Issue 38:6
July/Aug 2015
Magazine Contents

Collections: Vocal

Promessa (promise) is the title of a new CD from Oehms featuring German soprano Sophia Brommer. Promise it has and promise it delivers. She has an...

Let me start with the end, and then I’ll back up. For knowledgeable Callas collectors, the important question is whether this set substantially improves on prior...

Hibla Gerzmava is a native of Abkhazia, the Russian-backed secessionist region that formerly belonged to the Republic of Georgia, and is a graduate of the Moscow...

It takes an unusually affecting Lieder recital to make me forego Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Victoria de los Angeles, and other greats from the past. But...

Elizabeth Vidal may be one of the best-kept secrets in French culture. The daughter of a Spanish father and a British mother, she has been singing...

A friend of mine for whom I once played Rita Gorr in “Divinités du Styx” from an LP lamented at the time that she hadn’t been...

Hearing the eminent Bolshoi mezzo Elena Obraztsova onstage must have been akin to standing beside a wind machine, or more accurately, a tempest machine. Whatever its...

Is it possible to feel nostalgic over experiences you never had? Every track on this 3-CD tribute to Jennie Tourel makes me nostalgic to be at...

When Jennie Tourel died in November 1973, shortly after her final stage appearances at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as the non-singing Marquis in Fille du...

Huntley Dent and James Forrest beat me to the punch in reviewing this set in 38:5; but I am most happy to add to the praises...

In so many ways, this is a first-rate disc. The recording offers a collection of songs by Gustav Mahler and several of his prominent Vienna contemporaries....

“I am a recitalist” says Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, a native of Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec, and so this album amply demonstrates. “What is important is the story...

On this latest vocal collection of familiar and less-familiar French opera, Polish tenor Piotr Beczala gives a satisfying account of both his considerable vocals gifts and...

Collectors who treasure the now lost style of French tenors from Thill to Vanzo have been forced to grade on a curve ever since. On the...

The young (b. 1979) American tenor Bryan Hymel is enjoying great success in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world. In his debut album for...

Mika Nisula (b. 1978) is a young Finnish tenor who made these recordings in 2008, when he had just turned 30. Some of them are what...

Although baritone Michael Volle has been singing in German opera houses for 25 years, this wide-ranging collection, mostly of standard excerpts, may be a calling card...

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