Joyce El-Khoury, Eric Ferring, & Jakub Józef Orliński 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.

For this edition, we will spotlight audiences will get a chance to learn about a number of world premiere pieces and recordings as well as solo albums by young artists in the industry.

We Have Tomorrow

American tenor Eric Ferring releases his latest album on Delos. The new album is a collection of art songs with a chamber music emphasis, performed with pianist Madeline Slettedahl and Paris-based string quartet Quatuor Agate. The album showcases song cycles by Samuel Barber, Gabriel Fauré, and Arthur Shepherd, as well as songs by Florence Price, Johannes Brahms, and Amy Beach.

The Weary Blues 

HR Recordings releases “The Weary Blues,” a new recording of songs resulting from a long collaboration between American composer Drew Hemenger and soprano Adrienne Danrich. The recording features a set of songs written for Adrienne based on Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes and poet Anne Sexton. Sexton is joined by pianist Mila Henry, violinist Charles Yang, and baritone Eric McKeever.

‘La Belle Maguelone’

Stéphane Degout pays tribute to the legend of the beautiful Maguelone in a new project with Alain Planès, Marielou Jacquard and Roger Germser. The recording blends Brahms’ music with an exquisite reading crafted as close as possible to the legendary source, captured by b•records at the Théâtre de l’Athénée Louis-Jouvet.

Afterword: An Opera in Two Acts by George Lewis

International Contemporary Ensemble releases “Afterword: An Opera in Two Acts by George Lewis” on New Focus Recordings/TUNDRA.

Myths Contested

Washington Bach Consort releases its first album in over a decade through Acis label. The album offers both a historical and a modern-day look at perspectives and values that society connects to music. The recording features such artists Paul Max Tipton, Ian Pomerantz, Sherezade Panthaki, Patrick Kilbride, Jacob Perry Jr., and Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury.

Michael Stimpson

British Composer Michael Stimpson celebrates his 75th birthday with the release of a box set of his collected works. The box set includes world premiere recordings and features such artists as Roderick Williams, Tom Poster, Sophia Rahman, the Aquinas Piano Trio, the Allegri String Quartet, the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras.


Jakub Józef Orliński releases his sixth project featuring music by early baroque composers Monteverdi, Caccini, Frescobaldi, Kapsberger, Saracini, Netti, and Jarzębski.

In a statement, the countertenor said, “With this very specifically selected program I want to focus on the general meaning of word ‘beyond.’ Mostly to show people that this music is beyond its times. It is still relevant, it is still alive, vibrant, touching, engaging and entertaining.”

Tobias Picker: Awakenings

BMOP/sound releases the highly anticipated world premiere studio recording of Tobias Picker and Aryeh Lev Stollman’s operatic retelling of the 1973 bestseller by Dr. Oliver Sacks. Gil Rose leads the recording with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera. Baritone Jarrett Porter plays the lead role of Oliver Sacks, alongside a cast including sopranos Joyce El-Khoury and Adrienne Danrich.


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