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The Best Of Yoshikazu Mera

Mera,Yoshikazu
Release Date: 11/19/2002 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 5021   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovGeorge Frideric HandelJohann Sebastian BachJo Hisaishi,   ... 
Performer:  Yoshikazu MeraKikuko OguraNatsuko UchiyamaCrystal Garner,   ... 
Conductor:  Shigeo GendaMasaaki Suzuki
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is, quite simply, no other singer who is remotely comparable with Yoshikazu Mera. In classical performance he sings in the alto ranges as what has come to be called a 'counter tenor'. Here his voice is notable for the ease with which he can sing throughout the entire compass that is expected. His performance of Handel's famou aria 'Lascia ch'io pianga' won him a wide following as a classical singer and, indeed, introduced a new audience to the world of classical music. But Mera has much more to offer the world than melting performances of the most famous of Baroque arias. He has also won a wide following for both art songs and folk songs from his native Japan. And he has given us inimitable interpretations of some of the 'standards' Read more of the popular vocal repertoire. This selection of the Best of Mera shows him in all his different roles and proves him to be an extraordinary versatile artist with an entirely personal timbre to his voice; an artist who is ever ready to surprise people who have mentally placed him a particular genre of singing. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera (Alto), Yoshikazu Mera ()
Conductor:  Shigeo Genda
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
2.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Armida dispietata...Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera (Alto)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
3.
Saint John Passion, BWV 245: no 11, Von den Stricken meiner Sünden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera (Alto)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 4, Bereite dich, Zion by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera (Alto)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Mononokehime (song for the film Princess Mononoke) by Jo Hisaishi
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera ()
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6.
Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: But who may abide... by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera ()
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Ja 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
7.
Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu (Never was Shade) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera ()
Conductor:  Shigeo Genda
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Fuchu-no-Mori Theatre, Vienna Hall, Toky 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
8.
Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55: no 4, Als die alte Mutter by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera ()
Conductor:  Shigeo Genda
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Fuchu-no-Mori Theatre, Vienna Hall, Toky 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
9.
Higambana (The flower of death), for voice & piano by Kosaku Yamada
Performer:  Kikuko Ogura (Piano), Yoshikazu Mera ()
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Danderyd Grammar School, Danderyd, Swede 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
10.
Lullaby by Ikuma Dan
Performer:  Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano), Yoshikazu Mera ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Japan 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Chichibu Myuzu Park, Saitama, Japan 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
11.
Yomise no uta (Song of the Market Stalls) by Yoshinao Nakada
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera (), Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Sapporo Concert Hall, Sapporo, Japan 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
12.
Red Dragonfly by Kosaku Yamada
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera (), Natsuko Uchiyama (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Japan 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Chichibu Myuzu Park, Saitama, Japan 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
13.
Uguisu (Nightingale), for solo voice by Fumio Hayasaka
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera (), Kikuko Ogura (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1944 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Danderyd Grammar School, Danderyd, Swede 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
14.
Kachuusha no uta (Katjusha's Song) by Shinpei Nakayama
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera ()
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  King Record Sekiguchidai 1st Studio, Jap 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
15.
Mizuiro no Warutsu (Light Blue Waltz) by Touroku Takagi
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera ()
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  King Record Sekiguchidai 1st Studio, Jap 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
16.
Kage wo shitaite (I Long for a Shadow) by Masao Koga
Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera ()
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  King Record Sekiguchidai 1st Studio, Jap 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
17.
Music of the Spheres by Gil Goldstein
Performer:  Crystal Garner (Viola), Jeremy Turner (Cello), Eijiro Nakagawa (Trombone),
Diane Lesser (Flute), Carol Landon (Viola), Jiro Yoshida (Guitar),
Sarah Adams (Viola), Elena Barere (Violin), Ben Wittman (Cymbals),
Gil Goldstein (Piano), Jerry Grossman (Cello), Juliet Haffner (Viola),
Yoshikazu Mera (), Caryl Paisner (Cello), Richard Sortomme (Viola),
Sue Pray (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  New York, NY, Unites States 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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