Nicholas Phan, Leonardo Capalbo & Michele Angelini Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

To begin July, audiences will get a chance to listen to new albums from numerous tenors and will get see DVD recordings of a rare opera and a legendary recording from Salzburg.

Here is a look.

Stranger: Works for Tenor by Nico Muhly 

Nicholas Phan releases his eighth Avie Records album for both physical and digital release. The new recording comprises world premiere recordings of three of the composer’s major works: “Impossible Things” for tenor, solo violin and orchestra; “Lorne Ys My Likinge” for countertenor, tenor and piano; and “Stranger” for tenor and string quartet.

Brooklyn Rider joins Phan on the new recording, together with countertenor Reginald Mobley, pianist Lisa Kaplan, violinist Colin Jacobsen, conductor Eric Jacobsen and orchestral collective The Knights.

La Wally 

Unitel releases a DVD of Alfredo Catalani’s masterwork. The production from the Theater an der Wien stars Jacques Imbrailo, Alastair Miles, Ilona Revolskaya, and Leonardo Capalbo. Czech director Barbora Horáková Joly directed the production with Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada leading the Wiener Symphoniker and the Arnold Schoenberg Chor.

Don Giovanni

C Major rereleases Salzburg Festival’s production of Mozart’s masterwork with Herbert von Karajan conducting. The production from 1987’s festival stars Samuel Ramey in the title role, Ferruccio Furlanetto as Leporello, Anna Tomowa-Sintow as Donna Anna, Julia Varady as Donna Elvira, Kathleen Battle as Zerlina, Gösta Winbergh as Don Ottavio, Alexander Malta as Masetto, and Paata Burchaladze as the Commendatore. Michael Hampe was the production’s director.

La Scala di Seta 

Naxos releases a recording from Rossini in Wildbad festival from a 2021 performance. The performance starred Claudia Urru, Meagan Sill, Michele Angelini, Emmanuel Franco, Eugenio Di Lieto, and Remy Burnens. José Miguel Pérez-Sierra leads the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pan’s Anniversary 

Albion Records celebrates the 150th birthday of Ralph Vaughan Williams with Pan’s Anniversary, bringing together the composer’s setting of Ben Jonson’s masque of that name and four other world-premiere recordings. The recording’s varied forces include speakers Timothy West and Samuel West, sopranos Mary Bevan and Sophie Bevan, contralto Jess Dandy, baritone Johnny Herford, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, and the Britten Sinfonia, all under the guidance of music director William Vann.

La Zingarella: Through Romany Songland

Isabel Bayrakdarian releases her new album with gypsy-inspired songs and arias, from Liszt’s “Die drei Zigeuner” and Brahms’s and Dvořák’s Gypsy Songs to operetta arias by Maurice Yvain, Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán, and Victor Herbert, with music by Sebastián Iradier, Joaquín Valverde, and Henry F. B. Gilbert along the way, and everything but the “Habanera” from Bizet’s “Carmen.”

These Distances Between Us: 21st-Century Songs of Longing 

Four contemporary songsmiths are featured on mezzo-soprano Emily Jaworski Koriath’s new album. Part of Naxos’s invaluable American Classics series, it spotlights cycles by Edie Hill (The Giver of Stars: Six Poems of Amy Lowell), Jonathan Santore (Two Letters of Sulpicia), Craig Brandwein (4 Songs of John Charles McNeill and 3 Rilke Songs), and Jessica Rudman (the album’s titular cycle, These Distances Between Us).

Choral Inspirations: Volume 2

Sonoro has launched Choral Inspirations: Volume 2, a collection of six contemporary works for choir inspired by well-known ‘choral classics’ by Bach, Brahms, Elgar, Franck, Lotti, and Mozart.

Composers Rebecca Dale, Michael Higgins, Cecilia McDowall, Oliver Tarney, Gareth Treseder, and Errollyn Wallen CBE have been commissioned by Sonoro to write new works for choir, each inspired by well-known choral classics.

In a statement Artistic Directors Neil Ferris and Michael Higgins said, “We are so happy to be able to continue the ‘Choral Inspirations’ project and build on the outstanding success of the first set of new pieces in 2019. As well as introducing six new works into the choral repertoire, our aim is to encourage amateur choirs to have the confidence to sing more ambitious and contemporary music, and we are looking forward to introducing our wonderful new pieces to our partner choirs around the country. The composers of our new commissions have all been so skillful at writing at a suitable level for amateur choirs, without being simplistic.”


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