Juan Diego Flórez, Pretty Yende Held Highlight New DVD/CD Releases – September 4

By Nicole Kuchta

This week, two albums and one DVD are set for release, including a major opera production featuring two superstars.

Peñalosa – Lamentations

On Sept. 6, BIS Records will release acclaimed vocal ensemble New York Polyphony’s sixth album, “Peñalosa – Lamentations.”

The album, according to the press release, “features rarely heard works from late 15th-century and early 16th-century Spanish composers Francisco de Peñalosa, Pedro de Escobar, and Francisco Guerrero, including world premiere recordings of Peñalosa’s “Lamentations’ and movements of his ‘Missa L’homme armé.'” “Lamentations,” written for four voices, is uniquely suited to the ensemble of four men.

Ricciardo e Zoraide

C Major will release the DVD and Blu-Ray editions of the Rossini Opera Festival’s “Ricciardo e Zoraide,” staged by Marshall Pynkoski, on Sept. 6.

The cast features Juan Diego Flórez and Pretty Yende in the title roles, alongside Sergey Romanovsky, Victoria Yarovaya, Nicola Ulivieri, and Xabier Anduaga. Giacomo Sagripanti leads the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai.


Ars Produk will release a recording of Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise,” featuring baritone Johannes Held and Swedish pianist Daniel Beskow, on Sept. 6.

The two artists have been working together on “Winterreise” for years, turning it into a visual experience in 2014 under the direction of Ebbe Knudsen with illustrations by Jörn Kaspuhl.

The Hunger

Additionally, Nonesuch Records released Donnacha Dennehy’s “The Hunger” on Aug. 23 in a new concert version created for the recording. Soprano Katherine Manley and Iarla Ó Lionáird star in the leading roles.

Alan Pierson leads the ensemble Alarm Will Sound, who will present a mini-tour of the concert version this month in Princeton, New York City, and Boston. The work, which explores the Great Irish Famine of 1845-52, recently had its European premiere at the Abbey Theater in Dublin.


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