Joseph Calleja & Christiane Karg Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week audiences will get a chance to discover modern masterpieces, baroque works, and a new album from one of the great tenors of his generation.

Mahler Symphony No. 2

PENTATONE releases the Czech Philharmonic and Chief Conductor and Music Director, Semyon Bychkov’s interpretation of Maher’s Symphony No. 2 “The Resurrection.” They are joined by soprano Christiane Karg, alto Elisabeth Kulman, and the Prague Philharmonic Choir.

Ave Maria

The Maltese tenor records for the first time with the Malta Philharmonic. Released for Easter, the album features four “Ave Marias” by Mascagni, Massenet, Schubert, and Andrea Bocelli.

Vivaldi – Chelleri – Ristori/The Teatro Sant’Angelo

Adèle Charvet joins forces with Le Consort to pay tribute to three composers with a program that combines well-known arias with twelve world-premiere recordings.

Mayrig: To Armenian Mothers/Aprikian-Komitas

Eva Zaïcik, David Haroutunian, and Xénia Maliarevitch perform that pays tribute to Komitas.

Hugi Guðmundsson: The Gospel of Mary

Hugi Guðmundsson’s “The Gospel of Mary” is primarily based on the non-canonical text from a fifth-century papyrus codex about Mary Magdalene that was discovered in 1896 and is popularly known as the Gospel of Mary. The oratorio also includes three chorales with original texts and five instrumental meditations.

Ein Deutsches Barockrequiem

Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier, and Jérôme Lejeune perform music by Andreas Scharmann, Thomas Selle, Christian Geist, Tobias Michael, Wolfgang Carl Briegel, Andreas Hammerschmidt, Heinrich Schwemmer, Johann Hermann Schein, and Johann Philipp Förtsch.

Meditation II: Schola Cantorum Reykjavicensis

Hörður Áskelsson, conductor conducts music for a mixed choir. The album features compositions that interpret man’s thoughts and feelings about death, and celebrate the immobility and beauty found in age-old church texts such as Ave verum corpus, In paradisum, Lux æterna and Agnus Dei. BIS Recordings releases

Alfred Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance

The Cappella Amsterdam and Daniel Reuss perform Schnittke’s “Psalms of Repentance” which commemorates the Christianization of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus in 988. The recording uses the original manuscript, which differs in multiple ways from the published score, resulting in an interpretation that aims to be closer to the composer’s intentions.


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