Karen Cargill, Carolyn Sampson & Nicole Chevalier Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week audiences will get two full opera recordings and two recital albums.

Here is a look at this week’s new releases.


Unitel and C Major will release Massenet’s opera from January 2021. The production was directed by Peter Konwitschny and conducted by Leo Hussain. Nicole Chevalier and Josef Wagner lead the cast.


Leonardo García Alarcón leads the Cappella Mediterranea in a recording of Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” for Alpha. Heading his cast are tenor Valerio Contaldo in the title role, soprano Mariana Flores as La Musica and Euridice, mezzo-soprano Giuseppina Bridelli as La Messaggiera, and soprano Ana Quintans as La Speranza and Proserpina, with choral work by Thibaut Lenaerts’s Choeur de Chambre de Namur.

Chants d’Auvergne

Soprano Carolyn Sampson’s new album for BIS sees her take on music from the twentieth century with selected works from Joseph Canteloube’s collected Chants d’Auvergne—Songs of the Auvergne. Sampson sings twenty-five of them, including such gems as “Baïlèro,” “Lo fiolairé,” and “Pastourelle.” The British soprano is joined by a Finnish orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Pascal Rophé.

Fleur de mon âme

Karen Cargill releases her new recital album for Linn featuring five songs by Hahn, Debussy’s “Chansons de Bilitis,” five songs by Chausson, and four songs by Duparc. At the recital’s center is the rarity, “Calmes, aux quais déserts” by the Belgian composer Joseph Jongen. Cargill is joined by four soloists from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as well as pianist Simon Lepper for Jongen’s piece and Chausson’s “Chanson perpétuelle.”


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