Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Pavol Breslik, Simone Kermes Headline New CD/DVD Releases (Week of 2/7)

By Francisco Salazar

There are a plethora of major releases this weekend. So without further ado, let’s get into it.

Tebaldo e Isolina

Composer Francesco Morlacchi’s “Romeo and Juliet” story with a “happy ending” will get a unique CD release with mezzo-soprano Laura Polverelli, soprano Sandra Pastrana, and tenor Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani. Antonino Fogliani conducts the Virtuosi Brunensis and the Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań,


Carl Maria von Weber’s masterwork returns to video in a production by Christof Loy from the Theater an der Wien. The opea features Jacquelyn Wagner in the title role with norman Reinhardt as Adolar. Other artists featured include Theresa Konthaler and Andrew Foster-Williams. Constantin Trinks conducts.

The Contrast

Soprano Carolyn Sampson joins forces with pianist Joseph Middleton for a CD recital of music by Vaughan Williams, Walton, Bridge, Quilter, and Watkins. The album will be released by Presto Classical.

Verdi Arias

Chandos releases this recital album by Soprano Olga Mykytenko featuring music from “I Masnadieri,” “Un Ballo in Maschera,” “Il Trovatore,” “I Vespri Siciliani,” “Il Corsaro,” “Attila,” “Ernani,” “Macbeth,” and “La Traviata.” Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Reine de Coeur

Soprano Hanna-Elsabeth Müller releases her first album with Pentatone. Alongside pianist Juliane Ruf, she explores music of Schumann, Poulenc, and von Zemlinsky.

The Diary of One Who Disappeared

Tenor Pavol Breslik takes on a Janacek recital for his new album with Orfeo, focusing on the titular cycle. Additionally, he takes on the “Six Folksongs that Eva Gabel Sang” and “Songs from Delva: Brigand Ballads.” Pianist Robert Pechanec joins Breslik on the album.

Inferno e Paradiso

This week, Simone Kermes releases her latest album, which features arias by baroque composers that have long numbered among her favorites, including Handel, Hasse, and Caldara.The program will also hinge on the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Christian Virtues, and Kermes has once again opened up entirely new avenues to baroque song through special arrangements.

The album will also include pop and rock items by Lady Gaga (“Poker Face”), Udo Jürgens (“Aber bitte mit Sahne”), Sting (“Fields of Gold”) and Led Zeppelin (“Stairway to Heaven”). These pieces have all been transformed into baroque hits by the Finnish composer-arranger Jarkko Riihimäki. Sony Classical releases the new album which will include period ensemble Amici Veneziani. The album will first be released on digital followed by a CD later this month.