Thursday, January 15, 2009

Playlist: Three Ladies in Vocal Music

~ Elena Cecchi Fedi, soprano, with Auser Musici ensemble: "Or si m'avveggio, oh Amore", cantatas for soprano by Nicola Porpora (1686-1768) on Hyperion (2008)

~ Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano, accompanied by piano and Chamber Players of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra: "Gomidas Songs", by Armenian composer Gomidas Vartabed (early 20th century) on Nonesuch (2008)

~ Savina Yannatou with the Primavera en Salonico ensemble: "Sumiglia", interpretations of folk songs from various cultures around the Mediterranean and eastern Europe, on ECM (2005). I recently rediscovered this disc in my collection. One of the highlights I've been listening to frequently is "Tulbah", a Palestinian wedding song, but the whole recital is wonderful to hear in one listening.