Browse: Gramophone Awards, 1997
Return to Gramophone Awards.
Iwona Sobotka, Timothy Robinson, Katarina Karnéus, Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano), Elzbieta Szmytka, Jadwiga Rappé, Philip Langridge & Thomas Hampson, Florence Quivar, Jon Garrison & John Connell
City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, with City of Birmingham...
Both these differing works [Song of the Night and Stabat Mater] are sensitively performed, giving the listener an excellent insight into the contrasting aspects of this composer's work. Rattle's... — More…
Angela Gheorghiu (Magda/Anna), Roberto Alagna (Ruggero/Roberto), William Matteuzzi (Prunier), Inva Mula (Lisette), Alberto Renaldi (Rambaldo)
London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano
An almost ideal account of Puccini's least-performed mature work, with both Alagna and Gheorghiu at their peak. Valuable extras from Alagna in Le Villi, too. — More…
Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Inva Mulla Tchako, William Matteuzzi
London Voices, London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano
It couldn't be more welcome when a recording transforms a work, as this one does, setting it on a new plane. Larondine ('The Swallow'), Puccini's ill-timed attempt to emulate Lehár in the world... — More…
(sung in German)
Sylvia McNair, Donna Brown, Michael Schade, Gerald Finley & Rodney Gilfry
The Monteverdi Choir & The English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
With Gardiner's first down-beat it's obvious that Chaos's days are numbered.
Not that 'days' (strictly speaking) are in question till the mighty words have been spoken, and then, in this performance,... — More…