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Azulao / Isabel Bayrakdarian, James Parker, Cello Ensemble


Release Date: 10/21/2003 
Label:  Cbc Musica Viva Catalog #: 1164   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Enrique GranadosCarlos GuastavinoJoaquin RodrigoManuel de Falla,   ... 
Performer:  James ParkerIsabel BayrakdarianBryan Epperson
Conductor:  Bryan Epperson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Cello Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Although she's making a major name for herself on the world's opera stages, Armenian/Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian has chosen her solo-recital repertoire for her two CBC recordings from decidedly non-opera material. The first, Joyous Light (type Q4974 in Search Reviews), featured contemporary arrangements of traditional Armenian liturgical music; now this one focuses on songs from Spain, Brazil, and Argentina. All of the things I said in the earlier review regarding Bayrakdarian's vocal quality, musicianship, and star-bound credentials hold true here: she is a world-class singer, a performer with prodigious communicative instincts and superlative technical ability. In these wonderfully
Read more colorful and evocative songs, many of which are rarely heard on concert stages or on recordings, she displays a commanding presence, using her considerable dramatic skills to enliven each song with appropriately varied personalities and moods, from playful to passionate to wistful to sultry to melancholy--whatever is required to convey sense and spirit of music and text.


Highlights are many, but among them are Falla's sorrowful "Asturiana", sweet lullaby "Nana", and fiery "Polo" from his Suite populaire espagnole and the Six Classical Spanish Songs by Fernando Obradors, where Bayrakdarian's command of style and mood are at their most impressive and effective. Pianist James Parker is fabulous, and the cello ensemble, led by Bryan Epperson, lends heartfelt, tasteful, stylish support in several works. The famous "Aria" from Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 is performed with a more determined pace in the opening than we usually hear, but Bayrakdarian's vocalism is undeniably compelling--and her rendition of the "Dance" is absolutely riveting. The concluding Azulão (Bluebird) by Jayme Ovalle is a light and lovely parting sentiment. The sound, from Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio, is absolutely right. [4/21/2004]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo: no 3, El majo discreto by Enrique Granados
Performer:  James Parker (Piano), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1911; Spain 
2. Goyescas, H 65 [opera]: La maja y el ruiseñor by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bryan Epperson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Cello Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913-1915; Spain 
Notes: Arranged: Chris Paul Harman 
3. La rosa y el sauce by Carlos Guastavino
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), James Parker (Piano)
Conductor:  Bryan Epperson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Cello Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Tiefenbach 
4. Madrigales (4) amatorios by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bryan Epperson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Cello Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Spain 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Tiefenbach 
5. Canciones populares españolas (7) by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Notes: Arranged: Claude Kenneson 
6. Canciones negras (5): no 4, Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), James Parker (Piano)
Conductor:  Bryan Epperson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Cello Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Spain 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Tiefenbach 
7. Bachianas brasileiras no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bryan Epperson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Cello Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1945; Brazil 
8. Azulao by Jaime Ovalle
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), James Parker (Piano)
Conductor:  Bryan Epperson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Cello Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Tiefenbach 
9. Song of the Birds by Traditional
Performer:  Bryan Epperson (Cello)
Conductor:  Bryan Epperson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Cello Ensemble
Written: Catalonia, Spain 
Notes: Arranged: Chris Paul Harman 
10. Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo: no 5, El majo tímido by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), James Parker (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1911; Spain 
11. Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo: no 7, El tra-la-la y el punteado by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), James Parker (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1911; Spain 
12. Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo: no 8, La maja de Goya by Enrique Granados
Performer:  James Parker (Piano), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1911; Spain 
13. Canciones Clásicas Españolas: El vito by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer:  James Parker (Piano), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
14. Canciones Clasicas Españolas: Al Amor by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer:  James Parker (Piano), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
15. Canciones Clásicas Españolas: La mi sola, Laureola... by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), James Parker (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
16. Canciones Clásicas Españolas: Del cabello más sutil by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer:  James Parker (Piano), Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
17. Canciones Clasicas Españolas: Chiquitita la novia by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), James Parker (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
18. Canciones Clásicas Españolas: Corazón, por qué pasais? by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano), James Parker (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 

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