Ralph P. Locke

Opera Album Review: From East Germany With Love — Paul Dessau’s Wild “Lanzelot”

July 22, 2023
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A prize-winning revival of a politically rambunctious, often-entertaining opera from ’60s East Germany

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Opera Album Review: Luigi Cherubini’s “Les Abencérages” — Revving up Romantic Grand Opera

July 16, 2023
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First presented in 1813, “Les Abencérages” displays the mastery and inventiveness of the renowned composer of the opera “Medea.”

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Classical Album Review: “Sam@95” — American Composer Samuel Adler Is Still Going Strong

July 12, 2023
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A new CD brings us marvelous and varied works  by an American master composed between the ages of 88 and 93 (and a mere child at 55).

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Opera Album Review: Two Surrealistically Delightful One-Acts

July 8, 2023
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Bohuslav Martinů, one of the greatest Czech-born composers, reveals a dark-comic sensibility in his rarely performed “Knife” and “Bridge” operas.

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Opera Album Review: Old Enough to Be New Again — A Staggeringly Beautiful Recording

July 4, 2023
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This recording of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Psyché provides non-stop pleasure and delights, thanks to the latest developments in early-music performance practice.

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Classical Album Review: Playing Musical Homage to Camille Saint-Saëns — World Traveler

July 1, 2023
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The French chamber orchestra Divertimento’s debut recording, which includes “classical” and “folk” tracks, is enchanting and often thought-provoking.

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Classical Album Review: A Panorama of Piano Music from Berlioz’s World

June 25, 2023
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A fascinating CD packed full of little-known works by composers who knew Berlioz, including his onetime fiancée Camille Moke and a youngish Franz Liszt.

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Opera Album Review: A Fittingly Fresh First Recording of a Flexible One-Acter by Donizetti’s Teacher

June 4, 2023
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Johann Simon Mayr’s delicious L’Accademia di musica gets a spiffy performance from the “Rossini in Wildbad” Festival.

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Opera Album Review: Zoroastre and His Sun Worshipers Vanquish Louts in a World-Premiere Recording of Rameau’s 1749 Opera

May 26, 2023
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Some of France’s best early-music singers and a splendid period-instrument band make this Zoroastre a perfect introduction to the pleasures of Baroque music.

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Opera Album Review: Jonathan Berger’s “Mỹ Lai” — A Miniature Masterpiece

May 24, 2023
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Jonathan Berger’s remarkable chamber opera about the Mỹ Lai Massacre is a powerful artistic and anti-war statement.

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