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

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Heroines of Love and Loss

Heroines of Love and Loss

vocal chamber music from the 17th century


anon.:

Willow song

O Death Rock me Asleep

Bennet:

Venus' birds whose mournful tunes

Caccini, F:

Lasciatemi qui solo

Kapsberger:

Toccata arpeggiata (1604)

Piccinini:

Chiaccona in partite variate

Purcell:

O lead me to some peaceful gloom (from Bonduca or The British Heroine, Z574)

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

Sessa:

Occhi io vissi di voi

Strozzi:

L'Eraclito amoroso, Op. 2 No. 14

Lamento

Lagrime mie

Vivaldi:

Cello Sonata in G minor, RV42

Vizzana:

Componimenti musicali (1623): O Magnum mysterium


Ruby Hughes (soprano), Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann (cello) & Jonas Nordberg (lute / theorbo / archlute)

The women appearing before our ears throughout this programme range from the Virgin Mary and Dido, queen of Carthage, to Shakespeare’s Desdemona and the unfortunate Anne Boleyn, waiting for her execution in the Tower of London in 1536. But the disc also features four other heroines–the Italian composers Claudia Sessa, Francesca Caccini, Lucrezia Vizzana and Barbara Strozzi. All active between 1590 –1675, they will have required great courage to rise above the social conventions of the time, but this surprisingly productive period for female composers also offered an opportunity that would disappear in later centuries: the all-female environment provided by the convent. More than half of the women who published music before 1700 were nuns, including Sessa and Vizzana, who are here represented by brief meditations on the suffering and death of Christ.

Caccini and Strozzi, on the other hand, lived very much in the secular world – Caccini at the Florentine court and Strozzi as a free-lance musician and composer in Venice. Unhindered by the restrictions imposed by the church on sacred music they both adhered to the new stile moderno championed by Claudio Monteverdi. Celebrated for their singing, they composed vocal music which makes ‘the words the mistress of the harmony and not the servant’, to quote Monteverdi’s brother Giulio Cesare. The soprano Ruby Hughes has already made her name for herself in a wide-ranging repertoire, but has a special love for the constellation of lute, cello and voice. With Jonas Nordberg and and Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann– who also contribute instrumental solos –she here revels in the dramatic and expressive potential offered by this trio combination, and by the music by these female composers and their English colleagues Henry Purcell and John Bennet.

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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 le 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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