Jonas Kaufmann, Diana Damrau, Magdalena Kožená & Antonino Siragusa Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

Welcome back for this week’s look at the latest CD and DVD releases in the opera world.

This week audiences get to hear a recital from the world’s most famous tenor and one of the great sopranos in the world. There will also be a new solo recital album from a great mezzo and several complete opera recordings.

Czech Songs

Magdalena Kožená presents a recital of Czech songs together with the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle

The album includes music by Bohuslav Martinů, Hans Krása, Gideon Klein, and Antonín Dvořák. PENTATONE Releases the album.

Zemlinsky: Eine florentinische Tragödie

PENTATONE releases Zemlinsky’s one-act opera from the Dutch National Opera. The cast includes Ausrine Stundyte, Nikolai Schukoff, and John Lundgren. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Marc Albrecht and directed by Jan Philipp Gloger.

Gaetano Donizetti: Alfredo il Grande

Recorded at Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo, this rare Donizetti opera stars Antonino Siragusa, Gilda Fiume, Lodovico Filippo Ravizza, and Adolfo Corrado. Corrado Rovaris conducts the Hungarian Radio Choir and Orchestra Donizetti Opera in Stefano Simone Pintor’s production.

To Sing of Love

“To Sing of Love” is the new recording from The VOCES8 Foundation Choir and Orchestra, featuring virtuoso violinist Jack Liebeck and conducted by Barnaby Smith.

VOCES8 Records releases the album which centers around the themes of beauty, love, and nature and features the world premiere arrangements of famed works by Vaughan Williams, Eric Whitacre, and Rebecca Dale.

Forgotten songs, forgotten love

Mélanie Adami, Äneas Humm, and Judith Polgar release an album of music by Müller, Dohnányi, Ries, Hildach, and Gotze. Prospero releases the album.

Gustav Mahler: Songs from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”

Scene DG releases songs by Mahler with Katharina Kammerloher, Arttu Kataja, and Eric Schneider.

‘Visions’ Song sets for tenor and piano

Centaur Records and tenor Kyle Stegall release an album of contemporary classical art songs, featuring compositions by living composers. Stegall partners with Korean pianist Bomi Kim.

In a statement, the tenor said, “This album is a celebration of the creativity and innovation happening in classical music today. But more than that, it is a collection of songs which speak to the world as it is today, and seeks to connect us to the well of humanity within each of us.”

Love Songs by Schumann and Brahms

C Major releases a recital concert featuring Diana Damrau, Jonas Kaufmann, and Helmut Deutsch from the Great Golden Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein.

The Beauty in My Blackness

Raehann Bryce-Davis releases the second single “The Beauty in My Blackness” to her upcoming album “Evolution.”The new single is a celebration of Black joy.

The song is produced by Andrew Richards, with Jeanne-Minette Cilliers on piano, Reuben Kebede on violin, and Thapelo Masita on cello. Raehann is joined on vocals by her cousin, Alexandra Gouveia, a rising third grader from Crowley, Texas, who sings the first lyrics on the track, “The beauty in my Blackness isn’t open to debate.”


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