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Of all the laudatory epithets applicable to Barbara Bonney, the term "radiant" might not be the one that springs to mind--at least, not insofar as it suggests the warm luxuriance of sunshine. Bonney's light, bright lyric soprano is something else: a voice of delicate refinement and transparent, pure-toned beauty. But it's capable of silkily seductive textures, too. And there are wonderful examples on this compilation disc that, if featuring a less-established artist, might qualify as a demo tape. Most of the tracks are previously issued, but together, they define her capabilities and home-base repertory, from Bach, Purcell, and Mozart through to Scandinavian song and Richard Strauss. With "Morgen," "Solveigs Sang," "The Presentation of the Rose" from Der Rosenkavalier, and "Ach, ich Fuhls" from The Magic Flute, this is a catalog of silver, if not golden, moments. Jewel-like singing and pure joy to hear. --Michael White

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listen  1. Dowland: First Booke Of Songes, 1597 - 17. Come again: sweet love doth now inviteBarbara Bonney and Jacob Heringman 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - "Thy Hand, Belinda...When I Am Laid In Earth"Barbara Bonney and Christopher Hogwood and The Academy of Ancient Music 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. J.S. Bach: Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht Cantata, BWV 211 "Coffee Cantata" - 8. Arie: Heute noch, lieber Vater, tut es dochBarbara Bonney and Gustav Leonhardt and Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment 6:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Pergolesi: Stabat Mater - 1. Stabat MaterAndreas Scholl and Barbara Bonney and Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 - 4. AlleluiaBarbara Bonney and Roger Hamilton and The English Concert and Trevor Pinnock 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mozart: Vesperae Solennes De Confessore In C, K.339 - 5. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Ps. 116/117)Barbara Bonney and The English Concert and The English Concert Choir and Trevor Pinnock 4:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 4 - "Deh vieni, non tardar"Arnold Östman and Barbara Bonney and The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 2 - "Ach, ich fühl's"Arnold Östman and Barbara Bonney and The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera"Barbara Bonney and Gabriele Ferro and Gösta Winbergh and Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 6:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Schumann: Liederkreis, Op.39 - MondnachtBarbara Bonney and Vladimir Ashkenazy 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op.23 - Incidental Music - No.19. Solveig's songBarbara Bonney and Göteborgs Symfoniker and Neeme Järvi 4:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Sibelius: Var det en drom? (Was it a dream?), Op.37, No.4Antonio Pappano and Barbara Bonney 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sibelius: Flickan kom ifran sin äsklings möte (The Tryst), Op.37, No.5Antonio Pappano and Barbara Bonney 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. R. Strauss: Morgen, Op.27, No.4Barbara Bonney and Martin Martineau 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59 / Act 2 - "Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren"Barbara Bonney and Christoph Eschenbach and Susan Graham and Wiener Philharmoniker 7:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Berg: Sieben frühe Lieder - 3. Die NachtigallBarbara Bonney and Riccardo Chailly and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Orff: Carmina Burana / 3. Cour d'amours - "In trutina"André Previn and Barbara Bonney and Wiener Philharmoniker 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Lloyd Webber: Requiem - Pie JesuAnthony Way and Barbara Bonney and Choir Of Uppingham School and Daniel Phillips and English Sinfonia and Neil Page 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Previn: VocaliseAndré Previn and Barbara Bonney and Sato Knudsen 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Barbara Bonney
  • Audio CD (July 24, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00005M05B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Kramar on August 8, 2001
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Miss Bonney's singing on this compilation CD does not ever disappoint the listener. From start to finish, each selection offers her unique brand of intelligence, poetic sensitivity, rhythmic security, and tonal beauty. This soprano's Nordic tone quality is perfectly suited to the wide range of classical styles represented on this disc. One might be surprised at how italianate her Adina is -- the character is right-on, without ever turning harsh, or unnecessarily shrewish. Bonney's Sophie is as close to perfection as is humanly possible in the featured scene from Der Rosenkavalier. Not since Helen Donath and Lucia Popp has there been such a radiant Sophie. The Mozart selections are a constant delight. Having heard this fine artist many times in live performances, I can honestly say that this collection is a beautiful and honest reflection of her very special way of making music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By shannahsings on November 14, 2001
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I am a rabid Bonney fan and happen to feel this recording is the perfect culmination of her impeccable artistry. Her sound is luscious, fluid, charming and always perfect for what she is singing. She is definately one of the smartest singers today. I could go into each piece individually, but there is a max of 1000 words.
In a nutshell, the perfect CD for any classical music lovers collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jill Freuden on March 27, 2002
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Radiant aptly describes the voice of Barbara Bonney. Her silvery tones, the effortless highs, and the quality of her pianissimo are simply stunning. Her voice shimmers with life, and love, and color. The music selections are varied and a grand example of the beauty of Barbara's instrument and artistry. This disk is a heavenly collection of some of the best lyric soprano literature and is pure joy to listen to.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Danny Boy on January 2, 2005
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I am a decided Bonney fan. So it is with hesitation I give this disc only three stars (three and a half really, but I don't have that option). But, it does reflect my feelings about this cd. There are certain selections that are especially disappointing because seeing them listed on the cover was my motivation for purchasing the cd to begin with-- the rose presentation from "Rosenkavalier," for example. As far as I'm concerned, Miss Bonney is the best Sophie around today. But this recording doesn't do her justice. Her signature floating pianissimi on the high a's and b's seemed under par here. Too much gear-changing and some vibrato issues (slight, but perceptible). And I wasn't particularly thrilled with the mezzo on this recording. Perhaps I'm spoiled by seeing the Lott-Bonney-von Otter DVD (by the way, THAT'S a definite keeper, if you have the 40 dollars it costs. . . worth it!). The "Exsultate, Jubilate" was less than stellar. It seemed to me that the tempo was just a hair faster than she could comfortably sing the florid lines. The high "c" at the end sounded far too difficult for a soprano like Bonney who does have such easy beautiful high notes. Additionally, I would have liked to hear her sing the entire piece as opposed to just the "Alleluia". I wish the Weber "Pie Jesu" weren't included. I always skip it. There's too much glorious music that suits Bonney so well for her to waste an entire track on this silliness.

Having said all this, the album is not at all a complete loss. There are some truly fine moments on here too. The Mozart arias are wonderful. Her voice really has the appropriate sex appeal for Susanna's aria. That's a favorite of mine anyway. Love the Strauss! Like the Dowland to open the cd. And check out track 16, "Die Nachtigall.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Bui on December 15, 2001
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I bought this CD based on the music review section in The Absolute Sound magazine (TAS). I have not much to add to Michael White's review of this music CD. The other two reviews are also quite accurate in describing Barbara's voice and musicianship.
This is the impression from someone who has heard CD's of Jennifer L'Amore, Renée Fleming, and Cecilia Bartoli and been their fan. However, after hearing "The Radiant Voice..." I just feel like, "This is it, the voice that I can listen to any day".
As a person who appreciates operatic voices since his childhood, I have not been very satisfied with recordings of the above singers who otherwise are highly praised by such music authorities as Sir Georg Solti and the likes. Only after listening to track #5 (Alleluia), #9 (Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera from L'elisir d'amore), or #11 (Solveigs Sang) to name a few, I realized how much I have been missing out not knowing and listening to Ms. Bonney. Her voice is delicate and expressive, her singing is both subtle and dynamic; I can go on talking how glorious her singing is but I am afraid I would be running out of words.
To keep it short, listening her again today forced me to come here to AMAZON.COM and search for more of her recordings and videos. No wonder people said, "Even operaphobic folks like her singing." Thank you TAS for spreading the good news, and thanks Ms. Bonney for letting us hear your radiant voice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 15, 2007
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This is my first CD of Ms. Bonney.

I would say that Ms. Bonney is the greatest lyrical soprano of the late 20th century (she has retired last year from opera, I saw on the internet).

I've yet to hear another contemporary singer to beat her in her Susanna aria 'Deh vieni non tardar', or her Pamina aria.

Her Solveig's Song I took as a real vocal guide towards this song. Just listen to her 'ah' section and you will understand what I mean - such well nuanced musically line, such refined phrasing. Hard to beat.

Her opening song of Dowland is again a great wonder. Such drama built into so simple a song! Together with her Bach cantata, it reflect her vast span of repertoire that falls nowhere short of greatness.

Yes, I do not find her 'alleluia' from Exultate Jubilate 'very' exceptional, but this, as pointed out, may not be her best account of this work.

If she has really retired from opera then it is a great great loss indeed.
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