Meditation

Meditation

by Elina Garanca
     
 
Meditation, mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca's 2014 release on Deutsche Grammophon, is an album of serene vocal and choral works that express religious feelings with an operatic touch and showcase the Latvian singer's warm and radiant voice. Choosing pieces from the early Baroque era to contemporary works, Garanca presents a soothing program that is consistent in

Overview

Meditation, mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca's 2014 release on Deutsche Grammophon, is an album of serene vocal and choral works that express religious feelings with an operatic touch and showcase the Latvian singer's warm and radiant voice. Choosing pieces from the early Baroque era to contemporary works, Garanca presents a soothing program that is consistent in its comforting tone and gentle treatment, though as a purely musical consideration, it tends to flow a bit too evenly and predictably. Insofar as the selections represent the Christian tradition, including settings of the Ave Maria, the Salve Regina, the Sanctus, the Agnus Dei, and the Regina Coeli, the character of the collection admits little variety, except for the general alternation between penitential and quietly ecstatic moods. There is an exception to the calm, classical norm in the commercial slickness of "Dievaines" by Latvian composer Ugis Praulins, which is out of place with its oversized vocals and bombastic orchestration (track 3). However, this CD is a serious attempt to present sacred music in a way that will please Garanca's large audience, and on the whole the music is presented tastefully and with genuine emotion. In addition to the listeners who are attracted by its religious theme, this album has crossover appeal for followers of easy listening and casual classical fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2014
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947920717
catalogNumber:
002132702
Rank:
36070

Tracks

  1. Ave Maria  - Giulio Caccini  - Anna Barry  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Richard Evidon  - Ute Fesquet  - Merle Kersten  - Lionel Salter  - Angela Schumacher  - Susannah Howe  - Karel Mark Chichon  - Karel Mark Chichon  -  Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern  - Gundega Vaska  - Vladimir Vavilov
  2. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus  - Gregorio Allegri  - Anna Barry  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Richard Evidon  - Ute Fesquet  - Merle Kersten  - Lionel Salter  - Angela Schumacher  - Susannah Howe  - Karel Mark Chichon  - Eriks Esenvalds  -  Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern  - Gundega Vaska
  3. Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")  -  Adolphe Adam  - Anna Barry  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Richard Evidon  - Ute Fesquet  - Douglas Gamley  - Merle Kersten  - Lionel Salter  - Angela Schumacher  - John Sullivan Dwight  - Susannah Howe  - Cappeau de Roquemaure  - Karel Mark Chichon  - Karel Mark Chichon  -  Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern  - Gundega Vaska
  4. Salve del ciel regina, for soprano & harmonium  - Giacomo Puccini  - Anna Barry  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Richard Evidon  - Ute Fesquet  - Antonio Ghislanzoni  - Merle Kersten  - Lionel Salter  - Angela Schumacher  - Susannah Howe  - Gunther Rost  - Gundega Vaska
  5. Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Intermezzo from L'arlésienne Suite No. 2/6, arranged by Ernest Guirard)  - Georges Bizet  - Anna Barry  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Richard Evidon  - Ute Fesquet  - Ernest Guiraud  - Merle Kersten  - Lionel Salter  - Angela Schumacher  - Susannah Howe  - Karel Mark Chichon  - Karel Mark Chichon  -  Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern  - Gundega Vaska
  6. Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Anna Barry  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Richard Evidon  - Ute Fesquet  - Merle Kersten  - Lionel Salter  - Angela Schumacher  - Susannah Howe  - Karel Mark Chichon  -  Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern  - Gundega Vaska
  7. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Ave Maria  - Pietro Mascagni  - Anna Barry  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Richard Evidon  - Ute Fesquet  - Merle Kersten  - Lionel Salter  - Angela Schumacher  - Susannah Howe  - Karel Mark Chichon  - Karel Mark Chichon  - Piero Mazzoni  -  Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern  - Gundega Vaska
  8. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Regina coeli laetare  - Pietro Mascagni  - Anna Barry  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Richard Evidon  - Ute Fesquet  - Merle Kersten  - Guido Menasci  - Lionel Salter  - Angela Schumacher  - Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti  - Susannah Howe  - Karel Mark Chichon  -  Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern  - Gundega Vaska
  9. Repentir ("O Divine Redeemer"), song for mezzo-soprano & orchestra  - Charles Gounod  - Charles Gounod  - Anna Barry  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Richard Evidon  - Ute Fesquet  - Merle Kersten  - Lionel Salter  - Angela Schumacher  - Susannah Howe  - Karel Mark Chichon  -  Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern  - Gundega Vaska
  10. Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in G major: Sanctus  - Charles Gounod  - Anna Barry  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Richard Evidon  - Ute Fesquet  - Merle Kersten  - Lionel Salter  - Angela Schumacher  - Susannah Howe  - Karel Mark Chichon  -  Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern  - Gundega Vaska

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