Sabine Devieilhe & Kiera Duffy Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week, four new albums will be released. They feature world premieres, rarely performed works, and some popular song cycles. Here is what you should stream this week.

Stabat Mater: Choral Works by Arvo Pärt

The recording offers a unique cross-section of Pärt’s choral works, revealing the heart, soul, and mind of the master composer. The recording features the Gloriæ Dei Cantores with Richard K, Pugsley conducting. The Stabat Mater was written to express the passion, agony, and love of Mary at the foot of the cross of her son.

Buried Alive

The Orchestra Now (TŌN) has released a new CD on Bridge Records titled “Buried Alive,” recorded at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in November 2019. The Orchestra is led by conductor Leon Botstein and features German baritone Michael Nagy in Othmar Schoeck’s song cycle “Buried Alive.” This release marks only the second recording ever of “Lebendig begraben,” since a 1962 recording with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau almost 60 years ago. The album also includes Honegger’s Rugby and Mitropoulos’ Concerto Grosso.

Michael Hersch’s “I hope we get a chance to visit soon”

New Focus releases a companion piece to his critically acclaimed monodrama, “On the Threshold of Winter.” Scored for two sopranos and ensemble, the work continues Hersch’s exploration of several themes he has engaged with often in recent years, cancer and loss. The new recording features Ah-Young Hong and Kiera Duffy with musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with conductor Tito Muñoz.

Chanson d’amour

Sabine Devieilhe and Alexandre Tharaud team up for a new recording of French art song. The new recording features music by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc. The program is built around Ravel’s Cinq Chansons populaires grecques and Debussy’s Verlaine setting Ariettes oubliées. There are also a number of popular and favorite French songs in the new recording.


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