Nina Stemme, Brian Jagde & Anna Prohaska Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week as you continue at home, there are a number of new albums that you can check out. Here are the latest releases we recommend you listen to.

Cavalleria Rusticana 

Marek Janowski and the Dresdner Philharmonie present a new recording of Mascagni’s masterpiece. The new recording brings together an acclaimed group of soloists Melody Moore as Santuzza, Brian Jagde as Turridu and Lester Lynch in the role of Alfio. PENTATONE releases the new recording.

King Arthur

Purcell’s rarely performed opera receives a release on Naxos. The new DVD comes from a January 2017 staging at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in its temporary home, the Schiller Theater. Berlin’s production, which was codirected by Sven-Erik Bechtolf and and Julian Crouch, stars Anett Fritsch, Robin Johannsen, Mark Milhofer, Stephan Rügamer, and Johannes Weisser.

OperaWire noted, this “superb piece of theater. . . . Dryden and Purcell, Bechtolf, Crouch [and] Jacobs . . . lifted us into [a] realm of time and legend that skated skillfully on the timeless.”

The Parting 

Tom Cipullo and David Mason’s chamber opera “The Parting” makes its debut recording. The recording by Naxos is conducted by Alastair Willis with soloists Laura Strickling, Catherine Cook, and Michael Mayes.

“The Parting” was scheduled for its New York premiere by Chelsea Opera at the end of March but due to the coronavirus outbreak was canceled so this is your chance to hear this exciting new work.

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Orfeo releases an acclaimed recording of R. Strauss’ masterpiece with a stellar cast. Recorded in May 2019 from the Wiener Staatsoper, the cast includes Camilla Nylund, Nina Stemme, Evelyn Herlitzius, Stephen Gould, and Wolfgang Koch. Christian Thielemann conducts the recording which was also performed for the Staatsoper’s 150th anniversary.

Paradise Lost 

Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska releases her latest solo album alongside pianist Julius Drake. The new album on Alpha exploresthe subject of “Paradise Lost.” The soprano has grouped the album into six chapters: “Morning in Paradise” with music by Ravel, Bernstein, and Messiaen, “Eve Awakens” with Fauré, Debussy, and Daniel-Lesur, “Arcadia/Pastoral Idyll” with music by Stravinsky and Wolf, “Playing with Fire/Eve and Evil/The Fall of Man” with Brahms, Reimann, Britten, Pfitzner, and Ravel, “Banishment/Exodus/Memories”  with music by Rachmaninoff, Ives, Purcell, Schubert, and Schumann, and “Earthly Life” with music by Eisler, Mahler and Crumb.

PBO & Caroline Shaw

The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra releases a collection of commissioned new works by Caroline Shaw. The new release showcases the orchestra’s rich repertory bridging the music of the 18th century with that of the 21st century. The album is comprised of the “Is a Rose” trilogy and features soloists Anne Sofie Von Otter, Avery Amereau, Dashon Burton, and conductor Nicholas McGegan.



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