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Joy Alone - Songs by Gershwin, Heggie, Liszt, Rachmaninov, R. Strauss et al. / Angel Blue, soprano; Iain Burnside, piano

Album Summary

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Heggie, Jake : Paper Wings
>Heggie, Jake : Natural Selection
>Liszt, Franz : Buch der Lieder, Volume 2
>Luna, Pablo : EI niño judío
>Adolphe, Bruce : A Thousand Years of Love
>Cymbala, Carol : He's Been Faithful
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : How fair this spot, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/7
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Georgian Song ("Do not Sing, My Beauty"), for voice & piano, Op. 4/4
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Spring waters, song for voice & piano, Op. 14/11
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
>Strauss, Richard : Die Nacht, Op. 10 no 3
>Strauss, Richard : Allerseelen, Op. 10 no 8
>Strauss, Richard : Befreit, Op. 39 no 4
>Chapi, Ruperto : Las hijas de Zebedeo
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14
>Traditional Spiritual : Ride On, King Jesus
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Notes & Reviews:

A protégé of Plácido Domingo, Angel Blue has enjoyed recent opera house triumphs in Valencia and at English National Opera. Following her acclaimed Wigmore Hall recital last year, this new Rosenblatt Recital studio recording features songs by Strauss, Rachmaninov, a selection of zarzuelas, and Gershwin’s classic Summertime. She is accompanied by the noted pianist Iain Burnside. Presenting the major singers of today and the stars of tomorrow, the Rosenblatt Recitals are London's only world-class season of opera recitals. This new partnership with Opus Arte will see 5-6 CDs released per year, based predominantly on studio recordings with occasional bonus live tracks.

The Times, 24th October 2014
Never before has a burn come simply from listening to a vocal recital...you can easily see why she shot to fame at Los Angeles Opera...She's so sultry, dramatic and spine-tingling. Her manner and tone is so impressive, indeed, that it takes several seconds before you spot the flaw: indistinct words.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
There is an appealing variety on this recital program, and Angel Blue and Iain Burnside are a terrific pair. Blue isn't afraid to take risks in the Heggie; she's a great storyteller with a golden smooth voice. I like her singing; she has a lovely tone and great line. The Luna Zarzuela selection, 'De Espaa Vengo', is full of energy from both Blue and Burnside; Blue has no trouble with turning the quick ornaments or managing the diction. The Rachmaninoff are lush and even; Blue's legato is silky smooth from top to bottom, and Burnside's playing is, as usual, supportive and warm. The Strauss selections are also quite good.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014).



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Works Details

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Heggie, Jake : Paper Wings :: A Route to the Sky
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Heggie, Jake : Natural Selection :: Joy Alone
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Heggie, Jake : Natural Selection :: Animal Passion
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Liszt, Franz : Buch der Lieder, Volume 2
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842

>Luna, Pablo : EI niño judío :: De España vengo
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Adolphe, Bruce : A Thousand Years of Love :: Valley Girl in Love
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Cymbala, Carol : He's Been Faithful
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : How fair this spot, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/7
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Georgian Song ("Do not Sing, My Beauty"), for voice & piano, Op. 4/4
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1893

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Spring waters, song for voice & piano, Op. 14/11
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Strauss, Richard : Die Nacht, Op. 10 no 3
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Allerseelen, Op. 10 no 8
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Befreit, Op. 39 no 4
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Chapi, Ruperto : Las hijas de Zebedeo :: Las carceleras
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1889

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1915

>Traditional Spiritual : Ride On, King Jesus
  • Performers: Angel Blue; Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (03/25/2014-03/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1865