Ekaterina Siurina, Seljan Nasibli & Brian Giebler Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week, audiences will get a chance to hear rarely performed works and several debut albums. Here is a look

The Mother 

The new recording of Carl Nielsen’s incidental work features tenor Adam Riis, baritone Palle Knudsen, the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Philharmonic Choir, and the Odense Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andreas Delfs.

The work was written for a gala celebrating the reunification, in 1920, of Southern Jutland with Denmark. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the reunification, this new recording provides a new picture of the Danish National composer Carl Nielsen as a composer for the theatre.

Komitas: Divine Liturgy 

DELOS releases this early-20th masterpiece by the revered Armenian composer Komitas Vardapet. The new recording marks the world-premiere recording featuring critically acclaimed Latvian Radio Choir led by its artistic director, Sigvards Klava. Guest soloists include bass Hovhannes Nersesyan and tenor Armen Badalyan.

The Divine Liturgy was originally composed for a male choir, and previous attempts over the years to transcribe it for mixed-choir performance were not enthusiastically received. Vache Sharafyan’s arrangement follows the original male-choir version as closely as possible, with the female voices lending it extra color and brightness.

The project took three years of preparation and was recorded over the course of three days starting on September 20, 2019.

Amour éternel

DELOS releases Ekaterina Siurina’s debut album featuring French and Italian opera arias by Charpentier, Gounod, Bizet, Puccini, and Verdi from such works as “Otello,” “Louise,” “La Rondine,” “Les pêcheurs de perles,” “Faust,” and “Turandot.” Siurina’s husband, acclaimed tenor Charles Castronovo, also joins her in duets from Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” and Puccini’s “La Bohème.”

The Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of conductor Constantine Orbelian.

Femmes Fatales: Soprano Heroines of the Orient

The new recording from Naxos features the debut album from soprano Seljan Nasibli and features works from Ravel, Barber, Bizet, Puccini, Massenet, and Szymanowski. The album was recorded with the National Orchestra of Ukraine with conductor Yalchin Adigezalov

A Lad’s Love 

Brian Giebler makes his solo recording debut with “A Lad’s Love,” which brings the beauty created by Britain’s poets and composers in the face of lost youth, lost time, lost love, lost friends, lost life in the turbulent years of the early 20th century.”
The recording features works by Ivor Gurney, Benjamin Britten, John Ireland,  Peter Warlock, and Roger Quilter. On this new recording, Giebler is accompanied by Steven McGhee, Reginald Mobley, Katie Hyun, Ben Russell, Jessica Meyer, and Michael Katz,




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