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Singers To Remember - Isobel Baillie - The Unforgettable


Release Date: 10/08/2002 
Label:  Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog #: 9729   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelJohann Sebastian BachWolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Joseph Haydn,   ... 
Performer:  Isobel BaillieArthur LockwoodAnthony PiniCharles Draper,   ... 
Conductor:  Warwick BraithwaiteBasil CameronLeslie HewardSir Malcolm Sargent,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé OrchestraCity of Birmingham Symphony OrchestraRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Isobel Baillie was a lovely, silvery-voiced English soprano who was known for her work in oratorio. In these selections, all sung in English and recorded between 1927 and 1944 (she was born in 1895), we hear an exquisite technique, a manner of singing as natural as speech, an ease in fiorature devoid of aspirates, divine pianissimos, absolute control at all dynamic levels, a real trill, precise but unfussy diction, and an interest in the text that is to be admired. The Baroque excerpts are decidedly old-fashioned--"Let the bright seraphim" is stately and seemingly endless--but you get used to that; her Susanna ("Deh vieni...") is magnificent and gives us a complete portrait of the character in one aria; Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock lacks Read more weight but is beautifully sung; and Olympia's "Doll Song" from Hoffmann is maniacally fast and very entertaining (though Baillie steers clear of the very highest notes). The ear can tire after 75 minutes of such a bright sound and pointed delivery--can she be the "English-type" of soprano Anna Russell satirized?--but a few selections at a time are a joy. Perhaps it will strike some as precious; for the most part such wonderful singing should simply be appreciated.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Samson, HWV 57: Let the bright Seraphim by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano), Arthur Lockwood (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Warwick Braithwaite
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/18/1943 
Venue:  Houldsworth Hall, Manchester, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, BWV 68: no 2, Mein gläubiges Herze by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anthony Pini (Cello), Isobel Baillie (Soprano)
Conductor:  Basil Cameron
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/24/1941 
Venue:  Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
La finta giardiniera, K 196: Noi donne poverine, tapine by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano)
Conductor:  Basil Cameron
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/24/1941 
Venue:  Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Dove sei, amato bene? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano)
Conductor:  Basil Cameron
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/24/1941 
Venue:  Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
The Creation, H 21 no 2: And God said... With verdure by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leslie Heward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/23/1941 
Venue:  Belle Vue, Manchester, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection omits "And God said". 
6.
Messiah, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leslie Heward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/23/1941 
Venue:  Belle Vue, Manchester, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Messiah, HWV 56: If God be for us who can be against us? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/21/1944 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Elijah, Op. 70: Hear ye, Israel by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/13/1928 
Venue:  Large Studio, Petty France, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Theodora, HWV 68: Angels ever bright and fair by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1749-1750; London, England 
Date of Recording: 11/13/1928 
Venue:  Large Studio, Petty France, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Joshua, HWV 64: O had I Jubal's lyre by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Prentice
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1748; London, England 
Date of Recording: 11/09/1928 
Venue:  Large Studio, Petty France, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Venite, inginocchiatevi by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stanford Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/14/1927 
Venue:  Large Studio, Petty France, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stanford Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/18/1930 
Venue:  Large Studio, Petty France, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano), Charles Draper (Clarinet), G. Ison (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/24/1928 
Venue:  Small Studio, Petty France, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
An die Musik, D 547 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/12/1941 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
The Tempest: Ariel's Song "Where the bee sucks" by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1746; England 
Date of Recording: 09/02/1943 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
Der Streit zwischen Phoebus und Pan, BWV 201: no 3, Patron, das macht der Wind by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Isobel Baillie (Soprano)
Conductor:  Basil Cameron
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1729; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/24/1941 
Venue:  Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Mottl 

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