Issue 38:1
Sept/Oct 2014
Magazine Contents

Collections: Vocal

Originally recorded back in 2000 and released in 2005, and now re-released, this extremely delightful anthology of satirical songs somehow eluded review at that prior time,...

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...

Jarmila Novotná never became a household name as did some of her contemporaries, but she nonetheless holds a remarkable place in musical life in the 1930s...

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...

Bel canto in Italian means beautiful singing. Significantly, it also means beautiful song. Many people equate the term with the showy, glitzy, technically intricate vocal fireworks...

Faustina Bordoni (1697–1781), the great Italian mezzo-soprano, was one of the two biggest non-castrato opera stars of her era. The other was soprano Francesca Cuzzoni (1696–1778),...

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...

This 2-CD set brings back to the catalog recordings by the noted Czech mezzo Dagmar Pecková, originally made between 1995 and 1999. Pecková was not yet...

Most of this program used to be standard fare in 99 percent of vocal recitals given during the 1950s through the early 1980s, except for the...

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 pop star turned opera divo Vittorio Grigòlo deserves the marquee treatment Sony provides in this magnetic collection of French arias. I get the impression that...

Eloquence’s two-CD set The Art of Sándor Kónya is a welcome addition to this Deutsche Grammophon historical series. Recorded between 1959 and 1967, the collection goes...

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 double CD set was issued in 2013 to commemorate the 85th birthday of the noted Spanish artist Nati Mistral. Her long acting career in both...

The two-disc set called The Art of Nati Mistral traces the Spanish actress and singer’s career through song, zarzuela, and musical comedy. Mistral is basically an...

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...