Fairy Tales Regula Mühlemann
Label: Sony Classical/Sony Music
Artist: Regula Mühlemann
Composer: Antonín Dvorak (1841–1904), Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), Jules Massenet (1842-1912), Adolphe Adam (1803-1856), Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847), Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
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- Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904): Rusalka, Op. 114, B. 203:
- 1Dvorák: Rusalka, Op. 114, B. 203: Song to the Moon (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)07:00
- Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880): Die Rheinnixen:
- 2Offenbach: Die Rheinnixen: Komm zu uns und sing und tanze, "Barcarole" (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)04:00
- Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912): Cendrillon, DO 5:
- 3Massenet: Cendrillon, DO 5: Ah! Douce enfant (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)04:55
- Adolphe Adam (1803 - 1856): La filleule des fées:
- 4Adam: La filleule des fées: The Pink Fairy (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)01:06
- Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901): Falstaff:
- 5Verdi: Falstaff: Ninfe! Elfi! Silfi!...Sul fil d'un soffio etesio (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)05:55
- Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643): Lamento della Ninfa, SV 163:
- 6Monteverdi: Lamento della Ninfa, SV 163: Amor, amor (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)04:13
- Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695): The Fairy Queen, Z. 629:
- 7Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z. 629: O let me weep ever, ever weep (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)06:47
- 8Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z. 629: Turn then thine eyes (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)01:39
- Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976): A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64:
- 9Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64: Be kind and courteous to this gentleman (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)01:38
- 10Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64: Come, now a roundel ans a fairy song (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)02:08
- Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 - 1847): Neue Liebe, Op. 19a, No. 4/ MWV K 70 (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz):
- 11Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Neue Liebe, Op. 19a, No. 4/ MWV K 70 (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)02:02
- Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907): Peer Gynt, Suite No. 2, Op. 55:
- 12Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 2, Op. 55: I. Ingrid's Lament (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)04:09
- 13Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 2, Op. 55: II. Arabian Dance (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)03:44
- 14Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 2, Op. 55: III. Peer Gynt's Homecoming, Stormy Evening on the Sea (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)02:44
- 15Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 2, Op. 55: IV. Solveig's Song (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)05:24
- Peer Gynt, Op. 23, No. 26:
- 16Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op. 23, No. 26: Solveig's Cradle Song (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)04:04
- Six Songs, Op. 25, No. 2:
- 17Grieg: Six Songs, Op. 25, No. 2: A Swan (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)02:15
- Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880): Die Rheinnixen:
- 18Offenbach: Die Rheinnixen: Alles hüllt sich in Dunkel (Arr. for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Wolfgang Renz)05:05
Info for Fairy Tales
For all her Sony Classical albums, the young Swiss soprano Regula Mühlemann has been highly praised worldwide: "A voice as bright as a bell, clear, beautiful in sound, rich in color and conducted with ease," was the verdict of "Opernwelt" and "how enchantingly beautiful the voice sounds, as it were made of a gold and silver alloy...", praised Fono Forum. Mühlemann has just thrilled audiences and the press at the renowned Salzburg Festival in the role of Pamina: "She surpassed all others..." wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung enthusiastically.
For her album "Fairy Tales" Regula Mühlemann has worked out a special concept: She has musically selected "enchanting" pieces that take the listener into the world of fairies, elves, nymphs and sorceresses. With the Swiss chamber orchestra CHAARTS Chamber Artists, she spans a wide range from early Baroque to Romanticism to Classical Modernism and slips into various fairy-like guises: As a nymph in Monteverdi's heartbreaking "Lamento della ninfa," for example, she laments her tragic love, while in Verdi's opera "Falstaff," Nannetta, disguised as a fairy queen, powerfully summons an army of air and water spirits. Two works by English composers inspired by Shakespeare also take the listener into the realm of fairy tales: Henry Purcell's "The Fairy Queen" ("O let me weep ever, ever weep," "Turn then thine eyes") and Benjamin Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"("Be kind and courteous," "Come, now a roundel"). But also Nordic sagas are brought to life by Regula Mühlemann's voice. Not only angry trolls and demons, but also a number of enchantingly tender vocal pieces such as "Solveig's Song" and "Solveigh's Lullaby" can be heard in Edvard Grieg's composition of Henrik Ibsen's verse drama "Peer Gynt". Other fantastic pieces are excerpts from Jacques Offenbach's great opera "Die Rheinnixen", the "Barcarole" chosen by Regula Mühlemann later achieved world fame in Hoffmann's Tales, but also from Jules Massenet's Cinderella opera "Cendrillon" ("Ah! Douce enfant"). Due to the special , new arrangements of the pieces for the outstanding Swiss Chaarts Ensembler, where each instrument is cast only once, especially works like by Dvorák, Grieg and Britten, which were originally composed for larger orchestras, get a unique new and transparent sound.
"Fairy Tales" is an album of "enchanting" music, full of wonderful, romantic stories, with melodies and a voice that won't leave your head.
Regula Mühlemann, Sopran
CHAARTS Chamber Artists
Rising Swiss soprano Regula Mühlemann, “a soprano with a crystal-clear tone you could pour over ice and drink” (The Guardian), was raised in Lucerne where she studied at the Conservatory of Lucerne with Prof. Barbara Locher.
Regula kicks off the 2016/17 season with concerts with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. Later in the season she can amongst others be heard in concert in the US with Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Manfred Honeck. Further highlights of this season include her participation in ZDF´s Christmas Concert in Dresden´s famous Frauenkirche, her debut at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Schumann´s Das Paradis und die Peri and Daniele Gatti conducting, as well as singing Servilia in Mozart´s La clemenza di Tito in concert alongside Joyce di Donato and Sonya Yoncheva in Baden-Baden.
In the 2015/16 season Regula Mühlemann could be heard as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) alongside Erwin Schrott at the Yehudi Menhuin Festival Gstaad as well as in concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Seguin. Further engagements included her return to Grand Théâtre de Genève where she performed the vocal part in a new production of the ballet version of Carl Orff´s Carmina Burana, and singing Elisa in Mozart´s Il Re pastore in concert with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie with performances in Vienna, Paris, Lucerne and Barcelona.
In past seasons, Regula has sung at the Zurich Opera House performing Giannetta in L’ Elisir d’Amore, and Despina in Così fan tutte at the Teatro la Fenice, Venice. In May 2012 she performed Nanetta also at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, alongside Rolando Villazón who both sang in and directed a highly acclaimed production which was released on DVD with Deutsche Grammophon. She made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2012, singing the young Papagena in Peter von Winter’s opera Das Labyrinth. Regula returned to the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus in a new production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for their first Easter Festival, led by Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore Regula performed Serpetta in Hans Neuenfels’s new production of La finta giardiniera at the Berlin Staatsoper with great success, a role that she reprised in Berlin in November 2013. She made her house debuts with the Grand Théâtre de Genève in the 2012/13 season, singing the role of Waldvogel in Wagner’s Siegfried, under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher, the Opéra de Paris as Papagena, her debut as Elisa in Mozart’s Il re pastore at the Verbier Festival, as well as her debut at the Festival Aix-En-Provence as Papagena.
Regula Mühlemann is a sought-after concert singer. She has already performed in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. As a regular guest at Lucerne Festival she has amongst others performed Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with the Bayerische Rundfunk. Regula Mühlemann works with renowned conductors such as Nello Santi, Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Pablo Heras-Casado, Ivor Bolton, and Howard Arman.
Regula made her movie debut singing Ännchen in the feature film ‘Hunter’s Bride’. The critically acclaimed movie was directed by Jens Neubert and featured Daniel Harding conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. She was hailed by the critics; the Neue Züricher Zeitung called her a “first class discovery”. Regula Mühlemann was also one of the young talents featured on the TV show “Stars von morgen”, broadcast on ZDF and Arte in Germany and France. Regula made her next movie appearance starring alongside Bejun Mehta in an exciting new movie production of Gluck’s Orfeo, which was shot on location in Prague.