Kate Lindsey: Arianna - A Scarlatti, Handel, Haydn | Alpha ALPHA576

Kate Lindsey: Arianna - A Scarlatti, Handel, Haydn

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA576

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 31st January 2020

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After a first album dedicated to Weill, Zemlinsky and Korngold (Alpha272), Kate Lindsey explores here her other repertoire of choice, the music of the eighteenth century. In partnership with Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo, she has recorded three cantatas focusing on the myth of Ariadne, abandoned on the island of Naxos after helping Theseus kill the Cretan Minotaur by giving him a ball of thread so that he could find his way back through the labyrinth. Alessandro Scarlatti’s Ebra d’amor fuggia (1707) relates Ariadne’s flight, ‘drunk with love’, alongside Theseus, for whom she expresses her tenderness in the magnificent aria ‘Pur ti stringo’. The same year, the young Handel composed his cantata Ah crudel, nel pianto mio, this time with an anonymous abandoned lover as the subject. In 1789, Joseph Haydn also turned to Ariadne, in a cantata for which several orchestrations exist. The one recorded here is by Sigismund Neukomm, Haydn’s pupil between 1797 and 1804. Three faces of disappointed love, brought to passionate life by the mezzo-soprano.

‘unleashes Lindsey’s full classical voice, and glorious it is, too.’ – The Guardian

‘Lindsey never sounds as if she’s dragging her voice anywhere it doesn’t want to go.’ – The Times

Reviews

Ranging between melting tenderness and boiling rage, Scarlatti’s L’Arianna particularly impresses, with extra drama on hand from Jonathan Cohen’s instrumental ensemble Arcangelo. ... Whatever the music’s mood, Lindsey gives 100 per cent commitment to every word and note.  Geoff Brown
The Times 31 January 2019
The American mezzo Kate Lindsey sings [Haydn’s Ariadne at Naxos] and cantatas by Scarlatti and Handel (based on music for the opera Agrippina) with vehemence in recitative and plush tone in the several arias.  Hugh Canning
The Sunday Times 2 February 2020
Arianna (Alpha Classics), devised by the American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey, with the ensemble Arcangelo directed by Jonathan Cohen, features three cantatas with Ariadne as the starting point. ... With playing of verve and style by Arcangelo, this rewarding album offers a fine platform for Lindsey, pure-voiced, pliant, expressive – and versatile.  Fiona Maddocks
The Observer 2 February 2020

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