21 July 2022
By Ellie Palmer
The new release features the live recording of 'A Concert for Ukraine', which took place at the Met on 14 March of this year
The Metropolitan Opera, Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon have collaborated to release 'A Concert for Ukraine'.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Met Opera Orchestra and Chorus, with a multitude of soloists featured throughout the performance.
The album opens with the National Anthem of Ukraine, featuring Ukrainian bass-baritone and Met Lindemann Young Artist Vladyslav Buialskyi. Stirring performances of Valentin Silvestrov’s 'Prayer for Ukraine', Barber’s Adagio for Strings Op 11, and 'Va, pensiero' from Verdi’s Nabucco are also included, as well as a moving interpretation of Strauss’s Four Last Songs by the incomparable soprano Lise Davidsen.
The final selection, the Finale from Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 in D minor Op 125 featuring the stellar quartet of soprano Elza van den Heever, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, tenor Piotr Beczała, and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, offers a rousing conclusion.
Dominic Fyfe, Label Director of Decca Classics, comments, “This is a time for solidarity with those suffering. We are pleased to join with our friends at the Met and our colleagues at Deutsche Grammophon to bring this Concert for Ukraine to a global audience. All the soloists performed without charge, and proceeds from the album will be donated to charities supporting relief efforts in Ukraine. Music can make a difference.”
Main image: ©The Met Opera