With BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra and John Andrews (conductor)
From André Ferreira (organ), Ars Lusitana & Maria Bayley
With Ex Corde Vocal Ensemble & Paul Gameson (conductor)
Album of the Week
For over 100 years the only opera by a woman to have been performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Der Wald is a taut, brooding drama where the simplicity of village life comes under threat from the uncontrollable desires unleashed by the darkness of the forest. Richly orchestrated, harmonically daring, and demanding a huge expressive range from the cast, the narrative drives relentlessly forward from wedding to tragedy in a single act, observed pitilessly by the eternal spirits of the forest. John Andrews conducts the BBC Singers, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and an international cast in the first ever recording of this work, using Smyth’s own English version of the libretto.
Also new in September is the second volume of 'Flores de Musica pera o instrumento de tecla & harpa' - the only known work of Portuguese composer Manuel Rodrigues Coelho. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of its original publication, this new release see organist André Ferreira joined by Ars Lusitana and Maria Bayley; and an album of music by composer David Lancaster from Ex Corde Vocal Ensemble and conductor Paul Gameson. These works draw upon the legacies of artists and craftsmen who lived and worked in England’s medieval York, leaving evidence of their beliefs, stories and ideas which have survived into the present, in carved stone and painted glass.