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Songs of the Classical Age
Patrice Michaels, soprano
David Schrader, fortepiano
Cedille Records CDR 90000 049

"Patrice Michaels Bedi is an intelligent and musical singer, with a voice that is light, rich, and flexible. Her diction is excellent, her tone warm, ingratiating and wonderfully even throughout the registers." (Opera News)

"This is one of those discs that is a joy to review and possess." (Fanfare)

While the classical era is synonymous with Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, Songs of the Classical Age illuminates a host of other composers of the Age of Enlightenment, along with less-familiar works by the aforementioned titans.

Soprano Patrice Michaels, with keyboard artist David Schrader on fortepiano, performs an exceptionally wide-ranging program of 27 songs in four languages by 17 composers, including seven women and a Black composer from the French Caribbean. On this CD, a companion to her previous recital disc, Songs of the Romantic Age, Miss Michaels turns to what many consider her "core" repertoire: the music of Mozart and his contemporaries.
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Click the Cedille Player at the upper left to hear excerpts from the tracks highlighted in red below. These have been carefully chosen as representative of the recording program.

PROGRAM (79:21)

Franz Joseph Haydn
1. She Never Told Her Love (3:10)
2. Fidelity (4:04)
3. Pleasing Pain (2:18)
4. Piercing Eyes (1:44)
5. Sailors Song (2:25)

Vincenzo Righini
6. Placido zeffiretto (2:26)
7. T intendo, si, mio cor (1:59)
8. Mi lagnero tacendo (1:37)
9. Or che il cielo a me ti rende (3:07)
10. Vorrei di te fidarmi (1:27)

11. Chevalier de Saint-Georges: L Autre jour A L Ombrage (2:47)

12. Nicola Dalayrac: Quand le bien-aime reviendra (2:50)

13. Felice Blangini : C est une misere que nos jeunes gens (3:10)

14. Anna Amalia von Sachsen-Weimar: Auf dem Land und in der Stadt (2:05)

15. Johann Friedrich Reichardt: Johanna Sebus (6:24)

16. Corona Schroter: Fur Manner uns zu plagen (1:31)

17. Maria Theresia von Paradis: Morgenlied eines armen Mannes (2:47)

18. Mozart: Cantata K. 619: "Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls" (7:21)

19. Beethoven: Wonne der Wehmut, Op. 83, No. 1 (2:09)

20. Sophia Westenholz: Morgenlied (3:19)

21. Franz Schubert: Frulingssehnsucht, from Schwanengesang, D. 957 (4:03)

22. Pauline Duchambge: La jalouse (2:26)

23. Felice Blangini: Il est parti! (2:59)

24. Maria Szymanowska: Ballade (3:31)

25. Isabella Colbran: Mi lagnero tacendo (2:08)

26. Maria Szymanowska: Se spiegar (1:32)

27. Vincenzo Bellini : Arietta (2:42)

Recorded: January 12-15, 1999 at WFMT Chicago / Producer: James Ginsburg / Engineer: Bill Maylone / Cover: Nesha & Kumiko Fotodesign / Design: Cheryl A Boncuore / Notes: Patrice Michaels