The Sopranos | Naive V5351

The Sopranos

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Label: Naive

Cat No: V5351

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th July 2013

Contents

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV180 'Schmucke dich, o liebe seele'
» Lebens Sonne, Licht der Sinnen

Faure, Gabriel

Songs (3), op.7
» no.1 Apres un reve

Handel, George Frideric

Giulio Cesare, HWV17
» Piangero la sorte mia
» Se pieta
Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV76
» VIII The soft complaining flute
Rinaldo, HWV7
» Lascia ch'io pianga (Let me weep)

Martini, Giovanni Battista

Plaisir d'amour

Monteverdi, Claudio

Lamento della Ninfa
» Amor, dicea

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K620
» Ach, ich fuhl's, es ist verschwunden (Act 2)
Don Giovanni, K527
» Mi tradi
Exsultate, jubilate, K165
» I Exsultate, jubilate

Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista

Stabat Mater
» no.2 Cujus animam gementem

Purcell, Henry

Come ye Sons of Art, Z323
» Bid the virtues

Rossini, Gioacchino

La Donna del Lago
» Tanti affetti in tal momento (Act 2)

Vivaldi, Antonio

In furore iustissimae irae, RV626
» In furore iustissimae irae
Orlando furioso (1714), RV819
» Amero costante sempre
Ottone in villa, RV729
» Gelosia, tu gia rendi l'alma mia (Act 1)

Artists

Sandrine Piau (soprano)
Patricia Petibon (soprano)
Julia Lezhneva (soprano)
Lucy Crowe (soprano)
Veronique Gens (soprano)
Felicity Lott (soprano)
Karina Gauvin (soprano)
Veronica Cangemi (soprano)
Barbara Schlick (soprano)
Maria Bayo (soprano)
Gemma Bertagnolli (soprano)
Rosana Bertini (soprano)
Gaelle Arquez (soprano)
Susan Manoff (piano)
Isabelle Moretti (harp)
Sinfonia Varsovia
Freiburger Barockorchester
Accademia Bizantina
Ensemble Amarillis
Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble
Una Stella Ensemble
Il Giardino Armonico
Il Complesso Barocco
Les Talens Lyriques
Concerto Italiano
Ensemble baroque de Limoges
Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia
La Grande Ecurie & La Chambre du Roy
Modo Antiquo

Conductors

Gottfried von der Goltz
Ottavio Dantone
Marc Minkowski
Giovanni Antonini
Alan Curtis
Christophe Rousset
Rinaldo Alessandrini
Christophe Coin
Victor Pablo Perez
Jean-Claude Malgoire
Federico Maria Sardelli

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV180 'Schmucke dich, o liebe seele'
» Lebens Sonne, Licht der Sinnen

Faure, Gabriel

Songs (3), op.7
» no.1 Apres un reve

Handel, George Frideric

Giulio Cesare, HWV17
» Piangero la sorte mia
» Se pieta
Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV76
» VIII The soft complaining flute
Rinaldo, HWV7
» Lascia ch'io pianga (Let me weep)

Martini, Giovanni Battista

Plaisir d'amour

Monteverdi, Claudio

Lamento della Ninfa
» Amor, dicea

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K620
» Ach, ich fuhl's, es ist verschwunden (Act 2)
Don Giovanni, K527
» Mi tradi
Exsultate, jubilate, K165
» I Exsultate, jubilate

Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista

Stabat Mater
» no.2 Cujus animam gementem

Purcell, Henry

Come ye Sons of Art, Z323
» Bid the virtues

Rossini, Gioacchino

La Donna del Lago
» Tanti affetti in tal momento (Act 2)

Vivaldi, Antonio

In furore iustissimae irae, RV626
» In furore iustissimae irae
Orlando furioso (1714), RV819
» Amero costante sempre
Ottone in villa, RV729
» Gelosia, tu gia rendi l'alma mia (Act 1)

Artists

Sandrine Piau (soprano)
Patricia Petibon (soprano)
Julia Lezhneva (soprano)
Lucy Crowe (soprano)
Veronique Gens (soprano)
Felicity Lott (soprano)
Karina Gauvin (soprano)
Veronica Cangemi (soprano)
Barbara Schlick (soprano)
Maria Bayo (soprano)
Gemma Bertagnolli (soprano)
Rosana Bertini (soprano)
Gaelle Arquez (soprano)
Susan Manoff (piano)
Isabelle Moretti (harp)
Sinfonia Varsovia
Freiburger Barockorchester
Accademia Bizantina
Ensemble Amarillis
Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble
Una Stella Ensemble
Il Giardino Armonico
Il Complesso Barocco
Les Talens Lyriques
Concerto Italiano
Ensemble baroque de Limoges
Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia
La Grande Ecurie & La Chambre du Roy
Modo Antiquo

Conductors

Gottfried von der Goltz
Ottavio Dantone
Marc Minkowski
Giovanni Antonini
Alan Curtis
Christophe Rousset
Rinaldo Alessandrini
Christophe Coin
Victor Pablo Perez
Jean-Claude Malgoire
Federico Maria Sardelli

About

Much like the American television series of the same name, the sopranos are a large family: although they all play the same role, stylistically speaking they are quite diverse, with the term 'soprano' encompassing a wide variety of voices. Let’s take a closer look!

First come the coloratura sopranos, outstanding for their stratospheric high notes. Patricia Petibon is a great example - her voice is both agile and pure in Henry Purcell’s "Bid the Virtues", in which she and an oboe share a subtle musical conversation. Voices like Julia Lezhneva’s, which effortlessly negotiate wide leaps between the low and high registers, are known as coloratura mezzos. Lezhneva performs two excerpts from Italian opera here: in the first, from Vivaldi’s 'Orlando Ottone', she demonstrates flawless virtuosity and a rich timbre. The second, "Tanti affetti”, from Rossini’s 'La donna del lago', showcases her ease in perilous scales.

The term 'light' soprano refers to a bright voice that is at home in the baroque and classical repertoires. Sandrine Piau, an exceptional Mozart performer, gives a dazzling rendition of “Ach, ich fühl’s” from 'The Magic Flute'. Barbara Schlick, who stands out for her interpretations of Bach’s music and her great respect for the text, sings an excerpt from Bach's Cantata BWV180. Magnificent performances by light sopranos Rosanna Bertini, in Monteverdi’s 'Lamento della ninfa', and Gemma Bertagnolli (in “Cujus animam” from Pergolesi’s 'Stabat Mater') round out the programme.

A 'lyric' soprano generally indicates a voice with a solid and generous medium register. Lyric sopranos are excellently suited to the music of the 19th century as well as to Handel’s music. Here Lucy Crowe offers a highly convincing version of Handel’s “The Soft Complaining Flute” from the 'Ode for St Cecilia’s Day'. Veronica Cangemi’s lusciously dark tone takes the well-loved “Lascia ch’io pianga” to new poetic heights, and Karina Gauvin demonstrates astounding control in “Piangerò” from 'Giulio Cesare'. Maria Bayo displays her abilities as a lyric soprano with an aptitude for coloratura singing in the exquisite 'Exsultate jubilate' by Mozart.

The 'dramatic' soprano is the most intense soprano voice, as Véronique Gens, a habitué of tragic roles, ably shows in an excerpt from Mozart’s 'Don Giovanni', with her powerful performance of “Mi tradi quell’alma ingrata”, illustrating Donna Elvira’s tormented mind.

These vocal categories do not define a singer for the whole of her career, however, and certain sopranos change registers with the passing years. Gäelle Arquez’s rare recording of “Amerò” from Vivaldi’s 'Orlando' demonstrates her talents as both a soprano and as a mezzo.

Other voices simply defy classification. Such is the case of the inimitable Felicity Lott, who sings “Plaisir d’amour” with typically immaculate diction.

Contents:
Gioachino Rossini
- La donna del lago, “tanti affetti in tal momento”
Julia Lezhneva
Sinfonia Varsovia, Marc Minkowski

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Die Zauberflöte K620, “Ach, ich fühl’s”
Sandrine Piau
Freiburger Barockorchester, Gottfried von der Goltz

Antonio Vivaldi
- In furore iustissimae irae RV626, “In furore iustissimae irae”
Sandrine Piau
Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone

Henry Purcell
- Come ye Sons of Art Z323, “Bid the virtues”
Patricia Petibon
Ensemble Amarillis

George Frideric Handel
- Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day HWV76, “The soft complaining flute”
Lucy Crowe
Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble, Marc Minkowski

Gabriel Fauré
- “Après un rêve” op.7 no.1
Sandrine Piau
Susan Manoff (piano)

George Frideric Handel
- Rinaldo HWV7, “Lascia ch’io pianga”
Verónica Cangemi
Una Stella Ensemble

Antonio Vivaldi
- Ottone in villa RV729, “Gelosia”
Julia Lezhneva
Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini

George Frideric Handel
- Giulio Cesare in Egitto HWV17, “Piangerò”
Karina Gauvin
Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis

George Frideric Handel
- Giulio Cesare in Egitto HWV17, “Se pietà di me non senti”
Sandrine Piau
Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

Claudio Monteverdi
- Ottavo libro dei madrigali, Lamento della ninfa: “Amor”
Rossana Bertini
Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
- Stabat Mater: “Cujus animam gementem”
Gemma Bertagnolli
Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini

Johann Sebastian Bach
- Cantata BWV180 Schmücke dich, o liebe seele, “Lebens sonne, licht der sinnen”
Barbara Schlick
Ensemble baroque de Limoges, Christophe Coin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Exsultate jubilate K165
María Bayo
Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Victor Pablo Pérez

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Don Giovanni K527, “Mi tradi quell’alma ingrata”
Véronique Gens
La Grande Ecurie & La Chambre du Roy, Jean-Claude Malgoire

Antonio Vivaldi
- Orlando furioso RV819 (1714), act I, “Amerò costante sempre”
Gaëlle Arquez
Modo Antiquo, Federico Maria Sardelli

Jean Paul Egide Martini
- Plaisir d’amour
Felicity Lott
Isabelle Moretti (harp)

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