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1. Nulla In Mundo Pax Sincera (Antonio Vivaldi)
2. Agitata Da Due Venti (Antonio Vivaldi)
3. Bist Du Bei Mir (Johann Sebastian Bach)
4. As Steals the Morn Upon the Night (Georg Friedrich Handel)
5. Where'er You Walk (Georg Friedrich Handel)
6. Ei! Wie Schmeckt Der Kaffee Sube (Johann Sebastian Bach)
7. Music For a While (Henry Purcell)
8. Let the Bright Seraphim (Georg Friedrich Handel)
9. Sposa Son Disprezzata (Antonio Vivaldi)
10. Fairest Isle (Henry Purcell)
11. Lascia Ch'io Pianga (Georg Friedrich Handel)
12. Seufzer, Tranen, Kummer, Not (Johann Sebastian Bach)
13. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (Georg Friedrich Handel)

Sumi Jo – soprano
English Chamber Orchestra
Giuliano Carella – conductor


It has been awhile since CD consumers have heard from the great Korean coloratura soprano Sumi Jo, who has been out of the record market but maintaining a busy concert schedule, particularly in Asia and Europe. Baroque Journey is Jo's full-length foray into Baroque repertoire, although some of her previous albums have contained material culled from the Baroque, particularly La Promessa (1998), The Christmas Album (1999), and Prayers (2000), so she is hardly a stranger to the medium of the Baroque aria. Partnered by the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra under Henk Rubingh, though accompanied only by anonymous lutenist on Purcell's Music for a while, these recordings were made in late 2005 in Hilversum, but are only making their way out in late 2007. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since Prayers; Jo's old label, Erato, has disappeared from view and Atlantic Classics, which used to administer it, is gone, too, reorganized as Warner Classics & Jazz. In a way, Jo is lucky that the successor firm is continuing to release her recordings, though in another way the label is lucky to have maintained the professional interest and attention of such a superlative singer. Does one balance the other?

For her part, Jo sounds splendid on this whole recording, even in the ultra-difficult Vivaldi aria "Agitata da due venti" from the opera Griselda, nailed by labelmate Angelina Reaux in its equivalent version from the opera Bajazet in Fabio Biondi's set of that work for Virgin Classics. Here, and only here, Jo opts for some shortcuts, and no one can blame her. However, in less explosive fare is where one will find Jo in her element, particularly in her reading of Stölzel's "Bist du bei mir," which Jo picked for the project despite that it's a sacred solo aria and thus a little off the beaten path of her "journey." Annotator Kenneth Chalmers refers to it as an "interloper," but it may well be the best thing on the album.

The recording is likewise sub par; it is rather quiet and distant, whereas in Baroque literature accompanied by chamber groups some degree of intimacy is always a plus. However, the listener might be so glad to see Sumi Jo recording again that one would be inclined to set such matters aside and enjoy her glorious voice. --- Uncle Dave Lewis, Rovi

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]]> (bluesever) Sumi Jo Wed, 17 Feb 2010 23:24:11 +0000
Sumi Jo - Only Bach (2014) Sumi Jo - Only Bach (2014)

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01. Aria “Vergnugen Und Lust” From Cantata, Bwv 197  
02. Choral “Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude" From Cantata, Bwv 147  
03. Chorale Prelude: "Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme", Bwv 645  
04. Aria “Ich Bin Herrlich, Ich Bin Schon” From Cantata, Bwv 49  
05. Aria “Mein Glaubiges Herze” From Cantata, Bwv 68  
06. Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)  
07. Aria “Erbarme Dich” From St Matthew Passion, Bwv 244  
08. Aria “Bereite Dir, Jesu, Noch Itzo Die Bahn” From Cantata, Bwv 147  
09. Chorale Prelude: “Nun Komm' Der Heiden Heiland”, Bwv 659  
10. Aria “Liebster Jesu, Mein Verlangen” From Cantata, Bwv 32  
11. Aria “Er Segnet, Die Den Herrn Furchten” From Cantata, Bwv 196  
12. Chorale Prelude: “Ich Ruf' Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ” Bwv 639  
13. Aria “Schafe Konnen Sicher Weiden” From Cantata, Bwv 208  
14. Aria “FloßT, Mein Heiland” From Christmas Oratorio Bwv 248  
15. Bist Du Bei Mir Bwv 508  

Sumi Jo - Soprano
Marco Socias - Guitar
Suyoen Kim - Violin


Flawless Recording. The Diva, Ms. Jo, at her best. Sumi Jo has been described by the New York Times as having a voice of the Golden Era. She is in her own category, lovely, compelling and as beautiful as anyone can imagine. I'm not an expert, just a listener who has listened to fine singing for forty years.I could listen to her sing anything. She's incomparable. The recording is a triumph. Just buy it. You'll love it. ---Will Ryan,


Sumi Jo, one of the most beloved classical singers in Korea, has just released a new album with Deutsche Grammophon, “Only Bach.”

The Grammy-winning soprano sings cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach and nothing else on her latest album, including well-known pieces like “Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring)” and “Ave Maria.”

Bach cantatas are usually sung with a small orchestra, but Jo sings accompanied by only a guitar and a violin, adding a fresh appeal to the beloved songs.

It marks Jo’s fourth album with Deutsche Grammophon. Her previous albums with the label ― “Missing You” (2008), “Ich liebe dich” (2010), “Libera” (2011) ― all won “multi-platinum” certifications.

Her relationship with the label dates back to 1989, when it recorded Verdi’s opera “Un Ballo In Maschera (A Masked Ball)” sung by Jo opposite tenor Placido Domingo and directed by late maestro Herbert von Karajan.

Famous for her interpretations of bel canto repertoires, Jo is now a globe-trotting concert singer and opera singer.

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Sumi Jo - The Christmas Album (2001) Sumi Jo - The Christmas Album (2001)

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1. I Wonder as I Wander
2. Bach, JS : Weihnachtsoratorium [Christmas Oratorio] BWV248 : Part 6 "Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier" [Choir]
3. Scarlatti : Cantata pastorale per la nascita di Nostro Signore : I Allegro
4. Scarlatti : Cantata pastorale per la nascita di Nostro Signore : II "O di Betlemme altera"
5. Scarlatti : Cantata pastorale per la nascita di Nostro Signore : III "Dal bel sono, d'una stella"
6. Scarlatti : Cantata pastorale per la nascita di Nostro Signore : IV "Presa d'uomo la forma"
7. Scarlatti : Cantata pastorale per la nascita di Nostro Signore : V "L'autor d'ogni mio bene"
8. Scarlatti : Cantata pastorale per la nascita di Nostro Signore : VI "Fortunati, fortunati pastori!"
9. Scarlatti : Cantata pastorale per la nascita di Nostro Signore : VII "Toccò la prima sorte"
10. Crüger : "Fröhlich soll mein Herze springen"
11. O Holy Night
12. Bernhard : Fürchtet euch nicht! : I Sonata
13. Bernhard : Fürchtet euch nicht! : II Fürchtet euch nicht!
14. Bernhard : Fürchtet euch nicht! : III Sonata
15. Bernhard : Fürchtet euch nicht! : IV Denn euch ist heute
16. Bernhard : Fürchtet euch nicht! : V Sonata Sumi Jo
17. Bernhard : Fürchtet euch nicht! : VI Ehre sei Gott
18. Bernhard : Fürchtet euch nicht! : VII Sonata
19. Bernhard : Fürchtet Euch Nicht! : VIII Alleluja!
20. Mozart : Symphony No.19 in E flat major K132 : II Andante grazioso
21. "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!" [Silent Night]
22. Praetorius : "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen"
23. Concerto in E major RV270, 'Il riposo' / '...per il Natale' : I Allegro
24. Concerto in E major RV270, 'Il riposo' / '...per il Natale' : II Adagio
25. Concerto in E major RV270, 'Il riposo' / '...per il Natale' : III Allegro
26. Scheidt : O Jesulein süss
27. Mozart : Exsultate, jubilate K165 : I "Exsultate, jubilate"
28. Mozart : Exsultate, jubilate K165 : II "Fulget amica dies"
29. Mozart : Exsultate, jubilate K165 : III "Tu virginum corona"
30. Exsultate, jubilate K165 : IV "Alleluja!"
31. Grüber : Silent Night


Sumi Jo's performances on this record are so splendid that they transcend its rather odd mix of vocal and instrumental combinations, languages, and styles. Using Christmas as its unifying element, the program juxtaposes the familiar and the unknown and is anchored by three cantatas: one by Alessandro Scarlatti, sung in Italian; one by Christoph Bernhard in German; and Mozart's famous "Exultate, jubilate" in Latin. They alternate with songs and chorales for both solo and choir, including the well-known unaccompanied folksong "I wonder as I wander," which opens the program. Bach is represented only by a chorale from his Christmas Oratorio. The selection of the instrumental pieces seems less felicitous. Vivaldi's E major Violin Concerto, though associated with Christmas, is not one of his best. The slow movement of an early Mozart Symphony, which is supposed to contain a quote from a German carol, is an even stranger choice; however, it is so beautiful that the incongruity hardly matters. Inevitably, the record includes that most popular of all Christmas songs, "Silent Night," not once but twice: first in German with a fine contralto in her only appearance and an orchestral accompaniment straight out of the movies, and to close the program, in English with violin and fortepiano. Both versions use a melody substantially different from the familiar one. Sumi Jo's crystal-clear, perfectly focused voice sheds a silvery shimmer over everything she touches. Her vibrato is a little too narrow, but the coloratura is impeccable, the phrasing natural. She radiates an infectious joy in her own singing and the music, whether simple or sophisticated, that should light up any Christmas celebration. The accompanying forces are excellent. ---Edith Eisler, Editorial Reviews


Sumi Jo has produced a stunning holiday album, filled with gorgeous singing of many styles. It isn't just an album of her singing, though; there are wonderful orchestral and choral selections too, all of which sparkle with perfection. This is a great addition to my Christmas music collection, and another winner from Sumi Jo. --- George G. Morgan "Rabid Genealogist" (Florida)

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]]> (bluesever) Sumi Jo Tue, 27 Dec 2011 12:08:55 +0000
Sumi Jo – Prayers (2000) Sumi Jo – Prayers (2000)

01. Ravel - Kaddisch
02. Mozart - Laudate Dominum
03. Caccini - Ave Maria
04. Amazing Grace
05. Strauss R - Breit'uber mein Haupt
06. Rossini - L'ora fatal s'appressa.. Giusto ciel
07. Faure - Requiem - Pie Jesu
08. Schubert - Gott! Hore meine Stimme!
09. Gounod - Sanctus
10. Donizetti - Preghiera di Maria
11. Preisner - Lacrimosa
12. Bernstein - Take care of this house
13. Strauss II - Nun's Chorus-Laura's Song
14. Say a prayer for me tonight Gigi
15. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child

Sumi Jo – soprano
Cologne Philharmonic
James Conlon – conductor


A coloratura soprano who in the late 1990s became one of the most noticed new names on the international operatic circuit, Sumi Jo was a discovery of the flamboyant German conductor Herbert von Karajan. A striking beauty, she owed her initial celebrity in part to video: the conductor arranged for her a prominent role in his Karajan in Salzburg video production.

Sumi Jo was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1962. After studying both voice and piano from a young age, she dropped out of Seoul National University in 1983 to travel to Italy for study at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Among her teachers were Carlo Bergonzi and Grannila Bonelli. She graduated in 1985, with a concentration in keyboard as well as voice and over the next few years took top voice competition prizes in several countries, attracting the attention of Karajan. Her operatic debut came as Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto in 1986, and two years later she performed in Un Ballo in Maschera under Karajan's baton. In the 1990s and early 2000s she was ubiquitous, singing in major capitals on nearly every continent. She won a Grammy award in 1993, and among her many recordings, her several portrayals of Mozart's vocally treacherous Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte have been especially noteworthy. In 2000, she began to see the fruits of Richard Bonynge's mentorship, refining her bel canto technique and preparing for a Carnegie Hall recital in February 2001. ---All Music Guide, Rovi

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]]> (bluesever) Sumi Jo Mon, 26 Oct 2009 12:18:03 +0000
Sumi Jo – Romantic (1997) Sumi Jo – Romantic (1997)

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01. Bel raggio lusinghier (Semiramide-Rossini)
02. Care compagne (La sonnambula-Bellini)
03. Sul fil dun soffio etesio (Falstaff-Verdi)
04. Sor vergin vezzosa (I Puritani-Bellini)
05. Oh I quante volte,oh quante (I Capuleti e I Montecchi)
06. O luce di questanima (Linda di chamcunix-Donizetti)
07. No,che il morir non e (Tancredi-Rossini)
08. Qui la voce sua soave (I Puritani-Bellini) * 
09. Io non sono piu la Annetta (Crispino e la comare-Federico et Luigi Ricci) * 
10. E strano,e strano (La traviata-Verdi) With Octavio Arevalo

Sumi Jo - soprano
Octavio Arevalo – tenor

English Chamber Orchestra
Giuliano Carella – conductor


Sumi Jo is a South Korean operatic soprano. She was born in Seoul, South Korea on 22nd November, 1962. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome after 3 years of study in keyboard and vocal music. In 1986, she made her operatic debut as Gilda in Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto at Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste. This debut performance attracted the attention of Herbert von Karajan, for whom she sang the role of Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera at the Salzburg Festival, as a result of an audition in 1988.

Since then, she has performed all the great coloratura roles such as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute , the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia, Amina in La sonnambula, etc. at the world’s major opera houses, under conductors like Sir Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, and Richard Bonynge.


Sumi Jo (ur. 22 października 1962) jest pochodzącą z Korei Pd. śpiewaczką operową, dysponującą sopranem liryczno - koloraturowym. Jest szczególnie znana i uznawana za swoje interpretacje repertuaru bel canto. Została uhonorowana nagrodą Grammy.

W 1990, Jo miała swój debiut w Chicago Lyric Opera jako Królowa Nocy w „Zaczarowanym flecie” Mozarta. Następnego roku powróciła do Metropolitan Opery, później zadebiutowała w Covent Garden jako Olympia w operze Offenbacha „Opowieści Hoffmana”. Do Covent Garden powróciła i w przyszłym roku by zagrać Adinę w „Napoju miłosnym” Donizettiego i Elvirę w „Purytanach” Belliniego.

Sumi Jo ma na swoim koncie około 50 prywatnych nagrać, włączając w to solowy album dla Erato. Nagrania te zawierają kompletne opery, oratoria, operetki i prace orkiestralne. Nagrała też wokalizę do ścieżki dźwiękowej „Dziewiątych Wrót” skomponowanych przez Wojciecha Kilara. Temat muzyczny w tym filmie jest oparty na utworze Camille Saint-Saënsa.

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]]> (bluesever) Sumi Jo Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:18:31 +0000
Sumi Jo – Virtuoso Arias (1995) Sumi Jo – Virtuoso Arias (1995)

01. Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia: 'Una voce poco fa' (Rosina)
02. Bellini - La Sonnambula (Act 2): 'Ah non credea mirarti' (Amina)
03. Delibes - Lakme (Act 2, Scene 10): The Bell Song (Lakme)
04. Verdi - Rigoletto (Act 1, Scene 13): 'Gualtier Malde...caro nome' (Gilda)
05. Meyerbeer - 'Ombres legeres' (Dinora)
06. Gaetano Donizetti: The Mad Scene (Lucie)
07. Strauss - Adriadne Auf Naxos: Zerbinetta's Aria
08. Bernstein - 'Glitter And Be Gay' (Cunegonde)
09. Mozart - Die Zauberflote: 'Der Holle Rache...' (Queen of the Night)
10. Young-Ha – Boribat

Sumi Jo - soprano 
Anne Maugue – flute
Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Paolo Olmi – conductor


Korean soprano Sumi Jo has established herself as a remarkable and gifted lyric coloratura soprano in recent years. She has a vast following wherever she goes- whether she is touring Europe, performing in American opera houses or singing in her native Korea. Sumi Jo's good looks, winning personality and acting abilities add to her allure. She's almost the equivalent of Beverly Sills in many ways. Her legato and coloratura technique is thrilling. Her vocal embellishments in any coloratura role is exceptional. Plus, as mentioned, she can really act. I first had the privelege to watch Sumi Jo in a live performance at the Los Angeles Opera. She was performing as Olympia, the doll in Offenbach's "The Tales Of Hoffman." In addition to her vibrant coloratura roulades and passages, she was hilarious and easily won the audience. Among her many roles, she has performed as Rosina (Barber Of Seville), Queen of the Night (Mozart's Magic Flute and long considered her signature role), Lucia Di Lammermoor, Gilda from Rigoletto, Zerbinetta, Lakme, and various other bel canto heroines of Donizetti and Verdi as well as her touching performance as Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme. Sumi Jo has made it as a successful recording artist as well.These days, an opera singer with huge star power cannot dismiss the temptation of recording albums, sometimes in coloraboration with other singers or contemporary rock or pop singers. This album features the best of Sumi Jo in appropriately virtuoso arias from bel canto operas. Especially dazzling is her Zerbinetta and Lakme. I urge any fan of Sumi Jo to get this album. Viva the diva.

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