Purcell: When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas) (Dido's Lament)

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Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson: A Tribute

Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson: A Tribute


Bach, J S:

Bist du bei mir, BWV508

Handel:

Qui d'amor (from Ariodante)

Scherza, infida (from Ariodante)

Dopo notte (from Ariodante)

Theodora: Angels, ever bright and fair

Theodora, HWV 68: With Darkness deep

Theodora, HWV 68: Oh! that I on wings could rise

To thee, thou glorious son of worth (from Theodora)

with Drew Minter (counter-tenor)

Messiah: Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion

Messiah: But who may abide

Messiah: He was despised

Messiah: I know that my Redeemer liveth

Clori, degli occhi miei, HWV 91a

Susanna, HWV 66: Bending to the throne of glory

Crystal streams in murmurs flowing: Susanna

Susanna, HWV 66: Guilt trembling spoke my doom

Susanna: If guiltless blood be your intent

Qual nave smarrita (from Radamisto)

Come to me, soothing sleep (from Ottone)

Svegliatevi nel core (from Giulio Cesare)

Qual Leon (from Arianna)

Purcell:

Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth (from Dido & Aeneas)

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


As a tribute to the artistry of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, this retrospective gathers together many of the finest recordings of arias and duets made during her acclaimed association with harmonia mundi. The booklet notes include tributes from her husband, Peter Lieberson, Nicholas McGegan and her obituary from Le Monde.

Lorraine Hunt - who became Lorraine Hunt Lieberson after her marriage to the American composer Peter Lieberson in 1999 - was born on March 1st 1954, in San Francisco. Her father was a music teacher and a conductor, her mother a contralto and a voice teacher. She played viola professionally until she was 26, when she found that her voice could be a better and richer way to express her musicality and secure her professional future. Lorraine would have a professional singing career of only 2 decades (1984-2006), interrupted twice by illness. She died from cancer on July 3, 2006, aged 52.

For harmonia mundi, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson recorded operas, oratorios and Handel arias, conducted notably by Nicholas McGegan. For Erato, she added the rôles of Rameau’s Phèdre and Charpentier’s Medea, under William Christie. Since her death, other taped live performances have been added to her discography, including two Wigmore Hall Live recitals and Peter Lieberson’s Rilke and Neruda Songs.

In 2009 harmonia mundi issued a recital given at the Ravinia Festival in August 2004 with pianist Peter Serkin. More recently, new label Philharmonia Baroque has issued Lorraine’s live performances of Les Nuits d’Eté and Handel Arias.

A formidable musician, a natural-born actress, she was at her best in roles of sacrificed victims, which didn’t prevent her from displaying a dark sense of humour. After having sung during the same evening Stravinsky’s Jocasta and Britten’s Phaedra, she once said: ‘Two suicides in one night! That’s right up my alley’.

“For those who loved Lorraine and her singing, and for those who have not yet heard her, my gratitude to harmonia mundi.” PETER LIEBERSON (b.1946, d.2011)

“Handel's popular "Angels, ever bright and fair" from Theodora and "Scherza infida" from Ariodante remind us of her musical intelligence and vitality...The final tracks on each disc, Dido's Lament and "Bist du bei mir" from the Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach, are almost unbearably moving in their characteristic simplicity and intensity. She is much missed.” The Observer, 24th July 2011

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Danielle de Niese: The Beauty of Baroque

Danielle de Niese: The Beauty of Baroque


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV202 'Weichet Nur, betrübte Schatten' (Wedding Cantata)

Sheep May Safely Graze, from Cantata BWV208

Dowland:

Come again, sweet love doth now invite

What if I never speed?

Handel:

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Acis and Galatea: Heart, the seat of soft delight

Arr. Mozart. Performed in English

Io t'abbraccio (from Rodelinda)

with Andreas Scholl (countertenor)

The Triumph of Time and Truth: Guardian angels

Monteverdi:

Pur ti miro (I gaze upon you) from L'Incoronazione di Poppea

with Andreas Scholl (countertenor)

Quel sguardo sdegnosetto

Pergolesi:

Stabat mater: Opening duet

with Andreas Scholl (countertenor)

Purcell:

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


Since her early success in Glyndebourne’s now famous production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Danielle de Niese has become most closely associated with the music of the Baroque. The New York Times commented: “A voice seductive enough to woo gods as well as mortals”.

With her third solo album, Danielle de Niese embodies the Beauty of the Baroque with an album of arias from the English, German, and Italian traditions, accompanied by the leading European Baroque orchestra, The English Concert, under Harry Bicket. Many popular arias feature, including Handel’s, ‘Ombra mai fu’, and highlights from JS Bach’s Cantatas are contrasted with much loved solo songs by Purcell and Dowland.

Decca’s star countertenor Andreas Scholl joins Danielle de Niese for duets including the ravishing duet “Pur ti miro” from Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea.

“It's an intriguing and enjoyable programme...The English Concert provides suitable support throughout, from solo theorbo on Dowland's "What if I never speed?" to the trio of harpsichord, theorbo and viola da gamba with her delightful duet with counter-tenor Andreas Scholl” The Independent, 10th June 2011 ****

“This is a charming recital that shows this popular soprano at her best...she has plenty of vivacity and fresh-toned sweetness. Guardian Angels, from Handel’s “The Triumph of Time and Truth”, is a highlight: a little-known but beautiful aria, sung here with poise and allure.” The Telegraph, 7th July 2011 ****

“she keeps things light on this disc, and for the greater part only shows off her many splendid advantages. Indeed, her flirtatious performance of the famous lute-song Come again can rank as one of the most captivating on disc. The duets with Scholl are a delight too. De Niese's sheer joy in singing leaps off the CD and her emotional immediacy is hard to resist.” Classic FM Magazine, August 2011 ****

“In Dowland's Come again, sweet love doth now invite and What if I never speed?, she sounds like a sexier Emma Kirkby...The English Concert under its Music Director Harry Bicket provides the stylish orchestral and instrumental backing...You really hear the personality behind the voice - the 'Beauty of the Baroque' is, without question, a real artist.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

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The Sublime Voice of Lynda Barrett

The Sublime Voice of Lynda Barrett


Adam:

O Holy Night

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Handel:

Semele: Where'er you walk

Messiah: Come Unto Him All Ye That Labour

Messiah: How beautiful are the feet

Head, M:

The Little Road to Bethlehem

Sweet chance

Lloyd Webber, A:

Requiem: Pie Jesu

Løvland:

You Raise Me Up

Mozart:

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

arr. Neil Jenkins

S’altro che lagrime (from La clemenza di Tito)

Purcell:

Music for a while, Z583

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Rubbra:

A Hymn to the Virgin, Op. 13 No. 2

Rutter:

The Lord bless you and keep you

Stopford:

Irish Blessing

Stabat Mater

Sullivan, A:

The Sun Whose Rays (from The Mikado)

trad.:

O Waly, Waly ('The Water is Wide')

arr. Mark Haye

Vivaldi:

Nulla in mundo pax sincera, motet for soprano, strings & continuo, RV 630


Lynda Barrett (soprano)

"The most wonderful natural soprano voice you will ever hear." Do not miss it.

Lynda has been singing since she was a young girl and today she has won many prizes and awards in Northern Ireland. She studied music at Queen's University, Belfast where she studied with the late great Irene Sandford. Much in demand as a soloist, Lynda also has been involved with Castleward Opera where she has sung a number of leading roles. She has also featured as guest soprano with the Ulster Orchestra in their series of Christmas Concerts as well as on television in different programmes for the BBC.

I first came across Lynda Barrett when she was singing as part of a choir that I was recording in St.Anne's Cathedral, Belfast. Suddenly in the solo section of an anthem a solo voice shone through that was something rather special and that nearly made me fall off my seat in amazement! It was a wonderful mixture of purity, clarity and beauty that was far removed from the average solo soprano. Not only was this a voice of rare quality but Lynda sang from the heart and not from the head. Here was a God given gift from a very modest lady, which i felt should be heard by a far wider audience. A CD was therefore born...

Lynda has recorded a programme of music that is delightful on the earand one that I feel best conveys the qualities of this superb voice captured for posterity.

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Andreas Scholl: Purcell - O Solitude

Andreas Scholl: Purcell - O Solitude


Purcell:

If music be the food of love, Z379

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

with Christophe Dumaux (countertenor)

Strike the Viol (from Come Ye Sons of Art, Z323)

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Chacony, Z628

What power art thou? (from King Arthur, Z628)

Chacony in G minor - for Two Violins, Viola and Bass Z730

One charming night (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Sweeter than Roses (from Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z585)

[Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country. (1695), Z585 original version]

An Evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light', Z193

Pavan for Three Violins and Bass in G minor - Z752

O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406

O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z504

with Christophe Dumaux (countertenor)

Music for a while, Z583

Here the deities approve, Z339

original version

The Gordion Knot Untied - incidental music, Z597

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


Andreas Scholl (countertenor)

Accademia Bizantina, Stefano Montanari

The greatest countertenor of today, Andreas Scholl returns to the Decca label with a recording of vocal jewels by the great baroque composer, Henry Purcell. This is Andreas Scholl's first ever recording of the music of Purcell and his uniquely beautiful voice is perfectly suited to the English composer's plangent melodies. The album includes pieces written for the stage, the church and the private chamber, some of which Andreas Scholl has sung in recital for many years, and some he sings for the first time.

Andreas Scholl's long-standing collaborators, ‘Accademia Bizantina’ bring out the Italian influence in Purcell's instrumental writing, and contribute orchestral items to the programme. 'O Solitude' is Andreas Scholl's first Decca album since the chart-topping ‘Handel: Arias For Senesino' in 2006.

The album includes the well known lament 'When I Am Laid In Earth' - recently voted the UK's No.1 favourite aria in a BBC Radio 3 poll - written for the character of Dido in Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas.

Andreas Scholl is joined for two duets by French countertenor Christophe Dumaux.

“Ethereal yet visceral, Scholl's voice is the dream vehicle for Purcell...Stefano Montanari coaxes thrilling playing from Accademia Bizantina, who dance and swagger, throb and pulsate with true Latin passion. Their continuo realisations - here delicate and intimate, there audaciously jazzy - are an unceasing delight.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2011 *****

“that famously otherworldly tone [is] often breathtakingly in evidence...His decision to tackle Dido's lament has generated controversy: in fact, his performance is extraordinarily haunting...O Dive Custos is arguably the disc's high point. The Academia Bizantina, meanwhile, are on fine form for Stefano Montanari” The Guardian, 13th January 2011 ****

“Scholl understands the importance of words and remains the countertenor of choice: it’s not so much the intelligence and grace that make his artistry so instantly recognisable, as the hypnotically soothing quality of his voice...Among the many joys of this exceptional recital are the accompaniments by Accademia Bizantina.” Financial Times, 21st January 2011 *****

“Few counter-tenors maintain the width of repertoire or vocal acumen of this artist...his Cold Song from “King Arthur” [is] a shivering, juddering triumph, and the entire package pleases.” The Times, 22nd January 2011 ****

“his way with words has strengthened...the two countertenors combine marvellously in O dive custos” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

“There's no doubt about the theatrical intent driving Scholl's interpretations and the flamboyant work of Italian period instrument band, Accademia Bizantina. The latter's lively continuo group and multi-hued sounds certainly catch the full flavour...few singers...can match him for style and intelligent musicianship in this repertoire.” Classic FM Magazine, March 2011 ****

“[The disc] contains much in the way of sympathetic vocal and instrumental colouring, not to mention some very fine singing and playing, full-stop...Stefano Montanari's stylish violin-playing [in Fairest Isle], as elsewhere, is a treat in itself...Scholl [brings] an animated, urgent quality to his performance, the tone rich and resonant, the diction razor-sharp.” International Record Review, April 2011

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2012

Vocal Award Winner

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Concert: Oboe, oboe d’amore, cor anglais and harpsichord

Concert: Oboe, oboe d’amore, cor anglais and harpsichord


Hervelois:

Sonata for cor anglais

Hotteterre:

Sonata for oboe

Mozart:

Oboe Sonata (after the Oboe Quartet, K370)

Purcell:

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Rameau:

Les soupirs

L'Entretien des muses

Ravel:

Pavane pour une infante défunte

D'Anne jouant de l'espinette

Habanera

Pastourelle

Sweelinck:

Pièce pour clavecin

Telemann:

Oboe Sonata in G minor


Phillipe Pélissier (oboe, oboe d’amore, cor anglais) & Harumi Konoshita (harpsichord)

This CD celebrates fifteen years of these two artists playing as a duo. Phillippe Pélisier has pursued a double career as both a musician and a producer for Radio France. Harumi Konoshita studied the piano in Japan and Paris. She performs as a soloist and with many instrumental ensembles. The duo performs works by Mozart, Sweelinck, Telemann, Rameau, Hotteterre, Ravel and Purcell.

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Lamente: Furore e Dolore

Lamente: Furore e Dolore


Gluck:

Che puro ciel (Orfeo ed Euridice)

Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

Handel:

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

L'angue offeso (from Giulio Cesare)

Benchè tuoni e l’etra avvampi (from Aci, Galatea e Polifemo)

Hercules: Where shall I fly?

Monteverdi:

Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

Lamento di Penelope: Di misera Regina

Purcell:

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Vivaldi:

Vedro con mio diletto (from Giustino)

Sento in seno (from Il Giustino)


Mareike Morr (mezzo-soprano)

Hannoversche Hofkapelle

As part of the Movimentos series, the wonderful mezzo-soprano Mareike Morr brings all the apprehensive and furious heroines back to life on her debut Genuin CD. Together with the frothing and murmuring tones of the Hannoversche Hofkapelle, she performs arias by Handel and Vivaldi, bewails Euridice as Gluck’s Orpheus and to heart-rending effect breathes her last as Purcell’s Dido.

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Purcell - Viol Fantasias

Purcell - Viol Fantasias


Purcell:

Fantazia 1 in D minor, Z. 732

Fantazia 2 in F major, Z, 733

Fantazia 3 in G minor, Z. 734

Fantazia 4 in G minor, Z. 735

Fantazia 5 in B flat major, Z. 736

Fantazia 6 in F major, Z. 737

Fantazia 7 in C minor, Z. 738

Fantazia 8 in D minor, Z. 739

Fantazia 9 in A minor, Z. 740

Fantazia 10 in E minor, Z. 741

Fantazia 11 in G major, Z. 742

Fantazia 12 in D minor, Z. 743

Fantazia 13 in A minor, Z. 744

Fantasia Upon One Note in F major, Z745

Six-Part In Nomine in G minor, Z746

Seven-Part In Nomine, Z. 747, "Dorian"

Dance for the Green Men Monkey’s Dance (from The Fairy Queen, Z628)

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


André Mangeot described these works as being “of astonishing beauty”. Here they are performed by an ensemble which has received much critical acclaim on the “Hart House Viols”, a collection of instruments at the University of Toronto.

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Serenade - Famous Classical Works

Serenade - Famous Classical Works


Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Corelli:

Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 8 in G minor 'fatto per la notte di Natale'

Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Handel:

Largo from Xerxes (instrumental arrangement)

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)

Mozart:

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Pachelbel:

Canon

Purcell:

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


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The Organs of Southwell Minster and Chester Cathedral

The Organs of Southwell Minster and Chester Cathedral


Alcock, W G:

Introduction & Passacaglia

Harris, W:

A Fancy

Hovland:

Toccata 'Now Thank We All Our God'

Ireland:

Elegy in D flat

Jackson, F:

Impromptu, Op. 5

Purcell:

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Roger-Ducasse:

Pastorale in F

Swayne:

Riff-Raff for organ, Op. 34

Vierne, L:

Pièces de fantaisie, 3rd suite, Op. 54: No. 6, Carillon de Westminster


Philip Rushforth (organ)

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Edin Karamazov - The Lute is a Song

Edin Karamazov - The Lute is a Song


 

So maki sum se rodila

Old Macedonian song

Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Brouwer, L:

Paisaje cubano con rumba

Domeniconi:

Koyunbaba, Op. 19

Handel:

Saul: O Lord, whose mercies numberless

Purcell:

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Sting:

Alone with my thoughts this evening

Zamboni:

Suonata


Edin Karamazov (lutes and electric guitar) with Renee Fleming, Kaliopi, Andreas Scholl & Sting

‘What I want to do with my lute is to sing’ Edin Karamazov

On his extraordinary debut album, the modern master of the lute explores all the colours of this most evocative and versatile of instruments - in music from the Renaissance to the modern day. The many voices of his lutes and guitars are joined by four of today’s most remarkable singers - Renée Fleming, Kaliopi, Andreas Scholl & Sting - in new interpretations of songs from the pop, folk and classical traditions.

“…a release that's as unusual and distinctive as Edin Karamazov's own playing. What other lutenist would open his disc with Leo Brouwer's Paisaje cubano con rumba, originally for four guitars but here played on a single, multi-tracked electric guitar, and follow it by accompanying Sting on archlute as the latter sings his own 'Alone with my thoughts this evening"?” Gramophone Magazine, June 2009

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