Classical Reviews/Vocal Collections

10 interviews, and over 450 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 512-page issue!

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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...

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...


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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...

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...

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...

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...


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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...

Marie-Eve Munger is a young French-Canadian soprano whose debut recording, Colorature , wins points for its resourceful programming. The program is tied together by the inclusion...

Despite formidable competition (Léopold Simoneau, Nicolai Gedda, and Alfredo Kraus, among others), Alain Vanzo (1928–2002) is my favorite among post-war lyric tenors in French repertoire. Vanzo’s...

Although one can see the profound influence of the Russian spirit in the Baroque cathedrals and palaces designed for the Romanovs by Western architects, no similar...

The Dutch-American soprano Lisa Houben and pianist Daniel Blumenthal, together with musicologist Carlo Curami, have assembled a fascinating recording of mostly rare Italian and French

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