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  • Audio CD (November 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00068CVF8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Summertime
2. I loves you, Porgy
3. Porgi amor
4. Welche Wonne, welche Lust
5. S'altro che lagrime
6. Una donna a quindici anni
7. Depuis le jour
8. E pur cosi / Piangeri la sorte mia
9. Oui! pour ce soir... Je suis Titania
10. Ah! tardai troppo... O luce di quest'anima
11. 4. Pie Jesu (Sopran)
12. Voices of Spring, Op.410 (Frohlingsstimmen) - vocal version
13. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot / Ride Up in the Chariot
14. Witness "Oh, Lord, what manner of man is dis?"
15. Talk About a Child
16. He's got the whole world in His hands

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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 9-NOV-2004

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I would like to have seen more variety in this compilation CD.
Matthew Scott Baggarly
Kathleen Battle is the owner of one of the best vocal instruments of our time.
Cammy
The cabaletta is well sung, with nice agility and good florid singing.
Steven A. Peterson

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Scott Baggarly on February 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I find it hard to give anything under 5 stars for any work including Miss Battle. Her technique and mastery of the female voice is quite remarkable. I am a HUGE fan of the soprano voice and I have found no one who posses the talents, skills, and interpretations of Battle. I would like to have seen more variety in this compilation CD. Her Rosina, Zerbinetta, Semele, other such roles were obviously ignored in the making of this CD. I think anyone will be hard pressed to find any lyric/coloratura soprano who amounts to the skill level of Miss Battle. Talent is talent, and she's got plenty of it. A person's attitude has nothing to do with their abilities as a performer, and I am tired of people knocking Miss Battle because of the stigma with which she is attached. Personally, she has never done anything to me nor the number of others who criticize her for her actions which took place over a decade ago. You cannot say that this woman does not posses mad skills. She is a lovely woman who has accomplished great things. I would gladly buy any CD that carries the name "Kathleen Battle".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David P. Williams on December 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD provides a sampling of Kathleen Battle's voice and interpretive abilities from coloratura virtuousity (Voices of Spring) to the simple, heartfelt spiritual (Talk about a child).

First of all, there's THAT voice. You hear a voice that is uniquely angelic and capable of expressing a wide range of moods. You hear a voice that glitters like a diamond, skips happily and effortlessly (and in impeccable tune) from note to note like it's nobody's business, one that that reminds you of moonbeams and early morning dew on pink rose petals. You've simply got to her it to believe it.

On this CD, the listener is provided with the the works/composers for which she's well known: Handel Opera (E pur cosi / piangero la sorte mia), Mozart Opera (S'altro che lagrime), Bel Canto Opera (Ah, tardai troppo...), French Opera (Depuis le jour), spirituals, and a few popular songs for sopranos such as Gershwin's Summertime and Faure's Pie Jesu

If you're just popping the CD in, try: (1) Ah, tardai troppo, (2) Voices of Spring, (3) Talk about a child, (4) I loves you, Porgy, and (5) Pie Jesu.

I suppose if you are a fan of heavy, dramatic voices, Kathleen Battle may not be to your liking. But I suspect that if you listen to her, you still might be amazed...
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Coloratura sopranos are a dying breed today. The era of Lily Pons and Beverly Sills is long gone and opera audiences favor a more "heavy" coloratura sound- or at least a full lyric one, such as the voice types of Kiri Te Kenawa, Carol Vanness and Renee Fleming. Kathleen Battle was in many ways an artist who payed homage to the coloratura queens of olden days. Only Natalie Dessay, of late, represents that kind of singer. much This album showcases her best work, and she is in fine voice, bringing a luminous and sunny quality to her interpretations, while keeping the dramatic appeal of the text. She was at best a Handel/Mozart/Strauss/Gounod singer, and never fared well in the more dramatic reperotoire of Verdi or Puccini heroines. She never sang Madame Butterfly, which if she had gone through training, she could have nailed, especially because her dramatic aspirations coupled with her soft, vulnerable sound would have suited her as Ciao Ciao San, in the way that Ying Huang interpreted the role. Verdi opera must have frightened her and she could never dream of taking on the roles that Leontyne Price performed, surely an influence in her student days made all the more credible because Leontyne Price was a "sister" African-American. So Leonora, Aida and Suor Angelica were out of her reach. While she sang with Jessie Norman in concert and recitals (like the Spirituals Concert), she must have been secretly or overtly ? jealous of the fact that Jessye Norman had a voice that could swallow the world!! A big, beautiful voice such as Ms. Norman's is closer to the true goddesses of operas in the tradition of Maria Callas, while Battle is more of the "tiny, bright, canary" voice. She ranks among the best of the lighter sopranos- Beverly Sills, and like Sumi Jo today.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2007
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This represents a good introduction to Kathleen Battle's talents. She has a rich lyric soprano voice--who can also sing the coloratura repertoire effectively. That is a pleasing combination. Some of the contemporary coloratura sopranos, such as Natalie Dessay, may essay the ornamentation better than Battle, but the richness of Battle's voice helps counterbalance that. Both are very effective, but their strengths are somewhat different.

Her version of "Porgi amor" from "Le Nozze di Figaro" is delightful. She sings this smoothly with her rich lyric voice. This is poignantly rendered. Very nice indeed.

"Je Suis Titania" is a wonderful coloratura piece. Battle sings this in animated fashion. The work calls for vocal agility, and Battle has that. She displays good ornamentation. There is a harsh high note toward the end. Her trilling is adequate, but not great. Overall, though, a very nice version indeed.

Then there is the delightful "O luce di quest'anima" from Donizetti's "Linda di Chamounix." One issue when anyone sings this is the standards set by sopranos such as Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills, and Sumi Jo. And Battle does not compare badly at all! The cabaletta is well sung, with nice agility and good florid singing. After listening to Battle, I listened to Jo's version. While I think that Jo has better coloratura technique and has a preferable version, Battle, nonetheless, does not compare badly.

For fun. . . . Strauss' waltz, "The Voices of Spring." Another nice comparison, this time with Natalie Dessay. Battle's version is done well. She has the requisite agility to make this work. Her trills are okay; good staccato singing. Comparing with Dessay? Maybe apples and oranges. Dessay's final high note is stunning.
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