Maria Bayo, John Riesen & Gil Rose Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

It’s the holiday season and therefore there are a lot of new holiday albums and selections for the week. Here are the black Friday releases you should stream today!


The great Spanish soprano María Bayo releases her new album dedicated to Latin American and French songs, as well as never recorded music by the Belgian artist Max Moreau. The new album brings together composers such as Bizet, Guastavino, Lecuona, and Moreau, who merge in wonderful melodies.

The soprano is joined by pianist Rubén Fernández Aguirre.

“Regards sur l’Infini,”

Dutch label 7 Mountain Records releases “Regards sur l’Infini,” an album of French songs centered around Olivier Messiaen’s “Poèmes pour Mi.” American-Dutch soprano Katharine Dain and British pianist Sam Armstrong construct a meditative program that also includes Claude Debussy’s complete “Proses lyriques” as well as individual songs by Henri Dutilleux, Kaija Saariaho, and the little-known Claire Delbos.

Christmas at Home

John Riesen and Gillian Riesen release a new album of Christmas songs with Neill Campbell on piano Chris Glassman on jazz trombone, and Lindsay Campbell on background vocals.

The album was recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown as the couple joined together with a family organization in Detroit, MI called Box Five Productions and a studio in Lansing, Michigan (Blue Griffin Recording) to put together the album. The new recording features songs in the style of Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, The Carpenters, and Frank Sinatra.


Jaromir Weinberger’s operetta “Frühlingsstürme” is set to be released by Naxos. The production from the Komische Oper is directed by Barrie Kosky stars Vera-Lotte Boecker and Tansel Akzeybek.

Romilda e Costanza

Naxos releases Meyerbeer’s rarely performed work from Germany’s Rossini in Wildbad. The 2019 performance starred tenor Patrick Kabongo, mezzo-soprano Chiara Brunello, soprano Luiza Fatyol, and bass-baritone Javier Povedano. Luciano Acocella leads the Górecki Chamber Choir and the festival’s new ensemble-in-residence, the Passionart Orchestra Kraków. The new album represents the world-premiere recording.

Haroun and the Sea Stories

BMOP/sound has released Charles Wuorinen’s “Haroun and the Sea of Stories.” The two-CD set of the composer’s second opera, with a libretto by James Fenton based on the sophisticated children’s novel by Salman Rushdie, is led by Artistic Director and Conductor Gil Rose.

The new recording features 56 BMOP orchestral players, 13 vocalists including Heather Buck in the title role, and 16 choristers.


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