CD/DVD Releases -Week of Dec. 19: Warner Classics revisits Angela Gheorghiu’s Recorded Triumphs

By Francisco Salazar

This week  opera fans will be excited to look back at some of the most acclaimed recordings as Warner Classics will re-release a number of classic opera recordings.

Angela Gheorghiu’s recital recordings

For years Gheorghiu was one of Warner Classics most beloved artists. She recorded numerous complete operas and numerous recital recordings including her final one which was an homage to Maria Callas. This week Warner Classics will release Gheorghiu’s complete recitals which includes seven CDs and also features Roberto Alagna and James Valenti. The box set is also a chance for audiences to revisit Gheroghiu’s first five recitals currently out of print.

The company will also re-release Gherghiu’s “Live from the Covent Garden” in a separate edition. The 2001 CD features music from  Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” and Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur.”

Marianne Beate Kielland’s new Mozart album

Lawo Classics will release Kielland’s new album entitled “Whispering Mozart.” The album features 21 rare songs for mezzo-soprano. The Norwegian mezzo is accompanied by Nils Anders Mortensen on piano. The recording marks Kielland’s sixth recording with Lawo Classics.

The Home Of Opera

Warner Classics will release a slew of classic opera recordings on their label “The Home of Opera.” Among the recordings being released include Willard White’s recording of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” conducted by Simon Rattle and Boris Christoff’s recording of Borodin’s “Prince Igor.”

The company will also release a star studded Puccini’s “Il Trittico.” The cast includes Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Cristina Gallardo Domas, Felicity Palmer, Maria Guleghina, Carlo Guelfi, Jose Van Dam and Neil Shicoff. Antonio Pappano conducts the classic recording.



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