Cyrille Dubois & José Carreras Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week audiences will get to experience classic recordings as well as some new solo recitals and complete recordings of rarely performed operas.


GRAMMY-nominated conductor Eugene Rogers brings to life Jocelyn Hagen’s setting of the Roman Catholic Mass in AMASS. This work stands apart from the Mass settings of other composers who have practiced this centuries-old genre, including Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Joseph Haydn. While the music relies on the traditional Mass structure, it incorporates the spiritual writings of a diverse group of thinkers, ranging from a Muslim woman writing in the sixth century to a German theologian tried as a heretic 500 years later. In this way, the music is less about a particular religion but instead reaches toward the ineffable.

All We Are Given We Cannot Hold

Blue Griffin Recording releases works by David Biedenbender who draws inspiration from poetry by Robert Fanning, the beauty of the national parks, and seemingly small, fleeting moments of life.

The new album of his music features vocal and instrumental chamber music with a host of noted performers, including the Grammy-nominated soprano Lindsay Kesselman, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Garth Newel Piano Quartet, clarinetist Mingzhe Wang, and the clarinet-soprano-piano trio HAVEN.

Albert Herring 

Opus Arte will release Britten’s opera from the Glyndebourne Festival in a production from 1985. The opera stars John Graham-Hall, Patricia Johnson, Alan Opie, Felicity Palmer, and Jean Rigby. Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform alongside Bernard Haitink. Peter Hall directed the production.

Verdi: Requiem

C Major releases the classic recording of Verdi’s work with soloists Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Agnès Baltsa, José Carreras, and José van Dam. Herbert von Karajan conducts the Vienna State Opera Chorus and the Vienna Philharmonic.


Paul Hindemith’s work will get a release by BR-Klassik. The cast includes Juliane Banse, Michaela Selinger, Torsten Kerl, Oliver Ringelhahn, Markus Eiche, Kay Stiefermann, and Jan-Hendrik Rootering. Stefan Soltész leads the Prague Philharmonic Choir and Münchner Rundfunkorchester. The opera was recorded live in concert at the Prinzregententheater in Munich on October 13, 2013.

The Cunning Little Vixen

Naxos releases Janáček’s opera with Fabrice Bollon’s “Twelve Lilies for Leoš.”  The recording stars Samantha Gaul, Irina Jae-Eun Park, Michael Borth, Muriel Cantoreggi, Dina Fortuna-Bollon, and Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe. Members of the Opernchor des Theater Freiburg and The Lily’s Project Music Collective are led by Fabrice Bollon.

Suite from ‘Wuthering Heights’ 

Bernard Herrmann’s Suite from “Wuthering Heights” and Echoes for Strings are recorded in an album with soprano Keri Fuge and baritone Roderick Williams. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Mario Venzago and Joshua Tan. Chandos releases the album.

Achtung, Aufnahme!!: a short opera by Wilhelm Grosz

Channel Classics releases the short opera by Wilhelm Grosz alongside works by Walter Goehr and Mátyás Seiber.

So Romatique

French tenor Cyrille Dubois releases a recital album of light French repertoire including music by Thomas, Godard, Auber, Gounod, Halevy, Delibes, and Silver, among others. Alpha Classics distributes the album with Pierre Domoussaud conducting the Lille Orchestra.


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