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The Voice / Andreas Scholl


Release Date: 01/09/2001 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 2901726   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachGeorge Frideric HandelAntonio VivaldiAntonio Caldara,   ... 
Performer:  Andreas SchollFriederike HeumannBrigitte GasserKarl-Ernst Schröder,   ... 
Conductor:  Philippe HerrewegheRené JacobsWilliam ChristieChiara Banchini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium VocaleAcademy for Ancient Music BerlinLes Arts Florissants,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This aptly titled sampling from countertenor Andreas Scholl's Harmonia Mundi discography (he made some 16 recordings for that label before signing with Decca) begins with the English folksong "The Three Ravens". It's interesting to compare this gorgeously spun, golden-toned performance with that of "pioneer" Alfred Deller's own version on Vanguard from way back in the countertenor dark ages in 1955. Deller's singing has tremendous personality and exhibits a gentle playfulness that really "sells" the song, but the voice itself misses the richness, range, and warm naturalness of Scholl's in his more refined and equally musical performance. In Deller you hear a certain
Read more falsetto-like quality where the word "false" is particularly appropriate. It's not ugly--it's quite agreeable mostly--but it sounds like a man making his voice conform to a placement that's not natural. With Scholl, what you hear is as true as if he were a soprano or a bass. It's a voice that has no artificial edge or unsteadiness (an unfortunate feature typical of many "made" countertenors) because, according to Scholl himself, this is the voice he was born with. And it happens to be one of the finest of its kind you're ever likely to hear. Besides his beautiful sound, Scholl demonstrates in every utterance his consummate musicianship and extraordinary technique.


As usual with these things, you could argue about the programming choices, but among the highlights of the highlights are arias from Handel ("But who may abide" from Messiah and the sublime "Ombra mai fù" from Serse), two English folksongs, a fine Caldara aria from his oratorio Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo, a couple of Baroque German songs, and several Bach selections. Of these last, Scholl's rendition of Hercules' aria from the secular cantata Hercules auf dem Scheidewege, with its lovely melody and artfully performed and recorded echo effects is not to be missed--nor is the heavenly "Erbarme dich" from the St. Matthew Passion. Scholl's colleagues here include Les Arts Florissants, lutenist Andreas Martin, Ensemble 415, Collegium Vocale, and several others. And although recorded in different locations, the sound is consistently first rate, giving maximum and ideal presence to Scholl's instrument. If you're a committed fan, you probably have these selections already on their original recordings. But sometimes it's nice to have one disc that by itself shows off the many facets of a performer's art. And with Scholl, you'll certainly agree, these facets not only are many, but at this point at least, they are incomparable.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 47, Erbarme dich by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Agnus Dei by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: Latin 
3.
Hercules auf dem Scheidewege, BWV 213: Treues Echo dieser Orten by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Messiah, HWV 56: But who may abide the day of His coming? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Language: English 
5.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by the recitative "Frondi tenere." 
6.
Stabat Mater in F minor, RV 621: Eja Mater by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
7.
Cessate omai cessate, RV 684 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Italian 
8.
Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo: Di miei dardi possenti by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Instrumental Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1698; Italy 
Language: Italian 
9.
Jubilate Domino, omnis terra, BuxWV 64 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Friederike Heumann (Viola da gamba), Brigitte Gasser (Viola da gamba), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Lute),
Markus Märkl (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1672; Lübeck, Germany 
Language: Latin 
10.
Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo: Da quel strale che stilla veleno by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Instrumental Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1698; Italy 
Language: Italian 
11.
Stabat Mater in F minor, RV 621: Amen by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
12.
Serse, HWV 40: Sinfonia by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
13.
Erster Theil teutscher Villanellen: no 7, Ach Liebste, lass uns eilen by Johann Nauwach
Performer:  Markus Märkl (Harpsichord), Alix Verzier (Cello), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Lute),
Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1627; Germany 
Language: German 
14.
Die Kunst des Küssens by Andreas Hammerschmidt
Performer:  Alix Verzier (Cello), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Karl-Ernst Schröder (Lute),
Markus Märkl (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Language: German 
15.
Stabat Mater in F minor, RV 621: Fac ut ardeat by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 
16.
The three ravens by Traditional
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Andreas Martin (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Language: English 
17.
Barbara Allen by Traditional
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Andreas Martin (Lute)
Written: England 
Language: English 

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