Æther / Sarah Aristidou

Release Date: 11/12/2021
Label: Alpha
Catalog Number: 781
Performer: Sarah Aristidou, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Rivet...
Conductor: Thomas Guggeis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchester des Wandels, Chor der Klangverwaltung
Number of Discs: 1

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The French-Cypriot soprano Sarah Aristidou joins Alpha and here presents her very first album. Twice named ‘Best Newcomer’ by Opernwelt for two contemporary creations, she is a favorite interpreter of Jörg Widmann who has already written two works for her, and has sung under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle and François-Xavier Roth.

 

Barenboim opened the doors of Berlin to her and the Orchester des Wandels (Orchestra of Change), a group of musicians from several German orchestras, including the Staatskapelle Berlin, who have set themselves the objective of practicing their art in a way that protects the planet: limiting the carbon footprint in all their activities, including this album.

 

The disc packaging is plastic-free and printed with organic ink. Alpha also supports the reforestation program in Madagascar initiated by the orchestra. In addition to the encounter between the young singer and the unique orchestra, this project is also the result of Sarah’s passion for Iceland (the land of Aether par excellence?). Along with the director and photographer Weronika Izdebska, she has created a film exalting the natural world which will be shown in Berlin in November 2022 as part of an installation presenting the entire program.

Works on This Recording
1. Un grand sommeil noir by Edgard Varèse
Performer: Sarah Aristidou (Soprano), Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor: Thomas Guggeis
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1906 ; France
2. Stabat mater: Fac ut portem by Francis Poulenc
Performer: Sarah Aristidou (Soprano)
Conductor: Thomas Guggeis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchester des Wandels, Chor der Klangverwaltung
3. Lakmé: Sous le ciel tout étoilé by Léo Delibes
Performer: Sarah Aristidou (Soprano)
Conductor: Thomas Guggeis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchester des Wandels
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883 ; France
4. Näckens Polska by Anonymous
Performer: Sarah Aristidou (Soprano), Christian Rivet (Guitar)
Conductor: Thomas Guggeis
5. Hamlet: Le voilà! Je crois l'entendre by Ambroise Thomas
Performer: Sarah Aristidou (Soprano)
Conductor: Thomas Guggeis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchester des Wandels
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; France
6. Labyrinth V by Jörg Widmann
Performer: Sarah Aristidou (Soprano)
7. Pelléas et Mélisande, opera in 5 acts, L. 88: Mes longs cheveux by Claude Debussy
Performer: Sarah Aristidou (Soprano)
Conductor: Thomas Guggeis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchester des Wandels
Period: Modern
Written: 1893-1902 ; France
8. Lakmé: Act 2. (Bell Song). Par les dieux inspirée... Où va la jeune Indoue, Fille des Paria by Léo Delibes
Performer: Sarah Aristidou (Soprano)
Conductor: Thomas Guggeis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchester des Wandels
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883 ; France
9. (Le) Chant du Rossignol, 'Song of the Nightingale' by Igor Stravinsky
Performer: Sarah Aristidou (Soprano)
Conductor: Thomas Guggeis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchester des Wandels
Written: 1917 ;
10. The Tempest: Five Fathoms Deep (Ariel's aria) by Thomas Adès
Performer: Sarah Aristidou (Soprano)
Conductor: Thomas Guggeis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchester des Wandels
11. Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a: Aria. Tu del Ciel ministro eletto by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Sarah Aristidou (Soprano)
Conductor: Thomas Guggeis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchester des Wandels
Period: Baroque
Written: 1707 ;
12. Die weiße rose: Einmal noch einmal by Udo Zimmermann
Performer: Sarah Aristidou (Soprano), Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
13. Stabat mater: Quando corpus by Francis Poulenc
Performer: Sarah Aristidou (Soprano)
Conductor: Thomas Guggeis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchester des Wandels
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