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Hommage a Trois - songs by Haydn, Mozart, Cimarosa / William Berger, baritone; Carolyn Sampson, soprano

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : L'Isola Disabitata, Hob. 28
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : L'Anima del Filosofo, Hob. 27
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Armida, Hob. 28
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Orlando Paladino, Hob. 28
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : La Vera Costanza, Hob. 28
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Cimarosa, Domenico : Il Maestro di Cappella
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Described by Gramophone Magazine as 'one of the best of our younger baritones,' William Berger makes his Linn debut with a program of arias from some of the finest operatic composers. Soprano Carolyn Sampson guest stars on several duets while the Scottish Chamber Orchestra provides sterling support throughout. Following a 2012 performance by Berger, the SCO and McGegan, The Herald commented that Cimarosa's 1792 cantata Il Maestro di Capello woud be 'a highlight of [the] upcoming Linn disc this team is making.' The program encompasses arias from all of Haydn and Mozart's best-loved operas. William's warm, rich baritone and charismatic stage presence have won praise from audiences and critics alike. With his intelligent approach to characterization and thrilling interpretations, he's a rising young star on both the concert and operatic stage.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Baritone William Berger and conductor Nicholas McGegan have come up with quite an interesting program that begins with Haydn and Mozart opera arias and ends with Cimarosa's 20-minute mini-opera Il Maestro di Cappella. Berger has a light, shallow, grainy voice - he's like a pint-sized Ingvar Wixell or Tom Krause. Don Giovanni's drinking song is really too relaxed and mellow - attributes that better serve the serenade. Carolyn Sampson, who joins Berger in duets from Figaro and The Magic Flute, has a fresh, pretty voice and an engaging manner. McGegan also enlivens things.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's characterful accompaniments under Nicholas McGegan's expert baton prove adventurous at every turn. Berger's agile, lyrical high baritone is also impressive, with top notes almost tenorially easy.

The Guardian, 9th January 2014
It's a discreetly sexy disc, engagingly witty and stylish, and, for the most part, cleverly put together...Haydn's wide-ranging arias show off Berger's coloratura and the beauty of his upper registers to perfection.

Gramophone Magazine
Berger immediately sets out his stall in the opening aria frm Haydn's L'isola disabitata, singing with firm, mellow tone, bright, ringing top notes and a care for evenness of line...a beautifully recorded recital that enhances the young baritone's credentials as a fine Classical stylist.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012).



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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : L'Isola Disabitata, Hob. 28 :: 9
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1779

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492 :: Crudel! perché finora
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492 :: Hai già vinta la causa!... Vedrò mentr'io sospiro
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : L'Anima del Filosofo, Hob. 27 :: 13
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Armida, Hob. 28 :: 12
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1783

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Orlando Paladino, Hob. 28 :: 11
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1782

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Fin ch'han dal vino
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Deh vieni alla finestra
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : La Vera Costanza, Hob. 28 :: 8
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1785

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : La Vera Costanza, Hob. 28 :: 8
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1785

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Pa-Pa-Pa-Papagena!
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Cimarosa, Domenico : Il Maestro di Cappella :: Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786-1793

>Cimarosa, Domenico : Il Maestro di Cappella :: Se mi dànno il permesso
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786-1793

>Cimarosa, Domenico : Il Maestro di Cappella :: Ci sposeremo fra suoni e canti
  • Performers: William Berger; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (07/23/2012-07/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786-1793