Classical The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. Mon, 04 Jul 2022 05:41:57 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Kathlee Battle & Christopher Parkening – Pleasures of Their Company (1990) Kathlee Battle & Christopher Parkening – Pleasures of Their Company (1990)

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01. Come again! Sweet love doth now invite
02. Allemande Christopher Parkening
03. What if I never speed?
04. Galliard
05. Fine knacks for ladies
06. Ave Maria
07. Aria (from Bachianas brasileiras No. 5)
08. La Maja de Goya (from Coleccion de Tonadillas)
09. Boi-Bumba
10. Azulao
11. Para ninar
12. Cancion
13. Nana
14. Seguidilla murciana
15. Ain't Got Time To Die
16. Lord, I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray
17. Ain't That Good News! (Arr. Russ)
18. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
19. This Little Light Of Mine
20. Ride On, King Jesus!
Kathleen Battle - soprano Christopher Parkening - guitar, arranger


Accompanied by Christopher Parkening's guitar work, and a selection of music ranging from simple Baroque songs to Brazilian lullabies, Kathleen Battle's vocals, as always flawlessly exquisite, showcases her abilities to deliver her craft with power and grace. ---Editorial Review,

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]]> (bluesever) Kathleen Battle Thu, 22 Apr 2010 12:08:41 +0000
Kathleen Battle & Wynton Marsalis – Baroque Duet (1992) Kathleen Battle & Wynton Marsalis – Baroque Duet (1992)

1.	Let The Bright Seraphim
2.	No 1: Si Suoni La Tromba
3.	No. 3: Con Voce Festiva
4.	No. 4: Rompe Sprezza
5.	No. 6: Mio Tesoro Per Te Moro (Aria In Forma Di Menuet Alla Francese)
6.	I. Sinfonia. Grave
7.	II. Recitativo
8.	III. Sinfonia-Aria
9.	IV. Recitativo
10.	V. Aria. Largo
11.	VI. Aria. Poco Mosso, Sempre Dolce E Leggiero-Ritornello
12.	VII. Recitativo
13.	VIII. Aria-Sinfonia. Grave (Da Capo)
14.	Eternal Source Of Light Divine
15.	Pace Una Volta
16.	I. Spiritosa, E Staccata
17.	II. (Allegretto-Corrente)
18.	III. Canzone
19.	IV. (Allegro)
20.	Seufzer, Tranen, Kummer, Not
21.	Alle Voci Del Bronzo Guerriero
22.	I. Aria: Jauchzet Gott In Allen Landen
23.	IV. Chorale: Sei Lob Und Preis Mit Ehren; Alleluja

Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet) 
John Feeney (Double Bass)
Anthony Newman (Harpsichord) 
Daire Fitzgerald (Cello) 


I had been a huge fan of both Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis for many years, when I had the good fortune to see a PBS tv documentary on the making of this album. I was playing this album literally 3-4 times daily, so it was a delight to see the artistry and passion they brought to the recording. Not only do you see the artists working with great joy and humor in the studio, you also get to see Kathleen Battle give a recital concert in her hometown church in Ohio, singing the roof off! Talk about a homecoming....

The album opens with a technically stunning rendition of Handel's LET THE BRIGHT SERAPHIM, which displays Battle's great coloratura. Wynton Marsalis is a gorgeous match for her silvery top notes and crystal-clear diction. She is unmatched in her ability to bring out every glorious syllable. The most beatiful piece on the entire album, and it's not easy to choose just one, has to be ETERNAL SOURCE OF LIGHT. You will literally think you're surrounded by celestial light, her singing is that gorgeous. Again, Marsalis' trumpet is perfectly matched to her voice.

They really outdo themselves in the Scarlatti material; especially in the 7 arie con tromba sola (my favorites being SI SUONI LA TROMBA and MIO TESORO PER TE MORO) and SU LE SPONDE DEL TEBRO, which features gorgeous harpsichord....Stupenda.

It would be truly amazing if Battle and Marsalis would collaborate again. This is one of the most beautiful duet albums in any genre you'll ever hear. Bravo!!!! ---Eric McCalla,

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]]> (bluesever) Kathleen Battle Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:29:06 +0000
Kathleen Battle Itzhak Perlman – Bach Arias (1992) Kathleen Battle Itzhak Perlman – Bach Arias (1992)

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01. Cantata, BWV 197 "Gott ist unsere Zuversicht" - Aria "Vergnügen und Lust"
02. Cantata, BWV 58 "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid" - Aria "Ich bin vergnügt in meinem Leiden"
03. Cantata, BWV 204 "Ich bin vergnügt" - Aria "Die Schätzbarkeit der weiten Erde"
04. Cantata, BWV 97 "In allen meinen Taten" - Aria "Ich traue seiner Gnaden" (Tenore)
05. Cantata, BWV 115 "Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit" - Aria "Bete, bete aber auch dabei"
06. Cantata, BWV 171 "Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm" - Aria "Jesus soll mein erstes Wort"
07. Mass in B minor, BWV 232 / Sanctus - Benedictus
08. Mass in B minor, BWV 232 / Gloria - Laudamus te
09. Cantata No.202 "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten" (Wedding Cantata), BWV 202 - 5. Aria: Wenn die Frühlingslüfte streichen
10. "Schwingt freudig euch empor" BWV 36 / Part 2 - 7. Aria "Auch mit gedämpften, schwachen Stimmen"
11. Cantata, BWV 187 "Es wartet alles auf dich" / Zweiter Teil - Aria "Gott versorget alles Leben"
12. Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke Cantata, BWV 84 - 3. Aria: Ich esse mit Freuden mein weniges Brot
13. Cantata, BWV 105 "Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht" - 5. Aria: "Kann ich nur Jesum mir zum Freunde machen"
Kathleen Battle-Soprano Itzhak Perlman-Violin Orchestra of St. Luke's John Nelson - conductor


Battle and Perlman together in Bach sounds like a recipe for no uncertain sweetness and much stained-glass light. Prospective buyers are likely, though, to choose their purchase in this case as much, as it were, for the singer as for the song, so they will have a shrewd idea what to expect.

Among those expectations will be a decidedly virtuoso approach to the obbligato writing, and a doe-like purity of vocal inflexion. For Cantata No. 97's "Ich traue seiner Gnaden", Battle certainly also puts her trust in the soloist, whose little opening concerto paves the way for a gentle, effortless unfurling of the vocal line. The violin's pointed answers make it not only the equal of the voice in eloquence, but also set up quite a few demands for the voice in turn....

Not surprisingly, both Battle and Perlman are at their best in those arias which inhabit clearly recognizable expressive poles. In duet with an orchestral cello, Perlman provides a sombre prelude for Cantata No. 115's Passion-like "Bete aber auch dabei", to which Battle responds in suitably muted voice, and with a fitting sense of the long vision of the soul's self-preparation.

In the fiercely energetic "Jesus soil mein erstes Wort" from Cantata No. 171, on the other hand, Perlman rises splendidly to the ascending arpeggios and sequences, the cadential twists and turns of his dance, while the voice, making the most of the implicit "Wort/Fort" aural pun, sings with a new clarity and assurance which almost recalls the young Elly Ameling.

The oboe steps out of an always judiciously balanced and sprightly orchestral ensemble for Cantata No. 84's exuberant "Ich esse mit Freuden", and the trumpet sounds robustly, providing firm foundation for the vocal and instrumental pirouetting in Cantata No. 105.--- Gramophone [3/1992]

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]]> (bluesever) Kathleen Battle Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:30:48 +0000
Kathleen Battle – A Portrait (2002) Kathleen Battle – A Portrait (2002)

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01. O mìo babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi
02. Let the Bright Seraphim from Samson, HWV 57
03. Dormi, Jesus
04. Canción de cuna
05. Movement 9 From Mythodea - Music For The Nasa Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey (Excerpt) London Metropolitan Orchestra
06. Laudate Dominum from Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339 (
07. Rejoice Greatly from Messiah, HWV 56 (Voice)
08. Fix Me Jesus
09. Pie Jesu from the Requiem, Op. 48
10. El Noi de la Mare (The Son of the Virgin)r Parkening
11. El desembre congelat (December's cold winds were stilled
12. Prelude to a Kiss
13. Eternal Source of Light Divine (Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74)
14. Alleluja from Exsultate, jubilate, KV. 158a
15. Angels Watching Over Me
16. IV. Sehr behaglich. "Wir geniessen die himmlischen Freuden" from Symphony No. 4 in G Major (Excerpt)
17. 1. Aria from Cantata No. 51 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", BWV 51
18. Going Home from "Largo" of Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 " From the New World"


Kathleen Battle initially made her considerable reputation on the operatic stage, but quickly went on to become a premier recitalist and a vibrant interpreter of a wide variety of musical styles. CLASSIC KATHLEEN BATTLE - A PORTRAIT is an overview of the dynamic soprano's career that emphasizes her remarkable versatility. Her extraordinary technical control is shown to great effect in works by Handel and Bach, and her crystal clear readings of Mozart's "Laudate Dominum" and "Alleluja" leave no doubt as to why she's considered one of the leading exponents of his work. She moves with confidence and grace through traditional folksongs from Brazil, Chile, and Catalonia and exhibits pure vocal beauty in selections by Fauré, Dvorák, and Mahler. The disc boasts an impressive roster of guest stars and also offers several fine new recordings: a delicately rendered "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini's 'Gianni Schicchi,' moving a cappella versions of the spirituals "Fix Me Jesus" and "Angels Watching Over Me," and a sensuous account of Duke Ellington's "Prelude To A Kiss" that features the marvelous piano accompaniment of Kenny Barron. What ultimately binds this varied collection is Battle's radiant voice and consummate artistry. ---Rovi

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]]> (bluesever) Kathleen Battle Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:26:12 +0000
Kathleen Battle – Grace (1997) Kathleen Battle – Grace (1997)

01. Handel - Rejoice Greatly
02. Wolf - Schlafendes Jesuskind
03. Mozart - Laudate Dominum
04. Handel - O Had I Jubal's Lyre
05. Bach - Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not
06. Schafe können
07. Mascagni - Ave Maria
08. Rossini - Laudamus Te
09. Attr. Bach - Bist du bei mir
10. Bach - Mein gläubiges Herze
11. Fauré - Pie Jesu
12. Were You There When They Crucified My Lord
13. Bach - Flößt, mein Heiland
14. Gounod - Ave Maria


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! --- "puccinigirl",

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]]> (bluesever) Kathleen Battle Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:27:33 +0000