Sara Blanch, Jennifer Rowley, & Lydia Teuscher Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week audiences will get a chance to see modern productions of great classics and here world premiere recordings of new works by leading modern composers. Here is a look!

David Lang: the writings 

Cappella Amsterdam and its artistic leader Daniel Reuss return to PENTATONE with a world premiere recording of David Lang’s “the writings.” For this cycle, Lang has chosen five texts from the Old Testament tied to Jewish holidays. These writings share a universal appeal, a focus on what it means to be human. Lang’s austere and repetitive score makes a profound emotional impact, fully in line with the poetry of the subjects recited. This album comes with insightful program notes by the composer, as well as an evocative analysis by his esteemed colleague Nico Muhly.

In Our Service

The uplifting anthem “In Our Service” composed by British composer Thomas Hewitt Jones, was commissioned by the Royal School of Church Music, of which HM the Queen is Royal Patron, to commemorate her special celebration in June 2022. Signum Classics label releases the new single.  

Pastorelle en musique

Dorothee Oberlinger presents Telemann’s earliest opera on CD. The highly acclaimed production of the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival stars Lydia Teuscher, Marie Lys, Alois Mühlbacher, Florian Götz, and Virgil Hartinger. The recording also features the Ensemble 1700. Deutsche harmonia mundi / Sony Music releases the film.

Soundtrack of an Imaginary Opera 

Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi releases her album on Ravello Records and she toys with established perceptions of music and philosophy, reconciling artificial language and acoustic explorations with deconstructionist ideas.


BIS Records releases Songs by Ottorino Respighi featuring acclaimed American tenor Timothy Fallon with pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz. The album, which is a co-production with BR-Klassik recorded at the Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich, includes 27 songs spanning three decades of the composer’s career including three complete song cycles as well as a selection of individual songs.

La Bohème

Norwegian director Stefan Herheim’s production of Puccini’s masterpiece gets a release by Naxos. The recording from the Norwegian Opera stars tenor Diego Torre, soprano Marita Sølberg, Jennifer Rowley, Vasily Ladyuk, and Giovanni Battista Parodi. Eivind Gullberg Jensen leads the Orchestra and Chorus of the Norwegian National Opera.

La Fille du Regiment 

The 2021 Donizetti Opera Festival’s production of “La Fille du Regiment” will be released on Dynamic. The production was directed by Luis Ernesto Doñas and stars Sara Blanch, John Osborn, Paolo Bordogna, and Adriana Bignagni Lesca. Michele Spotti led the Orchestra Donizetti Opera and the Chorus of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala. OperaWire said, it was an “Outstanding New Production of Donizetti’s Comedy.”


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