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Vocal Collection, page 105

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Wendy Nieper -first flight

Wendy Nieper -first flight
ID: FHR10
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Jazz

Recorded and mastered by Nick Taylor, Porcupine Studios.
With Special guest - Digby Fairweather - Trumpet

One of the leading jazz vocalists in the UK, Wendy Nieper is a very versatile, sophisticated jazz vocalist and a gifted scat singer. Her rich vocal colors are complemented by wonderful phrasing and great musicality. Her wide experience as a singer includes being a member of the Swingle Singers with whom she recorded five albums. She has appeared on numerous albums both as a classical and jazz singer and has toured extensively around the globe. On this album, Nieper is accompanied by a great band including the talented composer/ pianist Roland Perrin and the jazz legend Digby Fairweather. First Flight is an explosive mix of styles from Cuban to jazz and pop to funk. If you like Diana Krall, Stacey Kent, Claire Martin then we are sure you will love First Flight.

Booklet notes

When you break open the packaging of a new album and put it into the CD player, do you always start at the beginning? Maybe it is years of building radio programmes and reviewing CDs, but I tend to make for the standards first. Of course it is interesting to hear completely new music - and there’s plenty of it on offer here - but I confess to having started listening to this album with Good Bait and Ponciana. The reasoning goes that you’ll quickly get the measure of a singer and her accompanists according to how they tackle familiar material.
I wasn’t more than half a bar into Good Bait when my ears pricked up. Here was Tadd Dameron’s epitome of a four-four swing theme transferred into a dancing 6/8 rhythm. After a quick zip through the vocalise of the verse, a nice scat chorus is followed by some deft unison between voice and piano. Meanwhile, Ponciana escapes nicely from the shadow of Ahmad Jamal, and becomes a fresh-sounding piece, with some inventive vocal harmonies on the introductory theme and a sweetly sung chorus that steers a neat course between the gauche ingénue qualities of an Astrud Gilberto and the more knowing approach of a Julie London. Clearly Wendy Nieper is a singer who is prepared to tackle familiar material with originality, and she is paced every step of the way by pianist and, on several tracks, composer, Roland Perrin.
I knew Roland’s work from the Blue Planet Orchestra, and as a pianist who had worked with many visiting stars, especially the South Africans in exile who had congregated around the Brotherhood of Breath. I had not realised that like Wendy Nieper, he had a foot, if not an entire leg, in the classical world as well.
For pianists, there are plenty of precedents for straddling the classical and jazz worlds. Fats Waller and James P. Johnson were both accomplished classical players, as was Art Tatum. Bud Powell recorded his personal take on J. S. Bach, and more recently both Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett have moved effectively between the worlds of the Mozartian concert hall and the jazz club. It is less usual for a singer to make a reputation in both the jazz and classical worlds.
Wendy Nieper, however, is someone who has, with duo recordings of Chopin, Canteloube, Sondheim and Bernstein to her credit.
“I focussed on classical singing first,” she told me, “because it demands that you train your voice before you reach a certain age. Classical singing involves a completely different technique from jazz, because you have to develop a core sound, and aim for very clear pronunciation. I’ve always stressed that what I do involves two very different voices. The classical voice is designed to project. It’s very loud, and has a brilliance and ring to it. My jazz voice, on the other hand, is very quiet and intimate, and it plays on things that the microphone gives you. It can be breathy; you can distort your vowel sounds for effect, and be more casual about your consonants. It comes from a different place physically, so you have to change your vocal position.”


The opening track, Blower’s Daughter makes this point perfectly, with Wendy caressing the lyric in a manner a classical singer could not contemplate. Yet the purity of her sound and her use of different registers is a clue to the rigorous training she has undergone, and her mastery of vocal technique. Originally, she had intended to give the first chorus of Solomente a classical treatment, projecting her soprano voice over Perrin’s deft classically inspired rhythmic figures. But it sounded wrong, and instead she ended up with the humming chorus that introduces Pablo Neruda’s Spanish lyrics. The closest she comes to revealing her classical voice is in the link between these and the English version of what she describes as a “landscape song”.
Landscape is important to Wendy in her own song writing. In Roland Perrin, whom she met at a house party she threw a while ago, she has found a collaborator who shares her love of terrain, and of experiment. She says. “I love singing descriptive lyrics like in Empty Beach (a song about someone lost in thought on a seashore) where it runs ‘Clouds drift high in a vast rose sky, time dissolves in a sea bird’s cry’ or ‘Holding on to a silk thin thread, of images forming then quickly shed’. We experimented with the music so that in that same song we do a contrary motion scale (piano going up, voice going down) just before the words ‘Can Echo’ which I then echo in a different key!” From our conversation, I was intrigued to learn that Digby Fairweather’s Harmon muted trumpet here is representing a seagull!
Tree also explores landscape themes, although Wendy confesses this song has been with her a long time, saying, “The rhythmic theme came from a ditty that I wrote as a kid. And Roland kindly made it into something real and quite different.” Their partnership nods in the direction of the jazz tradition as well, on the quirky Monk-ish What’ll it be?, which was written about a waitress in a restaurant where Wendy once worked in Richmond, Surrey.
Overall, the album is a highly successful blend of new takes on old material, and new takes on new material. Although she and Roland had met and discussed the music before the session, Wendy stresses that it was recorded in the age-old manner of jazz records, where four musicians who had not recorded together before arrived on the day and played music that was new to all of them. Each take was an adventure, and the same applied to the second day of recording when Helder Pack replaced Guy Silk for another voyage into the unknown. And as a bonus, Wendy adds quite a few improvised sections at the end of the songs, scatting or humming as an instrumentalist, playing off her fellow musicians, and turning the entire album into a genuine musical conversation, which like all discourses, runs deep and shallow, and hot and cold, and fast and slow, as it develops.
© 2011 Alyn Shipton (Jazz critic, The Times)
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Cecilia & Bryn at Glyndebourne - Arias and Duets

Cecilia & Bryn at Glyndebourne - Arias and Duets
ID: OAHD5005D
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Vocal Collection

Recorded live in Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, Sussex, 24th April 1999.
Note: This HD-DVD is not compatible with standard DVD players.


Actors: Cecilia Bartoli, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Myung-Whun Chung, Joakim Svenheden
Format: Anamorphic, Classical, Colour, Dolby, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
Subtitles: Dutch, English, French
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: Exempt
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: 31 Dec 2007
Run Time: 90 minutes


Track list:
Donizetti:
Quanto amore (from L'elisir d'amore)

Handel:
Judas Maccabaeus: Arm, arm ye brave

Haydn:
Al Tuo arrivo felice

Mozart:
Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture
Cinque … dieci… (Le nozze di Figaro)
Si a caso madama (from Le nozze di Figaro)
Se vuol ballare (from Le nozze di Figaro)
Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio (from La Clemenza di Tito)
Madamina, il catalogo è questo (from Don Giovanni)
La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)
Pa-pa-pa-pa-Papagena (from Die Zauberflöte)

Rossini:
Il barbiere di Siviglia Overture
Dunque io son? (from Il Barbiere di Siviglia)
Bel raggio lusinghier (from Semiramide)
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R.Vaughan Williams - Where Hope is Shining - Songs for mixed chorus

R.Vaughan Williams - Where Hope is Shining - Songs for mixed chorus
ID: ALBCD006
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

This is the fourth disc from Albion Records which is part of the Vaughan Williams Society.
Albion Records Ltd, a not-for-profit record label, is dedicated to recording rare 20th century English classical music, concentrating on Ralph Vaughan Williams. The label is a subsidiary of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society and each of the CDs will contain world première recordings.
These vocal works were composed from 1895 and 1954 showing Vaughan Williams lifelong affection for the human voice.
Performed by the award winning Joyful Company of Singers, under Peter Broadbent, one of Europe’s leading Chamber Choirs
Recorded in the approximate order of composition this recording shows how much Vaughan Williams adapted his style over about sixty years.
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Kissing Her Hair -Twenty Early Songs of R.Vaughan Williams

Kissing Her Hair -Twenty Early Songs of R.Vaughan Williams
ID: ALBCD002
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

This is the second disc from Albion Records which is part of the Vaughan Williams Society.
Albion Records Ltd, a not-for-profit record label, is dedicated to recording rare 20th century English classical music, concentrating on Ralph Vaughan Williams. The label is a subsidiary of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society and each of the CDs will contain world première recordings.
The disc again boasts the talents of Iain Burnside, Roderick Williams, Sarah Fox and Andrew Staples.
This second disc Kissing Her Hair, is a collection of early Vaughan Williams songs. One, Rondel, from which the title is gained, is unpublished and unrecorded; it is serenely beautiful and is as it was written when the composer was only 22. It will change perceptions of the quality of music Vaughan Williams was composing at this early age. This CD was released to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the composer. The picture on the cover is that of Ralph Vaughan William’s first wife Adeline
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R.V.Williams - The Garden Of Proserpine - In The Fen Country - Fen And Flood: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra -Paul Daniel, conductor

R.V.Williams - The Garden Of Proserpine - In The Fen Country - Fen And Flood: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra -Paul Daniel, conductor
ID: ALBCD012
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Vaughan Williams completed The Garden of Proserpine in 1899 and the work was begun in 1897 or 1898. For the twenty-something composer, it was a first attempt at a large-scale work, 489 bars long (at 24 minutes) for soprano soloist, chorus and full orchestra. Given that Vaughan Williams had only produced a handful of songs and some chamber pieces by this date, it is an impressive achievement that, in the closing pages, achieves that combination of radiance and nobility that is so characteristic of this composer in his later works. This is a premier recording.
In the Fen Country was completed in 1904 and first performed in 1909 by Thomas Beecham, the melodic outlines and the spirit of folk music is prevalent in this work.
Hadley’s Fen and Flood was inspired by the devastating events of the night of January 31 1953 when a deadly hurricane force wind created a storm tide up to 18 feet above mean sea level. Overall 2,400 people both here and in The Netherlands lost their lives. Vaughan Williams persuaded his friend Hadley to allow him to arrange the work for SATB. The new arrangement was first performed in 1956 and was dedicated to Vaughan Williams. This is a world premier recording.
The recording was recorded at The Lighthouse Poole with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paul Daniel with soloists Jane Irwin, Mary Bevan, Leigh Melrose and the Joyful Company of Singers under Peter Broadbent.
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Poulenc - The Complete Songs Vol. 3

Poulenc - The Complete Songs Vol. 3
ID: SIGCD272
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

Composing over 150 works for piano and voice over a period of 44 years, the songs of Francis Poulenc remain consistently popular to concert audiences the world over. Varying in their individual style and character in a way that defies generalization, Poulenc set music to a wide range of different French poetry - both ancient and modern, and from the serious to the surreal. This is the third release in our series that will build to encompass the complete songs of Francis Poulenc - performed by some of the greatest singers of the day and accompanied by the exceptional Malcolm Martineau.

Praise for the first disc includes:
"Lisa Milne performs wonderfully throughout this Poulenc disc. She really sings the French as to the Manoir born … A nicely balanced and arranged recital for all of these voices, so a promising start to this new Poulenc series."
Hilary Finch and Andrew McGregor, cD Review, BBc Radio 3


Thomas Oliemans, baritone
Malcolm Martineau piano
Lorna Anderson [LA]
John Mark Ainsley [JMA]
Sarah Fox [SF]
Jonathan Lemalu [JL]
Lisa Milne [LM]
Ann Murray [AM]
Robert Murray [RM]
Thomas Oliemans [TO]
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Songs From the Exotic - Polly May, mezzo-soprano -Lucy Walker, piano

Songs From the Exotic - Polly May, mezzo-soprano -Lucy Walker, piano
ID: DCD34002
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Songs

*world premiere recordings

This debut from rising star Polly May includes premiere recordings of the original versions of Judith Weir’s Songs from the Exotic and Luciano Berio’s Quattro canzoni popolari.

"The musky, warm mezzo-soprano of Polly May, and the robust piano-playing of Lucy Walker... are well-suited to this earthy repertoire... much to enjoy in this fresh and courageous venture." - BBC Music Magazine, March 2002
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Canciones del Alma: Songs from the Soul - A.Dickinson, guitar and L.Mitchell, soprano

Canciones del Alma: Songs from the Soul - A.Dickinson, guitar and L.Mitchell, soprano
ID: ALC001
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Songs

The combination of voice and guitar is always a happy one - and somehow especially so when the repertoire is Spanish and Latin American! Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas and soprano Laura Mitchell join forces for an exploration of the soul.
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The Best of ARSIS Bells - Handbell Ensemble Arsis

The Best of ARSIS Bells  - Handbell Ensemble Arsis
ID: ERP7013-1
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Ensemble

Handbell Ensemble Arsis
20 years of Handbell Ensemble Arsis. The CD will be released on Dec 21st, 2013.

Performed by Handbell Ensemble Arsis, Heldur-Harry Põlda (boy-soprano, 2), Toomas Vavilov (clarinet, 9), Irén Lovász (vocal, 12), Estonian National Male Choir RAM (12), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (13), Aivar Mäe (conductor, 9-11, 13), Kristjan Järvi (conductor, 12)
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Oliver Knussen - Symphonies No.2 & No.3

Oliver Knussen - Symphonies No.2 & No.3
ID: NMCD175
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Symphony

Two of Knussen's major works of the 1970s - Symphony No.2, a song cycle on texts of Georg Trakl and Sylvia Plath, and Symphony No. 3, a symphonic poem about Shakespeare's Ophelia - are coupled with Coursing, Ophelia Dances and other works.

This release on the NMC mid-price re-issue label Ancora was previously issued on Unicorn-Kanchana Records.
Composer/conductor Oliver Knussen celebrates his 60th birthday this year.
Knussen's Ophelia Dances will be performed by BCMG at his 60th birthday concert held at the CBSO Centre (Birmingham, UK)
A new release on NMC of works by Knussen is released this autumn, featuring BCMG, Ryan Wigglesworth and soprano Claire Booth.
Knussen started composing at the age of 6 and aged 15 he stepped in to conduct his symphony's première at the Royal Festival Hall, London in 1968 after István Kertész fell ill. After that debut, Daniel Barenboim asked him to conduct the work's first two movements in New York a week later.
This is a substantial sampler of Oliver Knussen's output in the 1970s. The two major works are the luminous Second Symphony, which takes the form of a 17-minute song cycle to texts of Georg Trakl and Sylvia Plath and Symphony No. 3, a symphonic poem about Shakespeare's Ophelia.
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