Classical Reviews/Vocal Collections

6 interviews, and over 525 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 544-page issue!

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Here, almost directly on the heels of the first volume, comes the second of the Conversationi , those Arcadian Academy concerts that were performed in the...

To say that this collection is a delight is to understate the case. On the first disc, containing arias from operas and operettas and formally composed...


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What is it with so many singers nowadays and wobbles? Don’t they hear how horrible they sound? And if so, don’t they take steps to correct...

It is hard to overstate the brilliance and beauty of this recital, one of the finest operatic recital discs I have heard in the past year...

The years covered by these recordings, 1906 through 1909, aren’t usually investigated in modern rereleases devoted to the art of John McCormack. They present him on...

This intriguing program is as much a showcase for the top-notch French period instrument orchestra Opera Fuoco, founded in 2004 by conductor David Stern and dedicated...


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From Plowright’s self-written liner notes: “My husband Tony said, ‘You know, you have been singing for almost 40 years now and you have never made a...

My first encounter with soprano Roberta Invernizzi was on a Glossa compilation of Italian Baroque music, made about 12 years ago, that was generally a feature...

Soprano Anda-Louise Bogza is a good song interpreter; she understands the meaning of the words, and sings this material with evident love and understanding. The problem...

In Fanfare 36:4, Bill White (reviewing an Arthaus DVD of Rossini’s Sigismondo ) wrote the following: “I keep a little mental list of current singers who...

These two concerts, once very rare and only available in defective sound, have been issued since about the mid-1990s by a variety of labels. The Turin...