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: 13,046

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O Mio Babbino Caro - Giacomo Puccini & Kathleen Battle (2:31)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Performed byKathleen Battle
  2. 2 Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Let The Bright Seraphim - George Frideric Handel & John Nelson (5:33)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byJohn Nelson
    Performed byJohn Nelson, Kathleen Battle
  3. 3 Dormi Jesu! - Christopher Parkening & Christmas Traditional (2:20)
    Composed byChristmas Traditional
    Performed byKathleen Battle
  4. 4 La Cancion de Cuna - Traditional & Kathleen Battle (2:45)
    Composed byTraditional
    Performed byKathleen Battle, Cyro Baptista, Ira Coleman, Romero Lubambo
  5. 5 Mythodea, choral symphony: Movement IX - Kathleen Battle & Vangelis (5:06)
    Composed byVangelis
    Performed byKathleen Battle, Jessye Norman, Vangelis
  6. 6 Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus, & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Robert Sadin (3:18)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byRobert Sadin
    Performed byRobert Sadin, Kathleen Battle
  7. 7 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Rejoice Greatly - George Frideric Handel & Robert Sadin (4:19)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byRobert Sadin
    Performed byRobert Sadin, Kathleen Battle
  8. 8 Fix Me, Jesus - Anonymous & Kathleen Battle (3:11)
    Composed byAnonymous
    Performed byKathleen Battle
  9. 9 Requiem, for 2 solo voices chorus, organ, & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu - Gabriel Fauré & Robert Sadin (3:14)
    Composed byGabriel Fauré
    Conducted byRobert Sadin
    Performed byRobert Sadin, Kathleen Battle
  10. 10 El Noi de la Mare, folk song - Christopher Parkening & Christmas Traditional (2:40)
    Composed byChristmas Traditional
    Performed byKathleen Battle
  11. 11 El Desembre Congelat, villancico - Christopher Parkening & Catalan Traditional (1:36)
    Composed byCatalan Traditional
    Performed byKathleen Battle
  12. 12 Prelude to a Kiss - Kathleen Battle & Duke Ellington (5:12)
    Composed byDuke Ellington
    Performed byKathleen Battle
  13. 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 (2:56)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byJohn Nelson
    Performed byJohn Nelson, Kathleen Battle
  14. 14 Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a): Alleluja - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & André Previn (2:41)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byAndré Previn
    Performed byAndré Previn, Kathleen Battle
  15. 15 Angels Watching Over Me - Kathleen Battle & American Traditional (1:15)
    Composed byAmerican Traditional
    Performed byKathleen Battle
  16. 16 Symphony No. 4 in G major: Sehr Behaglich - Gustav Mahler & Lorin Maazel (10:48)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLorin Maazel
    Performed byLorin Maazel, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Kathleen Battle
  17. 17 Cantata No. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," BWV 51: Jauchzet Gott In Allen Landen - Johann Sebastian Bach & John Nelson (4:37)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byJohn Nelson
    Performed byJohn Nelson, Kathleen Battle
  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)
    Composed byAntonin Dvorák
    Performed byKathleen Battle, James Carter
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kathleen Battle Primary Artist
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