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Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released November 26, 2021 | CAvi-music

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Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released November 26, 2021 | Initiale

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Mélodies - Released October 29, 2021 | Chandos

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Following successful appearances at the Opéra-comique, in Paris, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Oper Frankfurt, Komische Oper Berlin, and Teatro alla Scala, in Milan, the Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen joins the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner for a interesting album of orchestral songs, coupling Britten’s Les Illuminations and Four French Songs with a selection of Canteloube’s inimitable Chants d'Auvergne. Eriksmoen spent a year studying in Paris, and proves an effective and natural singer in the French language. As she mentions in her programme note: "It is highly demanding to sing in French when it is not one’s native tongue, but I have always felt at home when singing in French and nurture an emotional attachment to the French language". © Chandos
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Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released October 29, 2021 | Mirare

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Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released October 15, 2021 | Audax Records

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The second album by the Guatemalan soprano Adriana González (winner of Operalia 2019) and the Basque pianist Iñaki Encina Oyón. One can again take delight in a discovery: the complete recording of the songs of Isaac Albéniz. Following the chronological order of the compositions, the duo traces the short, but varied life of the most important Spanish composer and waymarker toward the twentieth century. From his first attempts at composition up to his crowning work Ibéria, these songs encompass Albéniz’s entire artistic spectrum. The author of the booklet text, Prof. Dr. Jacinto Torres, is one of the most renowned Albéniz experts. His love of the composer and knowledge of his life and works speak out of every line of his text. A colorful, poetic album with new, unheard-of impressions emerging from every piece. © Audax Records
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Mélodies - Released October 1, 2021 | Chandos

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Working in an era before Arts Council grants, public sponsorship, recording royalties, and long-term publishing deals, Elgar had to write for the public demand as much as personal satisfaction. The effort required for his large-scale works was rarely reflected in profitable income, so writing songs could be a useful way to earn money. The England of Elgar’s time favoured popular ballads, sung by well-known singers. These were then sold as sheet music, the singer’s name emblazoned on the cover, for performances given in middle-class homes. There was little demand for lengthy song cycles, or song recitals consisting entirely of "serious" repertoire in the German tradition. As a result, Elgar’s songs are often individual works, sometimes adapting instrumental works into songs (such as Land of Hope and Glory) when the commercial opportunities arose. Elgar also chose poetry that was popular and straightforward, rather than drawing on the established classical masterpieces. These songs were then transposed into numerous keys to allow performance by any voice type, designed for mass appeal and profitable sales. Making her Chandos début, Julia Sitkovetsky is a British-American lyric-dramatic coloratura soprano with a flourishing, exciting international career. Having trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she made her professional operatic début at the age of sixteen, at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and English National Opera. Since then, she has appeared all over Europe. © Chandos
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Mélodies - Released September 24, 2021 | RUBICON

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"Shall We Gather" responds to the darkness of the pandemic and social distancing with the simple question of its title. Through fifteen art songs by and about a broad swath of people from the United States, Lucas and Irina Meachem offer a vision of Americanness centred around the things that call on us to gather and that we gather to call upon. Those things, they say, are rooted in an act of hope in the promise of resilience that underlies our national character. By channelling the feelings of those gatherings we are missing, we can, perhaps, conjure a greater sense of togetherness, of commonality. "Shall we Gather" is an emotional and heartfelt plea for a better, more tolerant world, a world that one hopes will emerge a better place after the trauma of the pandemic. © Rubicon
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Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released September 10, 2021 | 7 Mountain Records

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German soprano Dorothea Herbert submerged herself into the quietness we’ve all encountered during the COVID lockdowns. Society became to a full stop, an of course tragic time but also one that offered introspection. "Die stille Stadt" gives musical expression to that and became an album with a radiating program consisting of music by the unfortunately still underrated Alma Mahler, two breathtaking song cycles by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (including the famous aria Glück, das mir verblieb from Die tote Stadt), completed by a selection of very powerful and illustrative songs by Franz Schreker. The piano part is taken care of by the legendary Peter Nilsson. "Die stille Stadt" is an album that will move many lovers of vocal recitals, due to it’s resonant and exclusive musical character with not too often heard repertoire. © 7 Mountain Records
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Mélodies - Released September 3, 2021 | Alpha Classics

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The haute-contre voice has these days faded from general musicological discussion to such a degree that it doesn’t even get an entry in the big-name music dictionary sitting on this particular critic’s shelf. Yet in the French Baroque and Classical period, from Lully and Rameau to Gluck, this high tenor voice – sitting in the alto range, but unlike the countertenor voice appearing to have been achieved largely without employing falsetto – was the one for which many of the leading heroic and amatory roles were penned, and could perhaps be seen as an important stepping stone towards the tenor voice eventually pinching the lead roles being from countertenors. All of which makes tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen’s “Haute-Contre Trilogy” a fascinating addition to the catalogue. This second volume of the trilogy (following a first devoted to Louis Gaulard Dumesny, for whom Lully created many of his main roles) sees him and his ensemble turn their attentions to Rameau’s favourite singer, Pierre de Jéliote (1713-1797), who made his sung stage debut in 1733 at the Concert Spirituel, before retiring from singing in 1765 to instead join the King’s Orchestra as a violinist and guitarist. Repertoire-wise, there’s all sorts to enjoy. Inevitably, Rameau’s operas feature strongly, with offerings from Les Boréades, Castor et Pollux, Hippolyte et Aricie, Les Fêtes d’Hébé and Platée. However we’ve very much been given the full 360-degree tour of de Jéliote’s landscape, with Dauvergne, Colin de Blamont, Mondonville, Rebel and Francoeur also on the bill. Van Mechelen himself is clear-toned and agile, bringing gentle poetry to the clearly amatory airs; and while it’s a light voice, it’s not without its power when he chooses, and you’ll by turns hear it all across Rebel’s multi-faceted Muses, je viens encor. That particular air equally showcases the sensitive, crisply light and fleet-footed support from A Nocte Temporis, with some especially enjoyable woodwind playing, across both their tutti and chamber-textured moments; and indeed the icing on the programming cake overall are the solo ensemble moments punctuating the album at regular intervals – not least the overture to Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie with which it begins. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz
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Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released August 27, 2021 | harmonia mundi

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Roman accounts of the nobleman Kapsperger reveal a highly eccentric musician: a virtuoso theorbist, a singer, a successful composer, he was said to be arrogant, even irascible... A character straight out of a novel, as the musicians of L’Escadron Volant de la Reine present him in their first album on harmonia mundi, aided and abetted by a distinguished partner: on this colourful disc, the madrigals, villanellas and arias of "Il Tedeschino" (The German) meet the literary fantasy of the writer Carl Norac. © harmonia mundi
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Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released August 27, 2021 | 7 Mountain Records

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Mélodies - Released June 25, 2021 | Aparté

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Julie Cherrier here records an album of songs exploring a variety of moods and situations, and covering over a hundred years of French mélodie, from Reynaldo Hahn to the present day. It includes classics of the genre (Debussy’s Nuit d'étoiles, Poulenc’s Les chemins de l’amour), but also very recent compositions, in the form of two song cycles by Frédéric Chaslin. Chansons pour elle (to poems by Jean Cocteau) and Nudités (on texts by Alain Duault) are imaginative works, free in their expression. Music of today meets music of yesterday and the result is both subtle and poetic. © Aparté Music

Mélodies - Released June 18, 2021 | harmonia mundi

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Henriette de Coligny, Comtesse de La Suze, was more than just a woman of letters admired in her time, even by the very demanding Boileau. It was as a free woman that she married for love; after the death of her husband, a second one was forced on her, but, still a free woman, she demanded to be ‘de-married’! Surrounded by expert musicians, Marc Mauillon shows us that her précieux poetic universe mixes tenderness with the most unexpected strokes of audacity, so much so that her verse inspired many composers of the Grand Siècle –and after! © harmonia mundi
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Mélodies - Released June 18, 2021 | Kings College Cambridge

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Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released May 14, 2021 | CAvi-music

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Mélodies - Released April 1, 2021 | Chandos

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Mélodies - Released March 19, 2021 | Kings College Cambridge

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"Proud Songsters" is a journey through the distinctive musical genre of English Song. This collection of twenty songs – familiar and lesser known – are performed by some of the finest former members of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge with one of this generation’s most exceptional pianists. Each of the nine alumni featured on this album sang as young adults at King’s, alongside pianist Simon Lepper, an other graduate of King’s. The songs included on the album span settings of Shakespeare songs, those of prominent 20th century composers like Vaughan Williams, Britten, Finzi, Clarke and Howells through to contemporary works by Jonathan Dove, Iain Bell and Celia Harper. © King's College Recordings
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Mélodies - Released March 1, 2021 | Chandos

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Mélodies - Released February 1, 2021 | Chandos

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Mélodies - Released February 1, 2021 | Chandos

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