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listen  1. Rejoice Greatly from Messiah, HWV 56 (Voice)Kathleen Battle;Robert Sadin 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Schlafendes Jesuskind from Mörike-Lieder III, No. 25 (Voice)Robert Sadin 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Laudate Dominum (From "Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339") (Voice)Robert Sadin 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. O Had I Jubal's Lyre from Joshua (Voice)Robert Sadin 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not from Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21 (Voice)Robert Sadin 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Schafe können from Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd, BWV 208 (Voice)Robert Sadin 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ave Maria, based on the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana (Voice)Robert Sadin 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Laudamus Te from Messa di Gloria (Voice)Robert Sadin 6:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Bist du bei mir from Anna Magdelena Notenbuch, BWV 508 (attributed to J.S. Bach)Robert Sadin 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mein gläubiges Herze from Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, BWV 68 (Voice)Robert Sadin 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Pie Jesu from the Requiem, Op. 48 (Voice)Kathleen Battle;Robert Sadin 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Were You There When They Crucified My Lord (Voice)Robert Sadin 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Flößt, mein Heiland from Weihnachts-Oratorium IV. Teil, BWV 248 (Voice)Robert Sadin 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ave Maria (Voice)Kathleen Battle;Robert Sadin 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Kathleen Battle, Robert Wagner, Andre Emelianoff, Charles Curtis, Nancy Allen, et al.
  • Conductor: Robert Sadin
  • Audio CD (March 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000029OC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,900 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Kathleen Battle is one of the best performers in the world.
A Harris
Her agility and breath-control are as impressive as ever; the top notes shine and the slight huskiness in the lower reaches of her voice enchants.
Ralph Moore
This is a wonderful collection of oratorio and sacred music.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "puccinigirl" on May 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful collection of oratorio and sacred music. Kathleen Battle shines in this album. Normally, I have found her singing to be less than interpretive, but not this time. These pieced suit her voices ideally, containing significant amounts of coloratura lines without getting too heavy. A particularly stiking addition to this collection is the gospel piece sung a cappella. A brilliant album-I strongly recommend it!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2000
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I first listened to this as a demo album at a music store and bought it on the spot. It is one of my favorite albums. Most sacred music albums seem to focus on Ava Marias, but this one has a beautiful selection from protestant traditions. There's nothing like Battle singing Handel's "Rejoice Greatly" or "O Had I Jubal's Lyre" to get you to forget all the mundane things on your "to do" list for the day. I have never heard a more beautiful interpretation of Mozart's "Laudate Dominum" either. And if her acapella rendition of "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord" doesn't stir you, I am afraid you may not have soul.
This album has depth and meaning missing in most popular media today.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Zenka B. on March 30, 2006
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For anyone who loves Kathleen Battle's voice, this is a real treasure, she never sounded better and more radiant.

This is a selection of well known sacred songs but they sound fresh and lovely when sung by Kathleen. She performs two Ave Marias, one very famous, by Bach, and another which is rarely performed, written by Mascagni, and this one is really stunning. Mozart's Laudate Dominum and Pie Jesu from Faure's Requiem are also oustanding. The spiritual "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?" is another highlight. There are several movements from Bach cantatas, including the famous Bist du bei mir, and Handel's "O Had I Jubal's Lyre" and "Rejoice greatly", they will remind you of how incredible Battle is when she sings virtuosic Baroque music.

And isn't the cover just beautiful? But get this album for the music, and you will rejoice greatly.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DAVID PETRICK on July 12, 2004
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Kathleen Battle is one of the people whose lovely voice first turned me on to opera, a rather unaccessible art to the common American. It is true that you can hear her breathe, and that she tempers her notes so they are sometimes gentle, sometimes strong, but that is not a weakness. The racks are rife with stereotypical fat ladies with fat voices, bellowing with nothing but technique, but there records languish while Kathleen's sell.
The songs are all fairly main stream and include a dramatic range from happy to sad. Nothing outlandish here.
Ms. Battle has been called the most beautiful soprano voice and I would heartily agree. The clarity, the roundness, the beauty of her sound is pure femininity and grace. I studied opera and no one in school or anywhere else, has ever been on her level. Some are close, but she is magnificent. I recommend this to anyone, opera snob or first timer. You will be moved!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1999
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One of the most perfect soprano voices ever recorded. This collection offers a mix of jubilant and sacred praise. Ms. Battle has never sounded better.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Lanter on July 9, 2001
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I'm a big fan of Kathleen Battle, and I love her light, honeyed voice, which is perfectly suited to many of the songs featured on this CD (e.g., Faurè's "Pie Jesu", Mozart's "Laudate Dominum" and the sublime a capella rendition of "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?"). She also excells in the more florid, Baroque pieces of this album, such as the ones by Handel, which demand accuracy, rapidity, and a mastery of dynamics. The only fault I can find (besides occasions of slight slurring of her diction and pronunciation), is her unnerving habit of taking great ragged gasps of air in between phrases. Sometimes it's bearly audible, many times its downright distracting. I don't know if that is a technique that she was taught, or something that she never learned to correct. All in all, this is a wonderful CD, and I would unhesitatingly reccommend it to other admirers of Kathleen Battle or lovers of sacred music.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S.B.B. on January 23, 2004
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In her late forties when this CD was recorded, Kathleen Battle can't be expected to emit the meltingly beautiful sounds she made during her rise to international stardom in the 1980s. Yet, she still sometimes does. Her final ringing note in Mascagni's "Ave Maria" is nothing short of sublime, and her "Were You There..." is emotionally sung, particularly the repeat of the phrase, "Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?"
But several of the tracks on this CD have been recorded by Kathleen Battle before, and to much better effect. The opening track, "Rejoice Greatly," is impressive, but not compared to Battle's performance on her Handel album with John Nelson in which she sounds much fresher, or to her performance on the complete Messiah recording with Andrew Davis. On Grace, Battle uses the exact same ornamentation she's used on every other one of her renditions of "Rejoice," but without the accuracy and jubilation of past performances. I wonder what the point of recording a third version was, when it has nothing new to offer. The tempo feels rushed, yet the singer drags the ends of phrases ("O daughter of Zion." There's also an "h" in the first occurance of the word "Zion" - it comes out "Zi-huh-yon"). And there are some splat notes that could have been easily fixed with a bit of editing: the word "and" is dreadfully flat in the phrase, "And shout, shout!"
"Jubal's Lyre" was stunning on Kathleen's 1985 recording, "Saltzburg Recital." Grace's rendition again sounds too fast, too thin, and, dare I say, too cutesy (the ornamentation is a bit much). And the word "tuneful" is incomprehensible.
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