Classic Kathleen Battle: A Portrait

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
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: 4/2/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998946422
  • Catalog Number: 89464
  • Sales rank: 10,870

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O Mio Babbino Caro - Kathleen Battle & Giacomo Puccini (2:31)
  2. 2 Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Let The Bright Seraphim - John Nelson & George Frideric Handel (5:33)
  3. 3 Dormi Jesu! - Christopher Parkening & Christmas Traditional (2:20)
  4. 4 La Cancion de Cuna - Traditional & Kathleen Battle (2:45)
  5. 5 Mythodea, choral symphony: Movement IX - Kathleen Battle & Vangelis (5:06)
  6. 6 Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus, & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Robert Sadin (3:18)
  7. 7 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Rejoice Greatly - Robert Sadin & George Frideric Handel (4:19)
  8. 8 Fix Me, Jesus - Anonymous & Kathleen Battle (3:11)
  9. 9 Requiem, for 2 solo voices chorus, organ, & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu - Robert Sadin & Gabriel Fauré (3:14)
  10. 10 El Noi de la Mare, folk song - Christopher Parkening & Christmas Traditional (2:40)
  11. 11 El Desembre Congelat, villancico - Christopher Parkening & Catalan Traditional (1:36)
  12. 12 Prelude to a Kiss - Kathleen Battle & Duke Ellington (5:12)
  13. 13 Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (Eternal Source of Light Divine), HWV 74: Eternal Source Of Light Divine - John Nelson & George Frideric Handel (2:56)
  14. 14 Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a): Alleluja - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & André Previn (2:41)
  15. 15 Angels Watching Over Me - Kathleen Battle & American Traditional (1:15)
  16. 16 Symphony No. 4 in G major: Sehr Behaglich - Gustav Mahler & Lorin Maazel (10:48)
  17. 17 Cantata No. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," BWV 51: Jauchzet Gott In Allen Landen - Johann Sebastian Bach & John Nelson (4:37)
  18. 18 Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World," first published as No. 5), B. 178 (Op. 95): Largo "Going Home" - Kathleen Battle & Antonin Dvorák (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kathleen Battle Primary Artist
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