Opera

Opera

Arne: Artaxerxes
Classical Opera Company/Ian Page
'The very fine cast enters with spirit into Arne's Persian opera Artaxerxes'

Opera

Rameau: Les Paladins
Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik/Konrad Junghänel
'Junghänel's soloists wreathe a heady spell in Rameau's Les Paladins'

Opera

Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte
Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi
'This Vivaldi opera offers a very high level of musical enjoyment' 

Opera

Verismo Arias: Tenor arias by Boito, Cilea, Giordano et al
Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
'Jonas Kaufmann's is the most exciting recital I have heard for a very long time'

Opera

R Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos
Christine Brewer et al; Scottish CO/Richard Armstrong
'This is a more delicious Ariadne auf Naxos than I ever hoped for'

Opera

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin/René Jacobs
'A Magic Flute lit by René Jacobs's musical instinct and scholarship' 

Opera

R Strauss: Scenes from Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten & Salome
Atlanta SO/Donald Runnicles
'Christine Brewer sails through these testing Strauss soprano roles'

Opera

Dvořák: Rusalka
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Jiři Bělohlávek
'Bělohlávek propels Dvořák's Rusalka with springy folk-dance rhythms'

Opera

Handel: arias
Max Emanuel Cencic (countertenor)
'A comprehensive summation of Handel's Italian-opera genius' 

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Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Hallé/Mark Elder
'This magnificent recording renews the Hallé's long Wagner tradition' 

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