Luciano Pavarotti & As One Lead This Week’s CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

Three major releases are set for this week. Two will be world premiere recordings while the other will be the soundtrack to a highly anticipated movie.

As One

Bright Shiny Things is set to release the world premiere of “As One” by composer Laura Kaminsky and librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. The recording is set to star Sasha Cooke and Kelly Markgraf, who originally presented the work with the Fry Street Quartet, and music director Steven Osgood.

The work is inspired partially by Reed’s experiences as a transgender woman. The recording was made over three days last September at the Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall of Utah State University in Logan under the supervision of multiple-Grammy-winning producer Judith Sherman.


In celebration of the release of Ron Howard’s new movie, Decca is releasing two CD sets. Decca Records will release the original soundtrack, “Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture,” as well as a new 3-CD best of collection titled “Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits from Decca/UMe.”
The soundtrack to the film will feature aria “Nessun Dorma,” selections from operas such as “Turandot,” “La bohème,” “Aida,” “Tosca” and Italian songs and collaborations with friends such as Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, U2, Brian Eno, Passengers (“Miss Sarajevo”), and others. The complete recording of Puccini’s “Donna non vidi mai,” which Pavarotti dedicated to Princess Diana, is included and a special unreleased song with Andrea Bocelli and “Ave Maria” with Bono.
The Greatest hits box set features 67 of the world-renowned tenor’s most well-known recordings and collaborations and includes the best of his “Opera Arias,” “Italian Songs & Sacred Arias” and “Great Duets.”

Fantastic Mr. Fox

BMOP/sound will release Tobias Picker’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox. The recording will be led by conductor Gil Rose with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), members of Odyssey Opera, and the Boston Children’s Chorus. the recording is set to star John Brancy and Krista River as well as Andrew Craig Brown, Edwin Vega, Gabriel Preisser, Elizabeth Futral, Tynan Davis, Theo Lebow, Andrey Nemzer, Gail Novak Mosites, John Dooley, and Jonathan Blalock.


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