Welcome back for this week’s look at the latest CD and DVD releases in the opera world.
This week audiences will get to experience a gay-themed albumm as well as the critical edition of one verismo’s beloved operas.
Infinite Refrain – Music of Love’s Refuge
Signum Classics releases Randall Scotting’s latest album. This duet album is a musical journey that draws back the curtain that has obscured gay love stories for centuries. The album includes vivid and charming duets from Monteverdi’s 7th book of madrigals as well as musical love letters. Additionally, there are four modern-day premieres of works by the little-known composers Boretti, Melani, and Castrovillari; including a moving duet for the lovers Hercules and Theseus.
Penitence & Lamentation
Scribe Records releases Penitence & Lamentation, the Byrd Ensemble’s new album marking 400 years since the death of its namesake, William Byrd, and coinciding with Byrd Ensemble’s 20th anniversary season.
The Byrd Ensemble’s new project focuses on the unifying theme of guilt and grief, forming a collection of songs by Byrd and his contemporaries; Thomas Tallis’s 40-part motet, “Spem in alium;” and the world premiere recording of Nico Muhly’s “Fallings” (2023), based on Byrd’s motet, Ne irascaris Domine.
Kodály & Bartók Choral-Orchestral Works
The Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra and conductor Lawrence Foster present choral-orchestral works by Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály. They join forces with soloists Luiza Fatyol, Roxana Constantinescu, Marius Vlad, Ioan Hotea and Bogdan Baciu as well as the Junior VIP children’s choir.
Naxos of America releases Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria rusticana” in the original version intended by the composer. Initiated and performed by Thomas Hengelbrock and his Balthasar Neumann Choir and Orchestra, the new recording features soloists Carolina López Moreno, Giorgio Berrugi, Elisabetta Fiorillo, Domen Križaj, and Eva Zaïcik.