Cheryl Barker sings Great Operatic Arias

Cheryl Barker sings Great Operatic Arias

by Cheryl Barker
     
 
Australian soprano Cheryl Barker has been featured on a number of recordings in Chandos' Opera in English Series, and on her first solo release for the label she continues that tradition with familiar arias translated into English (plus two originally written in English). It's almost always revelatory to hear familiar vocal music sung in one's native language. "Almost

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Australian soprano Cheryl Barker has been featured on a number of recordings in Chandos' Opera in English Series, and on her first solo release for the label she continues that tradition with familiar arias translated into English (plus two originally written in English). It's almost always revelatory to hear familiar vocal music sung in one's native language. "Almost" because the experience can depend on the quality of the translations, which in the past have sometimes been embarrassingly awkward, but Chandos is notable for the excellence of its translations, many newly commissioned for its recordings. Barker has made an especially strong impression in repertoire from off the beaten track, such as "Rusalka," "Katya Kabanova," and "The Makropulos Case," and she brings a solid technique and strong commitment to these more familiar selections. Her warmth and easy handling of composers as diverse as Boito, Tchaikovsky, Leoncavallo, and Richard Strauss are especially appealing, and she can soar over the orchestra when necessary. She doesn't quite have the open luminosity of tone to make these performances truly exceptional, but that's a rare quality, and her singing and interpretations are otherwise exemplary. The novelties, arias from Malcolm Williamson's "The Violins of Saint-Jacques" (1966) and Jake Heggie's "The End of the Affair" (2004), recorded here for the first time, give the release added interest. Heggie's music for this scene, which is at the crux of the opera, is pleasantly lyrical, but lacks the memorable musical substance that such a moment requires. Williamson's music is strong and distinctive enough to make one eager to hear more of the opera. David Parry leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a warm, clean, and rich accompaniment. Chandos' sound is spacious and clear, with good balance.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/2009
Label:
Chandos
UPC:
0095115316122
catalogNumber:
3161

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  1. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: See now, I am exhausted... / I am the humble serva  - Francesco Cilèa  - Arturo Colautti  - Brian Couzens  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - David Parry  - Cheryl Barker
  2. Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), opera, Op. 68: You need not close the windows just yet / Oh why a  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Brian Couzens  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - David Parry  - Modeste Tchaikovsky  - Cheryl Barker  - Gillian Keith
  3. Pagliacci, opera: His eyes were flashing with anger / Through the ai  - Ruggero Leoncavallo  - Ruggero Leoncavallo  - Brian Couzens  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - David Parry  - Cheryl Barker
  4. Pagliacci, opera: Nedda! / My fate is in your hands / Then will you  - Ruggero Leoncavallo  - Ruggero Leoncavallo  - Brian Couzens  - William Dazeley  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - David Parry  - Cheryl Barker
  5. Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: To the moonlit waves they cast him  - Arrigo Boito  - Arrigo Boito  - Brian Couzens  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - David Parry  - Cheryl Barker
  6. The End of the Affair: Nineteen forty-four. March. May. June  - Jake Heggie  - Brian Couzens  - William Dazeley  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - David Parry  - Cheryl Barker  - Heather McDonald
  7. Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), opera, Op. 68: It's nearly midnight now  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Brian Couzens  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - David Parry  - Modeste Tchaikovsky  - Cheryl Barker
  8. Arabella, opera, Op. 79 (TrV 263): He's not the one who is right for me / The one who  - Richard Strauss  - Brian Couzens  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - David Parry  - Cheryl Barker  - Gillian Keith
  9. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: Poor little flowers  - Francesco Cilèa  - Arturo Colautti  - Brian Couzens  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - David Parry  - Cheryl Barker
  10. The Violins of Saint-Jacques: How can I explain to you  - Malcolm Williamson  - Brian Couzens  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - David Parry  - Cheryl Barker  - William Chappell
  11. La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: I'll float into the distance  - Alfredo Catalani  - Brian Couzens  - Luigi Illica  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - David Parry  - Cheryl Barker
  12. Arabella, opera, Op. 79 (TrV 263): I'm very glad, Mandryka  - Richard Strauss  - Brian Couzens  - William Dazeley  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - David Parry  - Cheryl Barker

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