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The Art of Nance Grant
Komm, Hoffnung, lass den letzten Stern (from Fidelio)
Si, vuol di Francia il Rege...Ah! Quando all'ara scorgemi...Ah! Dal ciel discenda un raggio (from Maria Stuarda)
Ich liebe Dich, Op. 5 No. 3
Med en vandlije, Op. 25 No. 4
Two Brown Eyes from “Melodies Of The Heart, Op. 5, No. 4
Peer Gynt: Solveig's Song
Seks Sange, Op. 48 No. 6 'Ein Traum'
Music I Heard With You
At the Well
Do Not Go, My Love
Hear ye, Israel
Estinto è Idomeneo?...Tutte nel cor vi sento (from Idomeneo)
Chi mai del mio provo - Idol mio se ritroso (from Idomeneo)
Ich Schwebe, Op. 48 No. 2
Meinem Kinde, Op. 37 No. 3
Die Nacht, Op. 10 No. 3
Die Georgine Op. 10 No. 4
Glückes genug Op. 37 No. 1
Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten, Op. 19 No. 4
Schön sind, doch kalt die Himmelssterne, Op. 19, No. 3
Waldseligkeit, Op. 49 No. 1
Wiegenlied, Op. 41 No. 1
Ein schones war (from Ariadne auf Naxos)
Es gibt ein Reich (from Ariadne auf Naxos)
Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)
Der Männer Sippe (from Die Walküre)
Du bist der Lenz (from Die Walküre)
Acclaimed and cherished as one of Australia’s finest operatic artists, Nance Grant had a voice possessed with beauty and power, an ease of technique, a perfection of phrasing and taste that cemented her place in the hearts of Australian music lovers. This long overdue tribute presents one of the great sopranos from down under - in recordings previously thought lost.
Nance Grant chose to stay close to her family in Australia rather than pursue an international career, even though Sir Edward Downes insisted he could ‘fill her books’ with performances in Britain and Europe. So this double album offers those who never had the opportunity to hear her, the gift of discovering a voice of magnitude and generosity, and for those who grew up hearing her on stage, the chance to reacquaint themselves with her artistry.
The original tapes from radio broadcasts of the 1960s and ’70s have been carefully restored to give more than a hint of the majesty of Nance Grant in a characteristic range of repertoire. The recordings represent significant landmarks in the development of opera in Australia: the emerging Victorian State Opera’s enormously successful Idomeneo, re di Creta, and Maria Stuarda under the direction of Richard Divall; Australian Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Fidelio and Tannhäuser with Sir Edward Downes; and one of the first of the Australian Opera/ABC collaborations presenting concert performances of Wagner operas, with Grant as Sieglinde in Die Walküre conducted by Leif Segerstam.
The programme also pays homage to Nance’s considerable concert career, including a complete song recital - Greig, Richard Hageman and Richard Strauss - with pianist Geoffrey Parsons, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and an excerpt from Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
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Elina Garanca - Bel Canto
Arias from operas by Bellini, Donizetti & Rossini
Elina Garanca follows her exceptional DG debut splash, Aria Cantilena, with bel canto solos and ensembles featuring guest luminaries like Ildebrando d’Arcangelo. Flawless coloratura and a “one-in-a-million” mezzo (The Independent) make this exciting young artist ideal for this repertoire.
Balancing familiar numbers and ensembles with little known treasures by Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini, Elina rides bel canto’s vocal acrobatics and spun out melodies through an emotional spectrum to unforgettable effect.
“How Rossini would have fallen for the Latvian Elina Garanca! Her voice, with its creamy mezzo middle and purposeful drop into the chest register suggests a perfect Rosina; part passionate young woman but mostly knowing minx. …no recent artist, including the magnificent Marilyn Horne, has recorded a more affecting rendition of Tancredi's recitative and cavatina, 'O patria... Di tanti paliti': every word articulated, every musical phrase properly shaped and a seemingly effortless legato. This is a deeply satisfying CD from a great artist in the making.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2009 *****
“A refreshingly unhackneyed selection of bel canto arises from a star mezzo. The gentle songs from Adelson e Salvini and Dom Sébastien make a nice contrast with the fireworks of "Di tanti palpiti" from Tancredi. Roberto Abbado and the Bologna orchestra provide the always sympathetic accompaniment... What of that long bel canto line? It is never allowed to overwhelm the dramatic situation of each scene but Garanca seems to find no difficulty in any of this music.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2009
“Unjustly denied first prize at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2001, the glamorous Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca has gone on to prove the judges wrong by carving a front-ranking international career. This well-programmed recital of less familiar material from operas by Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini shows off her superb technique, with its fluent coloratura and beautiful upper register. The melancholy Romanza from Bellini's early Adelson e Salvini and the lilting "Di tanti palpiti" from Rossini's Tancredi both show her at her impressive best.” The Telegraph, 12th February 2009
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