Divas of Mozart’s Day
Acclaimed soprano Patrice Michaels evokes the leading prima donnas of classical-period Vienna by singing pieces tailored to their talents by Mozart and fellow composers Salieri, Martin y Soler, Cimarosa, Righini, and Stephen Storace.
Menotti: the Medium
Oft-performed but mysteriously absent on recordings, Menotti's eerie opera The Medium has materialized in its first recording in more than a quarter century. This two-act "musical drama" is about a fake psychic whose surprise encounter with the unknown leads to murder and mayhem. It is stage a dozen times annually in the US alone. Yet, recordings haven't been available for years, and (until now) it has never appeared on CD.
Soli Deo Gloria: Back Week Live in Concert
Live recordings of Patrice with the Bach Week Festival Orchestra, Richard Webster, conducting movements from the “Wedding Cantata” BWV 202 and “Jauchzet Gott In Allen Landen” BWV 51.
Vorisek: Symphony in D, Mass in B-flat
Combine Schubert's gift of melody with Beethoven's flair for drama, and you have the music of their respected friend and colleague -- the Bohemian composer Jan Václav Hugo Vorísek. His exquisite Mass in B-flat Major is a perfectly proportioned Classical masterpiece in the tradition of the great masses of Haydn and Mozart. Vorísek's only symphony, the Symphony in D Major, is "a work of impressive confidence and command, firmly constructed and colourfully scored" (Gramophone).
Telemann: the Day of Judgement
“Der Tag Des Gerichts” is a sacred concert oratorio on a text by poet Christian Wilhelm Alers, written in 1761-62 as a set of four ‘contemplations’ on salvation and the approaching final judgement, constructed around allegorical figures representative of the Christian faith. Ms. Michaels sings arias and recitative in alternation with chorus and soloists in this grand work written by Telemann at the height of his skill and influence.
Mozart: Requiem, Ave Verum
Recorded in Chicago’s St. Clement Church with the St. Clement Choir and Orchestra, this disc includes Josef Haydn’s Te Deum in addition to the Mozart Requiem (featuring Ms. Michaels and the solo ensemble) and a full chorus rendition of the beloved Ave Verum.
Mozart Mass in C Minor
Recorded at First United Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois, this reading of the ineffably beautiful and fiendishly challenging “Et incarnatus est” earns Ms. Michaels her reputation as a master interpreter of Mozart. Her performances of this work with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and the Milwaukee Symphony garner this review: “..extraordinary richness and beauty…she filled each note to the brim with nuance [and] sang as if in a state of grace.” —Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Intersection: Jazz Meets Classical Song
Acclaimed lyric soprano Patrice Michaels, "a formidable interpretative talent" (The New Yorker), conceived and headlines this inventive, wide-ranging two-disc project of 26 songs where classical music and jazz find common ground in ways that will delight fans of both musical genres.
Convergence: Music of Laurie Altman
With Clipper Erickson, piano; Scott Lee, double bass; Andrew Rathbun, tenor saxophone; Helen Rathbun, flute;
On Course: the Music of Laurie Altman
Ms. Michaels sings “Calle de la Amargura” (Street of Bitterness) for soprano, flute and piano, and the unaccompanied song cycle “States of Waiting” on texts by David Herrstrom. The recording also includes “South of New Jersey” for string quartet, “Theme, Variations and Finale” for two pianos, and the song cycle “On Course” featuring baritone Elem Ely. “[Michaels] is simply amazing. Her purity of utterance, her superb diction and, above all, her affinity for Altman’s chosen moe of expression all demand the highest respect. This is gripping, hypnotic stuff…” —Fanfare
La Vie est une Parade
This unique program features Benjamin Britten's evocative masterpiece for soprano and strings, Les Illuminations, and Darius Milhaud's rarely-recorded vocal tour de force, originally written for Lily Pons, Quatre Chansons de Ronsard; along with delightful rarities by Erik Satie and Germaine Tailleferre (the only female member of "Les Six").
The Virtuoso Handel
This delightful collection of vocal and instrumental chamber music earns its name for both composer and performers, featuring virtuosic aria transcriptions framing three cantatas, a viol da gamba sonata and harpsichord solo transcription.
“Dramatic in ‘La Lucrezia’ and sweet in two intimate love cantatas, she negotiates difficult intervals and interpolates elaborate embellishments with a feeling of spontaneity. “ —Cleveland Plain Dealer
The World of Lully
The movie that sparked interest in French baroque music, 1991's Tous les matins du monde, centered on viol virtuoso Marin Marais and his teacher Sainte-Colombe. But music in the age of Louis XIV actually revolved around the formidable composer and impresario Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), the dominant star in the Sun King's musical galaxy.
To be Sung upon the Water
Soprano Patrice Michaels relishes ambitious recording projects that demand an inordinate range of vocal and intellectual talent -- projects the average modern diva couldn't attempt. This CD presents performances ranging from dramatic characterizations in Letters from Composers to flat-out coloratura in Vaughan Williams' Three Vocalises for Soprano and Clarinet.
A Vivaldi Concert
When people think of Vivaldi, they think of concertos, which represent only about half of his nearly 800 compositions. Vocal music? Mostly forgotten.
A Vivaldi Concert, performed by the Chicago Baroque Ensemble with guest artist Patrice Michaels, soprano, opens a unique vista on the Venetian composer. It's an invigoratingly diverse program of Vivaldi's vocal and instrumental works, none of them over-recorded.
LUPE: Lawrence University Percussion Ensemble
Ms. Michaels is featured in the monumental “Cantata para America Magica” by Alberto Ginastera.
My idea for this disc is to share some of the best and most varied current literature for voice and piano. The composers represented here include well-recognized and less familiar names, all of whom are living. They take their inspiration from poems and prose both ancient and modern, exotic and mundane. They rework time-honored musical forms and develop new ones. Their compositional methods range from simple to virtuosic.
Music of Edward Joseph Collins · Volume V
Maestro Collins was highly regarded as a pianist and conductor, and indeed, would have been the first American to conduct at Bayreuth, had WWI not intervened. Following his service in the Armed Forces, he returned to the Midwest, played and conducted, and composed a surprising body of works. This volume in the Complete Works series includes 15 songs sung by Ms. Michaels, with texts ranging from well-known poems of the day to unattributed material that may be Collins’ own. Includes the Arabesque for violin and piano and the Suite for Violoncello and Piano.
Clearings in the Sky
Lili Boulanger was a brilliant and precocious French composer who dazzled the world of European music at the beginning of the 20th century. In her short career, Boulanger advanced the impressionism of her era, finding her own voice in music that's expressive and luminous, moving and enchanting. To place Boulanger's music in context, this album offers songs by prominent French composers who had a connection to her music: Fauré, Ravel, Debussy, Messiaen, and Honegger.
Songs of the Classical Age
While the classical era is synonymous with Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, Songs of the Classical Age illuminates a host of other composers of the Age of Enlightenment, along with less-familiar works by the aforementioned titans.
Soprano Patrice Michaels, with keyboard artist David Schrader on fortepiano, performs an exceptionally wide-ranging program of 27 songs in four languages by 17 composers, including seven women and a Black composer from the French Caribbean.
Introducing Patrice Michaels
The program includes "Monicas Waltz" from Menottis The Medium; a Vivaldi cantata; a Lully divertissement; and songs by Haydn, Colbran, Dalayrac, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky, Delibes, Fauré, Honegger, Argento, Vaughan Williams, and Lili Boulanger.
Music of Edward Jos. Collins, vol. X
The armistice following WWI found 88th Division Intelligence Section Pvt. Edward Collins re-assigned from his duties as interpreter to new responsibilities: creating entertainments for the American Expeditionary Force in France. “Who Can Tell,” began as a musical extravaganza put together in six weeks, with Collins composing nearly all the music. The show played for three weeks at Gondrecourt, moved into Germany to entertain the army of the occupation, and then was taken to Paris for a run at Theatre Champs Elysees before making its way home with the troops. Patrice sings “Love Is A Thing Divine” and “Clover Leaf Song,” both of which show Collins at his tuneful best. Various violin and piano works also included on this disc.
Music of Edward Jos. Collins, vol. VIII
Recent research has led to the discovery of several previously unknown works by Collins. A 1939 opera themed around the Civil War, “Daughter Of The South” tells the story of Mary Lou, born to a Confederate colonel but in love with a northerner. Her aria “Again The Year Has Come To The Spring” is presented here in piano reduction. “June Night” (1917) joins the collection of earlier songs from Volume V. Collins’ Opus 1 Piano Trio (Geronimo) and various solo piano works also included.
Lesley Spencer melds classical, latin, jazz and new age styles into her own unique contemporary classical style, featuring guitarist Fareed Haque, saxophonist Jim Gailloreto, violinist Everett Zlatoff-Mirsky, sopranoPatrice Michaels, and the Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus. Three tracks from this album can be found in two documentaries and one film. Track #1 -"The Battle Of Marathon," was chosen for a 2006 Disney Film, STICK IT. Track #4 - "Heaven," is featured in the 2008 documentary, WHY THEY RUN. Track #11- "Tribute," is the title track and main theme of a PBS documentary released in 2005 called STONES FROM THE SOIL.