Lawrence Brownlee, Jeanine de Bique, Sarah Coburn & Michael Volle Leads New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week audiences can expect two complete opera recordings, an oratorio recording, and a new solo album. Here is a look at the exciting new recordings.

Platée

Rameau’s opera gets a new release on C Major in a production from the Theater an der Wien. Directed by Robert Carsen, the production featured William Christie leading Les Arts Florissants and starred Marcel Beekman, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, and Jeanine de Bique. The DVD features a half-hour documentary showcasing interviews with Carsen, Christie, Beekman, Paul, and designer Gideon Davey.

The Creation

Dynamic releases Haydn’s oratorio from a performance from November 2020 conducted by Zubin Mehta. The performance celebrated the 50th anniversary of his debut at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino where he is now its honorary conductor for life. The performance featured soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Gabriel and Eva, tenor Maximilian Schmitt as Uriel, and bass-baritone Michael Volle.

Songs for New Life

British soprano Ruby Hughes releases his new album for BIS, “Songs for New Life and Love.” The new CD features music by Mahler, Ives, and the contemporary Scotswoman Helen Grime. Joseph Middleton partners with the soprano.

I Puritani

Delos releases “I Puritani” showcasing a pair of American bel canto virtuosi, soprano Sarah Coburn and tenor Lawrence Brownlee. They are joined on this new recording by Kazakhstani baritone Azamat Zheltyrguzov as Sir Riccardo Forth and bass Tadas Girininkas as Sir Giorgio Walton. Constantine Orbelian leads Lithuania’s Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra and the Kaunas State Choir.

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