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Cherry Ripe - Vocal Treasures Of The 18th And 19th Centuries / Riedel


Release Date: 09/08/2009 
Label:  Melba   Catalog #: 301118   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  James HookGiovanni PaisielloWilliam BoyceCharles Edward Horn,   ... 
Performer:  Deborah Riedel
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Listening to this disc has given me great pleasure.

If you have an earlier Melba CD by Deborah Riedel conducted by Richard Bonynge (“The Power of Love” Melba 301082 or 301107) you will probably rush to add this to your collection. That disc was of arias from 19 th century British operas by such composers as Balfe, Wallace and Sullivan. Not only were they sung and played with total conviction but their presentation added much to the listener’s enjoyment. As a whole the disc whetted the appetite to hear complete such operas as “Lurline” and “Ivanhoe”. It is interesting to note that there is now a good chance that both will be recorded in the near future, as “The Maid of Artois” has been, excerpts from which
Read more were also on that disc. Perhaps the same may apply to the lesser known works on the present disc.
 
You may think from its title that it is of more familiar fare, but do not be misled. Once past the first few tracks the music tends towards the less well known, and indeed for me at least to the completely unknown in terms of both the music and the composers represented - Crescentini, Zingarelli and Portugallo in particular. Whether all of the arias are really undiscovered treasures is a matter of opinion, but they are certainly unfailingly pleasing to hear, varied and well performed. Riedel may not be the most varied or imaginative of singers but she is always efficient in putting the music’s essence across and never gets in the way of its character. The programme includes examples of several contrasting styles of music, and it is to the performers’ credit that these are so clearly defined. I especially enjoyed the contrast between the “pleasure gardens” style of several of the English pieces, the more elaborate vocal lines of the later Italian items, and the elegantly popular style of the two French arias. Once again, not only is this music enjoyable in itself but it encourages the listener to seek out more in a similar vein.
 
This is helped by the excellent presentation, with relatively lengthy and helpful introductions to each composer, texts with English translations where necessary, and interesting notes about the performers, including a full list of the orchestra. Overall this is second only to the excellent presentation we have come to expect from Opera Rara. Together they put most other companies to shame.
 
Listening to this disc has given me great pleasure. Perhaps not the greatest music I have come across but a delightful and profitable way to add to your knowledge of the opera and song of this period.
 
-- John Sheppard, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. The Lass of Richmond Hill by James Hook
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; England 
2. Hope told a flatt'ring tale by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Notes: Arranger: Mazzinghi. 
3. The Nightingale by James Hook
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
4. Solomon: Tell me, lovely shepherd by William Boyce
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; England 
5. Cherry ripe by Charles Edward Horn
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
6. Love in a Village: Gentle Youth by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
7. Lodoiska: Ye streams that round my prison creep by Stephen Storace
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1794; England 
8. Cefalo e Procri: Privo del mio tesoro by Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776 
9. Il ratto di Proserpina: Paga fui by Peter von Winter
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
10. Una cosa rara, ossia Bellezza ed onestà: Dolce mi parve un dì by Vicente Martin y Soler
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
11. La donna di genio volubile: Per amar abbiamo il core by Marcos António Portugal
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1796 
12. Per Piet? by Pietro Generali
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
13. In van ti scuoti, Amor "Amor prigioniero": Pace e amor by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1761 
14. Gran messa di requiem: Ingemisco by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1819 
15. Giannina e Bernardone: La donna che ? amante by Domenico Cimarosa
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
16. Il mio cor gli affetti miei by Domenico Cimarosa
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
17. Giulietta e Romeo: Ombra adorata, aspetta by Niccolò Zingarelli
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1796 
18. Ines de Castro: La preghiera by Francesco Bianchi
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794 
19. Sento mancarmi l'anima by Girolamo Crescentini
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
Period: Classical 
20. Les deux avares: Plus de d?pit by André Modeste Grétry
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra
21. Nina: Quand le bien-aimé reviendra by Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac
Performer:  Deborah Riedel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Lane Orchestra

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