CD/DVD Releases -Week of Jan. 2: Ring In The New Year With Kathleen Battle And Her Sony Legacy

By Francisco Salazar

The first week of New Years will be busy for opera lovers who are excited to discover new artists or look back at some of the legendary prima donnas.

Anett Fritsch and Mozart

Orfeo will release Frisch’s debut album. The album features works from Mozart’s popular operas including “Don Giovanni,” “Cosi Fan Tutte” and “Le Nozze di Figaro.” A specialist in Mozart, Frisch has been acclaimed for her turns as Donna Elvira, the Countess Alamaviva and Fiordiligi. As a result this is a must buy album for those interested in discovering a new recording artist. The soprano next sings Donna Elvira at the Teatro all Scala and Mozart’s “Mitridate” at the Royal Opera in London.

Kathleen Battle and her Sony Legacy 

For fans of the legendary soprano , Sony Classical will release a box set of Battle’s complete Sony recordings. The box set includes the albums Love Duets, Vangelis, A Christmas Concert and many more. It also showcases the collaborations that Battle throughout her storied career and some of the artists featured in the set includes Wynston Marsalis, Federica Von Stade, James Levine and Lorin Maazel. The set also includes spirituals, folk tunes and pop music as well as jazz.

Iestyn Davies and Bach 

Celebrate the New Year with the acclaimed countertenor’s new album. Hyperion will release the album which includes Bach’s Cantatas 52, 54, 82 and 170 and is conducted by Jonathan Cohen. Davies is celebrating the New Years in London as he revives the Royal Opera’s production of “Wirtten on Skin” and then takes on the world premiere of Thomas Ades’ “The Exterminating Angel.” 

Remembering Siv Wennberg 

Sterling Records will release two new albums by the legendary Siv Wennberg. One of the CDs includes the Recital Stockholm Opera while the other features a legendary New Years Eve concert. The Swedish soprano was famous for her work with Sibelius and Grieg and most notably recorded Wagner’s “Riezni” with Rene Kollo for Warner Classics.


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