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Love's Sweet Surrender / Sylvia McNair


Release Date: 01/13/1998 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 446712   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sylvia McNairAlfred BrendelLeila Josefowicz
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Every recital disc seems to need a catchy title these days. The promise of “Love’s Sweet Surrender” may attract extra passing interest in this disc, but it is best not to look too closely at its relevance to the music (is that why there are no texts or translations?). Nothing could be further from Konstanze’s mind than surrender as she sings “Martern aller Arten” and Sylvia McNair is quite clear about the fact. This is one of her best tracks on the disc, because she enters into the spirit of the piece with energy and agility, really getting on top of the high Cs and Ds. Elsewhere, her singing is always beautiful, but she can sound self-regarding. The first recitative on the disc, “Giunse alfin il momento” leading to “Deh vieni”, introduces Read more a doe-eyed Susanna, with too much American apple-pie cuteness and not enough Italianate sparkle.

It is interesting to make a comparison with another young American soprano in her recent Mozart recital. On Decca, Renee Fleming, already an exciting Donna Anna, looked back (not always with success) on her days as a lighter Mozartian; and here Sylvia McNair is going in the other direction, a Susanna who is looking forward to progressing to the Countess. McNair sings both the Countess’s arias – “Dove sono” is heard in an alternative version, deprived of its da capo – with a perfect sheen on the surface, but as yet the emotional character feels shallow. The concert arias, particularly Ch’io mi scordi di te, where we get the luxury of Alfred Brendel as the piano soloist, also need more backbone. But the lovely aria from Il re pastore is graced with some heavenly singing and “Ach, ich fuhl’s”, at a slower speed than Mackerras allowed Fleming, has more expression and just as much poise. Marriner and the ASMF accompany with matching suavity. In all, a pleasing recital, with bonus points for the imaginative touches in its programming.

-- Gramophone [1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
2.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Notes: This selection begins with "Misera, dove son". 
3.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano), Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ch'io mi scordi di te". 
4.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: Martern aller Arten by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
5.
Il rè pastore, K 208: L'amerò, sarò costante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano), Leila Josefowicz (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
6.
Al desio di chi ch'adora, K 577 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Notes: This selection begins with "Giunse alfin il momento". 
7.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: E Susanna non vien...Dove sono by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
8.
Misera! dove son...Ah! non son io, K 369 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
9.
Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K 505 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano), Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 

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