Jessica Prat & Lucas Meachem Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week audiences will get to celebrate the holiday with a new Christmas album by one of the leading baritones in the world and two rarely performed works by two of the greatest Italian composers.

All I Want

Baritone Lucas Meachem releases “All I Want,” an EP of five classic Christmas ballads on with Crossover Records. The carols include “All I Want for Christmas,” “This Christmas,” “Adeste Fideles” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and “Carol of the Bells,” each arranged for a cappella voices by Meachem and featuring him singing all of the multi-layered parts. The results are entertaining medleys that incorporate influences from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to the movie “Love Actually. ” Meachem is currently at work on his latest Christmas medley, “Lonely Hearts of Christmas,” which will be released as a single on December 17.

In a statement, the baritone said, “Christmastime is when I let my classical music hair loose and I revisit the wide range of music I grew up listening to. Get ready for R&B, rock, pop, opera, gospel, and some beatboxing in my new EP All I Want, a collection of four Christmas songs encompassing my love for all music.”

Johannes Brahms: Complete Songs, Vol. 1

Naxos releases a new album featuring tenor Christoph Prégardien and pianist Ulrich Eisenlohr. This first volume of Brahms’ complete songs spans a period of nearly 25 years. Among the pieces on the album include “Vier Gesänge, Op. 43,” “Sechs Lieder, Op. 86,” “Die Mainacht,” and “Versunken.”

Il Corsaro

Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante release a new recording of “Il Corsaro” in its original version. The new recording includes Karen Gardeazabal, Mattheus Pompeu,  Ilona Mataradze, Aleksey Bogdanov, Mateusz Stachura, and Paweł Cichoński.

Linda di Chamounix

Dynamic releases Donizetti’s rarely heard work with Jessica Pratt in the title role, Francesco Demuro, Teresa Iervolino, Vittorio Prato, Marina de Liso, and Fabio Capitanucci. Michele Gamboa conducts the work which was recorded in 2021 at the height of the pandemic. The new recording will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray, and CD.


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