CD and Video links

NOTE: the CD Magazine on this site has a select listing of Recommended Recordings for information only.

Reliable CD outlets outside Spain remain elusive, though both Borders and Amazon.com have some Spanish imports in stock - albeit only spasmodically available. The links below show reliable outlets, but only El Corte Inglés stock a good range of the classic Alhambra and Hispavox recordings from the 1950's and 60's

diverdi.com
Now Madrid's best shop for zarzuela CDs and DVDs, diverdi.com's tienda inside the Teatro Real may not be the cheapest, but it is undoubtedly the best stocked in the capital. At the time of writing (June 2006) diverdi.com are in the process of introducing their zarzuela stocks into the online database, and they promise soon to be making these available online, worldwide. When this happens, diverdi.com will be the online outlet of choice, as their (Spanish and English) website is both aesthetically attractive and technically state of the art.

El Corte Inglés
Although filling in the registration form is initially a long-winded trial, and involves some acquaintance with Spanish, they do hold a comprehensive stock of zarzuela CDs, DVDs and videos which they will ship anywhere abroad, including the United States. Much the most reliable option for budding collectors, and the prices are reasonable too


Aria Recordings
This Barcelona company has been releasing high-quality CD transfers of pre-war material over a period of time, with the English title Our Recovered Voices, and go from strength to strength in technical transfer quality and documentation of the material. Their CD issues can be purchased online at their website

Blue Moon
Another Barcelona company which has published to date over 50 CDs of zarzuela and revista recordings from the 1920's, 30's and 40's, many of them classics, in their Serie Lírica series. These may be purchased online at the ABSOLUTE DISTRIBUTION website

David Lawton Opera Videos
A range of rare opera videos including some zarzuela material, mostly live performances. Contact through his web site or by e-mail

discoweb.com
List many zarzuela CD reissues including Blue Moon, though distribution from that company is frustratingly unreliable. Discoweb offer comprehensive credit card mail order facilities

Ensayo
Not especially associated with zarzuela issues, but there are some solo singer recitals including zarzuela songs, and a series of excellent CD's of zarzuela preludes and intermedios with Jesus Lopez Cobos and the English Chamber Orchestra which can be ordered online

Fonotron
Publish a series of recommendable classic zarzuela recordings, from pre-LP days, under the banner of their Homokord label. Email contact only at present

Jarvis Conservatory
The well-known Conservatory in Napa, California, USA has made available videos and DVDs of their more recent zarzuela stage productions. Details on the Jarvis website

Libreria La Avispa
Stock a range of DVDs (along with scores, libretti and books in Spanish on all the arts). Order by telephone, fax and e-mail only at present, but credit cards are accepted

Sonifolk
Are reissuing an intriguing series of Old Madrid recordings, featuring revistas (revues) by Alonso, Guerrero and many other composers. You can buy online from their site


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