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If You Love For Beauty

Adams / Cooke / Colburn Orchestra / Gilad
Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Yarlung Records   Catalog #: 14148   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John AdamsErnest ChaussonGeorge Frideric HandelGustav Mahler
Performer:  Sasha Cooke
Conductor:  Yehuda Gilad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colburn Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Showcasing Metropolitan Opera and GRAMMY® Award-winning mezzo-soprano Cooke, and the Colburn Orchestra led by Gilad. The recording includes Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, the aria ‘Am I in Your Light?’ from Doctor Atomic by John Adams, Chausson’s sweeping Poème de l'amour et de la mer, all with full orchestra, and two Handel arias, ‘Scherza infida’ and ‘Ombra mai fu’ performed with chamber orchestra. The members of the Colburn Orchestra create a distinct orchestral sound (a great one), and Maestro Gilad elicits sensitive and lyrical interpretations of the repertoire. This recording won the Audio Oasis Award even before it was released at THE SHOW in Newport, 2012. Showcasing Metropolitan Opera and GRAMMY® Award-winning mezzo-soprano Cooke, and the Colburn Orchestra led by Gilad. The recording includes Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, the aria ‘Am I in Your Light?’ from Doctor Atomic by John Adams, Chausson’s sweeping Poème de l'amour et de la mer, all with full orchestra, and two Handel arias, ‘Scherza infida’ and ‘Ombra mai fu’ performed with chamber orchestra. The members of the Colburn Orchestra create a distinct orchestral sound (a great one), and Maestro Gilad elicits sensitive and lyrical interpretations of the repertoire. This recording won the Audio Oasis Award even before it was released at THE SHOW in Newport, 2012. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Doctor Atomic: Am I in Your Light by John Adams
Performer:  Sasha Cooke (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Yehuda Gilad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colburn Orchestra
2.
Ariodante, HWV 33: Scherza infida, in grembo al drudo by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sasha Cooke (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Yehuda Gilad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colburn Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; London, England 
3.
Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: no 3a, La mort de l'amour by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Sasha Cooke (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Yehuda Gilad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colburn Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1890; France 
4.
Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: no 1, La fleur des eaux by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Sasha Cooke (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Yehuda Gilad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colburn Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1890; France 
5.
Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: Interlude by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Sasha Cooke (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Yehuda Gilad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colburn Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1890; France 
6.
Serse, HWV 40: Frondi tenere e belle by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sasha Cooke (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Yehuda Gilad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colburn Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
7.
Rückert Lieder (5) by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Sasha Cooke (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Yehuda Gilad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colburn Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Doctor Atomic: Am I in Your Light?
Poème de l'amour et de la mer (Poem of Love and of the Sea), Op. 19: No. 1. La fleur des eaux
Poème de l'amour et de la mer (Poem of Love and of the Sea), Op. 19: No. 2. Interlude
Poème de l'amour et de la mer (Poem of Love and of the Sea), Op. 19: No. 3. La mort de l'amour
Ariodante, HWV 33: Act II: E vivo ancora! ... Scherza infida
Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40: Act I: Frondi tenere e belle ... Ombra mai fu, "Largo"
Rückert Lieder (version for voice and orchestra): No. 4. Ich atmet' einen linden Duft
Rückert Lieder (version for voice and orchestra): No. 7. Liebst du um Schonheit
Rückert Lieder (version for voice and orchestra): No. 3. Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder
Rückert Lieder (version for voice and orchestra): No. 5. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Rückert Lieder (version for voice and orchestra): No. 6. Um Mitternacht

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Mezzo's mixed bag August 28, 2013 By Jim  D. See All My Reviews "It is a Truth universally acknowledged, that a singer in possession of a good voice must be in want of An Album. Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke tackles music from four centuries on hers, in as many languages, with varied results. She leads off with an aria from the John Adams opera "Doctor Atomic," which brought her to wide attention at the Met and ENO--it's sung in English, so why is it completely unintelligible? Things go much better in the Chausson "Poeme," but then there's a lugubrious trudge through "Scherza Infida" by Handel, with the singer hitting all the notes and missing all the emotions. (It might help if the conductor kept a steadier pulse...) Finally, in Mahler's Ruckert Lieder, Cooke tends to finesse the softer high notes rather than sing them, but she seems more engaged here than by anything else on the disc. At least the recording is nicely engineered, the orchestra giving us plenty of detail, and only once (at the climax of the Mahler) overpowering the voice." Report Abuse
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