Marie-Nicole Lemieux & Michael Spyres Featured in New Cd/DVD Releases – September 23

By Francisco Salazar

This week, two requiems are set for release in addition to two solo albums from prominent artists. Here is a look at what we recommend.

Berlioz’s Requiem

Erato is releasing a performance of Hector Berlioz’s Requiem – The Grande Messe des Morts. The recording comes from a performance that took place on March 8, 2019, the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death.

The showcase stars Michael Spyres, the Philharmonia Orchestra with 10 timpanists, two choirs and four brass bands. The recording is led by the baton of Berlioz specialist John Nelson. The recording is set for release on digital, DVD and CD.

Animal Requiem 

British classical music composer Rachel Fuller’s new piece features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Choir of London and tenor Alfie Boe.

The opening live bird song was recorded in Assisi, Italy at the cave site where St. Francis of Assisi often prayed. The album also ends with the original recording of Sir Paul McCartney’s masterful 1968 solo “Blackbird” inspired by J.S. Bach’s Bourrée in E minor, a well known lute piece.

Mozart – Zero to Hero

Daniel Behle and L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra conducted by Michi Gaigg join forces for a recording filled with arias from “The Magic Flute,” “Don Giovanni,” “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” and “Così fan tutti.” Sony Classical releases the recording.


Marie-Nicole Lemieux brings together three late-19th century works for female voice and orchestra. The new recording by Erato will feature Chausson’s “Poème de l’amour et de la mer,” Elgar’s “Sea Pictures,” and a world premiere recording, an “ode-symphonie” by Victorin Joncières entitled La mer.

The mezzo Orchestre et choeurs nationaux Bordeaux Aquitaine under their music director Paul Daniel.


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