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Soprano Kathleen Battle: The Complete Sony Recorordings - Gems of the classical repertoire to jazz, folk, spirituals, pop, Christmas programs and more / Wynton Marsalis, Christopher Parkening, Jean-Pierre Rampal et al. [10 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

A reissue consisting of nine of legendary soprano Kathleen Battle's foremost achievements in the studio. The first, originally released in 1984, is her rendition - one of the most enchanting ever committed to disc - of the soprano solo in Lorin Maazel's Vienna Philharmonic recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 4. BBC Music Magazine called this "one of the truly great Mahler Fourths ... Kathleen Battle's saintly innocence in the Wunderhorn setting of the finale is a sheer delight!"

Most of the other recordings in this compilation date from the 1990s, when Battle was no longer appearing in opera but concentrating her activities on concerts and recitals. Her repertoire also underwent a transformation in this period, increasingly encompassing pop, jazz, folk, spirituals and other non-classical music. Two of these albums feature the legendary trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis. In Baroque Duet, the two charismatic artists are partnered in works by Bach, Handel and Alessandro Scarlatti. In A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert, recorded live in 1991, they are joined by mezzo Frederica von Stade and André Previn conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's for a program of favorite holiday-themed selections.

Another major event captured live was the soprano's 1991 Lincoln Center concert with flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal. "The bell-like purity of [Battle's] voice is delightful in itself," wrote Gramophone's reviewer. "Her fluency and evenness, her free production of perfectly steady tone, are all admirable and none too common in the world today (but then, she is generally acknowledged to be one of the leading singers in that world)." American Record Guide concurred: "Her high, pure lyric soprano is infinitely suited to duetting with the flute ... Everything is sung beautifully, the coloratura perfectly in place, the few high notes emerging like luminescent diamonds."

Angels' Glory, issued in 1995, is another of her highly successful collaborations with leading soloists, an album of spirituals and other sacred traditional songs with guitarist Christopher Parkening. ClassicalNet wrote of it: "Battle is one of that rare breed of artists of whom you always sit up and take notice... Beautifully sung, exquisitely phrased, and musically sensitive."

The set is rounded off with a new compilation of Kathleen Battle's RCA releases, among them her 1977 live Ravinia Festival performance of Bach's "Wedding Cantata" and the soprano solo from the Brahms Requiem. She is accompanied by the Chicago Symphony under James Levine, who has been a faithful musical partner throughout her career. Recalling his first encounter with Kathleen Battle, the great American conductor had this to say: "Some singers have little instinct but do have the intellect to balance technical and musical issues. Some have instinct and a beautiful voice but less intellect. I had never come across a more complete talent than hers." This new Kathleen Battle release will give devotees of this unique American soprano a new opportunity to confirm the maestro's judgment.


Works:

Symphony no 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892-1900; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 1985
Language: German

Samson, HWV 57: Let the bright Seraphim by George Frideric Handel
Performer: John Feeney (Double Bass), Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), Kathleen Battle (Soprano),
Daire Fitzgerald (Cello), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1743; London, England
Venue: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs.
Language: English

Arie (7) con tromba sola: no 1, Si suoni la tromba by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), Daire Fitzgerald (Cello),
John Feeney (Double Bass), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet), Marc Goldberg (Bassoon)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: Italy
Venue: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs.

Arie (7) con tromba sola: no 3, Con voce festiva by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer: Marc Goldberg (Bassoon), John Feeney (Double Bass), Anthony Newman (Harpsichord),
Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Daire Fitzgerald (Cello)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: Italy
Venue: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs.
Language: Italian

Arie (7) con tromba sola: no 4, Rompe sprezza by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer: Daire Fitzgerald (Cello), Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), Kathleen Battle (Soprano),
Marc Goldberg (Bassoon), John Feeney (Double Bass), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: Italy
Venue: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs.
Language: Italian

Arie (7) con tromba sola: no 6, Mio tesoro per te moro by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer: Marc Goldberg (Bassoon), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet), John Feeney (Double Bass),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), Daire Fitzgerald (Cello)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: Italy
Venue: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs.
Language: Italian

Il prigioniero fortunato: Su le sponde del Tebro by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer: Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), Daire Fitzgerald (Cello), Kathleen Battle (Soprano),
John Feeney (Double Bass), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Venue: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC
Length: 15 Minutes 2 Secs.
Language: Italian

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74: Eternal source of light by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Daire Fitzgerald (Cello), John Feeney (Double Bass), Kathleen Battle (Soprano),
Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet), Anthony Newman (Harpsichord)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: 1713; London, England
Venue: Amercan Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs.
Language: English

Zenobia: Pace una volta by Luca Antonio Predieri
Performer: John Feeney (Double Bass), Daire Fitzgerald (Cello), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet),
Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: 1740
Venue: American Academy of Arts & Letter, NYC
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs.
Language: Italian

Il barcheggio: Sinfonia no 1 by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Daire Fitzgerald (Cello), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet), John Feeney (Double Bass),
Anthony Newman (Harpsichord)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: 1681; Italy
Venue: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs.

Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: no 3, Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Notby Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), John Feeney (Double Bass), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet),
Daire Fitzgerald (Cello), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany
Venue: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs.
Language: German

O! come chiare e belle, HWV 143: Alle voci del bronzo... by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), John Feeney (Double Bass), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet),
Daire Fitzgerald (Cello), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1708; Italy
Venue: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs.
Language: Italian

Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: no 1, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landenby Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Daire Fitzgerald (Cello), Krista Bennion-Feeney (Violin), John Feeney (Double Bass),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Erika Sato (Violin), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet),
Anthony Newman (Harpsichord)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: 1730; Leipzig, Germany
Venue: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs.
Language: German

Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: no 5, Alleluia, Alleluia by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Daire Fitzgerald (Cello), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Anthony Newman (Harpsichord),
John Feeney (Double Bass), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: 1730; Leipzig, Germany
Venue: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs.
Language: German

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano), Nancy Allen (Harp),
Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet)
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: American Boychoir, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Wynton Marsalis Septet ...
Written: England
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs.
Language: English

Mary's boy child by Jester Hairston
Performer: Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet), Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: American Boychoir, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Christmas Concert Choir
Period: 20th Century
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs.
Language: English

Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: American Boychoir, Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917; USA
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs.
Language: English

Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a): Alleluia by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Classical
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs.
Language: Latin

The Sound of Music: My favorite things by Richard Rodgers
Performer: Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1959; USA
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs.
Language: English

Winter Wonderland by Felix Bernard
Conductor: Wynton Marsalis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wynton Marsalis Septet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934; USA
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs.

American Songs by Traditional
Performer: Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano), Nancy Allen (Harp), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Boychoir, Wynton Marsalis Septet ...
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 16 Minutes 14 Secs.
Language: English

The Christmas Song by Mel Torme
Performer: James Saporito (Percussion), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), André Previn (Piano),
Tony Falanga (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs.
Language: English

Meet Me in St. Louis: Have yourself a merry little Christmas by Hugh Martin
Performer: André Previn (Piano), Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944; USA
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs.
Language: English

Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: Wynton Marsalis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wynton Marsalis Septet
Period: Classical
Written: 1818; Austria
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs.
Language: English

Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Conductor: Wynton Marsalis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wynton Marsalis Septet
Period: Romantic
Written: 19th Century; USA
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs.

Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 52, Maria Wiegenlied by Max Reger
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903-1912; Germany
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs.
Language: German

We three kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Conductor: Wynton Marsalis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wynton Marsalis Septet
Period: 20th Century
Written: England
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs.

Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Performer: Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: American Boychoir, Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1609; Germany
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs.
Language: English

Hänsel und Gretel: Abends will ich schlafen gehn "Evening Hymn" by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer: Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; Germany
Date of Recording: 12/08/1991
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs.

Nel dolce dell'oblio, HWV 134 (Pensieri notturni di Filli) by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1707-1710; Italy
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Language: Italian

L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Sweet bird, that shun'st the noise of folly by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1740; London, England
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Language: English

If music be the food of love, Z 379 by Henry Purcell
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1692-1695; England
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Language: English

Rule a Wife and Have a Wife, Z 587: There's not a swain by Henry Purcell
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1693; England
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Language: English

What can we poor females do?, Z 429 by Henry Purcell
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1694; England
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Language: English

Oedipus, Z 583: Music for a while by Henry Purcell
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Baroque
Written: ?1692; England
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Language: English

Hippolyte et Aricie: Rossignols amoureux (Nightingale aria) by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1733; France
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Language: French

Une flűte invisible by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885; France
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City

Počmes (2) de Ronsard, Op. 26 by Albert Roussel
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924; Paris, France
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Language: French

Canciones Clásicas Espańolas: La mi sola, Laureola... by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer: Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: Spain
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Language: Spanish

Canciones Clasicas Espańolas: Al Amor by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: 20th Century
Written: Spain
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Language: Spanish

Canciones Clásicas Espańolas: Del cabello más sutil by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: 20th Century
Written: Spain
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Language: Spanish

Canciones Clasicas Espańolas: Chiquitita la novia by Fernando J. Obradors
Performer: Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: Spain
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Language: Spanish

Sonata for Flute and Piano by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer: Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute), John Steele Ritter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945; USA
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City

Bird-Song by Michael Head
Performer: Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: 20th Century
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Language: English

Comedy of errors: Lo, here the gentle lark by Henry Bishop
Performer: Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1819; England
Date of Recording: 02/1991
Venue: Live Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Language: English

Mary, Did You Know? by Mark Lowry
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs.
Language: English

Carol of the Birds by John Jacob Niles
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
Written: USA
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs.
Language: English

I wonder as I wander by John Jacob Niles
Performer: Christopher Parkening (Guitar), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: USA
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs.
Language: English

Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon
Performer: Christopher Parkening (Guitar), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917; USA
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs.

El desembre congelat by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Written: Spain
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs.
Language: Spanish

El noy de la mare by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: Spain
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs.
Language: Spanish

Dormi Jesus by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs.
Language: Latin

Quittez pasteurs by Traditional
Performer: Christopher Parkening (Guitar), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Written: France
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs.
Language: French

Infant holy, infant lowly by Traditional
Performer: Christopher Parkening (Guitar), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Written: Poland
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs.
Language: English

Jubilation by Andrew York
Performer: Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
Written: USA
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs.

Wasn't that a mighty day? by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs.
Language: English

Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy "West Indies Carol" by Traditional
Performer: Christopher Parkening (Guitar), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Written: West Indies
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs.
Language: English

Boston by William Billings
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: Classical
Written: 1770/1778; USA
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs.
Language: English

Sweet Little Jesus Boy by Robert MacGimsey
Performer: Christopher Parkening (Guitar), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934; USA
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs.
Language: English

O Mary, Where Is Your Baby? by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs.
Language: English

O, Mary and the Baby, Sweet Lamb by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Language: English

Ain't That-a Rockin' All Night by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Language: English

Mary had a baby by Traditional
Performer: Christopher Parkening (Guitar), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs.
Language: English

Jesus, the light of the world by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1890; USA
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs.
Language: English

Suo Gan by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Written: Wales, UK
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs.
Language: Welsh

Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer: Christopher Parkening (Guitar), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1818; Austria
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs.
Language: English

Messiah, HWV 56: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Nick Danielson (Violin), Todd Phillips (Violin), Charles Curtis (Cello),
Carmit Zori (Violin), David Carroll (Bassoon), Krista Bennion-Feeney (Violin),
Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), Donald Palma (Double Bass), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742; London, England
Date of Recording: 11/1995
Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs.
Language: English

Mörike Lieder: no 25, Schlafendes Jesuskind by Hugo Wolf
Performer: Stephen Taylor (Oboe), Alan R. Kay (Clarinet), Susan Rotholz (Flute),
Karen Dreyfus (Viola), Anna Rabinova (Violin), Robin Bushman (Violin),
David Singer (Clarinet), Nardo Poy (Viola), Julie Rosenfeld (Violin),
Martha Caplin (Violin), Hae Young Ham (Violin), Krista Bennion-Feeney (Violin),
Robert Wagner (Bassoon), David Carroll (Bassoon), George Randall III Ellis (Oboe),
Sharon Yamada (Violin), Joel Pitchon (Violin), Narciso Figueroa (Violin),
Donald Palma (Double Bass), David Eggar (Cello), Charles Curtis (Cello),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Elizabeth Mann (Flute), Jean M. Ingraham (Violin),
Lois Martin (Viola)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 11/1995
Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs.
Language: German

Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339: Laudate Dominum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Barry O. Phillips (Treble), Anna Rabinova (Violin), Erica Kiesewetter (Violin),
Charles F. Eversole (Treble), Richard Rood (Violin), Timothy Baker (Violin),
Eric Wyrick (Violin), Julie Rosenfeld (Violin), Robin Bushman (Violin),
André Emelianoff (Cello), Curtis Macomber (Violin), Bruce R. Baumer (Treble),
Joel Pitchon (Violin), Sharon Yamada (Violin), Anthony Newman (Organ),
Charles Curtis (Cello), Donald Palma (Double Bass), Alan Arak (Treble),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano), John H. Davey (Treble)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Orchestra/Ensemble: American Boychoir
Period: Classical
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria
Date of Recording: 11/1995
Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs.
Language: Latin

Joshua, HWV 64: O had I Jubal's lyre by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Carmit Zori (Violin),
Krista Bennion-Feeney (Violin), Donald Palma (Double Bass), Nick Danielson (Violin),
Charles Curtis (Cello), Todd Phillips (Violin)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Period: Baroque
Written: 1748; London, England
Date of Recording: 11/1995
Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs.
Language: English

Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: no 3, Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Notby Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Stephen Taylor (Oboe), Charles Curtis (Cello),
Donald Palma (Double Bass), Anthony Newman (Organ)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Period: Baroque
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany
Date of Recording: 11/1995
Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs.
Language: German

Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata": Schafe können sicher weiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Keith Underwood (Recorder), Nina Stern (Recorder), Anthony Newman (Harpsichord),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Donald Palma (Double Bass), Charles Curtis (Cello)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Period: Baroque
Written: 1713; Cöthen, Germany
Date of Recording: 11/1995
Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs.
Language: German

Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Performer: Krista Bennion-Feeney (Violin), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Anthony Newman (Organ),
Nancy Allen (Harp)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Period: Romantic
Written: Italy
Date of Recording: 11/1995
Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs.

Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, BWV 68: no 2, Mein gläubiges Herze by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Stephen Taylor (Oboe), Krista Bennion-Feeney (Violin), Charles Curtis (Cello),
Donald Palma (Double Bass), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Anthony Newman (Organ),
Robert Wagner (Bassoon)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Period: Baroque
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany
Date of Recording: 11/1995
Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs.
Language: German

Requiem, Op. 48: Pie Jesu by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Elizabeth Mann (Flute), Sandra Church (Flute),
David Singer (Clarinet), John Moses (Clarinet), David Carroll (Bassoon),
Rebecca Young (Viola), Karen Dreyfus (Viola), Maureen Gallagher (Viola),
Charles Curtis (Cello), David Eggar (Cello), André Emelianoff (Cello),
Nancy Allen (Harp), Anthony Newman (Organ), Donald Palma (Double Bass)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 rev 1893; France
Date of Recording: 11/1995
Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs.
Language: Latin

Were you there? by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Written: USA
Date of Recording: 11/1995
Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs.
Language: English

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 39, Flösst, mein Heiland by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Anthony Newman (Organ), Donald Palma (Double Bass), Charles Curtis (Cello),
Stephen Taylor (Oboe), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Period: Baroque
Written: Leipzig, Germany
Date of Recording: 11/1995
Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs.
Language: German

Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer: Nancy Allen (Harp), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859; France
Date of Recording: 11/1995
Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs.
Language: Latin

Bist du bei mir by Gottfried H. Stölzel
Performer: Charles Curtis (Cello), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Anthony Newman (Organ),
Anthony Newman (Harpsichord)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Period: Baroque
Date of Recording: 11/1995
Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs.
Language: German

Messa di gloria: Laudamus Te by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Donald Palma (Double Bass), Julie Rosenfeld (Violin), David Singer (Clarinet),
Elizabeth Mann (Flute), David Jolley (French Horn), Anna Rabinova (Violin),
Stewart Rose (French Horn), Narciso Figueroa (Violin), Joel Pitchon (Violin),
Sharon Yamada (Violin), Jean M. Ingraham (Violin), Susan Rotholz (Flute),
Lois Martin (Viola), Alan R. Kay (Clarinet), Karen Dreyfus (Viola),
Robin Bushman (Violin), Nardo Poy (Viola), Charles Curtis (Cello),
David Carroll (Bassoon), Robert Wagner (Bassoon), George Randall III Ellis (Oboe),
Krista Bennion-Feeney (Violin), Hae Young Ham (Violin), Martha Caplin (Violin),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Stephen Taylor (Oboe)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1820; Italy
Date of Recording: 11/1995
Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church, NYC
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs.
Language: Latin

Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Ken Noda (Piano), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918; Italy
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs.
Language: Italian

Samson, HWV 57: Let the bright Seraphim by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1743; London, England
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs.
Language: English

Dormi Jesus by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs.
Language: Latin

Canción de cuna by Traditional
Performer: Romero Lubambo (Guitar), Grover Washington Jr. (Soprano Saxophone), Ira Coleman (Double Bass),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Cyro Baptista (Percussion)
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs.
Language: Spanish

Mythodea: 9th movement by Vangelis
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Vangelis (Electric Keyboard), Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Conductor: Blake Neely
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Metropolitan Orchestra, Greece National Opera Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2001
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs.

Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339: Laudate Dominum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra, Chorus
Period: Classical
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs.
Language: Latin

Messiah, HWV 56: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742; London, England
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs.
Language: English

Fix me, Jesus by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs.
Language: English

Requiem, Op. 48: Pie Jesu by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: Robert Sadin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 rev 1893; France
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs.
Language: Latin

El noy de la mare by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: Spain
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs.

El desembre congelat by Traditional
Performer: Christopher Parkening (Guitar), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Written: Spain
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs.

Prelude to a Kiss by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer: Kenny Barron (Piano), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938; USA
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs.
Language: English

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74: Eternal source of light by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: 1713; London, England
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs.
Language: English

Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a): Alleluia by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Classical
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs.
Language: Latin

Angels watching over me by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Written: USA
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs.
Language: English

Symphony no 4 in G major: 4th movement, Das himmlische Leben by Gustav Mahler
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1899-1900; Austria
Length: 10 Minutes 49 Secs.
Language: German

Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: no 1, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landenby Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque
Written: 1730; Leipzig, Germany
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs.
Language: German

Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Christian McBride (Double Bass), Marlon Graves (Guitar),
James Carter (Bass Clarinet), Cyrus Chestnut (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; USA
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs.
Language: English

Hush! Somebody's callin' my name by Traditional
Performer: Christian McBride (Double Bass), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Cyro Baptista (Percussion)
Written: USA

Canción de cuna by Anonymous
Performer: Cyro Baptista (Percussion), Romero Lubambo (Guitar), Ira Coleman (Double Bass),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Grover Washington Jr. (Soprano Saxophone)
Period: Baroque
Written: Spain

Azulao by Jaime Ovalle
Performer: Marlon Graves (Guitar), Jon Herrington (Guitar), Kathleen Battle (Soprano),
Ira Coleman (Double Bass), Antonio Hart (Alto Saxophone), Romero Lubambo (Guitar),
Cyro Baptista (Percussion), Cyrus Chestnut (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: Brazil

The Little Horses by Traditional
Performer: Marlon Graves (Guitar), Ira Coleman (Double Bass), Jon Herrington (Guitar),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Romero Lubambo (Guitar), Cyrus Chestnut (Piano),
Grover Washington Jr. (Soprano Saxophone)

Ninghe, Ninghe by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Romero Lubambo (Guitar), Ira Coleman (Double Bass),
Steven Berrios (Percussion), Cyrus Chestnut (Piano), Grover Washington Jr. (Soprano Saxophone)

Fais do-do, traditional lullaby by Traditional
Performer: Steven Berrios (Percussion), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jon Herrington (Guitar),
Ira Coleman (Double Bass), Marlon Graves (Percussion), Cyrus Chestnut (Piano),
Grover Washington Jr. (Soprano Saxophone)

Angels watching over me by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Written: USA

Goin' Home by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Christian McBride (Double Bass), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), James Carter (Bass Clarinet),
Marlon Graves (Guitar), Cyrus Chestnut (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1922; USA

Melodia sentimental, W 556 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Romero Lubambo (Guitar), Ira Coleman (Double Bass),
Cyro Baptista (Percussion), Cyrus Chestnut (Piano), Grover Washington Jr. (Soprano Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958-1959; Brazil

He's gone away by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Cyrus Chestnut (Piano)
Written: USA

Del cabello más sutil by Fernando Obradors
Performer: Cyro Baptista (Percussion), Jon Herrington (Guitar), Ira Coleman (Double Bass),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Cyrus Chestnut (Piano)

Para Nińar (Brazilian Cradle Song) by Paurillo Barroso
Performer: Jon Herrington (Guitar), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Romero Lubambo (Guitar),
Cyro Baptista (Percussion)
Period: Modern

So Many Stars by Sergio Mendes
Performer: Cyrus Chestnut (Piano), Marlon Graves (Percussion), Cyro Baptista (Percussion),
Romero Lubambo (Guitar), Ira Coleman (Double Bass), Antonio Hart (Alto Saxophone),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Tom Harrell (Trumpet), Jon Herrington (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1967

Interlude by Cyro Baptista
Performer: Cyro Baptista (Percussion)

Steal away by Traditional
Performer: Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Ira Coleman (Double Bass), Cyrus Chestnut (Piano),
Grover Washington Jr. (Soprano Saxophone)
Written: USA

Mythodea by Vangelis
Performer: Vangelis (Keyboards), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Conductor: Blake Neely
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Metropolitan Orchestra, Greece National Opera Choir
Period: Contemporary
Written: 1993; Greece





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