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CHAN 3159

Great Operatic Arias: Christine Brewer 2, Volume 20

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2009

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

London Philharmonic Orchestra


David Parry


Christine Brewer

soprano

Venue:

Blackheath Halls, London



Producer:

Brian Couzens

(Executive)

Brian Pidgeon

(other tracks)

Brian Couzens

(track 4)

Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Michael Common

(Assistant: track 4)

John Benton

(Assistant: track 4)

Jonathan Cooper

(other tracks)

Record Label
Opera In English

Genre:

Opera in English


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 68:20
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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

(1756-1791)
1 

Countess' Cavatina (Porgi, amor) from The Marriage of Figaro

3:49
  'Hear my prayer, I humbly beg you'  
2 

Countess and Susanna's Recitative and Duettino (Che soave zeffiretto) from The Marriage of Figaro

3:53
  'That's amazing! How did he react?' -  
  with Judith Howarth soprano  
 

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK

(1714-1787)
3 

Alceste's Aria (Ou suis-je?) from Alceste

4:54
  'Where am I?'  
 

RICHARD WAGNER

(1813-1883)
4 

Elisabeth's Prayer (Allmachtige Jungfrau) from Tannhauser

4:34
  'Almighty Virgin'  
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

(1913-1976)
5 

Embroidery Aria from Peter Grimes

4:05
  'Embroidery in childhood was a luxury of idleness'  
 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

(1770-1827)
6 

Leonora's Recitative and Aria (Komm, Hoffnung) from Fidelio

7:10
  'Vile murderer! Sadistic swine!' -  
  'Come hope, you faint and distant star'  
  Philharmonia Orchestra  
 

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

(1685-1750)
7 

Rodelinda's Aria (Se il mio duol non e si forte) from Rodelinda

5:54
  'If my pain, my bitter sighing'  
 

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK

8 

Alceste's Aria (Grands dieux) from Alceste

3:56
  'Great Gods! Cruel fortune has cursed me'  
 

RICHARD WAGNER

9 

Elsa's Dream (Einsam in truben Tagen) from Lohengrin

7:42
  'When all my hopes departed'  
 

GIAN CARLO MENOTTI

(1911-2007)
10 

Magda's Aria from The Consul

7:09
  'To this we've come'  
 

ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD

(1857-1957)
11 

Marietta's Song (Gluck, das mir verblieb) from Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)

5:12
  'My joy lives in you'  
  with Timothy Robinson tenor  
 

ANTONIN DVORAK

(1841-1904)
12 

'Songs my mother taught me' from Gypsy Songs, Op. 55

2:17
   
 

FRANZ LEHAR

(1870-1948)
13 

Lisa and Sou-Chong's Duet (Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz geschenkt?) from The Land of Smiles

4:35
  'Love, what has given you this magic pow'r?'  
  with Timothy Robinson tenor  
 

RICHARD RODGERS

(1902-1979)
14 

'Climb ev'ry mountain' from The Sound of Music

3:10
  Philharmonia Orchestra  
‘Hats off, gentlemen. A diva. The real, rare, wondrous thing. Her name is Christine Brewer.’ So wrote the London Evening Standard on Christine Brewer’s first volume of arias on Opera in English.

We were delighted when the internationally renowned soprano Christine Brewer agreed to record some of her favourite repertoire pieces on her first recital disc for Chandos in 2005. No surprise that it was a huge success – so we were even more delighted when she returned to record this second volume – repertoire which you would never hear in a single concert or operatic performance, but here capturing Brewer’s glorious range, wonderfully supported by Judith Howarth, Timothy Robinson and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Parry.

Christine Brewer’s earlier recital (CHAN 3127) introduced into this series the dramatic soprano voice and included in its programme, as does its successor, arias from Gluck’s Alceste and Wagner’s Tannhäuser. In a previous age both operas were sung by Kirsten Flagstad, by general consent the greatest heroicdramatic soprano of all. Christine Brewer now adds one of the most formidable challenges in the repertoire, Leonore’s solo in Act I of Beethoven’s Fidelio. Otherwise, the two significant extensions are in time, backward to Handel and forward to Britten and Menotti.

This is a spectacular demonstration not only of Christine Brewer’s vocal strength with every note firm from top to bottom, but of her extraordinary versatility in this wide range of repertory.
Gramophone

Christine Brewer stands among the past half century’s finest sopranos, one of those all too rare dramatic voices shaped by artistry rather than overwhelming force. She also has the advantages of effortless musicianship and expressive variety on her side, qualities ever present in her second ‘Opera in English’ recital for Chandos.
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