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Songplay / Joyce DiDonato


Release Date: 02/01/2019 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 585780  
Composer:  Alessandro ParisottiSalvator RosaGiuseppe TorelliAllie Wrubel,   ... 
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joyce DiDonato greets you with a song in her heart and twinkle in her eye. The American mezzo-soprano’s album Songplay unites world-class musicians from the varied worlds of opera, jazz and tango in the pure pleasure of improvisation, experimentation and exchange. Together they create their own musical language, surprising listeners with timeless melodies transformed and universal stories retold over centuries; songs in English, in Italian and – naturally – in the universal language of music. On Songplay, along with her hand-picked band led by pianist and arranger Craig Terry, Joyce draws inspiration from Cavalli and Chet Baker in equal measure. The languishing heart in Giordani’s Caro mio ben is as emotionally charged as Jerry Bock’s Read more hopeful Will he like me?. Perhaps the most compelling reminder of how the music of Songplay breaks down divides is from DiDonato’s experience leading vocal and composition workshops in the New York prison Sing Sing, where one of the men who is incarcerated was particularly moved upon hearing her rendition of Caro mio ben: ‘I feel like I've known this song my whole life.’

Featured Musicians:

Charlie Porter: trumpet
Lautaro Greco: bandoneon
Craig Terry: piano, harpsichord
Chuck Israels: bass
Jimmy Madison: drums Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Se tu m'ami by Alessandro Parisotti
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
2.
Star Vicino by Salvator Rosa
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Milan, Italy 
3.
Tu lo sai by Giuseppe Torelli
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
4.
(I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over by Allie Wrubel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
5.
Lullaby of Birdland by George Shearing
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
6.
She Loves Me: Will He Like Me? by Jerry Bock
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
7.
Le nuove musiche: Amarilli mia bella by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
8.
Lean Away by Gene Scheer
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
9.
Arsilda, RV 700: Col piacer della mia fede by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
10.
Giustino, RV 717: Vedrň con mio diletto by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Rome, Italy 
11.
Solitude by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
12.
Quella Fiamma by Francesco B. Conti
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
13.
Caro mio ben by Giuseppe Giordani
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Italy 
14.
La molinara: Nel cor piů non mi sento by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789/1790; Italy 
15.
Spring is Here: With a song in my heart by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; United States 

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