Isaí Jess Muñoz

Visca L'Amor

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Bridge
UPC: 0090404954825
Catnr: BRIDG 9548
Release date: 07 May 2021
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€ 19.95
Catalogue number
BRIDG 9548
Release date
07 May 2021

About the album

Visca L’Amor: Catalan Art Songs of the 20th and 21st Centuries, features tenor Isaí Jess Muñoz and pianist Oksana Glouchko. The album focuses on the fascinating music and poetry of Catalunya—an area of northeastern Spain and southeastern France, whose language was long censored by the Franco dictatorship. This new recording represents one of the few explorations of the rich Catalan tradition, including six song cycles by Frederic Mompou, Eduard Toldrá, Joan Comellas, Ricard LaMotte de Grignon, Narcís Bonet, and a world premiere of a new work by Elisenda Fábregas. Tenor Isaí Jess Muñoz has collaborated with some of the world’s leading ensembles, including the Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), and the New York City Opera.
Visca L'Amor: Katalanische Kunstlieder des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts, mit dem Tenor Isaí Jess Muñoz und der Pianistin Oksana Glouchko. Das Album konzentriert sich auf die faszinierende Musik und Poesie Kataloniens - einer Region im Nordosten Spaniens und Südosten Frankreichs, deren Sprache lange Zeit von der Franco-Diktatur zensiert wurde. Diese neue Aufnahme stellt eine der wenigen Erkundungen der reichen katalanischen Tradition dar, darunter sechs Liederzyklen von Frederic Mompou, Eduard Toldrá, Joan Comellas, Ricard LaMotte de Grignon, Narcís Bonet und eine Weltpremiere eines neuen Werks von Elisenda Fábregas. Der Tenor Isaí Jess Muñoz hat mit einigen der führenden Ensembles der Welt zusammengearbeitet, darunter das Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, das Verbier Festival (Schweiz) und die New York City Opera.


With a radiant voice, intense theatricality, and a profound understanding of art song and operatic literature, tenor Isaí Jess Muñoz has collaborated with some of the world’s leading ensembles.Highlights have included performing with the Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival (Lincoln Center), Voices of Ascension (New York), Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Bard Music Festival, New York City Opera, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre on Broadway.

A champion of contemporary and underrepresented works, Mr. Muñoz has recorded the 2009 Grammy-nominated album Song of the Stars with The Voices of Ascension, as well as world premiere releases of Pasatieri’s The Seagull (Albany), J.D. McClatchy and Francis Thorne’s Mario and the Magician (Albany), Hafez Nazeri’s Rumi Symphony Project Untold (Sony Classical), and David Lang’s Prisoner of the State (Decca Gold). His latest album, titled Visca L'Amor, features 24 Catalan art songs by native composers, and will be released in February 2021 on Bridge Records. Mr. Muñoz has performed frequently with New York’s Center for Contemporary Opera; premieres included James Dashow’s electronic opera Archimides and McClatchy and Thorne’s Mario and the Magician. Reviewing Opera Omnia’s production of Cavalli’s Giasone, the New York Post declared him to be the “Funniest of the comic crew in the decidedly non PC role of the stuttering hunchback Demo.”

Mr. Muñoz is the recipient of numerous awards, including from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Career Grant for contributions to the dissemination of Iberian and Latin American art song. For his ongoing creative activities in interdisciplinary performances, he has been recognized by the National Opera Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, American Prize, Delaware Division of the Arts, and others. He is the chair and senior editor of the Sacred in Opera Initiative, which explores the interplay between music-drama and the ideologies of world religions through research and performance.

A graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Stony Brook University, Dr. Muñoz serves as professor of voice and opera at the University of Delaware. He is married to pianist Oksana Glouchko of Tel Aviv and they divide their time between Delaware and New York City. They consider their greatest accomplishments to be their three children, Giovanni, Marco, and Salomé.


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