Australian soprano Sara Macliver, who performs in Musica Viva Australia’s Reconnect series in Perth, reveals the soundtrack to her November, from Fleetwood Mac to Dawn Upshaw.
Sara Macliver. Photo © Rhydian Lewis
Molly McGurk & Geoffrey Parsons
Songs by Debussy, Fauré, Duparc and Rachmaninov
I recently received a record player for my birthday so I’ve been listening to some old favourites: Molly McGurk & Geoffrey Parsons performing French and Russian songs by Debussy, Fauré, Duparc and Rachmaninov. Molly was my singing teacher for almost 10 years and was a very special part of my musical journey. Their performances are simply stunning and so evocative, just the way these songs should be done!
I listened to a lot of Fleetwood Mac when I was growing up. Interestingly, as an adult I have much more of an appreciation for their music than I did as a teenager, or maybe it’s just a different appreciation! Christine McVie was an extraordinary songwriter and such a soulful singer. I’ve sung a couple of her songs in concerts and at funerals. Songbird is an absolute gem, although it’s not actually on this album!
Emma Kirkby, Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra, Laurence Cummings
This sacred solo cantata is not listed in Handel’s thematic catalogue as it was only recently discovered. There is some conjecture as to whether it is entirely by Handel (or even Handel at all) but irrespective of this, the music is stunningly beautiful. Challenging coloratura and elegant, refined lyricism intertwine with the strings showcasing all performers. I’m so looking forward to performing this with Shaun Lee-Chen, Zac Rowntree, Noeleen Wright and Joseph Nolan for the Musica Viva concert on 23 November at the Perth Concert Hall.
Kathleen Battle, Wynton Marsalis
I’ve been practising Eternal Source of Light Divine (which I will be singing in the Musica Viva concert next week) and a couple of Scarlatti arias. I always like to listen to a few different interpretations when I’m preparing for a performance and for my taste, no one performs these works better than these two phenomenal artists. They both have such a beautiful tone, extraordinary line and exceptional coloratura and technical wizardry. They make an awesome team!
Golijov: Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra
Dawn Upshaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Kronos Quartet, Robert Spano
Three songs for soprano and orchestra by Osvaldo Golijov sung by Dawn Upshaw. These songs were written specifically for Dawn. They are packed with emotion, intensity and drama, and sung with such passion and sensitivity. I’ll be performing these with WASO next year so I’m keen to get them into my “ears!” “