Classic Kathleen Battle: A Portrait

Classic Kathleen Battle: A Portrait

by Kathleen Battle
     
 

This "portrait" of Kathleen Battle is not full-length, in that it neglects the singer's work in opera. It does cover a wide range of music, however, including Baroque favorites, sacred songs and arias, folksongs, and even a movement of a Mahler symphony. The selections are drawn mainly from previously issued recordings, and BattleSee more details below

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This "portrait" of Kathleen Battle is not full-length, in that it neglects the singer's work in opera. It does cover a wide range of music, however, including Baroque favorites, sacred songs and arias, folksongs, and even a movement of a Mahler symphony. The selections are drawn mainly from previously issued recordings, and Battle sings with a panoply of guest artists: Wynton Marsalis, Christopher Parkening, Grover Washington Jr., André Previn, and even electronica-meister Vangelis. Some recordings are new, however, and it is for these that Classic Kathleen Battle is most valuable. Battle fans will thrill to her delicate handling of Puccini's "O mio babbino caro," as well as her sexy rendition of Duke Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss." Two of the tracks, both spirituals, are sung a cappella -- a stirring yet also intimate effect. Special mention must be made of the Mahler selection, the song "Das himmlische Leben" (The Heavenly Life) that ends the Fourth Symphony. It is the earliest of the selections here, and when it was recorded in the mid-1980s, Battle's voice was at its freshest and most beautiful -- a glimpse of heaven, indeed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998946422
catalogNumber:
89464
Rank:
6513

Tracks

  1. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O Mio Babbino Caro  - Kathleen Battle  - Giacomo Puccini
  2. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Let The Bright Seraphim  - George Frideric Handel  -  John Nelson  - Kathleen Battle  - Wynton Marsalis
  3. Dormi Jesu!  - Christmas Traditional  - Christopher Parkening  - Kathleen Battle
  4. La Cancion de Cuna  -  Traditional  - Kathleen Battle  - Cyro Baptista  - Ira Coleman  - Romero Lubambo
  5. Mythodea, choral symphony: Movement IX  - Kathleen Battle  -  Vangelis  - Jessye Norman  -  Vangelis
  6. Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus, & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Robert Sadin  - Kathleen Battle
  7. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Rejoice Greatly  - George Frideric Handel  - Robert Sadin  - Kathleen Battle
  8. Fix Me, Jesus  -  Anonymous  - Kathleen Battle
  9. Requiem, for 2 solo voices chorus, organ, & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu  - Gabriel Fauré  - Robert Sadin  - Kathleen Battle
  10. El Noi de la Mare, folk song  - Christmas Traditional  - Christopher Parkening  - Kathleen Battle
  11. El Desembre Congelat, villancico  -  Catalan Traditional  - Christopher Parkening  - Kathleen Battle
  12. Prelude to a Kiss  - Duke Ellington  - Kathleen Battle
  13. Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (Eternal Source of Light Divine), HWV 74: Eternal Source Of Light Divine  - George Frideric Handel  -  John Nelson  - Kathleen Battle  - Wynton Marsalis
  14. Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a): Alleluja  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - André Previn  - Kathleen Battle
  15. Angels Watching Over Me  - American Traditional  - Kathleen Battle
  16. Symphony No. 4 in G major: Sehr Behaglich  - Gustav Mahler  - Lorin Maazel  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Kathleen Battle
  17. Cantata No. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," BWV 51: Jauchzet Gott In Allen Landen  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  John Nelson  - Kathleen Battle  - Wynton Marsalis
  18. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World," first published as No. 5), B. 178 (Op. 95): Largo "Going Home"  - Antonin Dvorák  - Kathleen Battle  - James Carter

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