Hindemith & Brian Field Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week audiences will get to check out a documentary, new works, and a rarely performed work.

Here is a look at this week’s new releases.

Vocal Works 

Brian Field’s new album on Navona Records showcases the human voice. The album features six pieces springing from the page, including a traditional Sephardic lullaby, musical interpretations of Pablo Neruda’s and E. E. Cummings’ poetry, and works with texts written by the composer himself. The Budapest Chorus is conducted by Martón Tóth.

Mathis der Maler 

Naxos releases the Theater an der Wien’s 2012 production of Paul Hindemith’s rarely performed work. The Keith Warner production  Wolfgang Koch, Manuela Uhl, Katerina Tretyakova, Kurt Streit, Raymond Very, and Franz Grundheber. Bertrand de Billy leads the Slovak Philharmonic Choir and the Vienna Symphony.

Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera

Proquest releases “Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera” which follows a composer as he adapts a 1912 dime novel masterpiece into a modern American opera.

The documentary was directed and produced by Kristin Atwell Ford. Quantum Leap Productions also produced in collaboration with Arizona Opera. The documentary has participated in a number of festivals including the Lone Star Film Festival, Ojai Film Festival, Hoboken Film Festival, and Rocky Mountain Film Festival, among others.



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