Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Henry Purcell, George Frederick Handel, Felix  Mendelssohn|
Kathleen Battle in Concert
Genres: Folk, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Classical
After years of being one of the foremost singers of light lyrics, Kathleen Battle, searching for challenging new musical expression, tackles the dramatic Mozart repertory. Blessed with one of our generation's prettiest ... more »
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After years of being one of the foremost singers of light lyrics, Kathleen Battle, searching for challenging new musical expression, tackles the dramatic Mozart repertory. Blessed with one of our generation's prettiest soubrette voices, Battle breezes through the technical challenges of the Countess and Constanze, but sounds like a little girl trying on Mommy's shoes. She lacks the vocal variety and depth to successfully bring these pieces to life. Her renditions of the soubrette repertory, especially "Ruhe sanft," are Mozartfully graceful. In the Magic Flute excerpts she demonstrates that merely singing Mozart's written notes is enough to bring its beauty to life; practically all necessary expression is written into the musical lines. -- Barbara Eisner Bayer
What is Bayer talking about?
Andre | Twin Cities, MN | 02/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm sorry, but I just checked up to see if anyone else had written something about this fantastic CD, and the voice of Kathleen, and to see if I had helped anyone. I was stunned to find Ms. Bayer(who must have written her review after I did mine, because otherwise I would have commented on it before) speaking of the singer as if she was a fish out of water... I'm not sure what she's talking about, because if you listen to this CD, Battle DOES NOT sound "like a girl trying on Mommy's shoes." I was disgusted to hear this. I thought to myself, "She must not have heard this CD." I say this because I feel that Kathleen's Mozart is nothing but gorgeous to me. I don't know if it's that way for you, but that's the way I feel. For example, I believe Battle's version of Mozart's "Ridente la calma" was exquisite and well-performed...as are the rest of her other selections. Bayer also did not comment on how this recording included the four Spirituals at the end, and how she performed them. Throughout the world of opera and classical music, I have only heard praise for Kathleen's work in this area, and that people hold her in the utmost esteem. Finally, if you notice the repertory that Bayer discusses, it does not exist on this recording. Perhaps it was a mistake, and was accidentally placed in the buying info for this CD, but I want to warn you...DON'T LET IT PERSUADE YOU. There is no need to let me know if this helped you or not, I just needed to let people know. Thank you."
The greatest of recital albums!
Eric McCalla | Denver, COLORADO | 01/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kathleen Battle In Concert has been a part of my classical listening experience for many, many years, and many, many repeated playings. Every time I play it, I feel real joy at hearing Kathleen Battle in the opening bars of Purcell's "Come All Ye Songsters."Miss Battle brings a high level of musicality, an impeccable use of phrasing and some truly beatiful high notes to a wonderful mix of lighter art/love songs, and more serious, but very joyous gospel classics, as in her rendition of "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands." It's been too many years since Kathleen Battle has recorded such a delightful recital album. If you're reading this Miss Battle, please please record another! We miss your voice greatly!!!"
Far beyond five stars
Andre | Twin Cities, MN | 01/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The sweet and sumptuous voice of Kathleen Battle is heartwarming and heartpumping at the same time. Her light lyric soprano voice is ethereal, like from heaven above. Surely it is one of the purest, sweetest voices I have ever heard. That is why I have made this CD my most treasured one. I long have been a fan of the soprano, and love to hear anything by Kathleen. This recording offers so much to the listener. Although mainly comprised of art songs instead of arias, each one is magnificently handled. There are even four spirituals which bring the CD to a whole new level. Her high notes on these are absolutely breathtaking, especially on 'Witness' and the classic, 'He's Got the Whole World in His Hands.' As for her language skills, I have never heard such good german spoken in a long while. It is clear, and with a good accent. Her italian is just as good, if not better. Her only downfall is one of the french vowel sounds that appears in a few spots(but you can't really tell unless you really listen for it). Beyond that one minor fault, Kathleen's singing is the purest I've ever heard. This is recording is one of a kind, and if you're sick of listening to sopranos who squawk their way through arias with their dark and muffled tones, give this CD a try. I promise, this is heaven, and that is why I am proud to put my name by it."