Quella Fiamma – Arie Antiche (2017)

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Release date: October 27, 2017
Orfeo 55
Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto and conductor
Warner Classics Erato
2017

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The Arie Antiche compiled by Alessandro Parisotti are known to each and every student of classical singing. But with Quella Fiamma, Nathalie Stutzmann and Orfeo 55 breathe new fire into this primer for the voice, performing these songs and arias with original orchestrations, as they would have been heard in their day. Before they were lessons, they were high art.

This album is a selection of pieces from Arie antiche, a 19th Century collection of songs edited by Alessandro Parisotti to be a vocal primer. Though now more famous as the editor of Arie antiche, Parisotti was also a composer, and he managed to slip one of his own works into the book by attributing to Giovanni Pergolesi his song “Se tu m’ami”. The collection was very much a part of the trend to rediscover old and forgotten works, and the popularity of the three-volume set has endured to this day.

For this album the musicians of Orfeo 55 have worked painstakingly to source original scores and to edit the parts as necessary. While the instrumental works are not part of Parisotti’s primer, they provide brief musical interludes between the songs to enhance the overall listening experience and bring these works together into a coherent programme.

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Ravel – L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (2017)

The Child and the Enchantments. Opera in one act composed by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Libretto by Colette.

Nathalie Stutzmann . Sabine Devieilhe . Chloé Briot . Jean-François Lapointe . Nicolas Courjal . Julie Pasturaud . Jodie Devos . François Piolino . Sofi Jeannin . Maîtrise et Choeur de Radio France . Mikko Frank, Orchestre de Radio France
2017
Warner Classics Erato

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Handel – Heroes from the Shadows (2014)



STUTZMANN - Haendel Heroes from the shadowsRelease date: November 3, 2014

Orfeo 55
Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto and conductor
Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor
Warner Classics Erato
2014

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Heroes from the Shadows makes stars of the unfairly overlooked roles – from Arsamene to Zenobia – who sing Handel’s hidden operatic jewels: Cornelia from Giulio Cesare (‘Son nata’ in duet with star countertenor Philippe Jaroussky as her guest), Dardano’s stately ‘Pena tiranna’ from Amadigi di Gaula, and the sublime, intimate ‘Senti, bell’idol mio’ sung by Claudio in Silla. Stutzmann conducts her superb musicians playing on Baroque instruments, while singing some of Handel’s most virtuosic arias, all with a rare mastery of both arts – neither one in the shadow of the other.

“From early on in my career, I’ve had the fortune of being invited to play the star roles for contralto in these great Handel operas – be it Caesar, Orlando, Radamisto or others,” she explains. “But I dreamed of the tantalising possibilities of immersing myself in the shadows of these works; shedding light on this repertoire of second or even third-tier background roles, often forgotten by audiences as they leave the theatre, but who captivated them for a few minutes from the edges of the main action. They’re a little like the actors that pop up in films, whose names we know and whose voices we recognise but we struggle to recall their names…”

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Schubert – Die schöne Mullerin, Winterreise, Schwanengesang (2014)



Release date: November 10, 2014
Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto
Inger Södergren, piano
Warner Classics Erato
2014

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This box set brings together Nathalie Stutzmann’s recordings with pianist Inger Södergren of Schubert’s three major song cycles. They were originally issued by the French label Calliope: Winterreise in 2004, Schwanengesang in 2005 and Die schöne Müllerin in 2008, now reissued together by Erato with a completely remastered sound and a photo booklet.
“We’ve been able to improve the sound quality of the original recordings, and I’m satisfied that the remastered versions do full justice to the work we did back then”, says Stutzmann. “I couldn’t do without Schubert in my life,” she adds. This set marks the 20th anniversary of Stutzmann’s partnership with Inger Södergren.

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Bach – Une cantate imaginaire (2012)


Orfeo 55
Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto and conductor
Mikaeli Kammarkör, choirmaster
Deutsche Grammophon
2012

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For her new album Une cantate imaginaire, Nathalie Stutzmann has imagined an “ideal” cantata based on the most beautiful music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, including vocal arias of course, but also instrumental pieces and even chorales. Arias of gallantry or tenderness, anger, love, fear or despair… every register of expression comes together in her “Cantate imaginaire”, giving birth to an entirely work with an album constructed in a single, continuous breath. An emotional Gem.

 

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