Mark Padmore, Sandrine Piau & Mary Bevan Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week audiences will get to hear several recital albums with great song cycles and songs. Here is a look at this week’s new releases.

Schubert’s Schwanengesang & Beethoven

Tenor Mark Padmore and Pianist Mitsuko Uchida appear on record for the first time in this live recording from London’s Wigmore Hall. They perform Schubert’s “Schwanengesang” and Beethoven’s only major song cycle “An die ferne Geliebte.” Decca releases the new album.

Blow / Purcell: Venus & Adonis / Dido & Aeneas

Opus Arte releases two classic court operas brought together in Sweden’s historic Confidencen Theatre. “Venus & Adonis,” composed in 1683 by John Blow, is considered the earliest example of English opera while Henry Purcell’s “Dido & Aeneas,” from 1689, has become one of the most famous and beloved operas from the Baroque era.

Befreit: A Soul Surrendered

Kitty Whately and Joseph Middleton release an album on Chandos featuring works by Margarete Schweikert, Richard Strauss, Johanna Müller-Hermann, and Gustav Mahler.

Visions Illuminées

Mary Bevan joins the 12 Ensemble, Ruisi Quartet, and Joseph Middleton for music by Fauré, Britten, Ravel, Duparc, Chabrier, Chausson, Debussy, and Augusta Holmès. Signum Classics releases.

Voyage Intime

French soprano Sandrine Piau combines works by Schubert, Liszt, Wolf, and Clara Schumann with Lili Boulanger, Duparc, and Debussy. David Kadouch accompanies on piano and Alpha releases.


DVD and CD Releases