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In Concert / Kathleen Battle, Jean-Pierre Rampal


Release Date: 11/02/1993 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 53106   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelHenry PurcellCamille Saint-SaënsAlbert Roussel,   ... 
Performer:  Kathleen BattleJean-Pierre RampalJohn Steele Ritter
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

'With flute obbligato': it used to be a regular feature of concerts and recordings by the great madames of old. If their programmes had been as enterprising as this one, they would not have provoked so readily, if unwittingly, the odious term 'canary-fancier'... The bell-like purity of [Battle's] voice is delightful in itself... Her fluency and evenness, her free production of perfectly steady tone, are all admirable and none too common in the world today (but then, she is generally acknowledged to be one of the leading singers in that world). She is also highly skilled in making effective use of her naturally limited power, as, for instance, when she fills out the tone towards the end of "Sweet Bird" or repeats the words Read more "can you be" in "There's not a swain". The enervated droop of some high sopranos is not for her, and she can turn from mere pleasantness to gaiety, as in some of the Spanish songs...

Among the songs, Roussel's settings of Ronsard for voice and flute without accompaniment make a strong impression: fine two-part writing and perfect for the occasion. Several others are remarkably happy 'finds', including the Bird-song of Michael Head. But musical interest centres on Martinu's Flute Sonata, a marvellous work... Written in a week at Cape Cod in 1945, it has inexhaustible vitality: apparently simple (but never commonplace), and sometimes dizzyingly intricate and diverse in form and reference...

-- Gramophone [9/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1. Nel dolce dell'oblio, HWV 134 (Pensieri notturni di Filli) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1707-1710; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
Language: Italian 
2. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Sweet bird, that shun'st the noise of folly by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1740; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
Language: English 
3. If music be the food of love, Z 379 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692-1695; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
Language: English 
4. Rule a Wife and Have a Wife, Z 587: There's not a swain by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
Language: English 
5. What can we poor females do?, Z 429 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1694; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
Language: English 
6. Oedipus, Z 583: Music for a while by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
Language: English 
7. Une flûte invisible by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
8. Poèmes (2) de Ronsard, Op. 26 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
Language: French 
9. Sonata for Flute and Piano by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute), John Steele Ritter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
10. Comedy of errors: Lo, here the gentle lark by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
Language: English 
11. Bird-Song by Michael Head
Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
Language: English 
12. Hippolyte et Aricie: Rossignols amoureux (Nightingale aria) by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
Language: French 
13. Canciones Clasicas Españolas: Al Amor by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
Language: Spanish 
14. Canciones Clásicas Españolas: Del cabello más sutil by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
Language: Spanish 
15. Canciones Clasicas Españolas: Chiquitita la novia by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
Language: Spanish 
16. Canciones Clásicas Españolas: La mi sola, Laureola... by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Live  Alice Tully Hall, New York City 
Language: Spanish 

Sound Samples

Nel dolce dell'oblio (Voice)
Sweet Bird (Voice)
If Music Be the Food of Love (Voice)
There's Not a Swain (Voice)
What Can We Poor Females Do? (Voice)
Music for a While (Voice)
Rossignols amoureux (Voice)
La Flute invisible (Voice)
Rossignol, mon mignon (Voice)
Ciel, aer, et vens (Voice)
La mi sola, Laureola (Voice)
Al Amor (Voice)
Del cabello mas sutil (Voice)
Chiquitita la novia (Voice)
I. Allegro moderato (Voice)
II. Adagio (Voice)
III. Allegro poco moderato (Voice)
Bird-Song
Lo! Here the Gentle Lark (Voice)

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