Chen Reiss & Christopher Tin Highlight New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week several contemporary pieces are set for release as well as a Beethoven celebration. Here is a look at the albums you can stream this week.

Christopher Tin – To Shiver the Sky

Decca Gold releases “To Shiver the Sky” marking Christopher Tin’s major label debut album. The piece is “an oratorio about the history of flight, and mankind’s quest to conquer the heavens. The 11-track album will also mirror that story with the parallel evolution of Western classical music.

Ellen Reid – lumee’s dream variations

Decca Gold releases lumee’s dream variations, a two-track single featuring two reimaginings of the piece “lumee’s dream” from Ellen Reid’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, “p r i s m.” “lumee’s dream” is violist Nadia Sirota’s fresh take on the piece and “lumee’s dream” draws from an LA Opera installation of Reid’s own reimagining featuring performances by Rebecca Jo Loeb, Nadia Sirota, Attacca Quartet, Rob Moose, Bridget Kibbey, and Matt Smallcomb.


Natalja release her first single for “Nessun dorma” (“Let no one sleep”) from Puccini’s “Turandot.” The singer writes, “I hope you’ll take a minute to enjoy this video. It represents my own journey, work and the unplanned twists in life that we all share but which led me to where I am today – and I share it with a deep thanks and gratitude for every one who continue to encourage me daily!

The Anchoress

The premiere recording of composer David Serkin Ludwig and librettist Katie Ford‘s 2018 monodrama “The Anchoress” will be released Friday, August 28 on PRISM Quartet’s XAS label. The recording features soprano Hyunah Yu in the title role and early-music ensemble Piffaro the Renaissance Band. The disc also includes Ludwig’s virtuosic Three Anchoress Songs for flute and tenor saxophone, played by Mimi Stillman and PRISM’s Matthew Levy respectively.

On Friday, August 21 at 6 pm, XAS will stream a free online release event featuring HD video performances of both works and a conversation with Ludwig and Ford, hosted by writer Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, who also contributed liner notes to the disc. The event will stream from PRISM’s Facebook page.


Pianist Javier Negrín and conductor Thomas Rösner return to Odradek in the company of the Beethoven Philharmonie to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. The recording features soprano Chen Reiss, tenor Jan Petryka and baritone Paul Armin Edelman in an album of rarely heard works.

The collection opens with Beethoven’s terzetto, “Tremate, empi, tremate,” and ends with the Piano Concerto arrangement of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. It also features Mozart’s concert aria for soprano, piano and orchestra, “Ch’io mi scordi di te?” K. 505.