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Seraphim / Soprano Sara Macliver

Audio Samples

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson, HWV57
>     Let the Bright Seraphim
>Arne, Thomas A. : Cantata no 5
>     The Morning
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Il Bajazet [Il Tamerlano], RV703
>     Sposa son disprezzata (I am a wife scorned)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata BWV68 'Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt' (For God so loved the world)
>     Mein gläubeges Herze (M
>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen, Z629
>     Hark! The Echoing Air
>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora, HWV68
>     Angels, Ever Bright and Fair
>Purcell, Henry : An Evening Hymn to the Ground, "Now that the sun hath veiled his light"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>Giordani, Giuseppe : Caro mio ben, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers of a Confessor), KV339
>     Laudate Dominum (Praise the
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Zaide, KV344
>     Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (Rest gently, my dear one)
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : L'anima del filosofo [Orfeo ed Euridice] (The Soul of the Philosopher [Orpheus and Eurydice]), Hob.2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>     Pie Jesu
>Ravel, Maurice : Cinq melodies populaires grecques (Five Popular Greek Melodies)
>     Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisqu
>Canteloube, Joseph : Baïlèro
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Bowman, Calvin : Crossing the Bar, song for voice & piano
>Mitchell, Joni : Both Sides Now

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson, HWV57
>Arne, Thomas A. : Cantata no 5
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Il Bajazet [Il Tamerlano], RV703
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata BWV68 'Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt' (For God so loved the world)
>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen, Z629
>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora, HWV68
>Purcell, Henry : An Evening Hymn to the Ground, "Now that the sun hath veiled his light"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>Giordani, Giuseppe : Caro mio ben, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers of a Confessor), KV339
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Zaide, KV344
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : L'anima del filosofo [Orfeo ed Euridice] (The Soul of the Philosopher [Orpheus and Eurydice]), Hob.2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Ravel, Maurice : Cinq melodies populaires grecques (Five Popular Greek Melodies)
>Canteloube, Joseph : Baïlèro
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Bowman, Calvin : Crossing the Bar, song for voice & piano
>Mitchell, Joni : Both Sides Now
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Notes & Reviews:

ABC Classics has done a stellar job of bringing Australian performers and composers to the attention of international audiences. This 2011 album features soprano Sara Macliver, a versatile singer who is as comfortable with pieces like Fauré's Pie Jesu and Bernstein's "Somewhere" as with the Baroque coloratura repertoire for which she's most widely known. Half of the tracks are devoted to Baroque arias and half to a sampling of pieces ranging from Mozart to Joni Mitchell. About half of the selections were newly recorded and the rest were taken from earlier releases. The title, Seraphim, is appropriate; Macliver's voice is angelic -- pure, chaste, and bright, ideal for the Baroque repertoire -- and she sings with an effortless agility. Generally she uses a relatively straight tone, which at moments, particularly in Handel's "Angels, Ever Bright and Fair," has a gleaming brightness that might be mistaken for a trumpet. Most of the selections are joyful and Macliver brings to them an engaging spirit of ebullience. The arias are mostly familiar and include Handel's "Let the Bright Seraphim," Purcell's "Hark! now the echoing air," and Bach's "Mein gläubiges Herze," and "Schafe könne sicher weiden." A little-known gem is Arne's "The glitt'ring Sun," a shimmering, glowing depiction of a sunrise. Macliver shines (literally and figuratively) in the more recent repertoire as well. Mozart's "Laudate Dominum" is especially radiant, and she brings warmth and eloquent expressiveness to the selections from Ravel's Cinq mélodies populaires grecques and Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne. A variety of Australian orchestras, most frequently Orchestra of the Antipodes led by Brett Weymark, provide very fine, idiomatic accompaniment. The only exception is the chamber group accompanying Purcell's "Now that the sun hath veiled his light," a piece that ought to leap out in its sublime strangeness but comes across here as plodding. The recordings were made at a variety of venues over a period of a decade, but the sound is always clean, well balanced, and immediate. ~ Stephen Eddins



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson, HWV57 :: Let the Bright Seraphim
  • Performers: Leanne Sullivan (Trumpet); Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brett Weymark
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Arne, Thomas A. : Cantata no 5 :: The Morning
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brett Weymark
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1755

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Il Bajazet [Il Tamerlano], RV703 :: Sposa son disprezzata (I am a wife scorned)
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brett Weymark
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata BWV68 'Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt' (For God so loved the world) :: Mein gläubeges Herze (M
  • Performers: Sara Macliver (Soprano); Daniel Yeadon (Cello Piccolo)
  • Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 05/21/1725

>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen, Z629 :: Hark! The Echoing Air
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora, HWV68 :: Angels, Ever Bright and Fair
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brett Weymark
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1749

>Purcell, Henry : An Evening Hymn to the Ground, "Now that the sun hath veiled his light"
  • Performers: Sara Macliver (Soprano); Tommie Andersson (Theorbo); Laura Vaughan (Chamber Organ); Stewart Smith (Chamber Organ)
  • Conductor: Brett Weymark
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1687

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 02/23/1713

>Giordani, Giuseppe : Caro mio ben, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brett Weymark
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 17th Century

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers of a Confessor), KV339 :: Laudate Dominum (Praise the
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brett Weymark
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1780

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Zaide, KV344 :: Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (Rest gently, my dear one)
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1780

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : L'anima del filosofo [Orfeo ed Euridice] (The Soul of the Philosopher [Orpheus and Eurydice]), Hob.2
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ola Rudner
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem, Op. 48 :: Pie Jesu
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Ravel, Maurice : Cinq mélodies populaires grecques (Five Popular Greek Melodies) :: Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisqu
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Northey
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1906

>Canteloube, Joseph : Baïlèro
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brett Kelly
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1930

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brett Weymark
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1957

>Bowman, Calvin : Crossing the Bar, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Catherine Davis (Piano); Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Mitchell, Joni : Both Sides Now
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brett Weymark
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1968