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Pleasures of Their Company
John Dowland, Hector Villalobos, Charles Gounod
Pleasures of Their Company
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Classical, Gospel
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Possibly Kathleen Battle's finest work ever...
Eric McCalla | Denver, COLORADO | 12/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought a cassette copy of PLEASURES OF THEIR COMPANY on its initial release almost 20 years ago. Then, I picked up a CD copy immediately when that was available. Every time it is played, I am still amazed at Kathleen Battle's crystal-clear diction and the high level of musicianship she shares with Christopher Parkening.She really could record an album of Dowland songs, as the opening song, "Come Again! Sweet Love Doth Now Invite" to me is one I could listen to a thousand times and never grow tired of it. Her voice is so joyous in its tone and you know she enjoyed making this album with Parkening.The "Ave Maria" and Villa Lobos aria from the Bachianas Brasileiras #5 are the other 2 masterpieces. The "Ave Maria" is literally like hearing the voice of an angel. The purity of Ms. Battle's voice is breathtaking here.Of all the guitar/voice recitals I've listened to, this is far and above the finest available.
Every home should have a copy!"
Ear Candy
Steven H. Hulme | Boise, ID USA | 01/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Let me admit right up front - I believe Kathleen Battle has the most beautiful voice on Planet Earth today. She can soar, she can belt it out, she can get into a nice groove, and she can whisper in your ear.On this outing she is accompanied by Christopher Parkening, a fine classical guitarist who (I believe) studied with Segovia, and carries on in his stead. The sparse guitar accompaniment, combined with Ms. Battle's awesome voice, is an emotional treat. Parkening also does a couple solos, as does Battle (unaccompanied).The material is quite varied, from sacred (Gounod's "Ave Maria") to Spanish folk songs and Brasilian songs, to spirituals (Sweet Little Jesus Boy).This CD gets substantial air time at my house, frequently on Sunday mornings."
Wonderful Match of Guitar and Voice
rodboomboom | Dearborn, Michigan United States | 04/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Two superstars of their areas, Parkening and Battle combine here for a marvelous feast of guitar and soprano.Wide range of compositions, from Villa-Lobis' Aria to 20th century Brazilian music. Especially enchanting is the Christmas song "Boi-Bumba" after My Good Ox. Excellent too are the versions of de Falla's Ritual Fire Dance.A soothing recording with Bach to African spirituals done with power and grace with Battle's voice soaring on such as "Ain't got time to die.""