Arriaga: Overtures, Herminie & Other Works Berit Norbakken Solset, BBC Philharmonic & Juanjo Mena

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Label: Chandos

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Berit Norbakken Solset, BBC Philharmonic & Juanjo Mena

Composer: Juan Arriaga (1806-1826)

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  • Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga (1806 - 1826): Los esclavos felices:
  • 1Los esclavos felices: Overture (2nd Version)07:14
  • Herminie:
  • 2Herminie: No. 1, Le jour frappe mes yeux01:43
  • 3Herminie: No. 2, Longtemps, hélas!03:33
  • 4Herminie: No. 3, Mais sur cette arène guerrière01:19
  • 5Herminie: No. 4, Il n'est plus... Dieux cruels!02:28
  • 6Herminie: No. 5, Se peut-il!01:13
  • 7Herminie: No. 6, Tancrède me devra le jour05:33
  • Overture in D Major, Op. 20:
  • 8Overture in D Major, Op. 2011:05
  • Médée:
  • 9Médée: Hymen, viens dissiper une vaine frayeur05:17
  • Symphony in D Major:
  • 10Symphony in D Major: I. Adagio - Allegro vivace10:30
  • 11Symphony in D Major: II. Andante06:41
  • 12Symphony in D Major: III. Minuetto. Allegro - Trio03:49
  • 13Symphony in D Major: IV. Allegro con moto06:59
  • Total Runtime01:07:24

Info for Arriaga: Overtures, Herminie & Other Works

Spanish music specialist and former Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Juanjo Mena continues the series La Música de España, which has seen the recording of some of the orchestral works of de Falla, Turina and Albéniz, with another important Spanish composer: Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, nicknamed after his death as ‘the Spanish Mozart’.The orchestral overture to ‘Los esclavos felices’ (The Happy Slaves) is all that remains of the opera the child prodigy Arriaga wrote aged 14. When Arriaga moved to Paris to study under Fétis, Guérin and Baillot in 1821, he revised the overture, making changes to the instrumentation and removing a third theme group. It is the revised version heard on this recording. Air from Médée and Herminie form parts of the autograph volume ‘Ensayos lírico-dramáticos’ (Lyric-dramatic essays) that completes this release, here sung by one of Scandinavia’s most sought after concert singers, Berit Norbakken Solset. Tonally ambiguous Symphony in D minor (which begins and ends in D major) alongside the Overture in D major, which was written ‘without having learnt the principles of harmony’ are proof that Arriaga’s premature death aged 19 was a ‘sad loss to Basque music’.

Berit Norbakken Solset, soprano
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Juanjo Mena, conductor

Berit Norbakken Solset
«…and so wonderfully performed, and the fabulous soprano, Berit Norbakken Solset, who has exactly the right blend of straightness, so you can hear every note, but when she decides to open up, it´s just fabulous, for me, it´s got everything…».

BBC Radio 3/Review of her recording of Ave Maria by Fartein Valen (Refractions, 2013, BIS Records).

Berit Norbakken Solset is one of the most sought-after sopranos in Scandinavia.

As a concert-singer she has given concerts all over Scandinavia, Europe and in cities as Tokyo and Sidney. She appears regularly with Bjarte Eike and the Baroque Soloists in a number of different concerts and recordings.

Berit Norbakken Solset made her opera debut in Ophelias – Death by Water Singing, by Henrik Hellstenius. Her opera roles have included Abel in Il Primo Omicidio (Scarlatti), Adonis in Giardino d’Amore (Scarlatti), Ermione in Oreste (Handel), Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini), Belinda in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), Sigrun in the world premiere of Malleus Maleficarum (Rasmussen) and an ensemble part in Melancholia (Haas).

Solset’s versatility and flexibility of voice have allowed her to master a repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary, including folk music. She appears regularly in performances of oratorios, passions, and masses, and continues her work with leading ensembles, orchestras and conductors, such as Juanjo Mena, Daniel Reuss, Olof Boman, Benjamin Bayl, George Petrou, Erik Nielsen, Andreas Spering and Michael Pletnev, both in Scandinavia and throughout Europe.

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