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

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Pure Diva

Pure Diva

Tribute to Joan Hammond


Bishop, H R:

Home, Sweet Home

Timothy Young (piano)

Coates, E:

The Green Hills o' Somerset

Timothy Young (piano)

Dvorak:

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Korngold:

Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)

Offenbach:

Elle a fui, la tourterelle (from Les Contes d' Hoffmann)

Purcell:

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

Settle:

Shadows

Timothy Young (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Puskay pogibnu ya 'Tatiana's Letter Scene' (from Eugene Onegin)

trad.:

The Last Rose of Summer

Timothy Young (piano)

Verdi:

Mia madre aveva...Piangea cantando...Ave Maria (from Otello)

Tu che la vanità (from Don Carlo)


Cheryl Barker (soprano)

Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Guillaume Tourniaire

The ravishing Australian soprano Cheryl Barker has an important career in many major opera houses – English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and The Royal Opera Covent Garden among them – and concert halls. She is widely celebrated for her riveting performances. Pure Diva: is her very personal tribute to her teacher, the great Dame Joan Hammond, a disc, Barker says, “that feels as if it’s been a long time coming”.

The orchestral scenes are high drama from the first note to the last reverberation. Cheryl’s glorious lyric soprano rides the wave of Guillaume Tourniaire’s orchestral texture in grand operatic scenes, arias and songs made famous by Hammond. They include Tatyana’s Letter Scene, Dido's Lament, Desdemona’s Willow Song, and other arias by Verdi, Dvořák, Korngold, and Offenbach. Cheryl’s visceral portrayals of these operatic heroines convey the full emotional depth of these multi-dimensional characters in extremis.

The tributes with piano accompaniment (by Timothy Young) provide a contrast to the preceding drama, encore pieces beloved of Joan Hammond, the biggest selling recording artist during the war. Her recording of The Green Hills o’ Somerset became a best seller and Cheryl includes it as a homage here. The delightful rarity Shadows is a song written for Hammond by the Australian composer Ronald Settle.

Illuminating CD notes are by the late and great vocal commentator John Steane who was an insightful witness to Dame Joan Hammond (1912-96) and all the great singers of her era and those that followed.

Cheryl Barker’s relationship with Melba Recordings stretches back almost to the label’s beginning: Puccini=Passions (MR301085) was her acclaimed 2003 collection of arias with Richard Bonynge conducting Orchestra Victoria.

“The excitement and sense of urgency of young Tatyana are well caught ad projected, with the fullness of Barker's voice brought into play...Despite the occasional unsteadiness and a certain lack of tonal freshness at time, I find much to like in the singing, and the Queensland orchestra and the pianist work well with the soloist.” International Record Review, January 2012

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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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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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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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Stokowski conducts Vaughan Williams, Purcell and Dvorak

Stokowski conducts Vaughan Williams, Purcell and Dvorak


Dvorak:

Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

Purcell:

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

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis


Leopold Stokowski was born plain Leo Stokes in the East End of London in 1882, and became one of the 20th century’s greatest conductors. He had a huge personality and an eye for the ladies – it was said that his accent moved further east (Russia) the further west (US) he travelled, and it always ensured that he was surrounded by glamorous female admirers: his second wife (of three) was the heiress and designer Gloria Vanderbilt.

He was an outstanding musician, studying at the Royal College of Music, Paris Conservatoire, Munich Conservatory, and was a superb organist, with positions in London and New York. In London in 1905 he was sponsored by Sir Henry Wood, and soon had his own orchestra, the new Cincinnati Symphony. After three years he had the top job at the Philadelphia Orchestra. His musical interests were wide – from movies (he acted in two films), where he brilliantly selected and adapted Bach, Dukas, Beethoven and Stravinsky to Walt Disney’s cartoon masterpiece Fantasia, to working with composers such as Berg, Rachmaninov, Schoenberg, Sibelius, Vaughan Williams and Ives. Charles Ives’s notoriously complex Fourth Symphony received its premiere in 1965 under the baton of an 83-year-old Stokowski.

This recording captures the magic of the Stokowski sound, his meticulous attention to detail, and his skill as an arranger. The Tallis Fantasia was a work he championed from 1926, and his support for the composer continued up to RVW’s death in 1958 with the American premiere of the Ninth Symphony. The Dvorák Serenade on this CD was Stokowski’s first recording (at the age of 93) of the work.

‘Stokowski’s concern for tonal balance brings some radiantly beautiful effects… the RPO strings play most beautifully with rich, ripe tone…As to the sound, this is one of the most resplendent Stokowski records we have had from his last Indian Summer in the studio’ Edward Greenfield, Gramophone

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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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Kirsten Flagstad: The Voice of the Century

Kirsten Flagstad: The Voice of the Century


Brahms:

Muss es eine Trennung (No. 12 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)

Meine Liebe ist grün, Op. 63 No. 5

Charles, E:

When I have sung my songs

Grieg:

Våren, Op. 33 No. 2

(two performances)

Seks Sange, Op. 48 No. 6 'Ein Traum'

Haugtussa, Op. 67 No. 7 'Vond Dag'

Lie, S:

Sne

Purcell:

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

Strauss, R:

Allerseelen, Op. 10 No. 8

Frühling (from Vier Letzte Lieder)

Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2

Orest! Es rührt sich niemand (from Elektra)

trad.:

Päskemorgen slukker sorgen

Wagner:

Wagst du zu Höhnen (from Tristan und Isolde)

Hojotoho, hojotoho, heiaha, heiaha! (from Die Walküre)

Wie lachend sie mir Lieder singen (from Tristan und Isolde)

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)


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Tudor & Stuart Spirit

Tudor & Stuart Spirit

Music for Dancing and Dreaming


anon.:

Bonny Sweet Robin

Matthew Spring (lute)

Bull, J:

The Duke of Brunswick's Alman

Martin Souter (organ)

Dr. Bull's Juel

Martin Souter (organ)

Byrd:

All in a Garden Green

Martin Souter (harpsichord)

Clarke, Jeremiah:

Trumpet Voluntary 'Prince of Denmark's March'

The Brandenburg Consort, Roy Goodman

Dowland:

Pavana Lachrymae (set by William Byrd)

Martin Souter (harpsichord)

Grandi:

Domine ne in furore tuo

Concertare, Jonathan Wainwright

Lanier:

The Marigold (Mark How the Blushful Morn)

Sara Stowe (soprano), Matthew Spring (lute)

Lawes, W:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may

Sara Stowe (soprano), Matthew Spring (lute)

Locke:

Curtain Tune from The Tempest

Morley:

It was a lover and his lass

Sara Stowe (soprano), Matthew Spring (lute)

Mundy, J:

Robin

Martin Souter (organ)

Newman, m:

Pavyon

Martin Souter (clavichord)

Playford:

Under The Greenwood Tree

Michelene Wandor

Purcell:

Round'O, ZT 684, from Abdelazer

Martin Souter (harpsichord)

Thou knowest, Lord

The King's Consort, Robert King

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

Rovetta:

Quam pulchra es

Concertare, Jonathan Wainwright

Tomkins:

A sad Pavan for these distracted times

Martin Souter (virginals)

trad.:

Greensleeves

Sharon Lindo (recorder)


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