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Il Tenero Momento - Mozart & Gluck Arias / Susan Graham


Release Date: 02/06/2001 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 85768   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christoph W. GluckWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Susan Graham
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The operatic world is awash in terrific mezzos these days, and Susan Graham is right up there with the best. Here she puts her warm, flexible voice to the service of a program of arias dealing with love in its various guises from operas by Gluck and Mozart, a happy pairing that admirably suits her talents. The aria that endows the disc with its title, The Tender Moment, is from Mozart's Lucio Silla and ends the program with Graham's luscious voice wrapped around Cinna's anticipation of meeting with his fiancée. As you've figured out, it's a pants role, as are many of the arias on the disc (and many of the juiciest mezzo roles as well). Of course, we get The Marriage of Figaro's Cherubino in the usual "Non so più" and "Voi che sapete," both Read more sung with a relaxed intensity (as opposed to more franticly heated accounts). Graham makes both come up fresh as newly plucked flowers. She's as comfortable with Sesto's lovely lament, "Parto, parto" from La Clemenza di Tito (with Anthony Pay's outstanding basset clarinet obbligato) as she is with the coloratura of the Lucio Silla aria, though the latter, like the runs in Orphée's "Amour, viens rendre" from Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice, exposes weakness in the voice's lower regions. Graham is marginally more successful with Mozart's overt passion than in the cooler districts of Gluck's style, though her rendering of Iphigénie's three arias is beautifully done--so the stress is on the word "marginally." Bicket and the excellent orchestra are on a matching plane of excellence with none of the nasty sounds "original instrument" bands sometimes make. Sonics are fine, though some high notes can be slightly metallic at high volume. Erato provides texts for each aria, but instead of translations, there are chintzy little paragraphs summarizing the action in three languages.

--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Paride ed Elena: O del mio dolce ardor by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Vienna, Austria 
2. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
3. La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
4. Iphigénie en Tauride: O toi qui prolongeas mes jours by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778-1779; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: This selection begins with "Non, je n'espère plus..." 
5. Iphigénie en Tauride: O malheureuse Iphigénie! by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778-1779; Vienna, Austria 
6. Iphigénie en Tauride: Je t'implore et je tremble by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778-1779; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: This selection begins with "Non, cet affreux devoir..." 
7. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
8. La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Deh, per questo istante solo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague, Czech Republ 
9. Orfeo ed Euridice: Amour, viens rendre by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: This selection begins with "Qu'entendes-je? Qu'a-t-il dit?..." 
10. Idomeneo, K 366: Non ho la colpa e mi condanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
11. Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
12. Lucio Silla, K 135: Il tenero momento by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Milan, Italy 
Notes: This selection begins with "Dunque sperar poss'io..." 

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