HANDEL: LOVE LOST AND FOUNDArias and Italian Solo Cantatas
George Frideric Handel
PATRICE DJEREJIAN, contralto
SIR PHILIP LEDGER, conductor
ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Includes Bonus Dvd of Rehearsal Sequence
REVIEWS"A welcome, well-presented vehicle for a distinctive young contralto."
GRAMOPHONE - June 2004
"In the singing of the young Patrice Djerejian...there is much to admire. The voice...is rich and warm, the technique more than adequately clean and flexible...the singer and her collaborators achieve many touches that are beautiful and moving...This is clearly a singer to watch"
FANFARE - March/April 2004
"...an obviously very talented and serious singer....she has a secure virtuosic technique as well as a fine dramatic spirit to go with her rich vocal color. She is able to dig into the emotional content of each piece to fine theatrical effect."
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE - March/April 2004
PROGRAM NOTESPatrice Djerejian, a gifted contralto who performs regularly in the United States and Europe, is gaining international recognition for her captivating voice and radiant stage presence. Ms. Djerejian's passionate spirit, open heart and natural presence are irresistibly communicated to her audiences. Recent and upcoming performances include her Carnegie Hall debut with the American Composers Orchestra, performing music of Leonard Bernstein; her Weill Recital Hall debut; appearances as soloist in performances of Mahler's Symphony No.2, and soloist with CAMI's Community Concerts series. Ms. Djerejian has performed many operatic roles, including Maddalena in Rigoletto, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Nancy in Albert Herring, and Meg in Falstaff. Djerejian created the role of Gossip in the World Premiere of Bright Sheng's opera The Song of Majnun, co-produced by the Houston Grand Opera and the Aspen Opera Theater Center. She is also known for her work as soloist in oratorios, among them J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Vivaldi's Gloria, Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio.
PROGRAMGEORGE FREDERIC HANDEL
"Fammi Combattere" from Orlando
Cantata "Lungi da voi, che siete poli"
"Qui l'augel di pianta in pianta" from Aci, Galatea e Polifemo
Cantata "Figli del mesto cor"
Cantata "Fra pensieri quel pensiero"
Cantata "Mi palpita il cor"
"Verdi Prati" from Alcina