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Soprano Kate Royal's debut solos album is appealing on a number of levels. More than half the disc is devoted to Spanish or Spanish-influenced French music, including Rodrigo's Cuatros madrigals amatorios, several of Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne, Delibes' Les Filles de Cadiz, and Ravel's Vocalise en forme de habanera. There are only two operatic arias, both relative rarities, "Anne's Aria" from The Rake's Progress, and the "Lament" from Granados' Goyescas. Strauss is represented by three songs, Debussy by "Air de Lia" from L'enfant prodigue, and Orff by "In trutina," from Carmina Burana. The album closes with a simple arrangement of the English folk song "The Sprig of Thyme." Royal has a clear, pure voice with the versatility to do justice to variety of pieces she has chosen. She is most effective in the pieces highlighting her limpid, melting tone: the Strauss, Canteloube, Granados, and Debussy. Edward Gardner, conducting the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, accompanies her with sensitivity and a lushness that's ideal for the late romantic repertoire.
1. L'enfant prodigue: L'année en vain by Claude Debussy
2. Les Filles de Cadiz "Chanson
3. Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 1 - no 2, Baïlèro by Joseph Canteloube
4. Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 3 - no 5, Malurous qu'o uno fenno by Joseph Canteloube
5. Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 2 - no 4, La delaïssádo by Joseph Canteloube
6. Vocalise en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
7. Rake's Progress: No word from Tom by Igor Stravinsky
8. Rake's Progress: My father!...I go to him by Igor Stravinsky
9. Carmina burana: no 21, In trutina by Carl Orff
10. Lieder (5), Op. 41: no 1, Wiegenlied by Richard Strauss
11. Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
12. Lieder (6), Op. 68: no 2, Ich wollt' ein Sträusslein binden by Richard Strauss
13. Goyescas, H 65 [opera]: La maja y el ruiseñor by Enrique Granados
14. Madrigales (4) amatorios by Joaquin Rodrigo
15. Sprig of thyme by Traditional
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