You don’t have to be Quechua to enjoy some of the outstanding CDs and DVDs to be released this month, but it can’t hurt.

Here are some April releases La Cieca is anticipating eagerly:


Klaus Florian Vogt, Juliane Banse, Christian Gerhaher, Gabriele Schnaut, Andreas Hörl, Stephan Rügamer, Sophia Schupelius; Rundfunkchor Berlin; Berlin Girls’ Choir; Berlin SO/Ingo Metzmacher.


Handel: Bad Guys

Arias from from Tamerlano, Ariodante, Teseo, Amadigi, Giulio Cesare and Ottone. Xavier Sabata (countertenor); Il Pomo d’Oro, Riccardo Minasi. “Sabata here proves his mettle with a fascinating program devoted to the the villains of Handel operas whose strikingly varied music is rarely anthologized. . . . his fierce dramatic commitment and intriguing musical imagination reveal the many devious, occasionally sympathetic facets of his characters.” — DeCaffarrelli

Yma Sumac Recital

“Recorded live in concert in Bucharest, 1961.”

Wagner at the Met: Legendary Performances

This 25 CD box set includes: Götterdämmerung – January 11, 1936: Marjorie Lawrence, Lauritz Melchior, Friedrich Schorr, Dorothee Manski, Ludwig Hoffman, Kathryn Meisle, Eduard Habich, Artur Bodanzky; Die Walküre – February 17, 1940: Kirsten Flagstad, Marjorie Lawrence, Lauritz Melchior, Julius Huehn, Karin Branzell, Emanuel List, Erich Leinsdorf; Siegfried — January 30, 1937: Lauritz Melchior, Kirsten Flagstad, Friedrich Schorr, Kerstin Thorborg, Karl Laufkoetter, Eduard Habich, Emanuel List, Stella Andreva; Artur Bodanzky; Tristan und Isolde – April 16, 1938: Kirsten Flagstad, Lauritz Melchior, Julius Huehn, Karin Branzell, Emanuel List, Artur Bodanzky; Lohengrin – January 2, 1943: Astrid Varnay, Kerstin Thorborg, Alexander Sved, Norman Cordon, Mack Harrell, Erich Leinsdorf; Der Fliegende Holländer — December 30, 1950; Hans Hotter, Astrid Varnay, Set Svanholm, Sven Nilsson, Thomas Hayward, Hertha Glaz; Fritz Reiner; Das Rheingold – January 27, 1951: Hans Hotter, Margaret Harshaw, Lawrence Davidson, Set Svanholm, Karin Branzell, Jerome Hines, Deszo Ernster, Jarmila Novotna, Brian Sullivan, Osie Hawkins, Erna Berger, Lucine Amara, Hertha Glaz, Fritz Stiedry; Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg January 10, 1953: Victoria De Los Angeles, Paul Schoeffler, Hans Hopf, Hertha Glaz, Richard Holm, Gerhard Pechner, Josef Greindl, Mack Harrell; Fritz Reiner; Tannhäuser – January 9, 1954: Margaret Harshaw, Astrid Varnay, Ramon Vinay, George London, Jerome Hines, Brian Sullivan, George Szell.

I Vespri Siciliani

Leo Nucci, Fabio Armiliato, Giacomo Prestia, Daniela Dessi, Dario Russo and Andrea Mastroni star in this Teatro Regio di Parma production of the Verdi opera conducted by Massimo Zanetti and staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi.

David et Jonathas

Pascal Charbonneau, Ana Quintans, Neal Davis, Frederic Caton, Kresimir Spicer and Dominique Visse star in this Andreas Homoki production of the Charpentier opera with William Christie conducting Les Arts Florissants.