Alicia Waller & Boston Early Music Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

It’s the holiday season and while most have already released their Christmas and holiday albums, there are still some new offerings for the week including a world premiere recording and a crossover EP.

Antiochus und Stratonica

The Boston Early Music Festival releases its twelfth Baroque opera recording. This time the company releases Christoph Graupner’s 1708 “Antiochus und Stratonica,” on the German label CPO (Classic Produktion Osnabrück). Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs and Concertmaster Robert Mealy lead an outstanding cast and the all-star Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. The recording stars baritone Christian Immler, Hana Blažíková, Aaron Sheehan, Harry van der Kamp, Sunhae Im, Jesse Blumberg, Jan Kobow, and Sherezade Panthaki.


Soprano and songwriter Alicia Waller releases a music video for the song “Soul” from her EP, “Some Hidden Treasure.” The new video is described as a love letter to Black men, but also an affirmation of her own identity while coming to grips with living in a country founded and fueled by white supremacy.

Waller said in a statement, “It was my aim to create a bluesy celebration of Black sound.  I wanted it to sound unapologetically soulful—unapologetically Black—and to feel like an expedition that traveled through time as it weaved through different periods of Black American music.  More specifically, I wanted to celebrate myself and my people.  I wanted to uplift our passion, our nuance, and the incredible love that we share between us—all of us who experience so much by being born Black in this weighted world.  The video reflects my effort to show all of these things while centering, above all, the Black woman in a way that is without fetishization or the male gaze.  I wanted to share us in the way that we see ourselves, which is exactly as we are—powerful, strong, beautiful, and free.”

Waller worked with Shay Paresh (director), Katie Huang (cinematographer), and Eva Yuma (editor) on the new music video.

New Singles 

Sony Classical is releasing the first single to Ludovic Tézier’s upcoming album Verdi. The company has unveiled a new recording of “Di Provenza” from “La Traviata.” The album is set to be released on Feb. 5, 2021.⁠


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