EMI Classics is releasing some choice collections this month, including
multi-CD albums of performances by Corelli, Caballe, and Hotter, plus a
Glyndebourne album - and surely numerous others, but these are the four
that really caught my attention. To those who say "ho-hum, reissue," I
say the more the better, and these are just the best.
Caballe is represented by four CDs, with generous excerpts from "Guillaume
Tell," "I Puritani," "Macbeth," "Otello," "La Rondine," and much more,
plus Turina's "Canto a Sevilla" and Montsalvatge's "Cinco canciones
Corelli too has four CDs, one completely devoted to popular Italian
songs (that sounds better than "pop songs"...:), the other three to opera.
Besides the obvious selections ("Il Trovatore," "Turandot" and the like),
there are arias from Catalani's "Loreley," Donizetti's "La favorita,"
Handel's "Serse," and Rossini's "Petite Messe solennelle."
The Hotter collection of six CDs is a treasure, from "Ich habe genug"
to Brahms and Wolf lieder to complete cycles of "Winterreise" and
"Schwanengesang," excerpts from Wagner and Strauss operas, Orff's "Der
Glyndebourne excerpts, on five CDs, are from Mozart, Rossini, Monteverdi,
Busoni operas, plus Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale," and arias from
the Centenary Gala.
As to the "numerous others," there is one that must be mentioned: a
three-CD album, "Martha Argerich and Friends," chamber music performed
with Drobinsky, Godel, Maisky (both L. and M.), Slokar, Zilberstein,
et.al. - works by Mozart, Schumann, Arensky, Rachmaninov, Janacek, Ravel
I wish Argerich (who probably never accompanied singers) had performed
with Hotter, and as long as in the wishing mode, how about collaboration
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