Saioa Hernández, Anja Kampe, Pumeza Matshikiza Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

Welcome back for this week’s look at the latest CD and DVD releases in the opera world.

This week there will be two choices of Ring Cycles and a debut album by one of the greatest opera singers in the world.

Carlos Simon: Songs of Separation

The National Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda releases “Songs of Separation,” the penultimate recording of “Carlos Simon: Four Symphonic Works.” Commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra in connection with Simon’s appointment as Composer-in-Residence of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. J’Nai Bridges is featured in the recording.

“Il Verismo d’Oro”

Saioa Hernández releases her solo debut album with San Francisco Classical Recording Company and EuroArts. The album features works by Mascagni, Cilea, Alfano, Giordano, Puccini, Zadonai, and Catalani.

The album includes Mercedes Arcuri and Francesco Pio Galasso as well as Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid and Orquesta Titular del Teatro Real under the direction of Carlo Montanaro.

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre

Unitel Classica will release Staatsoper Unter den Linden’s 2022 production which stars Anja Kampe, Michael Volle, Robert Watson, Vida Miknevičiūtė, Claudia Mahnke, and Mika Kares. The Staatskapelle Berlin is conducted by Christian Thielemann and directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov.

Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Naxos releases the final part of the Ring Cycle with Nina Stemme, Clay Hilley, and Albert Pesendorfer. Sir Donald Runnicles conducts the production by Stefan Herheim.

Claude Debussy: Le Martyre de Saint-Sébastien

Heidi Grant Murphy, Dagmar Pecková, Nathalie Stutzmann, and Dörte Lyssewski star in the recording of Debussy’s work with the Collegium Vocale Gent and SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg. Sylvain Cambreling conducts the recording released by SWR.

Tippett: A Child of Our Time

Chandos releases Tippett’s oratorio with Pumeza Matshikiza, Dame Sarah Connolly, Joshua Stewart, and Ashley Riches. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra.

Anton Bruckner: Mass in E minor & Motets

BR Klassik releases “Bruckner’s World” – An introduction to the works with Markus Vanhoefer narrating. The album also includes the Mass and Motets with the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Münchner Rundfunkorchester and conductor Peter Dijkstra.

Russian Choral Concertos: An Introduction

The Yekaterinburg Philharmonic Choir and Andrei Petrenko present an album of Russian works.


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