CD/DVD Releases – Week of May 29: Wagner and Handel Dominate Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week opera lovers get a chance to discover new music from Robert Franz and Handel and relive a classic work from Wagner. They also get a chance to listen to some of the world’s foremost Baroque specialists and Wagner singers. Check it out!


A new recording of Wagner’s “Parsifal” is scheduled for release this week as part of Elder’s new series. The CD stars Lars Cleveman in the title role and Katarina Dalayman as Kundry. Recorded with the Hallé at the BBC Proms festival at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013, the performance drew rave reviews. The Telegraph wrote, “Lars Cleveman was convincing in the title role” and “Parsifal was a fitting climax to the series of Wagner operas.” For all Wagner fans, this is something not to be missed.

Robert Franz

In a rare collaboration, Hyperion will release a CD dedicated to the songs of Franz. Tenor Robin Trischler is joined by pianist Graham Johnson on a musical journey as they both discover the music of Robert Franz and enlighten audiences about an unknown composer.

Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno

Erato releases Handel’s rarely performed “Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno” from Aix-en-Provence. The cast includes international stars Franco Fagioli, Sara Mingardo, Michael Spyres, and exclusive Erato artist Sabine Devieilhe, giving audiences a chance to see Handel’s first oratorio in a staged version. Emmanuelle Haïm directs Le Concert d’Astrée in a production by Krzysztof Warlikowski. The DVD gets an international release before it hits U.S stores. 


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