Dame Felicity Lott

Soprano

Dame Felicity Lott

The English soprano Dame Felicity Lott, universally known as "Flott" was born in Cheltenham on May 8th 1947.

Dame Felicity's special love belongs to the song repertoire. She enchants with songs of Strauss, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms as well as with the masters of french Mélodies. As might be expected, she is also very fond of English songs, particularly those of Benjamin Britten.

Felicity Lott was awarded the title Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government. She was made a CBE in the 1990 New Year Honours and in 1996 was created a Dame Commander of the British Empire.

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Purcell: Hail! Bright Cecilia & Music for Queen Mary

Purcell: Hail! Bright Cecilia & Music for Queen Mary


Purcell:

Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1692), Z328

Jennifer Smith (soprano), Ashley Stafford, Brian Gordon (countertenors), Paul Elliott (tenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), David Thomas (bass)

Come ye sons of art (Ode for Queen Mary's birthday, 1694), Z 323

Felicity Lott (soprano), Charles Brett, John Williams (countertenors), Thomas Allen (baritone)

Equale Brass Ensemble

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695

Felicity Lott (soprano), Charles Brett, John Williams (countertenors), Thomas Allen (baritone)

Equale Brass Ensemble


Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner

The pioneering conductor John Eliot Gardiner, one of the leading lights of the Baroque revival, brings together superlative soloists and the excellent Monteverdi Choir in one of the very first historically-informed Purcell recordings ever released. These two albums received a multitude of prizes when first released, and are also in Erato bestsellers range (more than 400K copies sold to date of Music for the funeral of Queen Mary; 200K of Hail! Bright Cecilia).

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Hymns to Saint Cecilia

Hymns to Saint Cecilia


Bennett, R R:

Verses

on Saint Cecilia’s Day

Bliss:

Sing, mortals!

Britten:

Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27

Dyson:

Live For Ever, Glorious Lord

Elgar:

There is sweet music, Op. 53 No. 1

Gardner, John:

A Song for St Cecilia’s Day, Op. 119

Howells:

A Hymn for St Cecilia

Jackson, Gabriel:

La musique

with Dame Felicity Lott (soprano)

MacMillan:

Cecilia Virgo

Rose, B:

Feast Song for St Cecilia

Vaughan Williams:

Silence and Music


Royal Holloway Choir, Rupert Gough

A new choral compendium from the highly regarded Choir of Royal Holloway, comprising twentieth- and twenty-first century works inspired by the adulation of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

In many ways it was Britten’s Hymn to Saint Cecilia—first performed on the radio in 1942—that rekindled musicians’ interest in celebrating their patron saint. The Musicians Benevolent Fund revived the tradition of an annual service of celebration for St Cecilia in 1947, and has marked the occasion with a new commission almost every year. Many of the pieces on this recording are the result of those commissions. Also included is a new work by Gabriel Jackson, one of the most popular choral composers of today, featuring Dame Felicity Lott.

“If the handful of soprano solos spread across the disc are anything to go by, Gough has an exceptional group of singers here. They are impressively responsive” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“Warm, confident interpretations from the Royal Holloway singers.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 ****

Hyperion - CDA68047

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Felicity Lott sings Mozart

Felicity Lott sings Mozart


Mozart:

Exsultate, jubilate, K165

Voi avete un cor fedele, K217

Vado, ma dove? oh Dei!, K583

Chi sà, chi sà qual sia, K582

Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gönner!, concert aria K383

Bella mia fiamma, addio... Resta, oh cara, K528

Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (from Zaïde)

Lungi da te, mio bene (from Mitridate, Rè di Ponto, KV87)


One of the most peerless Mozartians of our time, Felicity Lott has been one of the foremost sopranos to essay the composer’s major roles in the opera house. Complementing these is her magnificent disc of concert arias as well as Mozart’s beloved motet Exsultate, jubilate, and arias from two of the composer’s lesser-known operas. The recording was made in 1989 shortly after her mesmerizing performance of some of this material at the London ‘Proms’. Jane Glover and the London Mozart Players provide stylish and sympathetic support. A multi-award winning album, it is now available readily on Eloquence.

“Lott is bright and lyrical (Exsultate), and tender ('Lungi da te'). She can be a bit colourless, but Glover's orchestra gives brilliantly nuanced support.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 ****

“Exsultate, jubilate, fine as recorded sound, crisp in the playing, deliciously clear and clean in the singing, sets off with all the promise of a bright spring morning. The middle movement, "Tu virginum corona", is exceptionally beautiful in adding to its accustomed serenity a more rarely heard sense of compassion, bringing out the references to the grief that calls for consolation. Then with the "Allelujah" the sun is out again, the rhythms dance, the voice shines and rejoices in those difficult semiquavers and the final high C. … A lovely performance of "Ruhe sanft" … the marvellous Mitridate [is] crowned by a quiet high D almost as miraculous as the greater wonder of its composition by the 13-year-old boy.” Gramophone Magazine

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Schumann Favourite Songs

Schumann Favourite Songs


Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42

Aus den östlichen Rosen, Op. 25 No. 25

Mignon (Kennst du das Land?) Op. 98a No. 1 (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Die Soldatenbraut Op. 64 No. 1

Meine Rose, Op. 90 No. 2

Der Nussbaum, Op. 25 No. 3

Requiem für Mignon, Op. 98b

Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1


“full unblemished tone, faultless legato...thoughtful phrasing - many pleasures to offer” Gramophone Magazine

“Felicity Lott is a connoisseur's artist, far greater than many more illustrious and publicised rivals...here with great poise and completely unaffected artistry...treasurable” Penguin Guide

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The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 10

The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 10


Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Schön Hedwig Op. 106

Vom Heideknaben Op. 122 Nos. 1 & 2

Drei Gedichte, Op. 29

Die Nonne, Op. 49 No. 3

Was soll ich sagen? Op. 27 No. 3

Frühlingsgruss Op. 79/4

Drei Duette Op. 43

Mein Garten Op. 77 No. 2

Sommerruh WoO7

Mädchenlieder Op. 103

Bei Schenkung eines Flügels


Kate Royal (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano) with Felicity Lott (soprano), Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano) & Christoph Bantzer (reciter)

Kate Royal is the soprano of the moment, at the start of her career yet an acknowledged great artist, and her performance here of the Eichendorff Liederkreis Op 39 is one where ‘imagination, intellect and vocal technique are inextricably fused in the single moment of a song’, as The Times wrote of her Wigmore Hall recital in January this year.

“The prime attraction for many here… Kate Royal in the popular Eichendorff Liederkreis… Royal's pure, pellucid tone, free-soaring top notes… and refined musicianship give constant pleasure.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2008

“In this cycle of dusk and shadows there are two or three songs that always seem to elude a bright, lyric soprano; and for all her beauty of voice and care for phrasing, Royal doesn't quite catch the fear and eeriness of 'Zwielicht' (which here sounds merely melancholy) or the sudden sense of isolation and dread at the end of 'Im Walde'. Other singers, too, have made 'Waldesgespräch' more scary, though Royal does touchingly suggest a human sadness in the spooky woodland drama.
But these are minor quibbles. Abetted by Johnson's ever-sentient keyboard-playing, Royal reveals a true understanding of Schumann's Innigkeit, whether in the suppressed passion of the opening 'In der Fremde' (the notorious phrase beginning 'Und über mir rauscht' taken effortlessly in a single breath) and 'Die Stille' (where she avoids the trap of ingénue coyness), the exquisite poise of 'Die Mondnacht' or the tremulous excitement and sense of imminent revelation in 'Schöne Fremde'. In the final 'Frühlingsnacht', often rushed off its feet, she and Johnson catch the elusive mix of secretiveness and ecstasy to perfection.
The remainder of the disc is given over to curiosities and rarities. Despite the eloquent declamation of actor Christoph Bantzer, it's hard to work up much enthusiasm for three 'melodramas' which too easily suggest silentmovie music. But there are innocent, Biedermeier delights in assorted duets, sung with bright-eyed eagerness by Felicity Lott and Ann Murray, and in three settings of Emanuel Geibel, beginning with a duet in Schumann's most cosy-comfy vein and ending with a mildly exotic ensemble evoking the gypsy life.
Among a clutch of young singers making cameo appearances, the virginal-toned Lydia Teuscher is true and touching in 'Die Nonne' and in the virtually unknown 'Frühlingsgrüsse', whose shy, halting lyricism is so typical of late Schumann.
Collectors of this revelatory series will need no reminder that Johnson writes about the music as discerningly and eloquently as he plays.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2008

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Britten - Purcell Realizations

Britten - Purcell Realizations


Britten:

The knotting song

from Orpheus Britannicus

Seven songs

from Orpheus Britannicus

Six songs

from Orpheus Britannicus

O solitude

from Orpheus Britannicus

Five songs

from Orpheus Britannicus

Celemene

from Orpheus Britannicus

Six duets

from Orpheus Britannicus

The Queen's Epicediumcus

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

Saul and the witch at Endor

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

Three divine hymns

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

Job's curse

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

Two divine hymns and Alleluia

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

Dulcibella

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

When Myra sings

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

Let the dreadful engines of eternal will

from Harmonia Sacraumcus


2 discs for the price of one

“Two irresistible discs—typically painstakingly produced and documented—and would deserve four stars if only they were there to give” The Times

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Women’s lives and loves

Women’s lives and loves

A Liederspiel devised by Graham Johnson


Felicity Lott (soprano), Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano) & Graham Johnson (piano)

Taking as its cue the Frauenliebe und -Leben cycles by Robert Schumann and Carl Loewe, this captivating duet recital follows the poet Chamisso’s story of a single woman’s life and love, expanding it to encompass the life stories of two women as they share and compare their experiences. As part of this broadening of the story we also hear songs and duets on the themes of love, marriage, motherhood and bereavement by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Wolf. Hyperion’s much-loved soprano Felicity Lott is here joined by the young, sought-after mezzo Angelika Kirchschlager who won a Grammy award in 2004 for her recording with René Jacobs of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.

“Felicity Lott and Angelika Kirchschlager, their friendship forged after many shared productions of Der Rosenkavalier, have delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with this Liederspiel. …the performances give unalloyed pleasure. Lott's still-radiant soprano, combines beautifully with the vibrant, musky mezzo of Kirchschlager (definitely the more highly strung of the two crinolined heroines), while Johnson's sentient playing is a delight.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2006

Hyperion Song Recitals - CDA67563

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Offenbach: La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein

Offenbach: La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein


Dame Felicity Lott (La Grande Duchesse), Sandrine Piau (Wanda), Yann Beuron (Fritz), Franck Leguérinel (Le Baron Puck), Eric Huchet (Le Prince Paul), François Le Roux (Le Général Boum), Boris Grappe (Le Baron Grog), Alain Gabriel (Népomuc), Maryline Fallot (Iza), Blandine Staskiewicz (Olga), Jennifer Tani (Charlotte), Aurélia Legay (Amélie) & Christophe Grapperon (Le Notaire)

Chœur et Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski

Languages: Subtitles in French, Italian, German, English

“Offenbach's 1867 opéra bouffe is here brought back to life in an all-singing, all-dancing staging that bursts with energy from start to finish. Laurent Pelly's production, recorded here at the Châtelet in Paris in December 2004, matches his own costumes in visual verve and an at times macabre wit... The role of the ageing autocrat with a taste for military men seems perfect for Felicity Lott at this stage of her career.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2006 *****

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Fauré - The Complete Songs - 4

Fauré - The Complete Songs - 4

Dans un parfum de roses


Fauré:

Le papillon et la fleur, Op. 1 No. 1

Rêve d'amour, Op. 5 No. 2

Dans les ruines d'une abbaye Op. 2 No. 1

L'aurore

La rançon, Op. 8 No. 2

Aubade, Op. 6 No. 1

Ici-bas ! Op. 8 No. 3

Aurore, Op. 39 No. 1

Le pays des rêves Op. 39 No. 3

Les roses d'Ispahan Op. 39 No. 4

Nocturne, Op. 43 No. 2

La rose Op. 51 No. 4

Soir Op. 83 No. 2

Le parfum impérissable Op. 76 No. 1

Arpège, Op. 76 No. 2 (Samain)

Mélisande's song from Op. 80

Le plus doux chemin Op. 87 No. 1

Vocalise-étude

La chanson d'Ève, Op. 95


Jennifer Smith, Felicity Lott, Geraldine McGreevy (soprano), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (tenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)

“…the final volume and jewel in the crown of Hyperion's completely Fauré songs. …all the singers involved in this glorious project, while not always in their first radiance and purity of voice, never lose their sense of poetic engagement and commitment. Graham Johnson, whether writing or playing, is magically attuned to every nuance of Fauré's universe; and Hyperion's sound and presentation are impeccable.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2005

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2005

Hyperion French Song Edition - CDA67336

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Fauré - The Complete Songs - 3

Fauré - The Complete Songs - 3

Chanson d’amour


Fauré:

Puisque j'ai mis ma lèvre

Tristesse d'Olympio

Hymne Op. 7 No. 2

Sylvie, Op. 6 No. 3

Poème d'un jour Op. 21

Nell, Op. 18 No. 1

Notre amour Op. 23 No. 2

Le secret Op. 23 No. 3

Chanson d'amour, Op. 27 No. 1

Fleur jetée, Op. 39 No. 2

Les présents Op. 46 No. 1

Shylock Op. 57

Sérénade: Le bourgeois gentilhomme

La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61

Le ramier Op. 87 No. 2

Le don silencieux Op. 92


Felicity Lott, Jennifer Smith (soprano), John Mark Ainsley, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (tenor), Christopher Maltman, Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Ronan O’Hora, Graham Johnson (piano)

Hyperion French Song Edition - CDA67335

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