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Marie-Nicole Lemieux: Meilleurs Moments - arias by vivaldi, Scarlatti, Handel and Brahms. Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Stabat Mater
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Salve Regina
>Handel, George Frideric : Mi palpita il Cor, HWV 132
>Handel, George Frideric : Irene, idolo mio
>Handel, George Frideric : Lungi da me, pensier tiranno!
>Brahms, Johannes : Neun Gesange, Op. 69
>Brahms, Johannes : Sechs Lieder, Op. 86
>Brahms, Johannes : Vier Ernste Gesange, Op. 121
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91
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Notes & Reviews:

Just a few notes of Marie-Nicole Lemieux's velvety contralto is all it takes to fall under her spell. With her unique timbre, innate sense of musical line, profound mastery of text, astonishing charm, apparent ease in all repertoires, and remarkable stage presence, Lemieux seems to have it all.

This compilation features some of the most beautiful works she has recorded for Analekta by composers such as Scarlatti, Handel, Vivaldi, and Brahms.

The sixty-odd cantatas by Handel are a brilliant testament to his creativity. Key words are highlighted with long melismas, and the ornaments and vocal chromaticism reveal the almost opera-like drama of these works.

Vivaldi's Stabat Mater takes listeners into a somber world that is miles away from his dazzling concerti.

A captivating lament somewhere between prayer and tears, between pain and acceptance, the voice soars above the magnificent and at times heart-rending music of the strings. Legend has it that Scarlatti dictated his Salve Regina on his deathbed. The delicately expressive treatment of this supplication reads like an "adieu" to life but also to Queen Maria Barbara, whom he had served for many years.

Over the decades, Brahms would return time and time again to the lied. A solitary man, perhaps he considered it a more intensely emotional form of expression, his secret garden (he called his collections of lieder "bouquets of songs"). By turns, he could evoke the sting of unrequited love, solitude, the finality of existence, and nature's solace.



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Stabat Mater :: dolorosa. Largo
  • Conductor: Jeanne Lamon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Stabat Mater :: O quam tristis. Andante
  • Conductor: Jeanne Lamon
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Stabat Mater :: Quest est homo. Largo
  • Conductor: Jeanne Lamon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Stabat Mater :: Eja mater, fons amoris. Largo
  • Conductor: Jeanne Lamon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Salve Regina
  • Conductor: Jeanne Lamon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1756

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Salve Regina :: O clemens. Adagio
  • Conductor: Jeanne Lamon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1756

>Handel, George Frideric : Mi palpita il Cor, HWV 132 :: Se un di m'adora la mia crudele
  • Performers: Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord); Amanda Keesmaat (Cello); Marie-Céline Labbé (Flute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710

>Handel, George Frideric : Irene, idolo mio :: Recitativo
  • Performers: Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord); Amanda Keesmaat (Cello); Marie-Céline Labbé (Flute)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : Irene, idolo mio :: Aria
  • Performers: Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord); Amanda Keesmaat (Cello); Marie-Céline Labbé (Flute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : Lungi da me, pensier tiranno! :: Aria
  • Performers: Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord); Amanda Keesmaat (Cello); Marie-Céline Labbé (Flute)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Handel, George Frideric : Lungi da me, pensier tiranno! :: Aria
  • Performers: Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord); Amanda Keesmaat (Cello); Marie-Céline Labbé (Flute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Brahms, Johannes : Neun Gesänge, Op. 69 :: Abschied
  • Performers: Nicolò Eugelmi (Viola); Michael McMahon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Neun Gesänge, Op. 69 :: Vom Strande
  • Performers: Nicolò Eugelmi (Viola); Michael McMahon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Neun Gesänge, Op. 69 :: Salome
  • Performers: Nicolò Eugelmi (Viola); Michael McMahon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Sechs Lieder, Op. 86 :: Feldeinsamkeit
  • Performers: Nicolò Eugelmi (Viola); Michael McMahon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Sechs Lieder, Op. 86 :: Nachtwandler
  • Performers: Nicolò Eugelmi (Viola); Michael McMahon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Sechs Lieder, Op. 86 :: Versunken
  • Performers: Nicolò Eugelmi (Viola); Michael McMahon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Vier Ernste Gesänge, Op. 121 :: Ich Wandte Mich
  • Performers: Nicolò Eugelmi (Viola); Michael McMahon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1896

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91
  • Performers: Nicolò Eugelmi (Viola); Michael McMahon (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1864-84.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1864-1884