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Angels Hide Their Faces
     

Angels Hide Their Faces

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by Dawn Upshaw
 
Heavenly soprano Dawn Upshaw adds to her impressively wide repertoire with the poetically titled Angels Hide Their Faces by focusing on solo works by two very different Baroque composers: Henry Purcell and J. S. Bach. Purcell's music, with its airy, light-filled melodies and piquant harmonies, is a far cry from the grandeur and

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Heavenly soprano Dawn Upshaw adds to her impressively wide repertoire with the poetically titled Angels Hide Their Faces by focusing on solo works by two very different Baroque composers: Henry Purcell and J. S. Bach. Purcell's music, with its airy, light-filled melodies and piquant harmonies, is a far cry from the grandeur and contrapuntal complexity of the German master's style, and the works on this program highlight this comparison. The album's centerpiece, Bach's solo Cantata Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut (My Heart Is Bathed in Blood), which remained unknown until it was discovered in the early 20th century, contains some of the most tortured and dark music Bach ever penned. But there are also moments of sensitivity and tenderness in this powerful, early work: the liltingly lyrical aria "Tief gebückt und voller Reue" (Deeply Bowed and Filled with Remorse), or the final, redemptive "Wie freudig ist mein Hertz" (How Joyful Is My Heart). Purcell's selections, however, betray an altogether sunnier disposition: the opening setting of Dryden's "Ah! How Sweet It Is to Love," or the delightful "If Music Be the Food of Love, Sing On Till I Am Fill'd with Joy." Upshaw's full, bright voice is perfectly attuned to this little-performed repertoire, and she gives finely shaded, expressive performances. The accompanying ensemble is first-rate. A highly recommended album.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2001
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597960525
catalogNumber:
79605

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Tracks

  1. Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2  - Henry Purcell  - John Dryden  - Robert Hurwitz  - Myron Lutzke  - Dawn Upshaw  - Barbara de Wilde  - Arthur Haas
  2. The Indian Queen, semi-opera, Z. 630: I Attempt from Love's Sickness to Fly  - Henry Purcell  - John Dryden  - Robert Hurwitz  - Myron Lutzke  - Dawn Upshaw  - Barbara de Wilde  - Arthur Haas
  3. Tyrannic Love, or, the Royal Martyr, incidental music, Z. 613: Ah! How Sweet It Is To Love  - Henry Purcell  - John Dryden  - Robert Hurwitz  - Myron Lutzke  - Dawn Upshaw  - Barbara de Wilde  - Arthur Haas
  4. Lord, what is man?, sacred song for soprano & continuo, Z. 192  - Henry Purcell  - William Fuller  - Robert Hurwitz  - Myron Lutzke  - Dawn Upshaw  - Barbara de Wilde  - Arthur Haas
  5. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Hark! How All Things  - Henry Purcell  - Robert Hurwitz  - Myron Lutzke  - Dawn Upshaw  - Barbara de Wilde  - Arthur Haas
  6. Cantata No. 199, "Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut," BWV 199 (BC A120)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - John Feeney  - Krista Bennion Feeney  - Robert Hurwitz  - Georg Christian Lehms  - Myron Lutzke  - Lois Martin  - Peggy Pearson  - Linda Quan  - Dawn Upshaw  - Barbara de Wilde  - Arthur Haas
  7. If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings)  - Henry Purcell  - Henry Heveningham  - Robert Hurwitz  - Myron Lutzke  - Dawn Upshaw  - Barbara de Wilde  - Arthur Haas
  8. Tell me, some pitying angel, (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), sacred song, for soprano & continuo, Z. 196  - Henry Purcell  - Robert Hurwitz  - Myron Lutzke  - Nahum Tate  - Dawn Upshaw  - Barbara de Wilde  - Arthur Haas
  9. Now that the sun hath veiled his light, sacred song for soprano & continuo, Z. 193  - Henry Purcell  - William Fuller  - Robert Hurwitz  - Myron Lutzke  - Dawn Upshaw  - Barbara de Wilde  - Arthur Haas

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Angels Hide Their Faces 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has to be said that there a relitivly few recording of Percell's music made by the female sing, which suprises me as I have often found a Counter Tenors interprtation some what lacking. This CD not only has a very well ballances seclction of music, but is performed with such freshness and feeling that it is realy a crime not to add this to your colletion. But let us not forget that this CD does not just contain Percell! If you do not all ready have a recording of "Mein Herze Schwimmt Im Blut" than this is your opertunity for somthing realy speshal. Im short the Bach or the Percell whould be a great CD, together it is incredibal value!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Upshaw always sounds good, but here she's radiant. Beautiful voice, wonderful music, perfect accompaniment. I listen to it repeatedly.