Angela Gheorghiu - Mysterium ~ Sacred Arias - Great Romanian Artists Series

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Angela Gheorghiu - Mysterium ~ Sacred Arias - Great Romanian Artists Series

At first glance, this looks like another of those star turns in which a highly publicized singer tackles material calculated to broaden her appeal. But it's much more than that, for Angela Gheorghiu, in addition to possessing one of the great voices of our day, exhibits an affinity for most of the 15 selections on this highly attractive disc. She opens with Romanian Orthodox works that are compelling in their heartfelt simplicity. The rest of the program includes standards, like the Schubert Ave Maria, and traditional Christmas songs, such as "O Holy Night" and "Adeste fideles" (both gorgeously sung with a restraint that averts sentimentality), along with others ranging from the familiar to the seldom heard. One of these rarities is the high point of the disc: Niedermeyer's "Pieta, Signor," sung with spectacular intensity and boasting some thrilling trills. Gheorghiu's so good that this Christmas stocking stuffer becomes a disc for all seasons. --Dan Davis


On this CD:

1. Tatal nostru (Our Father)
Composed by Anton Pann
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin

2. Priveghiati si va rugati
Composed by Gheorghe Popescu
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin

3. Stihuri din Catavasiile intampinarii Domnului
Composed by Gheorghe Cucu
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin

4. Iubi-Te-voi, Doamne
Composed by Evghenie Humulescu
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin

5. Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra, "O Holy Night"
Composed by Adolphe Adam
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin

6. Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe"), song for voice & piano ("Mille Cherubini in Coro"), D. 498 (Op. 98/2)
Composed by Franz Schubert
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin

7. Requiem, for 2 solo voices chorus, organ, & orchestra, Op. 48 Pie Jesu
Composed by Gabriel Faure
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin

8. Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4
Composed by Johannes Brahms
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin

9. Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/2
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin

10. Salve del ciel regina, for soprano & harmonium
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin

11. Ave Maria
Composed by Pietro Mascagni
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin

12. Pietà, Signore! for voice & piano (or orchestra)
Composed by Louis Niedermeyer
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin

13. Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 Quia respexit
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin

14. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
Composed by Franz Schubert
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin

15. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis)
Composed by John Francis Wade
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Angela Gheorghiu
Conducted by Ion Marin


MPEG 1.0 layer 3, 158kbit (VBR), 44100Hz Stereo


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