Handel: Ombra mai fu (from Serse) (Largo from Xerxes)

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Tempesta: Opera arias by Handel & Vivaldi

Tempesta: Opera arias by Handel & Vivaldi


Handel:

Pensieri, voi mi tormentate! (from Agrippina)

Quando mai (from Radamisto)

Brilla nell' alma un non inteso ancor (from Alessandro)

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Agrippina: Overture

Pergolesi:

Torbido in volto (from Adriano in Siria)

Porpora:

Spesso di nubi cinto (from Carlo il Calvo)

Vivaldi:

Sovente il sole (from Andromeda liberata)

Lo son fra l'onde (from La Candace, RV704)

Griselda: Agitata da due venti

Tra le follie...Siam navi all'onde algenti (from L'Olimpiade)

L'Olimpiade RV725: Overture


Blandine Staskiewicz (mezzo-soprano)

Les Ambassadeurs, Alexis Kossenko

With 'Tempesta', her first recital disc, mezzo-soprano Blandine Staskiewicz has chosen to venture into the emotional storms and calms beloved of Baroque composers – notably Vivaldi and Handel – which provided their operatic arias with that intense charge that captivates listeners still. As befits one raised on the tranquil, yet at times tempestuous, Belle-Île-en-Mer, lying off the Brittany coast, Staskiewicz is able to portray a fabulous array of moods to match her vocal beauty.

If the Neapolitans Nicola Porpora and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi are each represented on this disc by a single burst of concentrated dramatic feeling, it is to the fiery and tempestuous music of Vivaldi and the more psychological and interiorised offerings of Handel that Blandine Staskiewicz directs her attention in these arie di tempesta. Staskiewicz’s control of the depths and heights of the soul are matched by the instrumental accompaniment from Les Ambassadeurs and its director Alexis Kossenko.

Blandine Staskiewicz, who has appeared on previous Glossa albums in Lully, Campra and Handel in the company of Hervé Niquet and Fabio Bonizzoni, herself contributes an intriguing note about the genesis of this programme – complete with an alluring cover design – but it is her wonderfully controlled singing (and expertise in Baroque repertoire) which characterises 'Tempesta' so beguilingly.

“There have been many very fine recent releases of Handel and Vivaldi recitals, but few of them have featured a mezzo, let alone one of this quality … Staskiewicz’s powerful voice is as striking as her picture on the CD cover.” MusicWeb International, 15th April 2015

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Trumpet & Organ

Trumpet & Organ


Albinoni:

Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor

arr. Giazotto

with Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

Violin Sonata in A minor: Adagio

with Hedwig Bilgram (organ)

Bach, J S:

Lute Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV995: Gavotte en Rondeau

with Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

Cantata BWV68 'Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt'

with Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

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

with Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV1010: Bouree

with Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

with Alfred Mitterhofer (organ)

Chorale Prelude BWV645 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'

with Hedwig Bilgram (organ)

Charpentier, M-A:

Te Deum, H146: Fanfare

with Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

Gounod:

Ave Maria

with Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

Handel:

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

with Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

Gloria in Excelsis Deo

with Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

Krebs, J L:

In allen meinen Taten

with Hedwig Bilgram (organ)

Jesu, meine Freude

with Hedwig Bilgram (organ)

Mozart:

Exsultate, jubilate, K165 - Alleluia

with Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

Purcell:

Queen's Dolour in A minor, Z670

with Alfred Mitterhofer (organ)

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

with Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

Senaillé:

Allegro spiritoso

with Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

Stanley, J:

Trumpet Tune

with Jane Parker-Smith (organ)


Maurice André (trumpet)

For a half-century he had the reputation of the trumpet soloist: Maurice André, who died in 2012. The best examples of his radiant tone are the recordings he made with different organists – a brilliant stroll through the golden world of Baroque music.

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The Art of Renée Fleming

The Art of Renée Fleming


Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Bernstein:

Somewhere (from West Side Story)

with Placido Domingo (tenor)

Catalani:

Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (from La Wally)

Cilea:

Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Dvorak:

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

Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Gounod:

Ah! Je veux vivre dans ce rêve (from Roméo et Juliette)

Ave Maria

Handel:

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Korngold:

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

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly)

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

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Bonus tracks:

15. Wheels of a Dream [with Bryn Terfel]

16. Amazing Grace

17. Rodgers - Carousel / You’ll Never Walk Alone

18. Hallelujah – [new cut]


Renée Fleming (soprano)

The Art of Renée Fleming brings together 18 defining tracks spanning Renée’s finest Decca recordings, including favorite arias by Puccini, Handel and Gershwin and duets with Bryn Terfel and Plácido Domingo. Four special bonus tracks reflect Renée’s prominence beyond classical repertoire with two Broadway classics, Amazing Grace - which she memorably sang at the site of the World Trade Centre and a brand new version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

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Fritz Wunderlich: Arias

Fritz Wunderlich: Arias


Flotow:

Ach, so fromm (from Martha)

Handel:

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Messiah: Comfort ye my people and Ev'ry valley shall be exalted

Messiah: He that dwelleth in heaven … Thou shalt break them

Haydn:

Gefesselt steht der breite See (from Die Jahreszeiten)

Mozart:

Dalla sua pace (from Don Giovanni)

Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (from Die Zauberflöte)

Konstanze, Konstanze...O wie ängstlich (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Puccini:

Addio, fiorito asil (from Madama Butterfly)

Viene la sera (from Madama Butterfly)

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Strauss, J, II:

Ach, wie so herrlich zu schau'n (from Die Fledermaus)

Thomas, Ambroise:

Adieu, Mignon! Courage! (Mignon)

Verdi:

Ingemisco (from Requiem)

Wagner:

Mit Gewitter und Sturm (from Der Fliegende Hollander)

Zeller:

Der Obersteiger: Sei nicht bös’ from Der Vogelhändler


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Cecilia Bartoli: Sospiri (Prestige Edition)

Cecilia Bartoli: Sospiri (Prestige Edition)


Bach, J S:

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Kyrie eleison

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Myung-Whun Chung

Bellini:

Ah, non credea mirarti (from La Sonnambula)

with Juan Diego Flórez

Orchestra La Scintilla, Alessandro de Marchi

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Caldara:

Quel buon pastor son io

Duruflé:

Requiem, Op. 9: Pie Jesu

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Myung-Whun Chung

Fauré:

Requiem: Pie Jesu

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia & Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia, Myung-Whun Chung

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

with Cinzia Maurizio, Luigi Piovano & Daniele Rossi

Giacomelli:

Sposa non mi conosci (from Merope)

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Myung-Whun Chung

Handel:

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Lascia la spina (from Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno)

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski

Mascagni:

Tutto tace

with Luciano Pavarotti

London Voices & Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Riccardo Chailly

Mendelssohn:

Infelice - concert aria for soprano and orchestra, Op. 94

Mozart:

Voi che sapete (from Le nozze di Figaro - Vienna version)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

with Bryn Terfel

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Myung-Whun Chung

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia & Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Myung-Whun Chung

Persiani:

Cari Giorni

Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer

Rossini:

Una voce poco fa (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

International Chamber Soloists & Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer

Stabat Mater: Fac ut portem Christi mortem

Wiener Philharmoniker, Myung-Whun Chung

Vinci, Leonardo:

Cervo in bosco (from Il Medo)

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini

Vivaldi:

Gelido in ogni vena (from Il Farnace, RV711)

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini


Cecilia Bartoli is loved the world over for vocal fireworks and spectacular coloratura, but she is also adored for her spine-tingling pianissimi and her ability to shape endless, velvety phrases. For the first time, this product will focus on the irresistibly sensual side of Cecilia Bartoli's art. It has been conceived as a popular “mood” or lifestyle compilation — presenting quieter arias showcasing Cecilia's vocal beauty, sensuality and emotion. “Sospiri” is designed to present this most accessible aspect of Cecilia Bartoli's art to the broadest popular-classical market.

“Sospiri” will contain favourite arias by Mozart and Handel, bel canto jewels by Bellini and Rossini and treasures by Vivaldi as well as music which Cecilia Bartoli has “rediscovered” on her recent record-breaking solo albums.

For Cecilia’s existing fans, the Prestige Edition includes a previously unreleased aria and world premiere recording of Vinci’s Cervo in bosco, one of Farinelli’s calling-card arias.

Both formats include a new interpretation of Rosina's aria Una voce poco fa, from Il Barbiere di Siviglia - the dazzling aria of young love, the role in which Cecilia Bartoli first shot to international stardom. She infuses this new interpretation with all her knowledge of the baroque and classical tradition on which Rossini’s music was founded, her experience of period practice and critical reading of the manuscripts, together with a playfulness and variety of colors which she has acquired over the years. On this track recorded during the Maria sessions Cecilia Bartoli is accompanied by a fantastic period practice orchestra, Orchestra La Scintilla.

The Prestige Edition also includes several duets, two popular ones: Mozart’s Là ci darem la mano with Bryn Terfel and Mascagni’s Tutto tace (Cherry duet) with Luciano Pavarotti and features a very original one with Maxim Vengerov: Mendelssohn’s Ah, ritorna, an excerpt from the rarely performed concert aria Infelice!

This beautiful album will be available in two CD formats.

2CD Prestige Edition (NOT limited edition) in luxurious gift packaging; includes a special bonus CD showcasing earlier recordings of Cecilia Bartoli with best-loved sacred classics by Bach, Mozart, Fauré and more. This bonus Sacred Arias CD is a real rarity in the discography of Cecilia Bartoli, and it makes the 2CD Prestige Edition a MUST HAVE item for the gift season

“she attacks the music with punch and personality. The pieces have been well-chosen to demonstrate her extraordinary range...Even if she plays second fiddle to Pavarotti in the Cherry Duet from Mascagni's L'amico Fritz, she distinguishes herself here, too” BBC Music Magazine, January 2011 ****

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Favourite Baroque Arias

Favourite Baroque Arias


Bach, J S:

Sheep May Safely Graze, from Cantata BWV208

Handel:

Ode for St Cecilia's Day: The trumpet's loud clangor

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Semele: Where'er you walk

O ruddier than the Cherry (from Acis and Galatea)

Joshua: Heroes, when with glory burning

Jephtha: Waft her, angels, through the skies

Alexander's Feast: Revenge, revenge, Timotheus cries

Samson: How willing my paternal love

Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Purcell:

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

Vivaldi:

Sol da te, mio dolce amore (from Orlando furioso)

Weldon:

Arise ye subterranean winds


John-Mark Ainsley, Gillian Fisher, Michael George & James Bowman

King’s Consort, Robert King

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The Lonely Shepherd

The Lonely Shepherd


Albinoni:

Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor

Orchestra Harry van Hoof, Harry van Hoof

Bach, J S:

Concerto for Oboe & Violin in C minor, BWV1060: Adagio

José Luis Garcia (violin)

English Chamber Orchestra, James Judd

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

Beethoven:

Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra in F major, Op. 50

Orchestra Harry van Hoof, Harry van Hoof

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Chaplin, C:

The Terry Theme from 'Limelight' ('Eternally')

Handel:

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Diane Bish (organ)

English Chamber Orchestra, James Judd

Last:

The Lonely Shepherd

Legrand:

Summer of 42

Lloyd Webber, A:

Don't Cry For Me Argentina (from Evita)

Loeillet, Jacques:

Concerto in D major for trumpet, strings and continuo

English Chamber Orchestra, James Judd

Puccini:

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Orchestra of the Prague National Theatre, Petr Vronsky

Donna non vidi mai (from Manon Lescaut)

Orchestra of the Prague National Theatre, Petr Vronsky

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

Orchestra Harry van Hoof, Harry van Hoof

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Traümerei

Orchestra Harry van Hoof, Harry van Hoof

Telemann:

Trumpet Concerto in A major

English Chamber Orchestra, James Judd

Verdi:

Addio del passato (from La Traviata)

Orchestra of the Prague National Theatre, Petr Vronsky

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297

Orchestra Harry van Hoof, Harry van Hoof


Gheorghe Zamfir (panpipes)

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Perfect Meditation


Albinoni:

Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor

Andreas Haefliger (organ)

La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, Jean-Claude Malgoire

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV156 'Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe': I. Sinfonia

The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

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

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Goldberg Variations, BWV988: Aria

Ekaterina Dershavina (piano)

Chopin:

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Alexander Brailowsky

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Paul Crossley (piano)

Fauré:

Sicilienne, Op. 78

Steven Isserlis (cello), Pascal Devoyon (piano)

Handel:

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugène Ormandy

Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4 No. 6, HWV 294: Andante allegro

Lucy Wakeford (harp)

London Festival Orchestra, Ross Pople

Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4 No. 6, HWV 294: Andante allegro

Lucy Wakeford (harp)

London Festival Orchestra, Ross Pople

Marcello, A:

Oboe Concerto in D Minor: Adagio

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian': Andante con moto

London Festival Orchestra, Ross Pople

Mozart:

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448 - Andante

Andreas Groethuysen, Yaara Tal (pianos)

Andante to K297

The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugène Ormandy

Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K333: Andante cantabile

Andreas Haefliger (piano)

Divertimento No. 15 in B flat major, K287: II. Adagio

Europa Symphony, Wolfgang Gröhs

Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201 - Andante

Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti

Serenade No. 4 in D major, K203 - Andante

Pinchas Zukerman (violin)

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman

Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K388: Menuetto in canone

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: Aquarium

Paul Robison (flute)

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Satie:

Gymnopédie No. 1

Daniel Varsano (piano)

Schubert:

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished' - Andante con moto

Putbus Festival Orchestra, Wilhelm Keitel

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Traümerei

Philippe Entremont (piano)

Vivaldi:

Flute Concerto, Op. 10 No. 5 in F major, RV 434: Largo e cantabile

Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute)

Claudio Scimone

Concerto for Guitar and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93: Largo

Julian Bream (guitar)

John Eliot Gardiner


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Elin Manahan-Thomas - Eternal Light

Elin Manahan-Thomas - Eternal Light


Arne:

Where the Bee Sucks

Bach, J S:

Bist du bei mir, BWV508

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben

Dowland:

Flow my teares (Lacrimæ)

Weepe you no more, sad fountaines

Handel:

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Semele: Where'er you walk

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Hildegard:

Vision (O Euchari in Leta Via)

Monteverdi:

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

Pergolesi:

Et Jesum

Purcell:

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

Vivaldi:

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

Dell'aura al sussurrar (from Dorilla in Tempe)


“…what really marks Thomas out is the humanity and intimacy of her very personal interpretations of such familiar pieces as Handel's 'Ombra Maio Fu' (which also features lovely trumpet playing by David Blackadder) and Dowland's 'Flow My Tears'. The final track Monteverdi's 'Pur Ti Miro', is an exemplary duet with countertenor Robin Blaze.” BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2007 ****

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Magda Olivero: Artist & Diva

Magda Olivero: Artist & Diva

Includes a complete performance of Tosca from 1961


Alfano:

Giunge il treno...Dio pietoso (from Risurrezione)

Cilea:

Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Handel:

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Mascagni:

Risveglio

Le Maschere: arias

Puccini:

Tosca

Magda Olivero (Tosca), Alvinio Misciano (Cavaradossi), Giulio Floravanti (Scarpia)

Chorus & Orchestra RAI Torino, Fulvio Vernizzi

Sola, perduta, abbandonata (from Manon Lescaut)

Verdi:

È strano! è strano!...Ah! fors è lui (from La traviata)


Plus an interview with Olivero from 1963

“The production of Tosca dates from 1960. Ah, those naïve times when people believed it was set in Scarpia's Rome (not in Mussolini's, for example). The date is 1800 and the Battle of Marengo is news. And the scenery is for real.
You could nose your way around Sant'Andrea della Valle, and feel quite at home in the Palazzo Farnese.
As for the prima donna, Magda Olivero (born 1910, debut 1932) has thought out every move, every expression, creating the conviction of living the whole role afresh here and now. She also sings with distinction. Try her in phrases like 'le voce delle cose' for delicacy and the great twooctave lunge of 'Io quella lama piantai nel cor' for power. Her Scarpia isn't so very far inferior to Gobbi: suave and brutal by turns, with fine resonance. Cavaradossi is likeable, both vocally and dramatically; Angelotti, for his brief operatic life, is outstanding.
The documentary of 2003 puts 1960 in perspective.
It includes glimpses of Olivero singing in Milan the previous year, marking the 25th anniversary of Callas's death. It's a weirdly ethereal sound, sometimes very flat, but flat in a beautiful way. She sings Panis angelicus, and at a late stage is joined by her tenor pupil Danilo Formaggio. In interviews Olivero tells of the tenors in her career, from Schipa to Domingo, including a long story about appeasing Gigli.
But the best things are three excerpts filmed in 1965: a delicately acted scene from Iris, authentic voice and style for Alfano's Risurrezione, and the great solo from Act 1 of La traviata. The last is astonishing in every way: the 'Ah, fors' è lui' muses privately; the 'Follies' are sudden, impetuous; the 'vortici' brilliant with nervous energy; top Cs that swell and diminish as you thought they did only in text-books; and a top E flat which you hadn't thought would be in her voice at all. And this is a youngster of 55.
It's a pity we don't get a taste of her pre-war recordings: that would have deepened the perspective.
Seeing her at 92 leaves us with admiration and wonder for this extraordinary woman and her unquenchable devotion to her art.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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