Sheila Armstrong

Biography

Born: August 13, 1942; Ashington, England  
English soprano Sheila Armstrong primarily made her name in her own country, but mainly with work by Italians. Her specialties were Rossini and Donizetti, as well as Mozart. She was more versatile than that, though, within a particular stylistic range. Armstrong found success in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (in which she made her Glyndebourne Festival debut in 1966) and Beethoven's Fidelio (her Covent Garden debut in 1973), and recorded English Read more music, especially that of Vaughan Williams and Britten. She also toured Europe, North America, and Asia as a concert singer. Armstrong studied at London's Royal Academy of Music, and won the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship in 1965. She made her operatic debut that year as Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre. She retired in 1993 at the fairly early age of 51. Unfortunately, technical concerns sabotaged her farewell. At a televised concert marking the 900th anniversary of the founding of Durham Cathedral, the TV crew prohibited the use of microphones for amplification in the cathedral, claiming that they would block the cameras' sight lines. As a result, many members of the audience couldn't hear Armstrong clearly, and walked out in frustration. Read less

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Born: August 13, 1942; Ashington, England  
English soprano Sheila Armstrong primarily made her name in her own country, but mainly with work by Italians. Her specialties were Rossini and Donizetti, as well as Mozart. She was more versatile than that, though, within a particular stylistic range. Armstrong found success in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (in which she made her Glyndebourne Festival debut in 1966) and Beethoven's Fidelio (her Covent Garden debut in 1973), and recorded English Read more
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LABEL
J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 58 "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid" - Duetto "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid"/"Nur Geduld,"
J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 58 "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid" - Recitativo "Verfolgt dich gleich" (Basso)
J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 58 "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid" - Aria "Ich bin vergnügt in meinem Leiden" (Soprano)
J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 58 "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid" - Recitativo "Kann es die Welt nicht lassen" (Soprano)
J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 58 "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid" - Duetto "Ich hab' für mir ein schwere Reis'" (Soprano, Basso)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Introduction: Shine out (Anon. 16th century)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: The merry Cuckoo (E Spencer)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Spring, the sweet Spring (T Nashe)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: The Driving Boy (G Peele and J Clare)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: The Morning Star (J Milton)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Welcome, Maids of Honour (R Herrick)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Waters above! (H Vaughan)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Out of the lawn lie in bad (W H Auden)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: When will my May come (Barnefield)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Fair and Fair (G Peele)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Sound the flute! (W Blake)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Finale: London, to thee I do present (J Beaumont, J Fletcher & anon. 13th century)
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster): I. Introitus: Requiem aeternam -
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster): II. Kyrie
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), III. Sequenz: 1. Dies irae
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), III. Sequenz: 2. Tuba mirum
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), III. Sequenz: 3. Rex tremendae
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), III. Sequenz: 4. Recordare
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), III. Sequenz: 5. Confutatis -
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), III. Sequenz: 6. Lacrimosa
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), IV. Offertorium: 1. Domine Jesu Christe - Quam olim Abrahae
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), IV. Offertorium: 2. Hostias - Quam olim Abrahae
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster): V. Sanctus - Osanna
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster): VI. Benedictus - Osanna
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster): VII. Agnus Dei -
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster): VIII. Communio: Lux aeterna - Cum sanctis tuis
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster): Prologue: Bunyan in Prison
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act I: Scene 1: The Pilgrim meets Evangelist
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act I: Scene 2: The House Beautiful
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act I: Nocturne (Intermezzo)
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act II: Scene 1: The Arming of the Pilgrim
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act II: Scene 2: The Pilgrim meets Apollyon
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 1: Vanity Fair: Buy! What will ye buy?
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 1: Vanity Fair: I buy the truth
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act III: Scene 2: The Pilgrim in Prison
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act IV: Scene 1: The Pilgrim meets Mister By-Ends
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act IV: Entr'acte
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act IV, Scene 2: The Delectable Mountains: Who so dwelleth
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act IV, Scene 2: The Delectable Mountains: The Lord is my Shepherd
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act IV: Scene 3: The Pilgrim reaches the End of his Journey
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue (1992 - Remaster), Act IV: Epilogue
The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal: Act III Scene 1
The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal: Act I Nocturne
The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal: Act IV Scene 1
The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal: Act IV Scene 2
The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal: Act II Scene 1
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version), I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships (Moderato maestoso): Behold the sea itself (chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version), I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships (Moderato maestoso): Today a rude brief recitative (baritone & chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version), I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships (Moderato maestoso): Flaunt out, O sea, your separate flags of nations (soprano & chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version), I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships (Moderato maestoso): Token of all brave captains (chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version), I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships (Moderato maestoso): A pennant universal (baritone, soprano & chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version), II. On the Beach at Night, Alone (Largo sostenuto): On the beach, at night, alone (baritone & semi-chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version), II. On the Beach at Night, Alone (Largo sostenuto): A vast similitude interlocks all (baritone & chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version): III. Scherzo: The Waves (Allegro brillante)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version), IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto): O vast Rondure, swimming in Space (chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version), IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto): Down from the gardens of Asia descending (chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version), IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto): O we can wait no longer (baritone & soprano)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version), IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto): O thou transcendent (soprano, baritone & chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version), IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto): Greater than stars or suns (chorus, soprano & baritone)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version), IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto): Sail forth (chorus, soprano & baritone)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Remastered Version), IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto): O my brave Soul (soprano, baritone & chorus)
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster): I. Introitus: Requiem aeternam -
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster): II. Kyrie
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), III. Sequenz: 1. Dies irae
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), III. Sequenz: 2. Tuba mirum
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), III. Sequenz: 3. Rex tremendae
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), III. Sequenz: 4. Recordare
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), III. Sequenz: 5. Confutatis -
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), III. Sequenz: 6. Lacrimosa
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), IV. Offertorium: 1. Domine Jesu Christe - Quam olim Abrahae
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster), IV. Offertorium: 2. Hostias - Quam olim Abrahae
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster): V. Sanctus - Osanna
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster): VI. Benedictus - Osanna
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster): VII. Agnus Dei -
Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2008 - Remaster): VIII. Communio: Lux aeterna - Cum sanctis tuis
J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 58 "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid" - Duetto "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid"/"Nur Geduld,"
J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 58 "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid" - Recitativo "Verfolgt dich gleich" (Basso)
J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 58 "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid" - Aria "Ich bin vergnügt in meinem Leiden" (Soprano)
J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 58 "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid" - Recitativo "Kann es die Welt nicht lassen" (Soprano)
J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 58 "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid" - Duetto "Ich hab' für mir ein schwere Reis'" (Soprano, Basso)
The Bells Op. 35 (1989 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro ma non tanto
The Bells Op. 35 (1989 Digital Remaster): II. Lento
The Bells Op. 35 (1989 Digital Remaster): III. Presto
The Bells Op. 35 (1989 Digital Remaster): IV. Lento lugubre
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas - Overture
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "Shake the cloud from off your brow"
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas / Act 1 - "Ah! Belinda"/"Grief increases"/"When monarchs unite"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "Whence could so much virtue spring?" - "Fear no danger"
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas / Act 1 - "See, your royal guest appears"/"Cupid only throws.."
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "If not for mine, for empire's sake" ... "To the hills and the vales"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - The Triumphing Dance
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas / Act 2 - "Prelude for..."/"Harms our..."/"The Queen"/"Ho,ho,ho"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Ruin'd ere the set of sun" ... "But ere we this perform"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "In our deep vaulted cell"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - Echo Dance of Furies
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - Ritornelle - "Thanks to these lonesome vales" - Gitter Ground a Dance
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Oft she visits"
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas / Act 2 - "Behold, upon my bending spear"/"Haste, haste to town"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Stay, Prince"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Then since our charms have sped" - "A Dance" - The Groves Dance
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - Prelude - "Come away, fellow sailors"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - The Sailors' Dance "See the flags and streamers curling"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - "Our next motion" - "Destructions's our delight"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - The Witches' Dance
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - "Your counsel all is urg'd in vain" - "Great minds against themselves conspire"
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas / Act 3 - "Thy hand, Belinda"/"When I am laid in earth"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - "With drooping wings..." - Cupids´ Dance
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Op. 125 (1991 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Op. 125 (1991 Digital Remaster): II. Molto vivace - Presto - Molto vivace - Presto
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Op. 125 (1991 Digital Remaster): III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Op. 125 (1991 Digital Remaster): IV. Presto - Allegro ma non troppo - Allegro assai - Allegro assai vivace - Alla marcia - Andante maestoso - Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato - Allegro ma non tanto - Poco adagio - P
Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op.7 - 1. Villanelle
Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op.7 - 2. Le spectre de la rose
Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op.7 - 3. Sur les lagunes
Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op.7 - 4. Absence
Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op.7 - 5. Au cimetière (Clair de lune)
Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op.7 - 6. L'île inconnue
Dona nobis pacem: I. 'Agnus Dei' (Lento) -
Dona nobis pacem: II. 'Beat! beat! drums!' (Allegro moderato) -
Dona nobis pacem: III. Reconciliation (Andantino) -
Dona nobis pacem: IV. Dirge for Two Veterans (Moderato alla marcia) -
Dona nobis pacem: V. 'The Angel of Death has been abroad' (L'istesso tempo) -
Dona nobis pacem: VI. 'O man greatly beloved'
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Introduction: Shine out (Anon. 16th century)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: The merry Cuckoo (E Spencer)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Spring, the sweet Spring (T Nashe)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: The Driving Boy (G Peele and J Clare)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: The Morning Star (J Milton)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Welcome, Maids of Honour (R Herrick)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Waters above! (H Vaughan)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Out of the lawn lie in bad (W H Auden)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: When will my May come (Barnefield)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Fair and Fair (G Peele)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Sound the flute! (W Blake)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Finale: London, to thee I do present (J Beaumont, J Fletcher & anon. 13th century)
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue: Prologue: Bunyan in Prison
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue, Act I: Scene 1: The Pilgrim meets Evangelist
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue, Act I: Scene 2: The House Beautiful
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue, Act I: Nocturne (Intermezzo)
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue, Act II: Scene 1: The Arming of the Pilgrim
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue, Act II: Scene 2: The Pilgrim meets Apollyon
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue, Act III, Scene 1: Vanity Fair: Buy! What will ye buy?
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue, Act III, Scene 1: Vanity Fair: I buy the truth
The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal: Act I Nocturne
The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal: Act IV Scene 1
The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal: Act IV Scene 2
The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal: Act II Scene 1
The Bells Op. 35 (1989 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro ma non tanto
The Bells Op. 35 (1989 Digital Remaster): II. Lento
The Bells Op. 35 (1989 Digital Remaster): III. Presto
The Bells Op. 35 (1989 Digital Remaster): IV. Lento lugubre
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: No. 1 - O Fortuna
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: No. 2 - Fortune plango vulnera
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), I - Primo vere: No. 3 - Veris Ieta facies
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), I - Primo vere: No. 4 - Omnia Sol temperat
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), I - Primo vere: No. 5 - Ecce gratum
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Uf dem Anger: No. 6 - Tanz
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Uf dem Anger: No. 7 - Floret silva
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Uf dem Anger: No. 8 - Chramer, gip die varwe mir
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Uf dem Anger: No. 9 - Reie - Swaz hie gat umbe - Chume, chum, geselle min - Swaz hie gat umbe
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Uf dem Anger: No. 10 - Were diu werlt alle min
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), II - In taberna: No. 11 - Estuans interius
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), II - In taberna: No. 12 - Olim lacus colueram
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), II - In taberna: No. 13 - Ego sum abbas
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), II - In taberna: No. 14 - In taberna quando sumus
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No.15 - Amor volat undique
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 16 - Dies, nox et omnia
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 17 - Stetit puella
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 18 - Circa mea pectora
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 19 - Si puer cum puellula
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 20 - Veni, veni, venias
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 21 - In trutina
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 22 - Tempus est iocundum
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), III - Cours d'amour: No. 23 - Dulcissime
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Blanziflor et Helena: No. 24 - Ave formosissima
Carmina Burana - Cantiones profanae (1997 Digital Remaster), Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: No. 25 - O Fortuna
Requiem, Op.48 (1987 - Remaster): I. Introït et Kyrie
Requiem, Op.48 (1987 - Remaster): II. Offertoire
Requiem, Op.48 (1987 - Remaster): III. Sanctus
Requiem, Op.48 (1987 - Remaster): IV. Pie Jesu
Requiem, Op.48 (1987 - Remaster): V. Agnus Dei
Requiem, Op.48 (1987 - Remaster): VI. Libera me
Requiem, Op.48 (1987 - Remaster): VII. In Paradisum
Requiem in D minor K626: Requiem aeternam
Requiem in D minor K626: Dies irae
Requiem in D minor K626: Tuba mirum
Requiem in D minor K626: Rex tremendae
Requiem in D minor K626: Recordare
Requiem in D minor K626: Confutatis
Requiem in D minor K626: Lacrimosa
Requiem in D minor K626: Domine Jesu
Requiem in D minor K626: Hostias
Requiem in D minor K626: Sanctus
Requiem in D minor K626: Benedictus
Requiem in D minor K626: Agnus Dei


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