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Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete; La mort de Cleopatre / Karen Cargill, mezzo-soparno; Robin Ticciati

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> Les nuits d'ete, Op. 7 - No. 1. Villanelle
> Les nuits d'ete, Op. 7 - No. 2. Le Spectre de la rose
> Les nuits d'ete, Op. 7 - No. 3. Sur les lagunes
> Les nuits d'ete, Op. 7 - No. 4. Absence
> Les nuits d'ete, Op. 7 - No. 5. Au cimetiere
> Les nuits d'ete, Op. 7 - No. 6. L'Ile inconnue
> Romeo et Juliette, Op. 17 - Romeo et Juliette, Op. 17: Scene d'amour
> La mort de Cleopatre - Scene lyrique
> La mort de Cleopatre - Meditation

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : Les nuits d'été, Op. 7, song cycle
>Berlioz, Hector : Romeo & Juliette
>Berlioz, Hector : La Mort de Cléopâtre, for soprano & orchestra, H.36
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Robin Ticciati cements his reputation as an outstanding Berliozian with his latest recording. A pupil of Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Colin Davis, Robin's reputation as one of the generation's best conductors was assured when he was announced as the next music director of Glyndebourne, taking over from Vladimir Jurowski in 2014.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
[Cargill] has a remarkably beautiful voice, full of sunny delicacy and warmth but also capable of Wagnerian dramatics...Ticciati's chamber forces do make a difference from the sound we're used to, without disturbing any essential balances. Against them, the brass especially, the voice sounds more at ease and more flexible...the players in turn underpin Cargill's performance with more precise shading.

Sunday Times, 28th April 2013
With his second release for the Glasgow-based label Linn, Ticciati could do for the Scottish mezzo what Barbirolli did for the young Janet Baker in the 1960s. Cargill's tone is plusher, but Baker is clearly one of her exemplars...her Nuits d'TtT and Cleopatra suggest a Trojans Dido of stature in the making.

The Times, 3rd May 2013
The virtues that lit up [Ticciati's] Fantastique remain: piercing clarity of colour and texture; heightened drama; increased tenderness and intimacy...This is Berlioz up close and personal, and wonderful to behold. It's Berlioz performed with love, too...Dark, mobile, richly emotional, [Cargill's] voice finds a near-perfect showcase.

The Times, 3rd May 2013
[Cargill's] account of Les Nuits d'+tT, wonderfully controlled and exquisitely shaded, seems to me one of the finest to appear on disc in recent years. Her performance of the Cleopatra cantata is equally subtle and meticulous...There and in Nuits d'+tT, Ticciati defines the accompanying detail immaculately.

Financial Times, 11th May 2013
Ticciati's grasp of the music's romantic bloom is one of this disc's attractions. One of the striking facets of Ticciati's conducting and the SCO's playing in Les nuits d'ete is the clarity and details that spring from the score...The SCO's collaboration with the mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill is also an entirely felicitous one... This is a performance of Les nuits d'ete that is all of a piece.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
Cargill wraps her sumptuous voice around the curves of Berlioz's song cycle in a performance of extraordinary musical delicacy, poetic sensitivity and emotional range.

The Independent, 25th May 2013
[Cargill's] ravishing account of Les nuits d'ete ranks up there with the best of them...Cargill's French diction is superb...[in the second song] she is aided by Ticciati's fleet tempos and the almost period-instrument clarity he draws from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra...This is a disc to which I'll be returning soon and often.

MusicWeb International, 3rd August 2013
Best of all is L'ele inconnue; Cargill's "O· voulez-vous aller?" is impossible to resist...The orchestral effects are extraordinary, and brilliantly played here - the doomy textures at the beginning of the MTditation will induce dread. Cargill is again superb, relishing the melodrama yet managing to give us a glimpse of Cleopatra's dignity.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The inclusion of 'Scene d'amour' from Romeo & Juliette is particularly effective here between Nuits d'ete and Mort de Cleopatre. Robin Ticciati offers wonderful musical support, and Karen Cargill delivers a meaningful interpretation - subtle but always compelling. The opening phrases of 'Absence' are luscious - floating and captivating. Cargill's singing has richness and depth of sound. Soloist and orchestra are one single being - breathing and moving absolutely together. The exciting opening of La Mort de Cleopatre brings with it different color of sound for Ms Cargill that is very effective in representing the emotions of Cleopatra. I found this movement very exciting.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (04/01/2012-04/04/2012).



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>Berlioz, Hector : Les nuits d'été, Op. 7, song cycle
  • Performer: Karen Cargill (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robin Ticciati
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (04/01/2012-04/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 28 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 09/1841

>Berlioz, Hector : Roméo & Juliette :: Scène d'amour
  • Conductor: Robin Ticciati
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (04/01/2012-04/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 09/1839

>Berlioz, Hector : La Mort de Cléopâtre, for soprano & orchestra, H.36
  • Performer: Karen Cargill (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robin Ticciati
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, England (04/01/2012-04/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1829