Carlos Mena: Under the Shadow | Mirare MIR300

Carlos Mena: Under the Shadow

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Label: Mirare

Cat No: MIR300

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 21st October 2016

Contents

Artists

Carlos Mena (countertenor)
Disfonik Orchestra

Conductor

Jacques Beaud

Artists

Carlos Mena (countertenor)
Disfonik Orchestra

Conductor

Jacques Beaud

About

From the first piece, 'Shall I Sue', which introduces us to the aesthetic concept of the disc, to the sublime 'When I am laid in Earth', Dido's final lament, the unique voice of internationally renowned countertenor Carlos Mena enhances Jacques Beaud's arrangements. As a countertenor himself, Beaud lends his voice to the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne conducted by Michel Corboz and Daniel Reuss; and, as a bass player, he shares the stage with prestigious jazzmen. What Jacques Beaud offers here is a very personal approach to the encounter between free jazz, improvisation and classical music. Carlos Mena captivates by the purity of his timbre and hypersensitive musicality, offering a performance in keeping with the concept of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, an opera halfway between the English masque and the Italian cantata, already considered a hybrid genre at the time.

Track list:
1. Shall I Sue: JS Bach - Prelude to Cello Suite no.2, BWV 1008, arr. Patrick Perrier & Jacques Beaud
2. King Henry: traditional Corsican melody, arr. JB
3. Never Come Back Again: Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690), arr. JB & Salvatore Reitano
4. A Prayer: Fauré - Requiem 'Libera me', op.48, arr. JB, SR, David Tixier
5. When I am Laid in Earth: Purcell - Dido and Aeneas, arr. JB
6. 1080 Love: JS Bach - The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, arr. JB, SR
7. Let Me Die Alone: Monteverdi - Lamento della Ninfa, SV163, arr. JB, SR
8. White as Lilies: Schumann - Dichterliebe 'Ich will meine Seele tauchen', arr. JB, DT
9. Land Of Darkness: Porpora - Polifemo 'Alto Giove', arr. JB, DT

Performers:
- Carlos Mena (countertenor)
- Ghalmia Senouci (alto)
- Thomas Maeder (saxophones)
- Juan Munguía (bugle)
- David Tixier (piano)
- Olivier Magarotto (Hammond organ)
- Salvatore Reitano (Hammond organ)
- Andi Pupato (percussions)
- Cyril Regamey (drums)
- Francis Stoessel (drums)
- Jacques Beaud (bass, direction)

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