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Classic Kathleen Battle - A Portrait


Release Date: 04/02/2002 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89464   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniGeorge Frideric HandelTraditionalVangelis,   ... 
Performer:  Ken NodaKathleen BattleWynton MarsalisChristopher Parkening,   ... 
Conductor:  John NelsonBlake NeelyRobert SadinAndré Previn,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke'sLondon Metropolitan OrchestraGreece National Opera Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kathleen Battle initially made her considerable reputation on the operatic stage, but quickly went on to become a premier recitalist and a vibrant interpreter of a wide variety of musical styles. CLASSIC KATHLEEN BATTLE - A PORTRAIT is an overview of the dynamic soprano's career that emphasizes her remarkable versatility. Her extraordinary technical control is shown to great effect in works by Handel and Bach, and her crystal clear readings of Mozart's "Laudate Dominum" and "Alleluja" leave no doubt as to why she's considered one of the leading exponents of his work. She moves with confidence and grace through traditional folksongs from Brazil, Chile, and Catalonia and exhibits pure vocal beauty in selections by Fauré, Dvorák, and Mahler. Read more The disc boasts an impressive roster of guest stars and also offers several fine new recordings: a delicately rendered "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini's 'Gianni Schicchi,' moving a cappella versions of the spirituals "Fix Me Jesus" and "Angels Watching Over Me," and a sensuous account of Duke Ellington's "Prelude To A Kiss" that features the marvelous piano accompaniment of Kenny Barron. What ultimately binds this varied collection is Battle's radiant voice and consummate artistry. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ken Noda (Piano), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Samson, HWV 57: Let the bright Seraphim by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Dormi Jesus by Traditional
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Jacqueline B. Hairston 
4.
Canción de cuna by Traditional
Performer:  Romero Lubambo (Guitar), Grover Washington Jr. (Soprano Saxophone), Ira Coleman (Double Bass),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Cyro Baptista (Percussion)
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
5.
Mythodea: 9th movement by Vangelis
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Vangelis (Electric Keyboard), Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Blake Neely
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Metropolitan Orchestra,  Greece National Opera Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
6.
Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339: Laudate Dominum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Robert Sadin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Messiah, HWV 56: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Robert Sadin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Fix me, Jesus by Traditional
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Requiem, Op. 48: Pie Jesu by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Robert Sadin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888 rev 1893; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
El noy de la mare by Traditional
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Catalan. 
11.
El desembre congelat by Traditional
Performer:  Christopher Parkening (Guitar), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Written: Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Catalan. 
12.
Prelude to a Kiss by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Kenny Barron (Piano), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74: Eternal source of light by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a): Alleluia by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15.
Angels watching over me by Traditional
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Written: USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
Symphony no 4 in G major: 4th movement, Das himmlische Leben by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1900; Austria 
Length: 10 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
17.
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: no 1, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1730; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
18.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christian McBride (Double Bass), Marlon Graves (Guitar),
James Carter (Bass Clarinet), Cyrus Chestnut (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This arrangement is titled "Going Home." 

Sound Samples

O mìo babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi
Let the Bright Seraphim from Samson, HWV 57 (Voice)
Dormi, Jesus
Canción de cuna (Voice)
Movement 9 from Mythodea - Music for the NASA Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey (Excerpt)
Laudate Dominum from Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339 (Voice)
Rejoice Greatly from Messiah, HWV 56 (Voice)
Fix Me Jesus
Pie Jesu from the Requiem, Op. 48 (Voice)
El Noi de la Mare (The Son of the Virgin)
El desembre congelat (December's cold winds were stilled)
Prelude to a Kiss
Eternal Source of Light Divine (Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74) (Voice)
Alleluja from Exsultate, jubilate, KV. 158a (Voice)
Angels Watching Over Me
IV. Sehr behaglich. "Wir geniessen die himmlischen Freuden" from Symphony No. 4 in G Major (Excerpt)
1. Aria from Cantata No. 51 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", BWV 51
Going Home from "Largo" of Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 " From the New World" (Voice)

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