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Recommended recordings May 2013: New releases in the ROH Shop

May sees releases from Pavarotti, Sir Colin Davis and Ian Bostridge.

By Robert Perry (Retail Manager)

24 May 2013 at 5.25pm | 13 Comments

As part of our monthly series of recommended recordings from the Royal Opera House Shop, this month we take a look at releases from two great singers and a conductor with strong connections to the Royal Opera House.

Luciano Pavarotti - Pavarotti Sings Verdi (Decca)

With 2013 being Verdi's bicentenary, the recordings keep coming. None however, are going to touch Pavarotti sings Verdi for sheer class, élan and the sheer joy of singing. Decca had raided the vaults for this generous three–disc release, all taken from the great tenor’s recordings made over the course of his career.  Partnered in duet and ensemble by a host of the great names of 20th-century opera, Pavarotti is featured in extended extracts from 11 operas, and you can start at disc one or dip in and out as you prefer. We tend to forget the real Pavarotti that was there before – and after – the hype. Here he sings with unfailing beauty of tone, musical intelligence and – importantly – an emotional connect that is the preserve of the great singer. At the price of one disc, and with lavish packaging, you needn’t think twice.

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Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra - Der Freischütz (LSO Live)

Sir Colin Davis will be sorely missed, but we have a valedictory recording from him to cherish. Taken from concerts at the Barbican with his beloved LSO, his recording of Weber’s Der Freischütz has just appeared. It’s a very fine closing document to a great career – the LSO feels and plays this music as well as any orchestra, with a deeply committed and fully romantic approach that is truly lovely to hear. The cast are up to the task and with this great opera hopelessly under represented in the catalogue, this is well worth adding to your collection.

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Ian Bostridge - Britten Songs (EMI)

As Verdi and Wagner are celebrated for their 200 years, so our own Benjamin Britten celebrates his 100.  Ian Bostridge, surely the true heir to Peter Pears, takes on a large slice of Britten’s song output in his new CD, Britten Songs. Accompanied for the most part by Antonio Pappano, he traverses among other songs the great Michelangelo Sonnets. The voice may have lost a little of its previous youthful ardour, but this is daring and exquisite artistry, with Bostridge and Pappano a meeting of equals searching for a musical truth. For the last six songs – Songs from the Chinese – Bostridge is hauntingly accompanied by the guitar of Xuefei Yang.  This takes my vote as recording of the month – don’t miss it.

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What recently released recordings would you recommend?

Ian Bostridge sings during performances of Britten’s Canticles in the Linbury Studio Theatre from 10 – 12 July 2013. All dates are sold out, though returns may become available.

This article has 13 comments

  1. Any plans for releasing La Donna Del Lago, on DVD or CD?

    • Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer) responded on 31 May 2013 at 10:46am

      Hi Ba Qua,

      We are hoping to release La donna del lago on DVD, but nothing has been confirmed yet. We will post details of the new DVD releases as soon as we have confirmation,

      All the best,

      Lottie
      Assistant Content Producer

  2. Sandrina Carosso responded on 1 June 2013 at 10:39pm Reply

    I'd buy that DVD or cd or both immediately so I hope you will go ahead. And I'd love the Eugene Onegin too.

  3. Bumble responded on 12 June 2013 at 4:59pm Reply

    Dear Lottie
    Thank you so much for the update! Is it likely to be before the 2nd July, I am looking to attend the 'signing' and would love an autographed copy....
    Regards
    Bumble

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 12 June 2013 at 9:36pm

      Unfortunately the DVD will not be released by that date.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  4. Paul King responded on 18 June 2013 at 12:33pm Reply

    Any chance of The Canticles with Bostridge being released on CD post performances? I saw this in Brighton earlier in the year and it was wonderful.

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 18 June 2013 at 3:39pm

      Hi Paul,

      This would be a question for Ian's record label (EMI Classics) rather than ourselves, we're afraid.

      Thanks

      Chris
      Digital Content Producer

  5. Is there an available DVD or other medium of "Elite Syncopations"? (Scott Joplin music)
    I saw it on Dutch TV Brava.NL classic music channel
    13/06/13

  6. IAN TURNER responded on 24 June 2013 at 4:52pm Reply

    Hi, could you please tell me if we shall ever get the televised Butterfly with Gallardo Domas & Berti on DVD?
    thanks,
    Ian Turner

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 24 June 2013 at 5:37pm

      Hi Ian,

      Sorry, there aren't any plans to release this at the moment. Do keep an eye on our site though.

      Thanks

      Chris
      Digital Content Producer

  7. tass cotton responded on 21 July 2013 at 4:47pm Reply

    Would love to purchase DVD of Nebucco with Placido Domingo, Is there any chance?

    • Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer) responded on 24 July 2013 at 1:03pm

      Currently we have no plans to release a DVD. There are discussions about a possible release in the future, but no decision has been yet been taken
      Sorry not to be of more help,
      All the best,

      Lottie

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