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Countertenors - James Bowman, Michael Chance, Andreas Scholl

Countertenors
Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 4391  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachGiovanni Battista PergolesiGeorge Frideric HandelThomas Campion,   ... 
Performer:  Michael ChanceAndreas SchollDavid MillerJames Bowman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble SonnerieAcademy for Ancient Music Berlin
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 2 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With its unique, soaring beauty, the high male voice is today enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity. Heirs to the celebrated castrati of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, today’s countertenors produce their voices by wholly natural means.

In this program international stars Michael Chance, Andreas Scholl and James Bowman, as well as popstar Jimmy Somerville, shed light on the appeal of the male falsetto. Meanwhile, experts such as Michael White place today’s countertenors in their historical context.

What emerges is a compelling portrayal of an unmistakable vocal style, rooted in church and operatic tradition, yet completely up-to-date, resonating louder today than at any time in the last two hundred
Read more years. Following the South Bank Show is a 70-minute program of specially recorded performance material, showcasing the extraordinary talents of today’s most popular countertenors.

Region: 1 (USA & Canada)
Running Time: 123 minutes
Format: NTSC, Color, Dolby 2.0
Language: English
Subtitles: English
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Works on This Recording

1. Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Sonnerie
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
2. Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; Pozzuoli, Italy 
3. Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
4. Rodelinda, HWV 19: Vivi, Tiranno! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
5. Never weather-beaten saile more willing bent to shore by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
6. Sound the trumpet, Z 335 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Sonnerie
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1687; England 
7. O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z 504 "Elegy for Queen Mary II" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Sonnerie
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1695; England 
8. Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell by John Blow
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Sonnerie
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1696; London, England 
9. Strike the viol by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Sonnerie
10. Evening Hymn by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Sonnerie
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
11. Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 3, Sorrow sorrow stay, lend true repentant teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
12. Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 5, Can she excuse my wrongs? by John Dowland
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
13. Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 2, Flow, my teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
14. Musicke of Sundrie Kindes, Pt 1: Since first I saw your face by Thomas Ford
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1607; England 

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