RUFUS WAINWRIGHT - PRIMA DONNA

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT

PRIMA DONNA
Janis Kelly · Kathryn Guthrie
Antonio Figueroa · Richard Morrison
BBC Symphony Orchestra · Jayce Ogren
Int. Release 11 Sep. 2015
2 CDs / Download
0289 479 5340 1


Track List

CD 1: Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna

Rufus Wainwright (1973 - )
Prima Donna

Act 1

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6:07

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Janis Kelly, Kathryn Guthrie, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Janis Kelly, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

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Janis Kelly, Kathryn Guthrie, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

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Janis Kelly, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Janis Kelly, Kathryn Guthrie, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

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Janis Kelly, Kathryn Guthrie, Richard Morrison, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

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Richard Morrison, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Antonio Figueroa, Richard Morrison, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Janis Kelly, Antonio Figueroa, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Janis Kelly, Kathryn Guthrie, Antonio Figueroa, Richard Morrison, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Janis Kelly, Antonio Figueroa, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Janis Kelly, Kathryn Guthrie, Richard Morrison, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

Act 1

Janis Kelly, Kathryn Guthrie, Antonio Figueroa, Richard Morrison, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Antonio Figueroa, Richard Morrison, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Total Playing Time 59:41

CD 2: Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna

Rufus Wainwright (1973 - )
Prima Donna

Act 2

1.
3:31

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

Act 2

Kathryn Guthrie, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Kathryn Guthrie, Richard Morrison, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Janis Kelly, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Janis Kelly, Antonio Figueroa, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Janis Kelly, Kathryn Guthrie, Richard Morrison, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Kathryn Guthrie, Antonio Figueroa, Richard Morrison, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

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Janis Kelly, Kathryn Guthrie, Antonio Figueroa, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Prima Donna

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Janis Kelly, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

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BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

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Janis Kelly, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jayce Ogren

Total Playing Time 1:08:13

. . . a stellar cast . . . a competent piece of Puccini-esque nostalgia . . . the beautiful voice of Antonio Figueroa brings to life some fine operatic writing . . . enjoyable . . .

. . . a fun listen . . . He's one of popular music's greatest melodists, and this two-act work contains some brilliant tunes . . . Orchestrally it's highly appealing, recalling Strauss, Puccini and Poulenc. It's more than a mere sequence of numbers; Wainwright's impressionistic, dreamy "Overture" contains the seeds of much which follows. The dramatic flourishes are entertaining -- the huge orchestral eruption in Act 1 as Régine meets the journalist who's come to interview her is delicious, as are the subsequent exchanges between the two . . . a handsomely produced studio recording. Conductor Jayce Ogren conjures suitably fulsome sounds from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and a small cast shine . . . [Janice Kelly is] marvellous, both imperious and vulnerable, nicely supported by Kathryn Guthrie's patient maid. Richard Morrison's comically stroppy butler is well-characterised, and Antonio Figueroa's journalist convinces. All highly entertaining . . .

. . . [the music is] a deluxe take on Richard Strauss in elegantly ornate mood, Puccini at his lyrically effusive . . . "Prima Donna" is a thing of beauty and beautifully done.

. . . ["Prima Donna" has been] well recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, with the splendid soprano Janis Kelly in the lead role and a luscious-sounding BBC Symphony Orchestra in the pit . . .

. . . an ambitious paean to that perennial figure of fascination, the diva . . . Wainwright's score is intelligent, sophisticated and original while still paying Romantic homage to Verdi, Puccini and Strauss . . . The music Wainwright has crafted for "Aliénor" is the most specific and compelling part of the score . . .

Janis Kelly is impressively dignified as the diva . . . Jayce Ogren conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, all surging strings and cooing winds. Wainwright clearly loves opera and integrates operatic elements into his lavishly orchestrated and structurally complex pop songs . . .

Janis Kelly sings and (vocally) acts splendidly as Madame; Kathryn Guthrie, with a voice that sits quite high, makes a pert and lovely Marie, the maid; Richard Morrison displays a fine baritone as the annoying Philippe, and Antonio Figueroa, a fine light tenor, croons his way through the role of André, which requires just that. The BBC Symphony Orchestra plays well under Jayce Ogren . . .

. . . [this album] benefits from Wainwright's cosmopolitan élan beyond the music's usual form. Wainwright's catty, tonic chords and melancholy intimacy give "Prima Donna" singers Janis Kelly and Kathryn Guthrie, plus the stirring BBC Symphony Orchestra, pop "form" without ever turning the album into slick, sad popera.

. . . ["Prima Donna" has] been well recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, with the splendid soprano Janis Kelly in the lead role and a luscious-sounding BBC Symphony Orchestra in the pit . . .

Wainwright has created real characters and explored their emotions with genuine insight. I found the entire opera compelling and deeply moving . . . The sound of his orchestration is distinctive and mostly very effective . . . Wainwright's writing for "Régine", the lead role,] is excellent and Janis Kelly gives a terrific performance . . . Baritone Richard Morrison is excellent as the longtime butler who has devoted his life to Régine . . . [Wainwright is] one of the most creative and unpredictable composer-performers in our midst today.

Talentueux et éclectique chanteur pop nord-américain, Rufus Wainwright a pris le risque de se frotter au genre lyrique en composant et orchestrant lui-même un opéra en deux actes . . . la chanson que Rufus Wainwright, en excellent songwriter, offre à un Antonio Figueroa délicieusement haut perché, et surtout l'aria que Janis Kelly habite d'un soprano ardent, au timbre mûr encore assez accrocheur, dans une sombre forêt où furètent les cordes; ou encore celle, conclusive, que la même madame Saint Laurent abandonne à Paris sur des flûtes à l'humeur nocturne voire crépusculaire.

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