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Hommage A Trois

Haydn / Berger / Scottish Chamber Orch / Sampson
Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 428   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnDomenico CimarosaWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Carolyn SampsonWilliam Berger
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The “trois” here refers to Haydn, Mozart, and Cimarosa. Aside from Cimarosa’s Il maestro di capella, a long, comic monologue in which the “maestro” upbraids and “teaches” his orchestra, each of the arias and duets (with Carolyn Sampson) finds the characters in one stage or another of love – seduction, jealousy, amazement – and in the case of the arias from Haydn’s L’isola disabitata and Armida, friendship. William Berger’s voice is light, more potent at the top than the lower reaches, rich and expressive in the middle, and agile enough for both coloratura and trills. His sexy pleading as the Count, in “Crudel! Perché finora,” is warm and convincing, and Sampson is an utterly enchanting Susanna. I can’t recall hearing this duet, or Read more the Count’s big aria that follows, sung as smoothly and with as much character: Berger is treacherous, with an audible sneer. His Don Giovanni is the least successful portrayal on the CD; while “Deh vieni...” is smooth and alluring and sung with a ravishing legato, “Fin ch’an dal vino” is underpowered and lacks lust. Guglielmo’s “Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo” is gorgeous; the changes in mood are delineated well, and the outcome heroic. And he is the most delightful of Papagenos (with Sampson lovely as both Pa- mina and Papagena) and his tone painting is different from one duet to the next. His timbre is almost ideal for these three composers, and, I imagine, for earlier music; he will probably excel in some of the French repertoire as his tone ripens. Hearing highlights from five of Haydn’s operas is a mixed blessing: though filled with lovely cantilena and fine orchestrations, Haydn’s operatic efforts pale beside Mozart’s in the ability to make us care about the character’s situation, even in brief excerpts. But his wit, grace, and charm are all in evidence, and frankly, the flirtatious duet from Orlando paladino is a sexy little piece, well worth hearing again. Berger makes the most of each aria; you only wish that they were more memorable. The Cimarosa is a “stunt” piece, a showpiece for bass-baritone that I have only previously heard with plenty of exaggerated vocal mugging. What a joy it is to hear Berger sing every note and articulate every word (his diction is impeccable). Nicholas McGegan leads with total understanding and support, and the modern-instrument Scottish Chamber Orchestra plays with perfect eighteenth-century style.

– Robert Levine, Listen Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
L'Isola Disabitata, Hob. 28:9: Chi nel cammin d'onore by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (), William Berger ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2.
L'Anima del Filosofo, Hob. 27:13: Il pensier sta negli oggetti by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (), William Berger ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Armida, Hob. 28:12: Teco lo guida al campo by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (), William Berger ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Orlando Paladino, Hob. 28:11: Quel tuo visetto amabile by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  William Berger (), Carolyn Sampson ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5.
La Vera Costanza, Hob. 28:8: Già la morte in manto nero by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (), William Berger ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6.
La Vera Costanza, Hob. 28:8: Non sparate... mi disdico... by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  William Berger (), Carolyn Sampson ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7.
Il Maestro di Cappella: Sinfonia by Domenico Cimarosa
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786-1793 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
8.
Il Maestro di Cappella: Se mi dànno il permesso by Domenico Cimarosa
Performer:  William Berger (), Carolyn Sampson ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786-1793 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 5 Secs. 
9.
Il Maestro di Cappella: Ci sposeremo fra suoni e canti by Domenico Cimarosa
Performer:  William Berger (), Carolyn Sampson ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786-1793 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
10.
Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Crudel! perché finora by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  William Berger (), Carolyn Sampson ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
11.
Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Hai già vinta la causa!... Vedrò mentr'io sospiro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  William Berger (), Carolyn Sampson ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
12.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Finch' han dal vino [Brindisi] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (), William Berger ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
13.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  William Berger (), Carolyn Sampson ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
14.
Così Fan Tutte, K. 588: Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (), William Berger ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
15.
Die Zauberflöte, K. 620: Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  William Berger (), Carolyn Sampson ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
16.
Die Zauberflöte, K. 620: Pa-Pa-Pa-Papagena! by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  William Berger (), Carolyn Sampson ()
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 

Sound Samples

L'isola disabitata, Hob. 28/9: Chi nel cammin d'onore
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Crudel! perché finora
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Hai già vinta la causa!...Vedrò mentr'io sospiro
L'anima del filosofo, Hob. XXVIII:13: Il pensier sta negli oggetti
Armida, Hob. XXVIII/12: Teco lo guida al campo
Orlando paladino, Hob. 28/11: Quel tuo visetto amabile
Don Giovanni, K. 527: Fin ch'han dal vino
Don Giovanni, K. 527: Deh vieni alla finestra
La vera costanza, Hob. 28/8: Già la morte in manto nero
La vera costanza, Hob. 28/8: Non sparate...mi disdico...
Così fan tutte, K. 588: Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo
Die Zauberflöte, K. 620: Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen
Die Zauberflöte, K. 620: Pa-Pa-Pa-Papagena!
Il maestro di cappella: Sinfonia
Il maestro di cappella: Se mi dànno il permesso
Il maestro di cappella: Ci sposeremo fra suoni e canti

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