Portrait of Susan Graham

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2007
  • Label: Erato
  • UPC: 825646987986
  • Catalog Number: 327484
  • Sales rank: 162,043

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Harry Bicket (3:01)
  2. 2 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Harry Bicket (2:53)
  3. 3 Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Di te mi rido - George Frideric Handel & William Christie (4:14)
  4. 4 Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto - George Frideric Handel & William Christie (7:24)
  5. 5 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, for voice & piano - Ned Rorem & Robert Frost (1:57)
  6. 6 Early in the Morning, for voice & piano - Ned Rorem & Susan Graham (2:03)
  7. 7 O you whom I often and silently come, for voice & piano (from "Poems of Walt Whitman") - Ned Rorem & Susan Graham (0:36)
  8. 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 - Hector Berlioz & Hector Berlioz (5:27)
  9. 9 Béatrice et Bénédict, opera, H. 138: Dieu! Que viens-je d'entendre? - Hector Berlioz & Hector Berlioz (9:48)
  10. 10 Dead Man Walking, opera: This journey. This journey to Christ - Jake Heggie & Susan Graham (2:45)
  11. 11 Dead Man Walking, opera: Who will walk with me? - Jake Heggie & Susan Graham (2:13)
  12. 12 Dead Man Walking, opera: He will gather us around - Jake Heggie & Susan Graham (1:14)
  13. 13 Zigeunerlieder (8), for voice & piano (arranged from Op. 103): 7. Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn - Johannes Brahms & Susan Graham (2:17)
  14. 14 Zigeunerlieder (8), for voice & piano (arranged from Op. 103): 8. Rote Abendwolken ziehn am Firmament - Johannes Brahms & Susan Graham (1:35)
  15. 15 Early Songs (7), for voice & piano (or orchestra): 3. Die Nachtigall - Alban Berg & Susan Graham (1:54)
  16. 16 Early Songs (7), for voice & piano (or orchestra): 4. Traumgekrönt - Alban Berg & Susan Graham (2:10)
  17. 17 Early Songs (7), for voice & piano (or orchestra): 5. Im Zimmer - Alban Berg & Susan Graham (1:13)
  18. 18 Poèmes (5) de Baudelaire, song collection for voice & piano, L. 64: 2. Harmonie du soir - Claude Debussy & BBC Symphony Orchestra (3:58)
  19. 19 Poèmes (5) de Baudelaire, song collection for voice & piano, L. 64: 3. Le Jet d'eau - Claude Debussy & BBC Symphony Orchestra (5:52)
  20. 20 The Circus Band, song for voice & piano, S. 229 (K. 6B20) - Charles Ives & Charles Ives (2:26)
  21. 21 The Cage, song for voice & piano, S. 221 (K. 6B42) - Charles Ives & Charles Ives (0:48)
  22. 22 Ciboulette, operetta in 3 acts: C'est pas Paris, c'est sa banlieue - Reynaldo Hahn & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (2:55)
  23. 23 Toi c'est moi, operetta: Vagabonde - Moisés Simóns & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Susan Graham Primary Artist
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