brahms, The Violin Sonatas; Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Lambert Orkis (piano) (DGG)

– Bizet, Carmen; Maria Callas, Nicolai Gedda, Andrea Guiot, Robert Massard, Jane Berbié et al., Georges Prêtre conducting the Choeurs René Duclos and the Orchestre du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris (EMI)

– Ravel, The Piano Concertos / Miroirs; Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Pierre Boulez conducting The Cleveland Orchestra (DGG)

– Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Teresa Stich-Randall, Otto Edelmann, Eberhard Wächter, Ljuba Welitsch, Nicolai Gedda, et al., Herbert von Karajan conducting the Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra (EMI)

Gods, Kings and Demons; René Pape, Sebastian Weigle conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden (DGG)

– Kaija Saariaho, L’Amour de loin, Ekaterina Lekhina, Marie-Ange Todorovitch, Daniel Belcher, Kent Nagano conducting the Rundfunkchor and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestre Berlin (Harmonia Mundi)

– Haendel, Saul, Rosemary Joshua, Lawrence Zazzo, Emma Bell, Finnur Bjarnason, Jeremy Ovenden et al., René Jacobs conducting the RIAS Kammerchor and the Concerto Köln (Harmonia Mundi)

Verismo Arias; Jonas Kaufmann, Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Roma (Decca)

Mixed Playlist

May 7, 2010

The author and his muse: Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill

– Poulenc, Dialogues des Carmélites; Denise Duval, Régine Crespin, Denise Scharley, Liliane Berton et al., Pierre Dervaux conducting the Orchestre et Choeurs du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris (EMI)

– Britten, The Turn of the Screw; Joan Rodgers, Ian Bostridge, Jane Henschel et al., Daniel Harding conducting the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Virgin)

– Weber, Der Freischütz; Gundula Janowitz, Peter Schreier, Edith Mathis, Theo Adam et al., Carlos Kleiber conducting the Rundfunkchor Leipzig and the Staatskapelle Dresden (DGG)

– Rossini, Bianca e Falliero; Katia Ricciarelli, Marilyn Horne, Chris Merritt, Giorgio Surjan et al., Donato Renzetti conducting the Coro Filarmonico di Praga and the London Sinfonietta Opera Orchestra – live from Pesaro, 1986 (Hommage)

– Kurt Weill, Die Dreigroschenoper; Lotte Lenya et al., Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg conducting the Sender Freis Berlin (CBS Masterworks)

– Arthur Honegger, Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher; Marthe Keller, Georges Wilson, Françoise Pollet, Nathalie Stutzmann et al., Seiji Ozawa conducting the Choeur et Maîtrise de Radio France and the Orchestre National de France (DGG)

Germanic Playlist

March 20, 2010

In no particular order, a small number of recent discoveries – highly recommended.

– Brahms, The Four Symphonies; Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic (EMI)

– Schubert, Moments musicaux D. 780 and Impromptus D.899; David Fray, piano (Virgin)

– Haydn, The Seasons; Marlis Petersen, Werner Güra, Dietrich Henschel, René Jacobs conducting the RIAS-Kammerchor and the Freiburger Barockorchester (Harmonia Mundi)

– Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde; Klaus Florian Vogt, Christian Gerhaher, Kent Nagano conducting the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (Sony)

– Schoenberg, Moses und Aron; David Pittman-Jennings, Chris Merritt et al., Pierre Boulez conducting the chorus of De Nerderlandse Opera and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (DGG)