CD/DVD Releases -Week of Dec. 5: Jonas Kaufmann’s ‘Dolce Vita’ and Pavarotti / Sutherland ‘Lucia’ Must Buy Releases

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With the holiday season upon us, it is no surprise that the major music publishers have saved some of their most hotly anticipated titles for the last weeks of the year. This week features releases from such superstars as Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, and the late Joan Sutherland. Here is a look at the releases you can expect between December 5th and 9th.

Mozart’s “The Complete Opera” from Salzburg Festival 

Celebrating 10 years since its release, Decca and Deutsche Grammophon will re-release the complete set of Mozart’s operas from the Salzburg festival. The set includes some of today’s greatest singers including Anna Netrebko, Ildebrando d”Arcangelo, Thomas Hampson, Diana Damrau, Piotr Beczala, Anja Harteros, Ramon Vargas and Magdalena Kozena.

“Dolce Vita” By Jonas Kaufmann

After releasing an acclaimed CD, Sony Classical is releasing a DVD component which features a documentary of Italian music presented by Kaufmann and a live concert from Turin back in July 2016. It is the second time Sony Classical releases a DVD with a CD. Kaufmann previously released his Puccini album with a concert entitled “An Evening with Puccini” from La Scala.

“Lucia di Lammermoor”-Starring Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti

Decca Classics is re-releasing one of the most important recordings of the 20th century: Joan Sutherland’s historic “Lucia di Lammermoor.”  The recording, which is considered the definitive interpretation of the role, also stars Sutherland’s frequent stage partner Luciano Pavarotti as Edgardo and Sherrill Milnes. Richard Bonynge conducts the opera.  For the re-release, Decca has remastered the recording, which also includes a Blu-Ray High Fidelity Pure Audio disc. The disc will be available in the UK first followed by releases in the U.S.

“Manon Lescaut”-Starring Anna Netrebko 

Deutsche Grammophon is releasing a CD set of Anna Netrebko’s concert performances of Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut.” The CD features Netrebko’s real-life husband Yusif Eyvazov in the role of Des Grieux and Armando Pina as Lescaut. Marco Armiliato conducts the Munich Rundfunkorchester in an interpretation that critics raved about this past summer.

Check out Opera Wire’s review for “Manon Lescaut” here.

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