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Sempre Libera - arias by Gounod, Bellini, Bizet, Delives, Puccini, Messager, Verdi Meyerbeer et al. / Miah Persson, soprano; Swedish Radio SO, Harding

Album Summary

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Don Pasquale
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera
>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1
>Delibes, Léo : Lakmé
>Puccini, Giacomo : La Bohème
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Dinorah or Le Pardon de Ploërmel
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann
>Messager, André : Madame Chrysanthème
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
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Notes & Reviews:

To the audiences of many of the world's leading opera houses - the Metropolitan, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper - Miah Persson will be well-known as an infinitely charming Susanna, a beguiling Sophie and a coquettish Fiordiligi. On her latest recording for BIS she takes up a set of different roles, however, as she ventures into the fields of bel canto, opéra lyrique and verismo in the company of Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The range of characters is wide, from a teenage Juliet, eager to live life to the full in Gounod's Je veux vivre, to Verdi's Violetta, a courtesan at the height of her powers, who in her scene and aria È strano... tries to convince herself that her freedom is more valuable than love. The programme includes some of the emotional high points in the opera literature (Bellini's Oh! quante volte, Puccini's O mio babbino caro), as well as light relief (Norina's cavatina So anch'io la virtù magica) and moments of pure, unadulterated beauty, such as the Flower Duet from Lakmé and Offenbach's Barcarolle. In the two latter pieces, Miah Persson is joined by her Swedish colleague, the mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus, while the tenor Andrew Staples makes a cameo appearance in Sempre libera, as Alfredo, singing of his love for Violetta below her window.

Sunday Times, 7th June 2015
Much of the programme delights: Persson charms with Juliette's Waltz Song and Dinorah's Shadow aria, and gives us Giulietta's solo (Bellini), preceded by its rarely recorded accompanied recit with horn solo. The famous duets - Delibes and Offenbach, with Katarina Karneus - are gorgeous.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (03/31/2014-04/04/2014).



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>Donizetti, Gaetano : Don Pasquale :: Act 1. Quel guardo il cavaliere... So anch'io la virtù magica
  • Performer: Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (03/31/2014-04/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Act 3. O Dieu! que de bijoux! ...Ah! je ris de me voir si belle
  • Performer: Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (03/31/2014-04/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Capuleti e Montecchi, opera :: Act 1. Eccomi in lieta vesta... Oh! quante volte
  • Performer: Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (03/31/2014-04/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1830

>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette :: Act 1. Ah! Je veux vivre
  • Performer: Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (03/31/2014-04/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1865-1871

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Act 3. C'est des contrebandiers le refuge ordinaire... Je dis que rien ne m'épouv
  • Performer: Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (03/31/2014-04/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1 :: 2. Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (03/31/2014-04/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Delibes, Léo : Lakmé :: Act 1. Viens, Mallika... Sous de dôme épais
  • Performers: Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (03/31/2014-04/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Puccini, Giacomo : La Bohème :: Act 2. Quando me'n vo'
  • Performer: Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (03/31/2014-04/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Dinorah or Le Pardon de Ploërmel :: Act 2. Ombre légère
  • Performer: Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (03/31/2014-04/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann :: Act 2. Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour
  • Performers: Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (03/31/2014-04/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Messager, André : Madame Chrysanthème :: Act 3. Le jour sous le soleil béni
  • Performer: Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (03/31/2014-04/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: Act 1. E strano, è strano... Sempre libera
  • Performers: Miah Persson (Soprano); Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (03/31/2014-04/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Berwald Hall, Stockholm (03/31/2014-04/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918