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As the title suggests, the album Virgins, Vixens, & Viragos by American mezzo soprano Susan Graham is meant to cover songs and operatic selections (accompanied with piano) having a wide emotional range. It's not always clear which is which in this collection of female figures running from Purcell to Poulenc, and Graham. Graham's strengths -- intelligence and novel choice of repertory -- are fully in evidence here. The album is worth the purchase price for the six Mignon songs (tracks 3-8) alone. These are settings of texts ...

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  1. Tell me, some pitying angel, (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), sacred song, for soprano & continuo, Z. 196
  2. La Mort d'Ophélie, song for soprano (or tenor) & piano, H. 92a (Op. 18/2)
  3. Lied der Mignon ("Heiss' mich nicht reden"), song for voice & piano, D. 877/2, (Op. 62/2)
  4. So lasst mich scheinen, bis ich werde, song for voice & piano (Wilhelm Meister songs), Op. 98a/9
  5. Mignons Lied ("Kennst du das Land"), song for voice & piano, S. 275 (LW N8) (3 versions)
  6. Romance de Mignon ("Le connais-tu, ce radieux pays"), song for voice & piano, Op. 2/3
  7. None but the lonely heart, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/6
  8. Mignon ("Kennst du das Land"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)
  9. Lady Macbeth: Scena
  10. Fiançailles pour rire, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 101
  11. The physician, song (from "Nymph Errant")
  12. Ages Ago, song for voice & piano
  13. Les chemins de l'amour ("Les chemins qui vont"), for voice & piano (or orchestra), FP 106
  14. The Mad Show, musical play: The Boy from Tacarembo La Tumbe del Fuego Santa Malipas Zatatecas La Junta del Sol y Cruz
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Virgins, Vixens & Viragos
2012, Onyx Classics

UPC: 880040410522

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