Freddie De Tommaso, Anna Harvey & Asmik Grigorian Lead CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week audiences will get to hear the second album by one of the rising tenors in the opera world as well as world premiere recordings and a DVD recording of a Wagner work.

The Paper Lined Shack

Supertrain Records is set to release Jeff Beal’s titular song cycle performed by the brilliant soprano Hilá Plitmann and Eastman Philharmonia and conducted by Leonard Slatkin. The text derived from Beal’s own great-grandmother’s memoirs about life as a widowed mother of six in Idaho at the turn of the 21st century. The album also contains “Things Unseen,” a piece that explores mysticism and superstition, performed by the New Hollywood String Quartet.

Songs by Warlock and Howe

Mezzo-soprano Anna Harvey and pianist Mark Austin release a new album for Rubicon Classics. The recording showcases the greatest songs of Peter Warlock and original works by living composer Frederick Howe. The album marks Harvey and Austin’s debut recital disc release.

The new recording will feature two previously unrecorded works by Warlock, chosen in consultation with the Warlock Society of Great Britain and 21 of Warlock’s songs are complemented on the new release by nine world premiere recordings of English folk song arrangements by Frederick Howe, recorded in celebration of the composer’s recent 70th birthday milestone.


Matthias Goerne releases his third lieder album Daniil Trifonov continuing his collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon. The new album contains songs by Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Berg, and Shostakovich.

Il Tenore

Decca Classics releases British-Italian tenor Freddie De Tommaso’s new album. The CD features arias and duets from “Madama Butterfly,” “Turandot,” “Carmen,” and “Tosca.” He is joined by Lise Davidsen, Natalya Romaniw, and Aigul Akhmetshina in selections from “Tosca,” “Butterfly” and “Carmen.” The Philharmonia Orchestra is conducted by Paolo Arrivabeni.

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer

Deutsche Grammophon releases a DVD of Wagner’s “Der fliegende Holländer” from the Bayreuth Festival. Georg Zeppenfeld, Asmik Grigorian, Eric Cutler, Marina Prudenskaya, Attilio Glaser, and John Lundgren star alongside Oksana Lyniv conducting the production by Dmitri Tcherniakov.


Leaf Music and award-winning ensemble Infusion Baroque present Virtuosa. Recorded at Église St-Agustin in Mirabel and Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique de Montreal in Quebec, Virtuosa is the ensemble’s first collaboration with JUNO-award winning producer Martha de Francisco. The record offers 14 pieces and almost two hours of music spanning 400 years. The album features Alexa Raine-Wright on flute, Sallynee Amawat on violin, Rona Nadler on harpsichord, and Andrea Stewart on cello and viola de gamba, with guest performances by soprano Ariadne Lih, Sari Tsuji on violin, and Gili Loftus on fortepiano.

Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

The Château de Versailles’s Les Épopées are releasing the first CD. The release features a cast that includes Valerio Contaldo (Ulisse), Lucile Richardot (Penelope), Ambroisine Bré (Fortuna, Ericlea, Melanto), Marie Perbost (Amore, Giunone), and Cyril Auvity (Eumete).



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