Cecilia Bartoli, Andrè Schuen, Tassis Christoyannis & Barbara Hannigan Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

Welcome back for this week’s look at the latest CD and DVD releases in the opera world.

This week audiences will get to hear a new “Winterreise” recording, a compilation album, a new song cycle, and a masterwork.

Schubert: Winterreise

Deutsche Grammophon releases Andrè Schuen and Daniel Heide’s latest album, which completes the recordings of Schubert’s three big song cycles.

In a statement, Schuen said, “Almost everyone would agree with me when I say that it is the first work that comes to mind when you talk about Lieder. The feeling that you’re always at the beginning with this work never goes away.”

Cecilia Bartoli

Decca Classics releases a new collection of Cecilia Bartoli’s finest recordings, including two unreleased arias from Handel’s “Alcina.” Featuring beloved arias and duets stretching from Handel and Porpora, through Gluck and Mozart, to the Three Kings of 19th-century Italian song: Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti. Featuring guest appearances from Sir Bryn Terfel, Alessandro Corbelli, Sumi Jo, Juan Diego Florez, and Luciano Pavarotti.

New Moon

Calliope’s Call releases “New Moon.” Vocalist Evangelia Leontis, Founder & Artistic Director of Calliope’s Call Megan Roth, and J.J. Penna interpret songs composed by prominent female American composers. Among the composers are Sarah Hutchings, Jodi Goble, Marion Bauer, Libby Larsen, and Gilda Lyons.

 Christopher Cerrone’s ‘Beaufort Scales’

Lorelei Ensemble releases the world premiere recording of Christopher Cerrone’s “Beaufort Scales” on the Cold Blue Music record label. The album presents Cerrone’s music for treble voices and electronics, a piece that carries with it a cautionary tale for our era of accelerating climate change. The primary text for this album is drawn from the Beaufort Wind Force Scale created by Francis Beaufort in 1805.

Jules Massenet: Werther

Tassis Christoyannis and Véronique Gens star in Massenet’s masterpiece with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and György Vashegyi. This recording features the baritone version of the score which “gives the work a melancholy coloring ideal for portraying its hero’s suicidal temperament.”


Barbara Hannigan, Charles Sy, Bertrand Chamayou, and Vilde Frang team up for the vocal music of Olivier Messiaen, presenting his two major song cycles from the 1930s. ALPHA releases the new record.

Lully: Armide

Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Marie Perbost, Eva Zaïcik, Cyril Auvity, David Tricou, and Tomislav Lavoie star in Lully’s opera with Le Poème Harmonique and conductor Vincent Dumestre.


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