The Best Of Yoshikazu Mera

Release Date: 11/19/2002
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-NL-CD-5021
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
There is, quite simply, no other singer who is remotely comparable with Yoshikazu Mera. In classical performance he sings in the alto ranges as what has come to be called a 'counter tenor'. Here his voice is notable for the ease with which he can sing throughout the entire compass that is expected. His performance of Handel's famou aria 'Lascia ch'io pianga' won him a wide following as a classical singer and, indeed, introduced a new audience to the world of classical music. But Mera has much more to offer the world than melting performances of the most famous of Baroque arias. He has also won a wide following for both art songs and folk songs from his native Japan. And he has given us inimitable interpretations of some of the 'standards' of the popular vocal repertoire. This selection of the Best of Mera shows him in all his different roles and proves him to be an extraordinary versatile artist with an entirely personal timbre to his voice; an artist who is ever ready to surprise people who have mentally placed him a particular genre of singing.
Works on This Recording
1. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Yoshikazu Mera, Yoshikazu Mera (Alto)
Conductor: Shigeo Genda
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
2. Rinaldo, HWV 7: Armida dispietata...Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Yoshikazu Mera (Alto)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1711 ; London, England
3. Saint John Passion, BWV 245: no 11, Von den Stricken meiner Sünden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Yoshikazu Mera (Alto)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1724 ; Leipzig, Germany
4. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 4, Bereite dich, Zion by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Yoshikazu Mera (Alto)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1734-1735 ; Leipzig, Germany
5. Mononokehime (song for the film Princess Mononoke) by Jo Hisaishi
Performer: Yoshikazu Mera
Period: Contemporary
6. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: But who may abide... by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Yoshikazu Mera
Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
Period: Baroque
Written: 1741 ; England
7. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu (Never was Shade) by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Yoshikazu Mera
Conductor: Shigeo Genda
Period: Baroque
Written: 1738 ;
8. Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55: no 4, Als die alte Mutter by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Yoshikazu Mera
Conductor: Shigeo Genda
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880 ; Bohemia
9. Higambana (The flower of death), for voice & piano by Kosaku Yamada
Performer: Yoshikazu Mera, Kikuko Ogura (Piano)
Period: Modern
10. Lullaby by Ikuma Dan
Period: 20th Century
11. Yomise no uta (Song of the Market Stalls) by Yoshinao Nakada
Period: Modern
12. Red Dragonfly by Kosaku Yamada
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927 ; Japan
13. Uguisu (Nightingale), for solo voice by Fumio [Composer] Hayasaka
Performer: Yoshikazu Mera, Kikuko Ogura (Piano)
Period: Modern
Written: 1944 ;
14. Kachuusha no uta (Katjusha's Song) by Shinpei Nakayama
Performer: Yoshikazu Mera
15. Mizuiro no Warutsu (Light Blue Waltz) by Touroku Takagi
Performer: Yoshikazu Mera
16. Kage wo shitaite (I Long for a Shadow) by Masao Koga
Performer: Yoshikazu Mera
17. Music of the Spheres by Gil Goldstein
Performer: Yoshikazu Mera, Jerry [cello] Grossman (Cello), Caryl Paisner (Cello), Elena Barere (Violin), Gil Goldstein (Piano), Jeremy Turner (Cello), Diane Lesser (Flute), Carol Landon (Viola), Sue Pray (Viola), Sarah Adams (Viola), Juliet Haffner (Viola), Richard Sortomme (Viola), Ben Wittman (Cymbals), Crystal Garner (Viola), Jiro Yoshida (Guitar), Eijiro Nakagawa (Trombone)
Period: 20th Century
18. Music of the Spheres by Gil Goldstein
Performer: Diane Lesser (Flute), Richard Sortomme (Viola), Juliet Haffner (Viola), Sue Pray (Viola), Sarah Adams (Viola), Crystal Garner (Viola), Elena Barere (Violin), Yoshikazu Mera, Gil Goldstein (Piano), Carol Landon (Viola), Jeremy Turner (Cello), Caryl Paisner (Cello), Ben Wittman (Cymbals), Jerry [cello] Grossman (Cello), Eijiro Nakagawa (Trombone), Jiro Yoshida (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
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