Silver Voice Katherine Bryan (flute), Orchestra of Opera North, Bramwell Tovey
Classic FM CD of the Week (beg 6 Nov 2017)
Chandos SACD 5211 @ £12.25*
With her first Chandos recording, the scintillating flautist Katherine Bryan explores the relationship between her instrument and the human voice by providing a new take on some of the world’s most famous opera arias, from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly to Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
Recorded in surround sound, her rich and colorful interpretations are conducted by Bramwell Tovey, winner of Grammy and Juno awards, and accompanied by the Orchestra of Opera North, the leading opera company in the north of England, and therefore a perfect fit to the repertoire.
In her own words: “My concept behind the [album] is to show how close to the human voice the flute can be, and how, through the sound, I can convey the character and sentiments of the arias, pushing the boundaries of what the flute can do as a solo instrument.”
Full track listing:-
Georges Bizet: Carmen Fantasy
Antonín Dvorák: Song to the Moon (Rusalka)
W A Mozart: Dove sono i bei momenti (Le nozze di Figaro), Fantasy on Die Zauberflöte
Giacomo Puccini: O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi), Un bel dì vedremo (Madama Butterfly)
Charles-François Gounod:Ah, je ris de me voir (‘Jewel’ Aria) (Faust), Je veux vivre (Roméo et Juliette)
George Gershwin: Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
Léo Delibes: Flower Duet (Lakmé)
Franz Lehár: Vilja Song (Die lustige Witwe)
Chandos SACD CHSA5211 @ £12.25*