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Portrait of Susan Graham
     

Portrait of Susan Graham

by Susan Graham
 
This compilation of performances by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, taken from a number of previously released recordings, demonstrates the breadth of her interests and talents in repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to the twenty-first century, with something from every period in between. Although Graham shows exquisite sensitivity to the variety of stylistic

Overview

This compilation of performances by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, taken from a number of previously released recordings, demonstrates the breadth of her interests and talents in repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to the twenty-first century, with something from every period in between. Although Graham shows exquisite sensitivity to the variety of stylistic requirements of the diverse selections, her characteristic radiance, tonal warmth, and creamy legato are always in evidence. Her emotional range is also on display, from the gentleness of Brahms' "Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn" to the youthful exuberance of two of Cherubino's arias to the sly humor of the Ives songs to the anguished intensity of scenes from Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking." It's hard to pick out exceptional tracks since the quality of all of her performances is so high, but the arias from Handel's "Alcina," Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust," and the Debussy songs are especially fine. The accompanying ensembles and pianists are all first rate, and for a compilation, the sound quality from track to track is surprisingly consistent. The album makes an excellent introduction to Susan Graham, but fans of the singer should be warned that over half of the selections here are also included on a 2003 Warner release, the similarly named Artist Portrait: Susan Graham.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2007
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0825646987986
catalogNumber:
327484

Tracks

  1. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete
  2. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio
  3. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Di te mi rido
  4. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto
  5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, for voice & piano
  6. Early in the Morning, for voice & piano
  7. O you whom I often and silently come, for voice & piano (from "Poems of Walt Whitman")
  8. La Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra, ("légende dramatique") H. 111 (Op. 24): Autrefois un roi de Thulé
  9. Béatrice et Bénédict, opera, H. 138: Dieu! Que viens-je d'entendre?
  10. Dead Man Walking, opera: This journey. This journey to Christ
  11. Dead Man Walking, opera: Who will walk with me?
  12. Dead Man Walking, opera: He will gather us around
  13. Zigeunerlieder (8), for voice & piano (arranged from Op. 103): 7. Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn
  14. Zigeunerlieder (8), for voice & piano (arranged from Op. 103): 8. Rote Abendwolken ziehn am Firmament
  15. Early Songs (7), for voice & piano (or orchestra): 3. Die Nachtigall
  16. Early Songs (7), for voice & piano (or orchestra): 4. Traumgekrönt
  17. Early Songs (7), for voice & piano (or orchestra): 5. Im Zimmer
  18. Poèmes (5) de Baudelaire, song collection for voice & piano, L. 64: 2. Harmonie du soir
  19. Poèmes (5) de Baudelaire, song collection for voice & piano, L. 64: 3. Le Jet d'eau
  20. The Circus Band, song for voice & piano, S. 229 (K. 6B20)
  21. The Cage, song for voice & piano, S. 221 (K. 6B42)
  22. Ciboulette, operetta in 3 acts: C'est pas Paris, c'est sa banlieue
  23. Toi c'est moi, operetta: Vagabonde

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