Virgins, Vixens & Viragos / Purcell, Berlioz, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, et al. / Susan Graham, soprano; Malcom Martineau

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"
>Berlioz, Hector : La Mort d'Ophelie, song for soprano (or tenor) & piano, H. 92a (Op. 18/2)
>Schubert, Franz : Gesänge (4) aus Wilhelm Meister, D 877/Op. 62
>Schumann, Robert : So lasst mich scheinen, bis ich werde, song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Meister songs), Op. 98a/9
>Liszt, Franz : Buch der Lieder, Vol 1, S 531
>Duparc, Henri : Romance de Mignon ("Le connais-tu, ce radieux pays"), song for voice & piano, Op. 2/3
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, no 6
>Wolf, Hugo : Goethe Lieder
>Horovitz, Joseph : Lady Macbeth
>Poulenc, Francis : Fiancailles pour rire
>Porter, Cole : The physician, song (from "Nymph Errant")
>Duke, Vernon : Ages Ago, song for voice & piano
>Poulenc, Francis : Les chemins de l'amour ("Les chemins qui vont"), for voice & piano (or orchestra), FP 106
>Rodgers, Mary : The Mad Show
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Notes & Reviews:

The New Yorker
Graham's mezzo-soprano is a voice without regrets, healthy, rounded, ineffably musical, and eager for a challenge.

Virgins, Vixens & Viragos, Susan Graham's eagerly awaited second album for Onyx, focuses on iconic female characters of history, literature and song. Accompanied by Graham's frequent collaborator Malcolm Martineau, the recital encompasses the full range of emotions in works by Purcell, Poulenc, Berlioz, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Duparc, Porter, Sondheim and Wolf. The recording includes British composer Joseph Horovitz's powerful Lady Macbeth, a scena based on texts from Shakespeare's drama. The program is an expanded version of the one Graham sang during her globe-spanning spring 2012 tour with Martineau.

Sunday Times, 2nd December 2012
It's hard to think of another contemporary singer who could pull off the tour de force Graham achieves here, with numbers ranging over a period of almost 300 years...Graham is in her element as the vixens.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2013
Graham is an artist to treausre, a striking mezzo whose powerful silky voice can achieve Janet Baker-like expressiveness, with a gift for French song but also a mile-wide impish streak...Porter's anatomically witty lament and Sondheim's wicked Girl from Ipanema parody leave one chuckling for all the right reasons. All told, a gem.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
I can't think of another singer today who could match Susan Graham in an eclectic programme ranging across three centuries, four languages and a diverse array of idioms...In glowing voice, Graham opens with a richly imagined, deeply felt performance of Purcell's quasi-operatic scena, culminating in repeated cries on 'Gabriel' of almost excruciating intensity...a recital of rare versatility and panache.

MusicWeb International, March 2013
Her Berlioz performance is wonderful: here she deploys gorgeous, full tone and, as so often on this disc, treats us to some very expressive singing...This is a delicious recital. Susan Graham's lustrous voice and intelligent approach to a well-conceived and nicely varied programme gave me consistent pleasure, as did the pianism of Malcolm Martineau, which is splendid at every turn.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012).



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Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1693

>Berlioz, Hector : La Mort d'Ophélie, song for soprano (or tenor) & piano, H. 92a (Op. 18/2)
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1842

>Schubert, Franz : Gesänge (4) aus Wilhelm Meister, D 877/Op. 62
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Schumann, Robert : So lasst mich scheinen, bis ich werde, song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Meister songs), Op. 98a/9
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Liszt, Franz : Buch der Lieder, Vol 1, S 531 :: Kennst du das Land, song for voice & piano (3 versions), S. 275 (LW N8)
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1860

>Duparc, Henri : Romance de Mignon ("Le connais-tu, ce radieux pays"), song for voice & piano, Op. 2/3
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, no 6
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Wolf, Hugo : Goethe Lieder
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 12/17/1888

>Horovitz, Joseph : Lady Macbeth :: Scena
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Poulenc, Francis : Fiançailles pour rire
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Porter, Cole : The physician, song (from "Nymph Errant")
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Duke, Vernon : Ages Ago, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Poulenc, Francis : Les chemins de l'amour ("Les chemins qui vont"), for voice & piano (or orchestra), FP 106
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1940

>Rodgers, Mary : The Mad Show :: The Boy from Tacarembo La Tumbe del Fuego Santa Malipas Zatatecas La Junta del Sol y C
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/06/2012-07/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern