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Vocalise / Brian Asawa, Neville Marriner, Asmf


Release Date: 03/09/1999 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68903   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovGabriel FauréHeitor Villa-LobosNikolai Medtner
Performer:  Brian Asawa
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first countertenor to win the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Brian Asawa is also the recipient of a career grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. Asawa enjoys an international career and excels in the music of the Baroque as well as the contemporary. This recording features the countertenor in an eclectic collection of songs with a particular focus on the form known as the vocalise. A vocalise is a wordless vocal study sung to one or more vowels, and Asawa breathes new life into the form.
Perhaps the most famous vocalise is the haunting Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré. Asawa brings great sensitivity and style to the Vocalise and four other Fauré songs. Asawa's superb musicianship and melting tonal beauty is well suited
Read more to the remainder of the program which includes music by Nicolai Medtner, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Sergei Rachmaninov. The Academy of St. Martin In The Fields under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner provide lush orchestral accompaniment. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 2, To her by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
3.
Songs (12), Op. 14: no 9, She is as lovely as the noon by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
4.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 3, In the silence of the night by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
5.
Songs (12), Op. 14: no 1, I wait for thee by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
6.
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
7.
Le voyageur, Op. 18 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1878; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
8.
Nocturne, Op. 43 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
9.
Arpège, Op. 76 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
10.
Mélodies (5), Op. 58 "de Venise": no 2, En sourdine by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
11.
Bachianas brasileiras no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos: Aria "Cantilena" by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1945; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Portuguese 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
12.
O' Pallida Madona by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1935; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Portuguese 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
13.
Cançao do amor, W 546 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Portuguese 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
14.
Suite-Vocalise, Op. 41 no 2 by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1927 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
15.
Goethe-Lieder (9), Op. 6: no 5, Aus "Claudine von Villa-Bella" by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
16.
Goethe-Lieder (12), Op. 15: no 4, Aus "Erwin und Elmire" by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1907; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
17.
Goethe-Lieder (9), Op. 6: no 2, Mailied by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
18.
Gedichte (6), Op. 18: no 5, Das Veilchen by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 

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