kate Royal sings Rodrigo, Delibes, R. Strauss, Stravinsky, etc / Kate Royal, soprano. Edward Gardner, ASMF

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : L'enfant prodigue
>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Les Filles de Cadix, bolero for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Canteloube, Joseph : Baïlèro
>Canteloube, Joseph : Chants d'Auvergne
>Canteloube, Joseph : La Delaissado (La delaissee), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 2, no 4)
>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
>Stravinsky, Igor : Rake's Progress
>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 41
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
>Strauss, Richard : Ich wollt' ein Strausslein binden, song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 68/2 (TrV 235/2)
>Granados, Enrique : Goyescas
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Madrigales (4) amatorios, for voice & piano (or soprano & orchestra)
>Traditional, English : Sprig of Thyme
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Described by The Times as "already in a class of her own," soprano Kate Royal is on the verge of superstardom. This disc offers listeners their first taste of Royal's talent, featuring a varied selection of arias and lieder that showcase a voice which Gramophone described as "creamy and pure...directly in the aristocratic line of Kiri Te Kanawa and Renee Fleming... with dazzling technique to boot, she seems destined to join that league."

BBC Music Magazine
This CD represents something of a triumph not for one young artist but for two. ENO's new music director, Edward Gardner, conducts the accompaniments, with the Academy of St Martin's on fine form. Kate Royal matches him precisely. Each item is beautifully vocalised, but she too is alert to detail. In the Ravel Vocalise en forme de habanera, she finesses her tone and colour and even her pitch to give us the sensual, Spanish, hot-summer-afternoon feel of the piece. In Delibes's Les filles de Cadix, her trills are a delight, but so is the immediacy of her response to the rhythms.

Gramophone Magazine
Creamy and pure, Royal's voice is directly in the aristocratic line of Kiri Te Kanewa and Reneé Fleming

bbc.co.uk - Charlotte Gardner
Royal's voice is just sublime; rich, warm and pure, it is able to be both lightly playful in Canteloube's "Malurous qu'o uno fenno", and languorously dreamy in Strauss's "Wiegenlied"...What really sets her apart, though, is her ability to get under the skin of a song's lyrics to take on their emotions...Royal is much more than just a beautiful voice. This is music and singing to savour.



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : L'enfant prodigue :: Air. "L'année en vain chasse l'anné
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1884

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Les Filles de Cadix, bolero for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Notes: Composition written: 1874.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Canteloube, Joseph : Baïlèro
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1930

>Canteloube, Joseph : Chants d'Auvergne
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1930

>Canteloube, Joseph : La Delaïssádo (La délaissée), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 2, no 4)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1923-1930

>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Stravinsky, Igor : Rake's Progress :: "No word from Tom"
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1951

>Stravinsky, Igor : Rake's Progress :: Act One. Scene 3. "My father! Can I desert him"
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1951

>Stravinsky, Igor : Rake's Progress :: Act One. Scene 3. "I go, I go to him"
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1951

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana :: In trutina
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 41
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Strauss, Richard : Ich wollt' ein Sträusslein binden, song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 68/2 (TrV 235/2)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Goyescas :: Quejas, o la maja y el ruiseñor (Laments, or the maiden and the nightingale)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1913-1915

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Madrigales (4) amatorios, for voice & piano (or soprano & orchestra)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1947

>Traditional, English : Sprig of Thyme
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.