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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #280 on: April 19, 2018, 06:30:19 AM »
Yes, that is it. I have not ordered it yet. I may wait until I see a bargain, currently waiting on a bargain for Nelson’s new Bruckner disc.

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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #282 on: April 19, 2018, 07:30:18 PM »
To make this incredibly difficult on myself instead of making a large list, which would be much easier, here’s my pick for favorite vocal recital:

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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #283 on: May 29, 2018, 01:45:45 AM »
Lately I have been listening to Regine Crespin's recording of "Les Nuits d'ete" and the Ravel Sheherezade" with Ansermet conducting. Absolutely beautiful! Crespin's unique voice is perfect in this repertory. Highly recommended! thank you.

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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #284 on: September 14, 2018, 09:34:51 AM »
 I snapped up Magdalena Kozena’s first recital disc of Bach arias, I enjoyed it, but subsequently could not get much out of her disc of Mozart, Gluck and Myslivecek. It was many years until I heard and saw her in Rattle’s Berlin St Matthew and suddenly the voice clicked with me. There is the Melisande, again for Rattle and recently I have been buying her discs at bargain price. I think this one is the pick of them so far.

The voice sits between soprano and mezzo. On this disc she sings Sesto in Giulio Cesare, on another disc she sings Cleopatra. Likewise here she ranges between the mezzo and soprano roles. The voice is limpid, like seeing sunshine through amber. She is unafraid to make ugly sounds when she feels they are warranted.

She sustains attention and uses silences intelligently in a long aching aria from Alcina and throws off Had I Jubal’s Lyre, Ariodante, Orlando, Hercules, Rinaldo and others. Most are well trod but here, far from hackneyed.

The accompaniment is anything but routine, lovely tenderness from them and muscular playing where appropriate. It hangs together well as a program, one of the best Handel discs I own.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ah-mio-cor-Handel-Arias/dp/B000RHSRQU/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1536948886&sr=1-1&keywords=Kozena+handel+arias+venice


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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #285 on: October 10, 2018, 01:20:48 AM »
Mahler 20 songs: Wunderhorn, Fahrenden Gesellen, Ruckert, Urlicht
Singer Christian Gerhaher
Pianist Gerold Huber
RCA Red Seal

I especially love these songs in full orchestral dress and they lose colour when the setting is the piano alone. There is always an exception to such rules, and this is it. These two musicians have a remarkable symbiotic partnership and the piano is so exceptionally expressive and full of colour that for the space of the disc, I simply don’t miss the orchestra at all. In a detailed programme note Gerhaher explains that most of the songs were created with piano accompaniment, then some were orchestrated.

A few years ago I eagerly awaited a Mahler concert which included the Ruckert, sung by Gerhaher. However I did not really hear him. For an Albert Hall prom he decided to adopt a whispered parlando and he was all but inaudible from where I sat. However, this disc was set down several years before that event and he had not started to experiment with his non-singing in huge hall phase. I have read this complaint about another of his concerts.

The disc:

The sung legato is magical. He smooths out the supposedly expressive bumps we normally get in Ich bin der welt, yet it remains very expressive, the legato spun like silk. The moments of gentle inwardness are safely caught for us by the engineers. He has the chops for the big moments and does not underplay them. Gerhaher’s way with text reminds me of Schwarzkopf, who can sing conversationally, telling a tiny story rather than PROJECTING the words. He also has developed this skill, and as I indicated, the partnership with Huber is very special and provides a disc I know I will come back to over and over.

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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #286 on: October 10, 2018, 07:00:43 AM »
I snapped up Magdalena Kozena’s first recital disc of Bach arias, I enjoyed it, but subsequently could not get much out of her disc of Mozart, Gluck and Myslivecek. It was many years until I heard and saw her in Rattle’s Berlin St Matthew and suddenly the voice clicked with me. There is the Melisande, again for Rattle and recently I have been buying her discs at bargain price. I think this one is the pick of them so far.

The voice sits between soprano and mezzo. On this disc she sings Sesto in Giulio Cesare, on another disc she sings Cleopatra. Likewise here she ranges between the mezzo and soprano roles. The voice is limpid, like seeing sunshine through amber. She is unafraid to make ugly sounds when she feels they are warranted.

She sustains attention and uses silences intelligently in a long aching aria from Alcina and throws off Had I Jubal’s Lyre, Ariodante, Orlando, Hercules, Rinaldo and others. Most are well trod but here, far from hackneyed.

The accompaniment is anything but routine, lovely tenderness from them and muscular playing where appropriate. It hangs together well as a program, one of the best Handel discs I own.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ah-mio-cor-Handel-Arias/dp/B000RHSRQU/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1536948886&sr=1-1&keywords=Kozena+handel+arias+venice


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Couldn't agree more, Mike. It's a stupendous collection. Her "Dopo Notte" on this disc is electrifying - pure air-punching joy, and a perfect proof of my contention that Handel invented rock and roll.

There's a  live performance of it that has been viewed 25,000 times - 24,000 of them being mine, I should think:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vugvsENVVJ4

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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #287 on: October 10, 2018, 07:14:58 AM »
Very good Alan, great Youtube clip. If you think you can get on with Pelleas et Melisande, I recommend it. She is not the usual passive, fey character and the beaurt that Rattle draws from the orchestra is intoxicating.

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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #288 on: October 10, 2018, 08:52:27 AM »
I've been a little put off Kozena after hearing her at a concert which also featured David Daniels. I can't remember the exact details, music of the Baroque, a mixture of duets, solos and orchestral works. Daniels was his usual communicative self, attempting to also connect with his partner during the duets, but she was quite blank and I don't think she even looked at him once. There was no denying the quality of the voice, but she came across as terribly dour and rather dull. There was no joy in the music making.

It did put me off her and I haven't really listened to her since. Maybe it's time I rectified that. Maybe she was just having an off night.
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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #289 on: October 10, 2018, 10:54:45 AM »
Mahler 20 songs: Wunderhorn, Fahrenden Gesellen, Ruckert, Urlicht
Singer Christian Gerhaher
Pianist Gerold Huber
RCA Red Seal

I especially love these songs in full orchestral dress and they lose colour when the setting is the piano alone. There is always an exception to such rules, and this is it. These two musicians have a remarkable symbiotic partnership and the piano is so exceptionally expressive and full of colour that for the space of the disc, I simply don’t miss the orchestra at all. In a detailed programme note Gerhaher explains that most of the songs were created with piano accompaniment, then some were orchestrated.

A few years ago I eagerly awaited a Mahler concert which included the Ruckert, sung by Gerhaher. However I did not really hear him. For an Albert Hall prom he decided to adopt a whispered parlando and he was all but inaudible from where I sat. However, this disc was set down several years before that event and he had not started to experiment with his non-singing in huge hall phase. I have read this complaint about another of his concerts.

The disc:

The sung legato is magical. He smooths out the supposedly expressive bumps we normally get in Ich bin der welt, yet it remains very expressive, the legato spun like silk. The moments of gentle inwardness are safely caught for us by the engineers. He has the chops for the big moments and does not underplay them. Gerhaher’s way with text reminds me of Schwarzkopf, who can sing conversationally, telling a tiny story rather than PROJECTING the words. He also has developed this skill, and as I indicated, the partnership with Huber is very special and provides a disc I know I will come back to over and over.

Mike
I was lucky enough to see the Gerhaher / Huber tandem in an all-Mahler program four years ago here in Madrid. These were my impressions after the concerts:

I'm just back home from Gerhaher's all-Mahler recital, and it was extraordinary!!!  :) At the intermission, they announced through the PA system that instead of the Rückerts, Gerhaher would perform the Kindertotenlieder...This was a bit of a letdown, initially (I'm very partial to Ich bin der Welt...) but, boy, was I mistaken...Gerhaher's Kindertotenlieder were superb, and the highlight of a great concert (as was his only encore, a very poignant Urlicht)... this man is a lieder singer of the highest calibre... :) (and Gerold Huber on the piano was a first-rate accompanist)...
Fortunately, the recital was held at the smallish Teatro de la Zarzuela, and my son and I were in the stalls, so we heard everything perfectly, while a sense of intimacy was preserved. I fully understand, though, that such a feeling could not possibly be achieved in a venue like the Royal Albert Hall. Pity the recital you attended was held there... :(

I too am partial to the Mahler songs in their orchestral guise, but when performed as Gerhaher and Huber did, there’s a poignancy, a delicacy and a purity and makes one not regret the orchestral versions.

The recital will remain in my memory for as long as I live (or retain my mental capabilities  ;)), and the CD is an excellent reflection of it.
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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #290 on: October 10, 2018, 02:23:57 PM »
I've been a little put off Kozena after hearing her at a concert which also featured David Daniels. I can't remember the exact details, music of the Baroque, a mixture of duets, solos and orchestral works. Daniels was his usual communicative self, attempting to also connect with his partner during the duets, but she was quite blank and I don't think she even looked at him once. There was no denying the quality of the voice, but she came across as terribly dour and rather dull. There was no joy in the music making.

It did put me off her and I haven't really listened to her since. Maybe it's time I rectified that. Maybe she was just having an off night.

I have had mixed experiences of her. I know what you mean about being blank. She sang a very cool, detached Scherezade at the proms this year, she was certainly strained at the top of her range. I saw her do the mezzo solo in Berlioz Romeo and Juliet. It probably lasts about six minutes. She used a score, which I thought showed she was not really bothering to prepare, then sang into it and ignored everyone. I tend not to enjoy watching her. She has a stiff stance and the facial expressions can look painful with her gaze into some invisible middle distance.

But there is some good singing going on and Bach, Handel and Vivaldi seem to suit her.

Mike

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« Reply #291 on: October 10, 2018, 02:29:55 PM »
I was lucky enough to see the Gerhaher / Huber tandem in an all-Mahler program four years ago here in Madrid. These were my impressions after the concerts:
Fortunately, the recital was held at the smallish Teatro de la Zarzuela, and my son and I were in the stalls, so we heard everything perfectly, while a sense of intimacy was preserved. I fully understand, though, that such a feeling could not possibly be achieved in a venue like the Royal Albert Hall. Pity the recital you attended was held there... :(

I too am partial to the Mahler songs in their orchestral guise, but when performed as Gerhaher and Huber did, there’s a poignancy, a delicacy and a purity and makes one not regret the orchestral versions.

The recital will remain in my memory for as long as I live (or retain my mental capabilities  ;)), and the CD is an excellent reflection of it.

What a superb experience. He is a very intelligent singer, but is careful not to get too cerebral. He really communicates. I have a number of his early discs in partnership with Huber and I have reviewed several here including the Nachtviolin disc. I would love to hear him live, but in the right venue, and the right music. He is in the Rattle St Matthew CD from Berlin. That performance is altogether extraordinary. He sings Christ and perhaps due to his placing, separate from everyone else, he makes very little impact. I gather his live Wagner is excellent.

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Re: Favorite vocal recitals on CD or DVD
« Reply #292 on: November 01, 2018, 01:30:56 PM »
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Miroir-s-Elsa-Dreisig/dp/B07F84FQBZ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1541106179&sr=1-1&keywords=Elsa+dreisig


Miroirs Opera Arias: Elsa Dreisig, Michael Schonwadt, Orchestra National Montpellier Occitaine
Gounod, Massenet, Puccini, Rossini, Mozart, Strauss, Steibelt

Buy, buy, buy. This is the best recital by a young singer that I have heard in a very long time. Dreisig is approaching her middle 20s and has been winning awards. This is her first recital and as far as I can see, her first recording. There is a concept, the miroirs provide us with characters as conveyed by two different composers for Juliette, Rosina, Salome etc.

However, despite the storylines, is Rossini’s Rosina anything like the Countess Mozart conveys? I don’t really find the juxtapositions work as an idea, musically, no problem. Here we get sensational, spectacular singing and insights into the characters. Dreisig is, I think, half French, so the French sounds native and the culmination of the disc is the final scene of Strauss’s Salome in Strauss’s French adaptation. I can’t imagine this going better than here. The voice rides over the orchestra where it needs to and there is plenty beautiful gentle, sensuous singing. The disc price is easily worth this track. I would love to hear these artists in the whole piece. I do not get along with the Nagano French edition because of Nagano’s flaccid approach and the uningratiating Salome.

The Rossini Una voce has a real freshness and humour to it, the technique is first rate. Thais and Faust’s Margaritte are paired because of their contemplations gazing into mirrors, as I say, ignore all that, the arias get first rate performances.

70 minutes of this singer was not enough, it quickly became 140, I look forward to more.

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