Jul 22

レーベル Aniplex Inc.
配信開始日 2014.12.10
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3 – crossing field -English ver.- 96.0kHz/24bit LiSA 04:08

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Jul 22

Lissie – My Wild West (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:42:55 minutes | 466 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | Label: Cooking Vinyl

There are both goodbyes and new beginnings throughout Lissie’s third album, My Wild West, reflecting her recent move from California back to her native Midwest. There is, therefore, a wistfulness, perhaps even a mournfulness, that makes the gentler country-flavoured songs like Together or Apart and Ojai extremely emotive. Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt come to mind on these numbers; some tracks equally boast some U2-esque rock sounds, including the title track and Don’t You Give Up On Me, although this is not where we see the best of the young artist. The nasal twang to her gripping vocals is among several redeeming features on an LP that is an admirable, if not spectacular, addition to the catalogue of an impressively consistent artist to date.

Tracklist:
01 – My Wild West Overture
02 – Hollywood
03 – Wild West
04 – Hero
05 – Sun Keeps Risin’
06 – Don’t You Give Up On Me
07 – Stay
08 – Daughters
09 – Together Or Apart
10 – Shroud
11 – Go For A Walk
12 – Ojai

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Jul 22

Light of Gold – A Cappella SF Christmas, Ragnar Bohlin (2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:03 minutes | 948 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | @ Delos Productions
Recorded: August 29 – September 1, 2014, St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco

Internationally renowned (and GRAMMY-award winning) conductor Ragnar Bohlin founded Cappella SF, a professional chamber choir, in 2014. Since then, this select Bay Area-based ensemble has presented four concerts to tremendous critical acclaim and recorded music for two CDs – including this, their first commercial release. With Cappella SF, maestro Bohlin strives to showcase the choral riches of all musical periods at the highest artistic level. And concertgoers lucky enough to have heard them in concert will confirm that this superb new choir is doing just that.

This marvelous holiday program, with music spanning more than a millennium, has something for everybody. In addition to beloved traditional seasonal standards in striking arrangements, listeners will also take great delight in both original compositions and arrangements from top-tier English and American composers as well as leading choral masters from Bohlin’s native country of Sweden – to include a piece composed for Cappella SF by Fredrik Sixten that’s heard here in its world premiere recording.

Tracklist:
1. Veni, veni, Emmanuel, arr. Ragnar Bohlin (1:51)
2. Michael Praetorius: Psallite unigenito (1:35)
3. Lo, how a Rose, arr. Mårten Jansson (3:43)
4. In dulci jubilo, arr. Bartholomeus Gesius and J.S. Bach (1:28)
5. Silent Night, arr. Hanns Miessner (3:23)
6. Ding, dong! Merrily on high, arr. Sir David Willcocks (1:54)
7. Benjamin Britten: Balulalow (1:27)
8. Britten: This little babe (1:34)
9. The first Nowell, arr. Willcocks (5:05)
10. John Rutter: Candlelight carol (4:15)
11. Audete, gaudete, arr. Ward Swingle (1:28)
12. Fredrik Sixten: There is no rose (5:46)
13. Sixten: The song of the star* (1:35)
14. Folke Bohlin: Look! Shepherds of Bethlehem (3:19)
15. Gustaf Nordqvist: Jul, jul, strålande jul (2:59)
16. David Conte: Patapan (1:33)
17. Conte: O magnum mysterium (3:20)
18. Eric Whitacre: Lux aurumque (4:07)
19. Go tell it on the mountain, arr. Ragnar Bohlin (1:45)
20. Have yourself a merry little Christmas, arr. Barlow Bradford (4:56)

Personnel:
Cappella SF
Ragnar Bohlin, conductor

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Jul 22

Lake Street Dive – Side Pony (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:22 minutes | 849 MB | Genre: Folk, Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Nonesuch

Lake Street Dive’s presents their Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony. The four band members—drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson—worked with Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Secret Sisters) on the record.

“. . .We’ve always been this somewhat uncategorizable, weird, outlying, genre-less band. That’s the statement we wanted to make with this record: be yourself.” – bassist Bridget Kearney

Centered on the warm, highly resonant vocals of Rachael Price, Boston’s Lake Street Dive began their career as an eclectic, adventurous quartet just as likely to play a twangy, Fleetwood Mac song or a Hall & Oates cover as any of their own soulful, jazz- and R&B-influenced originals. However, since their 2010 eponymous debut, Lake Street Dive, which also features guitarist/trumpeter Mike Olson, bassist Bridget Kearney, and drummer Mike Calabrese, have streamlined their approach, whittling their influences down to a handful of touchstones from guitar-soaked Southern rock to buoyant, dance-oriented old-school R&B. On the group’s fourth full-length album and Nonesuch Records debut, 2016’s Side Pony, they’ve honed their sound even further, zeroing in on a vintage-inspired, ’60s soul aesthetic. Named after Kearney’s hairstyle, and serving as an easy metaphor for the group’s unpredictable creative choices, Side Pony was recorded in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb, who has previously worked with the likes of Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Shooter Jennings, and others. Purportedly, Cobb requested the band come to the sessions with song sketches, rather than fully composed pieces. Furthermore, he encouraged them to crate dive for vintage LPs from which to draw inspiration, a process that may have led the band to sample Major Lance’s rare 1978 Motown-side “Love Pains” for their ’70s disco-era soul-sounding track “Can’t Stop.” While there is plenty to admire about how closely Lake Street Dive hew to their vintage-sounding paradigm, they do take some interesting side-steps on their retro journey, jumping into the Beatles-meets-Janis Joplin-sounding “I Don’t Care About You,” and kicking out the jams on the fuzz-toned, psych-soul anthem “Hell Yeah.” Ultimately, hooks abound on Side Pony and cuts like “Godawful Things,” “Call Off Your Dogs,” and “How Good It Feels,” with their shimmery, echo-chamber, AM Radio vibe, stick in your head about as much as many of the classic sides they are attempting to match. ~~AllMusic Review by Matt Collar

Tracklist:
1. Godawful Things 03:47
2. Close to Me 04:18
3. Call Off Your Dogs 03:25
4. Spectacular Failure 02:32
5. I Don’t Care About You 03:38
6. So Long 02:45
7. How Good It Feels 02:14
8. Side Pony 03:02
9. Hell Yeah 03:24
10. Mistakes 04:08
11. Can’t Stop 03:25
12. Saving All My Sinning 03:44

Personnel:
Rachael Price, vocals (1–12), background vocals (3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12), vocoder (3), handclaps (11, 12)
Bridget Kearney, bass (1, 2, 4–9), background vocals (1–12), piano (1), acoustic bass (3), electric bass (3, 10–12), Mellotron (3), screams (3), celeste (8), organ (9), handclaps (11, 12)
Mike “McDuck” Olson, guitars (1–9, 11, 12), background vocals (1, 2, 4–12), Moog (1), organ (1), Mellotron (2, 3, 5–9, 11, 12), trumpet (3, 4), screams (3), organ guitar (4), celeste (8), Rhodes (10–12), handclaps (11, 12)
Michael Calabrese, drums (1–12), background vocals (1, 2, 4–12), tambourine (1–6, 8, 9, 11, 12), handclaps (1, 3, 11, 12), congas (3, 8, 9, 11, 12), shakers (3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12), vocal percussion (3), screams (3), organ (5), marching kit (11), triangle (11)
Dave Cobb, handclaps (1, 3, 11), vocoder knobs (3), acoustic guitar (6), volume knob (9)
Emily Lichter, handclaps (11)

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Jul 22

Lexi Walker – Merry Christmas (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 24:50 minutes | 282 MB | Genre: Pop, Holiday, Christmas
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | @ Portrait Records/Sony Music

Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait Records signs singing sensation Lexi Walker, the dynamic 13-year-old whose performance of “Let It Go” from Frozen has received over 72 million YouTube views.
Lexi’s holiday-themed debut album Merry Christmas, available November 20, features traditional and new holiday songs from both sides of the Atlantic, including “O Holy Night,” “Christmastime Is Here,” “Pat A Pan,” “When a Child is Born,” plus “We Need a Little Christmas” from Broadway’s Mame. It also includes her rendition of the hit “Let It Go” and more.

At just 13 years old, the eighth-grade redhead has not only starred in a viral video of “Let It Go,” she has performed on America’s Got Talent with the One Voice Children’s Choir and sung with The Piano Guys, Kristin Chenoweth, Lindsey Stirling, and David Archuleta. She recently opened for Idina Menzel at a benefit concert in Utah. Lexi’s rendition of the national anthem at a Real Salt Lake soccer game also reached millions of viewers, and she’ll be belting out “The Star-Spangled Banner” again at the San Francisco 49ers-Arizona Cardinals NFL game on November 29.

Lexi has been singing ever since she can remember. Her grandmother recalls Lexi at two years old, sitting in a gift shop singing along with a stuffed bear that played the Beatles tune “I Will,” over and over until a crowd started to gather. A veteran voice teacher, her grandmother realized right then that she had another talented young singer to nurture.

Since then, Lexi’s explosive young career has included performances on Good Morning America, The Queen Latifah Show, CBS New York’s The Couch, and numerous TV news programs. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Disney Christmas Day Parade, and Christmas for the Troops at the Kennedy Center. Based in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, she has toured Japan and the East Coast, and looks forward to bringing her music to new audiences both close to home and around the world – all while continuing to study her favorite subjects (math, science, and art) and eating plenty of sushi and Thai food along the way.

Tracklist:
1 When a Child is Born 03:03
2 Christmastime is Here 03:11
3 It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year 03:29
4 O Holy Night 00:04:55
5 Pat A Pan 03:33
6 We Need a Little Christmas 03:37
7 Let It Go (Bonus Track) 03:02

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Jul 22

Leclair, Spohr, Wieniawski – Duets for Two Violins – Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:38 minutes | 942 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital booklet | © Parlophone Records/Warner Classics
Recorded: Temple Church, London, 25 & 26 October 1976

The violin duet repertoire remains somewhat marginal, which explains the rarity of recitals such as this one, in which two star violinists appear opposite one another. Most works in the genre were written by virtuosos such as Leclair, Viotti, Spohr, Wieniawski and Ysaÿe, but composers of the calibre of Telemann, Michael Haydn, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Honegger and Bartók also took up the challenge. Given the restrictions imposed by having to combine the sound of two identical instruments whose primary role is more melodic than polyphonic, composers have tended to focus on thematic development, harmony and rhythm, resulting in highly imaginative explorations of the instrument’s technical potential.

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697–1764), founder of the French violin school, wrote his 12 duets in an elegant idiom that brought together the best of the French and Italian styles. One of his contemporaries praised them in these terms: “Leclair was the first who, without imitating anything, created beautiful and original works that he could rightly call his own.” Ludwig Spohr (1784–1859), one of the leading violinists of his day, was also an incredibly prolific composer who ventured into all genres, from opera to the most diverse forms of chamber music. His violin duets skilfully highlight the agility of the two players and are of the same high quality as those of Leclair, as well as sharing their optimistic spirit.

Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen (1864–1935), another brilliant violinist, took a different approach, blending together the related sonorities of the violin and the viola in his famous transcription of the Passacaglia, the sixth and final movement of Handel’s Keyboard Suite No.7 in G minor. While the first third of the transcription follows the model of the original fairly closely, the rest is largely of Halvorsen’s own devising, revealing both his creativity and his instrumental virtuosity. Henryk Wieniawski (1835–1880), whose brilliance dazzled all his contemporaries, including the great Joseph Joachim himself, left a catalogue of works devoted exclusively to his own instrument. His Études-Caprices, Op.18, for two violins were in fact meant for teaching purposes and written for a first violin “with secondviolin accompaniment” — the latter part being designed for the teacher.

There was no violin duo to equal that of father and son David and Igor Oistrakh until lifelong friends Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman joined forces. Taking up the Oistrakhs’ baton with inimitable ease, virtuosity and humour, they captivate audiences every time they appear on stage together. This recital, whose programme features an original and attractive selection of pieces from what remains a little-known yet sparkling and sophisticated repertoire, marked the first phase in a fruitful collaboration which went on to develop in various different ways as they recorded together again as a duo (volume 20), but also as members of a trio (volume 48) and a quartet (volume 25). –Jean-Michel Molkhou

Tracklist:

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697–1764)
Sonata No.5 in E minor, Op.3 no.5 for two violins
1 I Allegro ma poco 3.45
2 II Gavotte: Andante grazioso 3.01
3 III Presto 3.08

Henryk Wieniawski (1835–1880)
Études-Caprices, Op.18
4 No.1 in G minor 3.44
5 No.2 in E flat major 4.29
6 No.4 in A minor 1.40

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685–1759)
7 Passacaglia in G minor transcr. Johan Halvorsen* 6.56

Louis Spohr (1784–1859)
Duo concertante in D major, Op.67 no.2
8 I Allegro 8.02
9 II Larghetto 5.33
10 III Rondo: Vivace 6.22

Personnel:
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Pinchas Zukerman, violin, viola*

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Jul 22

Len Chandler – To Be A Man (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 46:24 minutes | 1,68 GB | Genre: Folk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © Columbia/Legacy

He would be forgotten several decades later, but in the middle ’60s Len Chandler was a reasonably well-known socially conscious folk singer/songwriter. Produced by the estimable John Hammond, his Columbia debut was commendably earnest and goodhearted New York 1960s folk. It’s dated, though, in the melodramatic, serious execution of the material. While his concerns are diverse – including anthemic odes to self-pride, blues, love ballads, and a yearning for a more just world – and compassionate, the songs are lacking in outstanding or exceptionally moving qualities. That’s particularly true of the vocals, which like so many folk recordings of the era have the sort of exhortatory vibrato that would get largely washed out of contemporary folk and folk-rock by the end of the 1960s in favor of more naturalistic styles. In view of Columbia’s pioneering folk-rock efforts of the mid-’60s, it’s interesting to hear the spiky electric guitar and tambourine on the bluesy “Feet First Baby”, as if the label and Hammond were gingerly exploring possibilities of more contemporary backup. That arrangement isn’t too typical of the album, though, which largely sticks to acoustic if rhythmic folk.

Tracklist:
01 – To Be a Man
02 – Feet First Baby
03 – Nancy Rose
04 – Bellevue
05 – Missionary Stew # 2
06 – Keep On Keepin’ On
07 – Shadow Dream Chaser of Rainbows
08 – Hide Your Heart, Little Hippie
09 – Roll, Turn, Spin
10 – Time of the Tiger
11 – Takin’ Me Away from You Train
12 – Quitten’ Time

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Jul 22

Richard Bona – Bonafied (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:36 minutes | 1002 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital booklet | © Universal Music France

Jazz bassist Richard Bona was born and raised in the West African nation of Cameroon, going on to session dates with Joe Zawinul, Regina Carter, and Bob James as well as a two-year stint as musical director for the great Harry Belafonte. He made his debut as a headliner in 1999 with Scenes from My Life, and two years later Reverence came out.

Tracklist:
01 – Dunia E
02 – Mut’Esukudu
03 – Akwappella
04 – Janjo La Maya
05 – Mulema
06 – Uprising Of Kindness
07 – Tumba La Nyama
08 – Diba La Bobe
09 – La Fille D’A Côté
10 – Socopao
11 – On The 4th Of July

Produced by Richard Bona.

Musicians:
Richard Bona – bass, vocals, guitars, percussion, balafon
Dave Eggar – cello
Etienne Stadwijk – acoustic piano
Michael Rodriguez – trumpet
Osmany Parades – acoustic piano
Obed Calvaire – drums
Luisito Quintero – percussion
Eriko Sato – violin
Joyce Hamann – violin
Louise Schulman – viola
David Eggar – cello
Gil Goldstein – string arrangement
Vincent Perrani – accordion
Camille Dalmais – vocals
Sylvain Luc – guitars

Please note: Track “9” presented in 24bit/44kHz

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Jul 22

Michael Denhoff – Credo
Chor der Katholischen Hochschule für Kirchemusik St. Gregorius Aachen / Steffen Schreyer
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,91 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 995 MB | Full Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Cybele # SACD 860.301 | Country/Year: Germany 2004
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Style: Choral, Vocal, 21st Century

Michael Denhoff (born 25 April 1955 in Ahaus) is a German composer and cellist.

Denhoff has lived and worked in Bonn since 1982. He studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, where his teachers included Günter Bialas and Hans Werner Henze (composition), Siegfried Palm and Erling Blöndal Bengtsson (cello) and the Amadeus Quartet (chamber music). As a composer and chamber musician, he occupied various teaching posts, including a lectureship in composition at the University of Mainz (1984-85) and a guest professorship at the National Conservatory of Hanoi (1997-99). From 1985 to 1992 he also conducted the Akademische Orchester Bonn, which he founded. As a cellist, he formed the Denhoff Piano Trio with his brother Johannes (violin) and the pianist Richard Braun. Since 1992, he has been a member of the Ludwig Quartet of Bonn, and he also works closely with the pianist Birgitta Wollenweber. As a composer, he has won several prizes and distinctions, including the Bernd Alois Zimmermann Prize (1986) and the Annette von Droste-Hülshoff Prize (1989).

Denhoff’s music shows the influence of poetry and the visual arts. Several of his orchestral and chamber works have been inspired by lyrics and paintings. Thus, there are instrumental works and cycles based on pictures by Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Albrecht Dürer and especially Fransisco Goya (El sueño de la razon produce monstruos, 1982; Desastres de la guerra, 1983; Los disparates, 1988). The literary figures who have most left their mark on his music are Ranier Maria Rilke, Paul Celan, Samuel Beckett and Stéphane Mallarmé. Other works characteristic of his compositional thought include cycles in the form of ‘musical diaries’ (Klangtagebuch, 1984; Hebdomadaire, 1990). The most significant of these works is the piano quintet Hauptweg und Nebenwege (1998), which lasts nearly three hours. This piece gathers together the essential aspects of his music, their relationship to musical tradition, and also the influences of literature and the visual arts.

Denhoff’s compositional vocabulary shows evidence of a sensitive feeling for harmony and form, whose roots are to be found in composers such as Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Olivier Messiaen, Morton Feldman and György Kurtág.

CDs featuring Denhoff’s works are available on the WERGO, Col Legno and Cybele labels. wikipedia

Tracklist:

1 In Unum Deum – Credo op. 93 für Sopran, Bariton, Chor, Orgel und kleines Orch… 4:32
2 – II. In Unum Deum 2:58
3 – III. Patrem Omnipotentem 0:55
4 – IV. Credo 2 3:01
5 – V. Et In Unum Dominum 2:26
6 – VI. Et Incarnatus Est 1:03
7 – VII. Tenebrae 2:47
8 – VIII. Crucifixus 4:07
9 – IX. Et Resurrexit 2:32
10 – X. Das leere Grab 2:06
11 – XI. Et In Spiritum Sanctum 2:38
12 – XII. Et Exspecto 5:58

13 Aus tiefer Not – Anrufung für Orgel op. 41 12:49

14 Credo op. 93a für gemischten Chor – I. Credo In Unum Deum 1:27
15 – II. Et In Unum Dominum 1:49
16 – III. Et Incarnatus Est 0:51
17 – IV. Crucifixus 2:19
18 – V. Et Resurrexit 2:30
19 – VI. Et In Spiritum Sanctum 1:31
20 – VII. Et In Unam Sanctam Catholicam 1:41
21 – VIII. Et Exspecto 3:36

Credits

Irene Kurka (soprano)
Alban Lenzen Alban (baritone)
Michael Hoppe, Johannes Trümpler (organ)
Chor der Katholischen Hochschule für Kirchenmusik St. Gregorius Aachen
Orchester der Kölner Kammermusiker
Steffen Schreyer (conductor)

1-12: Konzertmitschnitt der Uraufführung (live recording of the first performance) vom 30.05.2003, Berlin St. Matthias (Ökumenischer Kirchentag)

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Jul 22

Karina Gauvin, Alexander Weimann, Arion Baroque Orchestra – Prima Donna (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.26 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio

Canadian superstar soprano Karina Gauvin pays tribute to baroque diva Anna Maria Strada del Pò, singing rarities by Vinci, Vivaldi and some of the greatest Handel arie di bravura. Like Strada del Pò in her prime, Miss Gauvin sings this repertoire with powerful expression and brilliant technique, in particular, the trills for which Strada del Pò was renowned. More than thirteen opera roles were created by Handel for Strada del Pò (including Sosarme, Orlando, and Alcina). Strada del Pò’s talent and style may have influenced the composer’s work as much as he contributed to the vocal and dramatic development of the prima donna in the first decades of the 18th century.

Karina Gauvin has impressed audiences and critics the world over with her luscious timbre, profound musicality and wide vocal range. The Globe and Mail calls her “one of the dream sopranos of our time.” The Sunday Times in London also wrote: “Her glinting soprano, bright-edged yet deliciously rounded and sensual, is used with rare understanding for character… ”

Arion Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1981, is Quebec’s only early music orchestra performing on period instruments and is one of the most renowned early music ensembles in North America. Conductor Alexander Weimann has traveled the world as member of Tragicomedia, as guest of Freiburger Barockorchester, Gesualdo Consort, Tafelmusik, and as music director of Les Voix Baroques and Le Nouvel Opéra. As guest conductor, he has led the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy and the symphony orchestras in Halifax and Victoria. He is currently music director of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Victoria (B.C.)

Composer: George Frideric Handel, Leonardo Vinci, Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Karina Gauvin
Conductor: Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Arion Baroque Orchestra

Reviews:

By now Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin has appeared on a couple of dozen recordings and she always impresses. Aside from some Mozart, Britten, Barber, and another composer or two, her repertoire has been solidly based in the Baroque. We’ve come a long way from the HIP sounds of Emma Kirkby and Judith Nelson—not that I’m criticizing or denigrating them—and Gauvin’s rich sound has nothing of the boy treble in it; it is a full lyric soprano. It isn’t merely that she sings with vibrato—she simply has vibrato that she will occasionally eschew for effect; it is her echt womanliness that comes across so vividly.

Except for Meleagro in Handel’s Atalanta, a male role written for soprano castrato, all of the arias on this CD are women’s roles. And “Care selve” from that opera has been sung by everyone, from Leontyne Price to Pavarotti, with Kiri Te Kanawa in between. This CD pays homage to Anna Maria Strada del Po, who sang works by Vivaldi and Vinci before moving to London and performing in no less than 24 of Handel’s operas beginning in 1729 and until 1737. (The composer was relieved not to have the “dueling divas” Cuzzoni and Bordoni to referee anymore.)

Strada was one of three singers for whom Handel wrote a high C. Her dramatic range must have been great as well: he created Alcina for her. On this CD, Gauvin sings three of Alcina’s arias: the wandering, picturesque “Ombre pallide”; the sad, introspective “Si son quella”; and the emotionally complicated, self-pitying, angry “Ah! mio cor”. For these alone, with all their mood swings and varying vocal styles and dynamic ranges, this CD is worth buying.

“Scherza il mar” from Lotario dazzles to start the program, and Elmira’s “Dite pace” (from Sosarme), with a helpless character questioning the heavens, is marvelous as well. In fact, each interpretation here takes on the character of the person and situation, a feat even more remarkable when you consider that Gauvin’s voice is not a complex instrument: it is silky-smooth and luscious. Her innate musicality and perfect pitch create the thrills. “Care selve”, correctly accompanied by continuo alone, is a gorgeous, long-lined poem. And what a trill!

There are three well-spaced and brief orchestral interludes included, with the Adagio from Handel’s Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 1 being the most stunning. And throughout, the Arion Orchestre Baroque, playing on period instruments under Alexander Weidman, is never less than ideal. This is a stunner.

Tracklist:

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Lotario, HWV 26
1. Lotario, HWV 26, Act I – Aria – Scherza in mar la… 05:23
Orlando, HWV 31
2. Act II – Non potra dirmi ingrata 03:55
3. Act II – Verdi piante, erbette liete 06:35
Leonardo Vinci (1696-1730): Astianatte
4. Astianatte – Tortorella se rimira 04:39
George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op. 3, No….
5. Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op. 3, No. 1, HWV 312 -… 04:05
George Frideric Handel: Sosarme, re di Media, HWV 30
6. Sosarme, re di Media, HWV 30, Act I – Aria – Dite pace, e… 05:27
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): La verita in cimento, RV 739
7. La verita in cimento, RV 739, Act II – Aria – Addio caro…. 03:51
George Frideric Handel: Flavio, re di Longobardi, HWV 16
8. Flavio, re di Longobardi, HWV 16, Act III – Da te parto -… 05:13
George Frideric Handel: Lotario, HWV 26
9. Lotario, HWV 26 – Overture 04:07
George Frideric Handel: Alcina, HWV 34
10. Act II – Aria – Ah! Ruggiero crudel 02:33
11. Act II – Aria – Ombre pallide, lo so, mi udite 06:09
12. Act I – Si, son quella! 07:13
George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op. 6, No. 8,…
13. Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op. 6, No. 8, HWV 326 – II…. 01:25
Alcina, HWV 34
14. Alcina, HWV 34 – Act III – Aria – Ah! mio cor 10:31
George Frideric Handel: Atalanta, HWV 35
15. Atalanta, HWV 35, Act I – Arioso – Care selve, ombre beate 03:32

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