Anja Harteros, Marian Anderson and Veronique Gens direct new CD / DVD releases

This week, two solo recital albums make up the novelties. One comes from one of the greatest living sopranos and the other comes from one of the great Baroque performers of our time.

There will also be a set of recordings of a legendary mezzo-sopranos as well as an electronic opera.

Anja Harteros

Warner Classics releases Anja Harteros’ solo album with romantic songs for voice and orchestra. The album directed by Valery Gergiev and starring the Münchner Philharmoniker includes Berg’s “Seven Early Songs”, Wagner’s “Wesendonck-Lieder” and Mahler’s “Rückert-Lieder”.

Passion

Véronique Gens is releasing a new recital album featuring the French Baroque repertoire. In his new recording, Gens addresses some of the great tragic heroines of Jean-Baptiste Lully and his young contemporaries Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Pascal Collasse and the youngest Henry Desmarets. The Ensemble Les Surprises conducted by Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, and Les Chantres from the Center de Musique Baroque de Versailles accompany the soprano. Alpha releases the album.

Beyond music

Sony Classical is releasing the first version of the entire Marian Anderson recorded legacy for RCA Victor. The set will feature the very first full release of his legendary farewell recital at Constitution Hall in 1964 and all recordings have been meticulously restored and remastered from the original analog masters. The 228-page book contains numerous photos and facsimiles, a new essay by Raymond Arsenault and full discographic notes.

iGirl

Irish label Silverdoor will release “iGirl”, a new electronic opera by composer Roger Doyle. The work was written by Roger Doyle in collaboration with playwright Marina Carr. Doyle composed his second electronic opera “iGirl”, in a two-act series of 24 tableaux and the work is inhabited by mythological and historical figures including, Joan of Arc, Antigone, Jocasta and Odipe, as well as two narrators.

Doyle noted, There is no live orchestra. The singers are handpicked because I wanted trained non-traditional classical singers i.e. singers who sing with little or no vibrato. The score uses new music software creating, at times, an epic virtual orchestra, and at other times is strongly percussive reminiscent of ancient and modern worlds. “IGirl” explores female heartbreak, grief and sacrifice, and explores themes of great relevance to contemporary society, culture and politics. “

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