Charles Castronovo, Benjamin Britten & Galina Vishnevskaya Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

Happy New Year!

For the first edition of the year, we look at the first releases of 2024. This week we get a new album by a leading tenor and a remastering of a legendary recording conducted by the composer himself.

Out of the Ashes

Navona releases the USD Chamber Singers and Dr. David Holdhusen’s new album. The CD will include a collection of beloved choral works including Biebl’s “Ave Maria,” Hogan’s “Ain’t That Good News,” and Whitacre’s “Sleep.”

End of My Days

Bis releases Ruby Hughes and Manchester Collective’s new album. The title of this album, “End of My Days,” comes from Errollyn Wallen’s song; a resounding celebration of life that embraces death without regret or sadness but with great verve and acceptance. The album also includes music by Brian Elias, Caroline Shaw, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Tavener, John Dowland, Maurice Ravel: Kaddisch, Claude Debussy, and Gustav Mahler.

Giacomo Puccini – I Canti: Orchestral Songs & Works

Charles Castronovo joins the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Ivan Repušić for 16 songs published during Puccini’s lifetime. The album was Recorded in early February 2023.

Britten: War Requiem

Decca rereleases Britten’s recording with the London Symphony Orchestra which was recorded between January 3 and 10, 1963, in London’s Kingsway Hall by Decca’s ‘dream team’ of producer John Culshaw and engineer Kenneth Wilkinson.

Galina Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau are the soloists on the legendary album.


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