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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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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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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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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