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Handel: Arias

Handel , Marriner , Asmf , Kathleen Battle Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Performer: Kathleen Battle
  • Orchestra: Asmf
  • Conductor: Marriner
  • Composer: Handel
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Digital
  • ASIN: B000002RPV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Acis And Galatea: Oh, Didst Thou Know...As When The Dove (Galatea
2. Giulio Cesare: E Pur Cosi In Un Giorno...Piangero La Sorte Mia (Cleopatra)
3. Joshua: Oh! Had I Jubal's Lyre (Achsas)
4. L'Allegro, Il Penseroso Ed Il Moderato: Sweet Bird (Penseroso)
5. Messiah: Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion!
6. Solomon: Ev're Sight These Eyes Behold (Queen Of Sheba)
7. Solomon: May Peace In Salem...Will The Sun Forget To Streak (Queen Of Sheba)
8. Alcina: Ah! Mio Cor! (Alcina)
9. Alcina: Tornami A Vagheggiar (Morgana)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle's wonderful voice is perfect for Handel's Arias November 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful CD. Kathleen Battle's voice is so amazingly sweet, never harsh, always bird-like, flute-like, and sublime in its beauty.

"Oh, didst thou know ...As when the dove" from Acis and Galatea is wonderful in its simplicity of lyric and complexity of voice. Battle's enuciation is wonderful, a soprano that you can actually understand.

"E pur cosi in un giorno...Piangero la sorte mia" from Giulio Caesar is a great treat with Battle singing this wonderful aria as sung by the character Cleopatra.

"Oh! had I Jubal's lyre" is based on the Biblical story of Joshua. Battle's voice rejoices as she sings the part of Achsas in love with the character Othniel.

"L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato", like many of the works on this CD, has illusions to some bird like animal. In this piece Paul Davies plays the flute and establishes the "Sweet Bird" to which Battle replies. It is based on the poems of Milton. The soprano sections mimic and compliment and reflect on the flute which first leads and then follows the sorprano. The flute plays the role of the nightingale and Battle does a wonderful job of immitating the bird.

"Rejoice Greatly" from Handel's Messiah is superb. You have heard it many times, but Battle's version is so CLEAR.

"Every sight these eyes behold" and "May peace in Salem...Will the sun forget to streak" are both from Solomon and Battle sings the role of the Queen of Sheba. The violins are perfect compliments to Battle in these pieces, with a wonderful summary by the violins at the end of "May peace...".

From the opera Alcina she sings "Ah! mio cor!" and "Tornami a vagheggiar".

You will never tire of this CD, with Battle's great voice and Handel's beautiful compositional complexity, it is just great.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delectable! July 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Interesting selection of Handel arias beautifully performed and recorded. Marriner and the Academy are at their best, and Kathleen Battle's golden voice caresses the music with often ravishing effect. Her interpretations are passionate but tasteful, and her occasional tendency to sound little-girlish is at a minimum. Flawless coloratura!
If you've never heard the aria from Samson: "Will the sun forget to streak?" [sounds a little strange to modern-day ears, but not in context] YOU MUST HEAR THIS CD! It is the most hauntingly beautiful piece. I only wish Battle and Marriner would record another recital of Handel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damaged by reports but what a voice! March 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have been a big Kathleen Battle fan since the 80's when I first heard her perform and she was the big sensation of the time. This has always been one of my favorite CD's of hers. What a voice! When she coos in "As when the dove," I simply want to keep hitting "replay" on that first aria. Gorgeous voice so clear and warm. Her diction is perfect.

Unfortunately, she got some bad publicity and was fired from the Met for allegedly acting like a Prima Donna. When she sang in Wagner's "The Ring" - complete cycle in San Francisco, there were T-shirts that said, "I survived The Ring but not the Battle." Cast and crew complained about how difficult she was to deal with. But in her defense, she did humbly apologize and since, those who worked with her have agreed that she was always making demands to better the performance and not just to be "difficult." In his 2006 memoirs, Volpe wrote that James Levine had advised against the dismissal at the time and went on to write, "I've wondered whether it was partly prompted by my desire to establish my authority at the Met. Perhaps it was."

Since that time, I saw her perform once at a recital to a full house and she sang wonderfully. I love the way in which Miss Battle sings. This CD is beautiful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Delight October 10, 2001
By Birgit
Format:Audio CD
Everybody who knows Christiane Oelze's wonderful lyric voice from her performance as 'Pamina' in Mozart's "Magic Flute" (Gardiner) will certainly agree with me that Oelze is an ideal Mozart singer - this CD, with some of Mozart's most famous concert arias, only confirms that impression. Oelze's technique is almost flawless (sometimes her pronunciation is a bit unclear - but that does not disturb the general effect), her expression enchanting (providing the listeners with sparkling, but also very tender moments). Hopefully we will hear some more Mozart from her in the future (maybe a 'Constanze'?)!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but a bit bland at times June 11, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Kathleen Battle had one of the most beautiful voices on the planet - clear as a bell, agile, had "chops" for coloratura passages, but she was rarely emotionally involved with the music. Part of it was the "lightness" of her instrument and part of it was her apparently troubled emotional makeup. After she was dismissed from the Metropolitan Opera for being too much of a diva (a contradiction in terms) one of her colleagues stated that she never got the professional help she needed to overcome whatever the problems were, It probably didn't help that she was a beautiful, slender African-American female in what was still a white milieu.

The singing on this CD is universally wonderful, if a bit too careful and precise. Handel can be very difficult to sing because unlike Mozart, Verdi & Puccini, the singer doesn't have the firm underlying musical support provided by those other composers, and Handel arias are demanding technically. I would have given this one 5 stars if there had been more emotional involvement, but with opera singers, beautiful tone comes first and the rest later if at all. Joan Sutherland & Kiri te Kanawa (probably got last name spelled wrong) also were not known to be great singing actors although they were truly great singers. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An astounding voice...
...showcased in arias which could have been written specifically for her. Highly recommended. CD is in beautiful shape, shipped quickly in good packaging.
Published 13 months ago by Badgerbabs
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the arias
The Handel arias cd was very excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys classical and/or religious music.
Published 17 months ago by Joann Macpherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music
I had this CD once before. Someone else took it and I was several years without it. I thought of it again and found it and I'm glad to have it back.
Published 22 months ago by Alice Ruiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah mio cor
This CD is one of my favorites. Kathleen Battle's voice is beautiful and subtle, and when combined with Handel's part writing is truly sublime. Read more
Published on March 14, 2011 by Robert Andrew Knutson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Coloratura Soprano EVER.
If you are looking for an addition to a Handel arias collection and you don't own this CD, this is it. Read more
Published on October 26, 2010 by Norwegian Who Would
4.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, lousy remastering
I had the cassette version of this recording and tried to copy it onto CD. The cassette jammed so often that I gave up and ordered a used copy of the "professionally" made CD. Read more
Published on March 6, 2010 by S. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars God Sent!
What a musician! I think I wore the CD out playing it on Sunday mornings drinking coffee. She has a voice for the centuries. She is such an artist. Perfection at its best!
Published on March 18, 2009 by Walter D. Wynn III
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