More than a gift to their own coffers, Warner Classics in releasing Maria Callas Live is giving fans of La Divina and lovers of opera a meticulously restored collection of some of her finest performances to treasure. It is timed to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of her death in Paris on 16 September 1977. The 42 CDs contain 20 complete operas, and three Blu-ray discs hold … [Read more...] about A first listen to the new Maria Callas Live: Remastered Live Recordings 1949-1964
As a committed fan of BBC 4's Desert Island Discs, I am delighted that Joyce DiDonato will be revealing her list of eight recordings, a book and a luxury item that she would take if she was to be cast away on a desert island. Of course, it's the chat between the music that is the captivating aspect of the programme - Tom Hanks broke down in tears more than once, "Kirsty, … [Read more...] about Joyce DiDonato joins opera singers from 70 years of Desert Island Discs
The 100th birthday of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf falls on 9 December 2015. She died in 2006, but her recordings are a timeless treasure of the Warner Classics catalogue, like those of her contemporary and friend, Maria Callas. The 31-CD deluxe box set, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: The Complete Recitals 1952-1974, to be released on 6 November, gathers together all the recital programmes … [Read more...] about Elisabeth Schwarzkopf’s 100th birthday celebrated with remastered recordings
Joyce DiDonato's new album is launched today in North America and Warner Music is giving readers of this blog the opportunity to win one of five signed copies. To open the Wigmore Hall season last year, DiDonato teamed up with Antonio Pappano on the piano, and gave two recitals, which were recorded, and the result is the double-cd Joyce and Tony which boasts one of the … [Read more...] about Win one of five signed copies of Joyce DiDonato’s new double-cd ‘Joyce and Tony’
In the week since David LaChapelle’s video with Sergei Polunin went online it has gone viral, even sending this blog offline a couple of times due to the surge in people searching for information about the Ukrainian ballet star. As I write the YouTube views are edging toward five million; just yesterday one million new views were registered. Of course, this huge interest … [Read more...] about Sergei Polunin’s Take me to Church: pirouettes or politics?
Ian Bostridge, one of the leading Schubert tenors of his generation, has just published a book on the composer's Winterreise song cycle. Winter Journey: The Anatomy of an Obsession is an insightful and deeply personal exploration of what the he calls "an indispensable work of art that should be as much a part of our common experience as the poetry of Shakespeare and Dante, the … [Read more...] about Ian Bostridge sings Schubert: 3 song cycles in 3CD set
Tonight, Friday 3 October, Joyce DiDonato will perform the music from her new album Stella di Napoli at the Gowanus Ballroom, a warehouse performance art space in Brooklyn, located above Serett Metal Works. The intimate event is co-hosted by Warner Classics/Erato and LoftOpera. It will take the Yankee Diva and her album’s of 19th century Bel Canto music and place … [Read more...] about Joyce DiDonato sings her latest album live in streaming tonight!
Joyce DiDonato's new album, Stella di Napoli, is out in September and "ventures far off the beaten bel canto track", says her Erato label. Graciously, Cecilia Bartoli is nominated because, as everyone knows, she has been wandering far from the traditional mezzo career path for years. Italian conductor Riccardo Minasi, who collaborated with Bartoli when he was the curator and … [Read more...] about The Stella of Kansas goes to Naples: Joyce DiDonato’s latest album
Warner Classics now holds the key to the Maria Callas official recordings treasure chest. Recently that key was taken out, and the original masters were carefully removed and transferred to computers for high-definition remastering. Carefully is the right word, for just placing the tapes on the machines caused some splicing to come apart at the original edit points. In fact, … [Read more...] about Callas Remastered: as you’ve never heard her before on 69 cds
During a career spanning almost forty years, Rosalind Plowright has never recorded a recital disc. She has sung in all the world's greatest opera houses, with the most lauded of colleagues - singers, conductors, directors, designers - and made some important opera recordings and videos, yet the recital disc has never quite happened, even though recitals are a part of her career … [Read more...] about Rosalind Plowright’s first recital disc reviewed: La belle Dame sans merci