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Opera In English - Great Operatic Arias Vol 5 / Kenny, Et Al


Release Date: 08/22/2000 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 3035   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniWolfgang Amadeus MozartHenry PurcellGeorge Frideric Handel,   ... 
Performer:  Yvonne KennyBarry BanksDella Jones
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraGeoffrey Mitchell Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Yvonne Kenny is a wonderful singer, with a pliable, shimmering tone, a technique that allows her to sing at many dynamic levels from ppp to ff, and an intelligence and way with text that is underlined with absolute commitment. Over the years her voice has grown from light lyric-coloratura into lyric-in-full-bloom, and on this recital, part of Chandos' (mostly) winning Opera in English series, she stays relatively close to home, vocally speaking, only occasionally venturing out. One of those occasions is the big spinto aria from La Wally which she imbues with enough tension to make it work, complete with a solid top B. Lauretta's aria from Schicchi finds her wonderfully in her element, as does Ilia's from Idomeneo, Almirena's Read more from Rinaldo (the ravishing--and ravishingly sung "Lascia ch'io pianga"), the duets from Linda di Chamonix and Pearl Fishers (with the excellent lyric tenor, Barry Banks), the Semiramide-Arsace Act 2 duet with a nicely manly Della Jones, and Matilde's aria from William Tell, intoned with a delicacy one rarely encounters. Other highlights are "Strange, dear, but true, dear ... So in love" from Kiss Me Kate, which, we can hope, will give the song a new lease on life, and Anne's lullaby from the last scene of The Rake's Progress. Occasionally, we might wish for a more varied tone and color, but perhaps this CD (76 minutes) is best played in chunks--as most solo-voice recitals should be. However you play it, you're sure to enjoy and admire it. Sonics are full and robust and most of the words are understandable.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Language: English 
2.
Idomeneo, K 366: Solitudini amiche...Zeffiretti lusinghieri by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
Language: English 
3.
Indian Queen, Z 630: I attempt from Love's sickness to fly by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
4.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Language: English 
5.
Linda di Chamounix: Linda! Linda! by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano), Barry Banks (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Language: English 
6.
Les pêcheurs de perles: Ma voilà seule dans la nuit by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Language: English 
7.
Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gönner, K 383 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
8.
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628: Fairest Isle by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
9.
Joshua, HWV 64: O had I Jubal's lyre by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1748; London, England 
10.
Semiramide: Giorno d'orrore by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano), Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Language: English 
11.
La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Language: English 
12.
Guillaume Tell: Sombre forêt by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Language: English 
13.
Les pêcheurs de perles: Ton coeur n'as pas compris by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano), Barry Banks (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Language: English 
14.
Rake's Progress: Gently, little boat by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: 20th Century 
15.
Mikado: The sun whose rays are all ablaze by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
16.
Der Vogelhändler: Schenkt man sich Rosen in Tirol by Carl Zeller
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
17.
Kiss Me, Kate: So in Love by Cole Porter
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
18.
The Immortal Hour, opera: Faery Song by Rutland Boughton
Performer:  Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1914 

Sound Samples

Gianni Schicchi: Act I: Solo: Oh, my beloved father (O mio babino caro)
Idomeneo re di Creta, K. 366: Idomeneo, K. 366, Act III: Aria: Gentle zephyres, soft caressing (Zeffiretti lusinghieri)
The Indian Queen, Z. 630: Act I: Solo: I attempt from love's sickness
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Act II: Aria: Hear thou my weeping (Lascia ch'io pianga)
Linda di Chamonix: Linda di Chamounix, Act I: Duet: Linda! Linda!
Les pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fisher): Les pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers), Act II: Recitative and Aria: I'm all alone here ...
Nehmt meinen Dank, K. 383
King Arthur, Z. 628, "The British Worthy": King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Song: Fairest isle
Joshua, HWV 64: Air: Oh! Had I Jubal's lyre
Semiramide: Act II: Duet: Dark day of dread! (Giorno d'orror!)
La Wally: Act I: Aria: I'll float into the distance (Ebben? Ne andro lontana)
Guillaume Tell (William Tell): Act II: Romance: Dark, sombre wood (Sombre foret)
Les pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fisher): Les pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers), Act II: Duet: Leila! Leila! Lord Brahma! He is here!
The Rake's Progress: Act III: Lullaby: Gently, little boat
The Mikado (excerpts): The Mikado, Act II: Song: The sun, whose rays
Der Vogelhandler: (The Bird Seller): When you're sent roses in this land!
Kiss Me, Kate: Act I: Song: Strange, dear, but true, dear
The Immortal Hour, Act II: Faery Song: How beautiful they are

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