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Jette Rosendal - Soprano

Cover Debut-cd Jette Rosendal
Classico 2006

"With exuberant coloraturas and drive in heights and trills the numerous and thrilled audience was treated to an excellent concert experience"
-- Århus Stiftstidende


R.Strauss: Der Stern
G. F. Händel: Nasconde l'usignol

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About the programme (by Jette Rosendal)

Being a versatile singer who works willingly with many different kinds of musical genres, I chose to sing a varied programme at my debut concert. The songs were therefore chosen with the purpose of showing different sides of my singing and of course, because they are songs that I like!

The concert began with Six Elizabethan Songs by D. Argento. But on the CD, I've chosen to begin with Mozart. Apart from that the order is the same.

It is two little arias by W. A. Mozart: Un moto di gioja, which originally was written as an alternative aria for Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro and Ridente la calma. These are two very beautiful songs about love and joy without fear.

From R. Strauss's huge collection of songs I chose two of the smaller ones: Der Stern from Fünf kleine Lieder and the popular Ständchen, which is a little secretive and fairytale-like serenade.

The Six Elizabethan Songs by D. Argento are six very different songs with Elizabethan lyrics by W. Shakespeare amongst others. It is a song cycle with a light modern tone. The vocal style is very similar to Argento's own chamber operas and the music is full of wit and passion, dramatic shape and colour, which almost make these songs into theatre.

In 2001 the Danish composer Erik Bach wrote the opera Olympia's Revenge, which I performed in the world premier. I sang and played the title role as the singing violinist Olympia. I like Erik Bach's music, so I was really pleased when he agreed to compose a piece for me to sing at my debut concert. Spejlet - The Mirror - is a very exciting piece, which I've become very fond of. The tone is quiet, transparent and almost minimalistic. The piece is for soprano, violin, cello and piano. The poem is by Kristina Stoltz - a serious, thoughtful and subtle poem about double gangers and about finding one self.

For a long time I've had a preference for baroque music. For me it was clear from the beginning that the programme should contain at least some baroque music and it ended with being the whole of the second half of the concert! I thought it would give a nice change in sound if after the break I were to be accompanied by harpsichord and cello, whereas I would be accompanied by the piano in the first half of the concert.

The arias by Purcell and Handel are some of my absolute favourites. Purcell's Music for a while from the play Oedipus is created to be the most beautiful song that can wake up the dead so that he "for a while" comes back to earth again. For me it is also one of the most beautiful songs that carry the voice on top of the delicate walking bass line. The song Cupid, the slyest Rogue alive is a merry and humorous story about the little Cupid who is stung by a bee. His mother, Venus, draws a parallel to himself and reminds him - and the listener - of what happens when he aims his own darts against an unwary heart.

The cantata Delia by Thomas Arne is a cantata I got to know in 2002 when studying in London. It is a light and bright chamber musical pearl that describes the rising sun and the changing of the seasons.

I very much appreciate singing chamber musical works, and also the last two arias by Handel can be described as such. Handel's Credete al mio dolore from the opera Alcina is an incredibly beautiful and painful aria in which the cello plays an important solo part. In the Nasconde l'usignol from the opera Deidamia it is the recorder's turn to show its abilities together with the voice and they trill together and imitate a nightingale.

Other participants:
Frode Stengaard, piano and harpsichord
Hanne Tolbøll Nielsen, recorder
Jens Astrup, violin
Johan Krarup, cello

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