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Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is adventurous in everything she does, but perhaps nowhere more than in this collection. DiDonato begins her booklet note by describing beginning voice students' encounters with the volume 24 Italian Songs and Arias of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, which is remarkably still in common use coming up on a century and a half since its compilation. She reinforces the connection with a bonus track (it's appended to track 14) that is remarkably virtuosic: an accomplished singer makes herself sound like a freshman voice major. In that bonus track, DiDonato sums up the project as an exhortation to "play with these songs." Yet most of the material does not come from 24 Italian Songs and Arias, although Conti's Quella Fiamma is present in the longer version of the book, called Arie Antiche. That gets turned into a tango, which lets you know that you're dealing with something other than the usual too-pat equation of Baroque music and jazz. Other Baroque arias get jazz treatment from a band led by pianist Craig Terry, but this is not the end of it. Some are turned into piano ballads (one wouldn't think Caccini's Amarilli, mia bella would have been susceptible to this, but in DiDonato's hands it is), and there is a pair of Vivaldi arias, not from Arie Antiche at all, treated in entirely different ways. Then there is a good deal of music from the American pop songbook. Most such pop excursions by opera singers don't work well; the resources of one vocal tradition are being forced onto another. DiDonato's operatic readings of the likes of Duke Ellington's (In My) Solitude may not be for everyone, but the fact that she introduces some improvisation into these is remarkable in itself. The bottom line is that the whole thing may seem to be all over the map, and perhaps it is, but DiDonato's personality holds the project together, and collectively, the songs represent some fairly deep explorations of the relationships among Baroque music, jazz, and American pop. This release earned a 2020 Grammy award in the U.S.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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1
Arie Antiche, Book 1: "Se tu m'ami" / "Star vicino" (Arr. Terry for Jazz Ensemble)
00:06:33

Steve Barnett, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jimmy Madison, Drums, FeaturedArtist - Chuck Israels, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist - Alessandro Parisotti, Composer - Craig Terry, Arranger, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Salvatore Rosa, Composer - Charlie Porter, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
"Tu lo sai" (Arr. Terry for Jazz Ensemble)
00:04:48

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Giuseppe Torelli, Composer - Jimmy Madison, Drums, FeaturedArtist - Chuck Israels, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist - Craig Terry, Arranger, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Charlie Porter, Flugelhorn, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
(I'm Afraid) The Masquerade is Over [Arr. Terry for Jazz Ensemble]
00:07:24

Allie Wrubel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Herb Magidson, Poet - Jimmy Madison, Drums, FeaturedArtist - Chuck Israels, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist - Craig Terry, Arranger, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Charlie Porter, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
"Lullaby of Birdland" (Arr. Terry for Jazz Ensemble)
00:04:18

GEORGE DAVID WEISS, Poet - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - George Shearing, Composer - Jimmy Madison, Drums, FeaturedArtist - Chuck Israels, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist - Craig Terry, Arranger, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Charlie Porter, Flugelhorn, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
She Loves Me, Acte 1: "Will He Like Me?" (Amalia) [Arr. Terry for Jazz Ensemble]
00:04:00

Jerry Bock, Composer - Sheldon Harnick, Poet - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Chuck Israels, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist - Craig Terry, Arranger, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Lautaro Greco, Bandoneon, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Le nuove musiche: VIII. "Amarilli, mia bella" (Arr. Terry for Jazz Ensemble)
00:03:27

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Giulio Caccini, Composer - Chuck Israels, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist - Craig Terry, Arranger, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Lean Away (Arr. Terry for Jazz Ensemble)
00:04:44

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Andrew Thomas, Arranger - Gene Scheer, Composer, Poet - Craig Terry, Arranger, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Arsilda, regina di Ponto, RV 700, Act 1: "Col piacer della mia fede" (Nicandro) [Arr. Terry for Jazz Ensemble]
00:05:05

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jimmy Madison, Drums, FeaturedArtist - Chuck Israels, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist - Craig Terry, Arranger, Harpsichord, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Charlie Porter, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Giustino, RV 717, Act 1: "Vedrò con mio diletto" (Anastasio) [Arr. Terry for Jazz Ensemble]
00:05:30

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Chuck Israels, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist - Craig Terry, Arranger, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
(In My) Solitude [Arr. Terry for Jazz Ensemble]
00:05:21

Duke Ellington, Composer - Irving Mills, Poet - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jimmy Madison, Drums, FeaturedArtist - Chuck Israels, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist - Edgar Eddie DeLange, Poet - Craig Terry, Arranger, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Charlie Porter, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Doppo tante e tante pene: XVII. "Quella Fiamma" (Arr. Terry for Jazz Ensemble)
00:04:08

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, Composer - Jimmy Madison, Drums, FeaturedArtist - Chuck Israels, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist - Craig Terry, Arranger, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Lautaro Greco, Bandoneon, FeaturedArtist - Charlie Porter, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Caro mio ben (Arr. Terry for Jazz Ensemble)
00:03:45

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Giuseppe Giordani, Composer - Craig Terry, Arranger, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

13
L'amor contrastato, R. 1. 76, Act 2: "Nel cor più non mi sento" (Rachelina) [Arr. Terry for Jazz Ensemble]
00:03:12

Giovanni Paisiello, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Craig Terry, Arranger, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Spring Is Here: With a Song in My Heart (Arr. Terry for Jazz Ensemble)
00:08:25

Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Poet - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Jimmy Madison, Drums, FeaturedArtist - Chuck Israels, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist - Craig Terry, Arranger, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Lautaro Greco, Bandoneon, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is adventurous in everything she does, but perhaps nowhere more than in this collection. DiDonato begins her booklet note by describing beginning voice students' encounters with the volume 24 Italian Songs and Arias of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, which is remarkably still in common use coming up on a century and a half since its compilation. She reinforces the connection with a bonus track (it's appended to track 14) that is remarkably virtuosic: an accomplished singer makes herself sound like a freshman voice major. In that bonus track, DiDonato sums up the project as an exhortation to "play with these songs." Yet most of the material does not come from 24 Italian Songs and Arias, although Conti's Quella Fiamma is present in the longer version of the book, called Arie Antiche. That gets turned into a tango, which lets you know that you're dealing with something other than the usual too-pat equation of Baroque music and jazz. Other Baroque arias get jazz treatment from a band led by pianist Craig Terry, but this is not the end of it. Some are turned into piano ballads (one wouldn't think Caccini's Amarilli, mia bella would have been susceptible to this, but in DiDonato's hands it is), and there is a pair of Vivaldi arias, not from Arie Antiche at all, treated in entirely different ways. Then there is a good deal of music from the American pop songbook. Most such pop excursions by opera singers don't work well; the resources of one vocal tradition are being forced onto another. DiDonato's operatic readings of the likes of Duke Ellington's (In My) Solitude may not be for everyone, but the fact that she introduces some improvisation into these is remarkable in itself. The bottom line is that the whole thing may seem to be all over the map, and perhaps it is, but DiDonato's personality holds the project together, and collectively, the songs represent some fairly deep explorations of the relationships among Baroque music, jazz, and American pop. This release earned a 2020 Grammy award in the U.S.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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