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Shakespeare Inspired

Breedt , Schumann , Various , -- Audio CD
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listen  1. The Pageant of Empire: No. 1. Shakespeare's Kingdom 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. When Daisies Pied 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. When Daisies Pied 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. 4 Shakespeare Songs, Op. 30: No. 2. When Daffodils Begin to Peer 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 4 Old English Songs: No. 3. Who Is Sylvia? 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. 4 Old English Songs: No. 1. Orpheus With His Lute 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Know a Bank 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. English Lyrics, Set 2: O Mistress Mine 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Poor Soul Sat Sighing 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. English Lyrics, Set 2: Willow, Willow, Willow 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Fancie0:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. As You Like It: Under the Greenwood Tree 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. 7 Songs: No. 2. Under the Greenwood Tree 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. English Lyrics, Set 2: Take, O Take those Lips Away 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Take, O Take Those Lips Away, Op. 22, No. 1 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. It was a Lover and His Lass 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. 7 Elizabethan Lyrics, Op. 12: No. 4. The Faithless Shepherdess 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. The Homecoming of the Sheep 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Silver, Op. 30, No. 2 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. 5 Elizabethan Songs: No. 4. Sleep 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Homing 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. A Piper 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. 7 Norwegian Songs: No. 3. Evening Voices (Twilight Fancies) 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. English Lyrics, Set 4: When We Two Parted 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Pleading, Op. 48 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Hark! Hark! The lark 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. The House of Life: No. 2. Silent Noon 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. 3 Songs, Op. 3: No. 1. Love's Philosophy 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Conductor: --
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B004TWOWS6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Here are 28 songs about Shakespeare or settings of his texts from 18 composers, most of them well-known 20th Century British composers. Only a few of the songs are really great ('Sleep' by Ivor Gurney, 'Silent Noon' by Vaughan Williams, 'The Poor Sat Sighing' by Stuart Findlay) but all of them are good to hear and many are seldom heard (e.g. 'Who is Sylvia' by Eric Coates, 'I Know a Bank' by Julius Harrison, and 'Homing' by Teresa del Riego). Several strikingly different paired settings of texts make for engaging listening ('Under the Greenwood Tree' by Walton and Mervyn Horder and 'Take, O Take Those Lips Away' by Parry and Rubbra).
Breedt is a South African singer with good technique that relies heavily on letting phrases trail off, a touch that most of the time works in the service of the song. She has excellent vocal agility, shimmering soft singing, and a wonderful ability to float high notes. Her diction is clear, though some of her 'sh' pronunciation sounds like she studied elocution with Sean Connery. Schumann's accompaniment is excellent, and the recorded sound is very present but not too immediate. Here is a chance to discover rare repertoire that will be familiar in style; it's a well-planned program performed with great elegance.
Notes by Breedt and texts included. --American Record Guide, R. Moore

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Michelle Breedt is a South African mezzo-soprano who is barely known in the United States and that is strange: she posses a creamy velvet voice with a seamless range and phrases with immediacy and fine diction. She studied in both South Africa and in Germany (with Brigette Fassbaender) and has appeared in major dramatic mezzo roles (Carmen, Pelleas and Melisande, Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos, Werther, Don Carlo, Tristan und Isolde) in such opera houses as Vienna State Opera, Opera Bastille in Paris, and the major houses in Dresden, Hamburg, Naples, Lisbon, etc. She also is known for her bel canto repertoire and for her appearances with the major European orchestras.

Here she is introduced as a lieder singer with accompanist Nina Schumann in a series of songs inspired by Shakespeare's plays and poetry. Not all of the entries are equally solid, but that is rarely the case when a program is devoted to a theme. When the song matches the singer Michelle Breedt is very, very fine.

The songs and sources on this recording are as follows:

Pageant of Empire: Shakespeare's Kingdom by Sir Edward Elgar
Love's Labours Lost: When daisies pied by Thomas Augustine Arne
When daisies pied by Mervyn Horder
Shakespeare Songs (4), Op. 30: no 2, When Daffodils begin to peer by Roger Quilter
Elizabethan Lyrics (7), Op.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, inspired by comedy September 29, 2011
By Sarynka
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I was pretty conflicted looking at this album. That is, I'm a huge fan of Shakespeare, but I'm not a huge fan of vocal recordings, especially in a more classical-baroque style. I will confess that it was difficult to get into this, but ultimately it proved a good listen. While the inspiration seems to have been taken from Shakespeare's comedies as opposed to his tragedies, the tone and cadence of every song fits ever so well with the cadence of Shakespeare's iambic pentameter. And that's why I like it. It's a beautiful midpoint of opera and spoken word.
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