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Chanticleer: An Orchestra of Voices

November 26, 2022, 4:00 pm

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portrait of the all-male ensemble in festive holiday attire around a decorated Christmas Tree

A brief history of the iconic ensemble and a preview of next month’s A Chanticleer Christmas.


Playlist

All performances feature Chanticleer.

Howard Blake, arr. Adam Ward: Walking in the Air
Walking in the Air EP

Alexander Agricola: Regina Coeli
Josquin/Agricola
Chanticleer Records CR-8808

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Gaude gloriosa
There and There Here and Now
Warner Classics 0190295617783

Andrea Gabrieli: Magnificat à 12
Out of This World
Teldec 4509-96515-2

Anonymous (Basque, 16th century): El la don don
Anonymous (Spanish, 16th century): Ríu, ríu Chíu
Franz Biebl: Ave Maria
Our Heart’s Joy
Chanticleer Records CR-8803

Steven Edward Stucky:  “Lulajze, Jezuniu” from Cradle Songs
Colors of Love
Teldec 3984-24570-2

Traditional American, arr. M. Bartholomew & J. Erb: Shenandoah
J.W. Alexander/Jesse Whitaker, arr. Joseph Jennings: Straight Street
Out of This World
Teldec 4509-96515-2

Spiritual, arr. Joseph Jennings: Jerusalem in the Morning
Christmas with Chanticleer
Teldec 8573-85555-2

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On Singing Bach with Countertenor Reginald Mobley

November 19, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Reginald Mobley in performance waering tuxedo, holding music at waist

One of the foremost interpreters of J.S. Bach, shares his approach to singing what is considered to be the most technically and intellectually challenging music in the vocal repertoire.


Playlist

Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in E flat major, BWV 243a
IX. Esurientes implevit bonis
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Bach: Magnificat in E flat and Missa in F
Soli Deo Gloria SDG-728

J.S. Bach: Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, BWV 39
The Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Bach Cantatas 1
Soli Deo Gloria SDG-101

J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion
Part II, Recitative, Aria & Chorus: “Ach Golgatha…Sehet, Jesus hat die Hand”
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
The Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Bach Cantatas 1
Soli Deo Gloria SDG-725

Johann Christoph Bach: Es ist nun aus
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Agave Baroque
Peace In Our Time
VGO Recordings VGO-1027

Spiritual: Sweet Little Jesus Boy
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Silent Night
Seraphic Fire Media

Spiritual, arranged by Patrick Dupré Quigley: Over My Head
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Seraphic Fire
Patrick Dupré Quigley, piano and conductor
Steal Away
Seraphic Fire Media

Esteban Salas y Castro: Taedet animam meam
Florence Price: Out of the South Blew a Wind
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Agave
American Originals
Acis Productions APL-20445

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A Preview of Chicago Opera Theater’s King Roger

November 12, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Artistic image for Chicago Opera Theater's King Roger. A man in a black suit with his face replaced by a gold mask of the sun, perhaps the god Apollo, background is a pink moon.

COT Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya joins Oliver to preview Karol Szymanowski’s benchmark opera receiving it’s Chicago premiere this month.


Playlist

Selections from Karol Szymanowski’s King Roger

Act I: Entry of the King and Court
Leonard Andrzej Mróz, bass
Anna Malewicz-Madey, contralto
Andrzej Hiolski, baritone
Boys’ Chorus of the Cracow Philharmonic
Polish State Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra
Karol Stryja, conductor
Naxos 8.660062-63

Act I: Shepherd’s Song (“Mój Bóg jest piekny”)
Ryszard Minkiewicz, tenor
City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Simon Rattle, conductor
EMI CDCB 7243 5 56823 2

Act II: Roxana’s Song (“A…! Roksana! Jej śpiew!”)
Olga Pasiecznik, soprano
Krzysztof Szmyt, tenor
Wojtek Drabowicz, baritone
Polish National Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Jacek Kaspszyk, conductor
Accord ACD 131-2

Act II: “Tajemnych głębin życia żar wszechmocną” (Shepherd)
Piotr Beczała, tenor
Polish National Opera Orchestra
Jacek Kaspszyk, conductor
Accord ACD 131-2

Act III: The Ruins of a Greek Theatre
Andrzej Hiolski, baritone
Henryk Grychnik, tenor
Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra
Karol Stryja, conductor
Naxos 8.660062-63

Selections featuring Iwona Sobotka and Mariusz Godlewski

Frédéric Chopin: Wiosna, Op. 74, No. 2
Iwona Sobotka, soprano
Ángel Cabrera, piano
Chopin: Polish Songs
Play Classics PC13003

Dariusz Przybylski: Six Songs to Words by Halina Poświatowska, Op. 14
IV. Zgarnij mnie oczyma
Iwona Sobotka, soprano
Daniel Brylewski, piano
Dariusz Przybylski: Songs & Piano Works
DUX-1167

Stanisław Moniuszko: The Haunted Manor
Act I, Scene 2: “Więc gdy się rozstaniem, przed słońca świtaniem”
Mariusz Godlewski, baritone
Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir
Orchestra of the 18th Century
Grzegorz Nowak, conductor
Moniuszko: Straszny dwór
Frederick Chopin Institute NIFCCD-084

Preview of Albert Herring

Benjamin Britten: Albert Herring
Act III: Threnody, “In the midst of life is death”
Josephine Barstow, Felicity Palmer, Robert Lloyd, Peter Savidge, Gerald Finley, Ann Taylor, Della Jones, Susan Gritton, Stuart Kale
Northern Sinfonia
Stuart Bedford, conductor
Britten: Albert Herring
Naxos 8.660107-08

 

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Lawrence Brownlee – Bel Canto Royalty

November 5, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Lawrence Brownlee

The leading American bel canto specialist on singing Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini, and welcoming new audiences with his Lawrence Brownlee & Friends concerts.


Playlist

All selections feature tenor Lawrence Brownlee .

Gaetano Donizetti: “Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!” from La fille du régiment
Kaunas City City Orchestra
Constantine Orbelian, conductor
Donizetti & Bellini: Allegro io son
Delos DE-3515

Vincenzo Bellini: I puritani
Act I, “A te, o cara” 
Act III, “Credeasi, misera!”
Azamat Zheltyrguzov, baritone
Sarah Coburn, soprano
Tadas Girininkas, bass
Liudas Norvaišas, bass
Kaunas State Choir
Kaunas City City Orchestra
Constantine Orbelian, conductor
Bellini: I puritani
Delos DE-3537

Gioacchino Rossini: “Che ascolto!” from Otello
Kaunas City City Orchestra
Constantine Orbelian, conductor
Virtuoso Rossini Arias
Delos DE-3455

Rossini: “Ah! vieni, nel tuo sangue vendicherò le offese” from Otello
Michael Spyres, tenor
I Virtuosi Italiani
Corrado Rovaris, conductor
Amici e Rivali
Erato 9029526947

Two Spirituals arranged by Damien Sneed
Down by the Riverside
All Night, All Day
Damien Sneed, piano
Spiritual Sketches
LeChateau Earl Records

 

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Kathryn Lewek, a Coloratura Queen

October 22, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Kathryn Lewek portrait in graphic black and white shoulder wrap.

The American soprano, starring in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s upcoming Le Comte Ory, joins Oliver to discuss her new album of Handel cantatas.


Playlist

All selections feature soprano Kathryn Lewek.

George Frideric Handel: Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122
Aria, “Ardi, adori, e preghi in vano”
Il Pomo d’Oro
Francesco Corti, harpsichord and direction
Handel: Apollo e Dafne  & Armida abbandonata 
Pentatone PTC-5186965

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Great” Mass in C Minor, K. 427
“Christe eleison” from Kyrie
“Domine Deus” from Gloria
Susanna Phillips, soprano II
Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra
Dame Jane Glover, conductor
2017 concert performance used with permission of Music of the Baroque

Handel: Armida abbandonata, HWV 105
Il Pomo d’Oro
Francesco Corti, harpsichord and direction
Handel: Apollo e Dafne  & Armida abbandonata 
Pentatone PTC-5186965

Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata
Duet, “Parigi, o cara”
Zach Borichevsky, tenor
Craig Ketter, piano
The Food of Love: A Benefit Concert for the United Nations World Food Program
Used with permission of artists

Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Aria, “Regnava nel silenzio”
Operalia 2013 — Live
Sony G0100031909828

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On the Monteverdi Vespers with Jacob Perry

October 15, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Portrait of Jacob Perry

Jacob Perry, acclaimed for his interpretations of Baroque and Renaissance repertoire, previews his upcoming performance of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with Apollo’s Fire.


Playlist

Playlist features performances of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 206 (1610) by Apollo’s Fire directed by Jeannette Sorrell.

I. Versicle & Response: Deus in adjutorium meum intende 
Jeffrey Strauss, baritone
Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610
Avie AV-2206

II. Psalm 109: Dixit Dominus
Nell Snaidas & Molly Quinn, soprano
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, mezzo-soprano
Oliver Mercer, tenor
Live performance from Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church, Cleveland, 2014

III. Motet: Nigra sum
Jacob Perry, tenor
William Simms, theorbo
O Jerusalem! City of Three Faiths
Avie AV-2501

VII. Motet: Duo Seraphim
Jacob Perry, Nathan Hodgson, and Nathan Dougherty, tenors
Brian Kay and William Simms, theorbo
Live performance from First Baptist Church, Cleveland, 2019

IV. Psalm 113: Laudate pueri
Sandra Simon and Jennifer Ellis Kampani, sopranos
Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano
Ian Honeyman and Gareth Morrell, tenors
Jeffrey Strauss, baritone
Michael McMurray, bass
Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610
Avie AV-2206

IX. Motet: Audi coelum
Gareth Morrell, tenor
Ian Honeyman, echo tenor
Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610
Avie AV-2206

Magnificat, “Gloria patri”
Jacob Perry, tenor
Nathan Hodgson, echo tenor
O Jerusalem! City of Three Faiths
Avie AV-2501

 

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Eric Ferring on Songs from the LGBTQ+ Perspective

October 8, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Portrait of Eric Ferring in cable knit sweater, dark background, high chiaroscuro

The American tenor previews his upcoming debut solo album with pianist Madeline Slettedahl, “No Choice But Love.”


Playlist

All selections performed by Eric Ferring and Madeline Slettedahl from the upcoming album No Choice But Love on Lexicon Classics. Release date: November 18, 2022. Pre-order album HERE.

Willie Alexander III: Sure On This Shining Night

Francis Poulenc: Tel jour, telle nuit
IX. Nous avons fait la nuit

Jake Heggie: Friendly Persuasions
III. Raymonde Linossier

Jennifer Higdon: Lilacs

Benjamin Britten: Canticle 1: “My beloved is mine and I am his”

Ethel Smyth: On the Road

Mari Esabel Vlaverde: Two Tove Ditlevsen Poems
I. Så tag mit Hjerte (Then take my heart)
II. Mit hjerte er blevet borte (My heart has gone missing)

Ben Moore: Love Remained
II. Uncle Ronnie

Ricky Ian Gordon: Joy

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Rolando Villazón and Emily Pogorelc sing Mozart

October 1, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Collage of Rolando Villazón and Emily Pogorelc headshots; Villazón laughing, dark background; Pogorelc looking over her right shoulder in floral print sleeveless gown.

Rolando Villazón’s ‘Mozart and the Women,’ is a concert with soprano Emily Pogorelc, pianist Marie-Sophie Hauzel, and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Elias Grandy.


Playlist

All selections by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Elias Grandy.

“Il mio tesoro” from Don Giovanni, K. 527
Rolando Villazón, tenor

“Et incarnatus est” from “Great” Mass in C Minor, K. 427
Emily Pogorelc, soprano

Concert aria, “Ch’io mi scorde di te…Non temer, amato bene,” K. 505
Emily Pogorelc, soprano
Marie-Sophie Hauzel, piano

“Voi che fausti ognor donate” from Il re pastore, K. 208
Rolando Villazón, tenor

Concert aria, “Bella mia fiamma…Resta, o cara,” K. 528
Emily Pogorelc, soprano

“Se all’impero, amici Dei” from La clemenza di Tito, K. 621
Rolando Villazón, tenor

“Pa…Pa-Pa-Papageno/a” from Die Zauberflöte, K.620
Rolando Villazón, tenor
Emily Pogorelc, soprano

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Jeremy Filsell on The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

September 24, 2022, 4:00 pm

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The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys portrait at St Thomas Church, New York. The boys and men in red cassocks and white surplices posed in front of the organ; three boys front row center are not wearing surplices.

The Director of Music at St. Thomas Church shares the history of the ensemble in advance of their October concert in Chicago.


Playlist

All selections performed by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Gerre Hancock: A Song to the Lamb
Nicholas Quardokus, organ
Saint Thomas Brass
Jeremy Filsell, conductor
The Music of Gerre Hancock
Signum SIGCD-631

Ned Rorem: Exaltabo te, Domine
Judith Hancock, organ
Gerrre Hancock, conductor
Great Cathedral Anthems, Vol. 11
Priory PRCD-629

William Byrd: Haec dies (Cantiones Sacrae 1591)
John Scott, conductor
Easter on Fifth Avenue
Pro Organo PO-7209

Daniel Castellanos: Eternal Light
John Scott, conductor
American Voices
Resonus Classics RES-10187

Matthew Martin: Novo profusi gaudio
Stephen Buzard, organ
John Scott, conductor
Dancing Day: Music for Christmas
Resonus Classics RES-10158

Henry Purcell: O sing unto the Lord, Z44
Frederick Teardo, organ
Concert Royal
John Scott, conductor
O Sing Unto The Lord: Sacred Music by Henry Purcell
Resonus Classics RES-10184

Maurice Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9
IV. Sanctus
Frederick Teardo, organ
John Scott, conductor
Duruflé & Howells Requiems

Resonus Classics RES-10200

Nico Muhly: Bright Mass with Canons
II. Gloria
Frederick Teardo, organ
John Scott, conductor
American Voices
Resonus Classics RES-10187

Gerre Hancock: Missa Resurrectionis
II. Gloria
Nicholas Quardokus, organ
Saint Thomas Brass
Jeremy Filsell, conductor
The Music of Gerre Hancock
Signum SIGCD-631