Frühling - Mendelssohn-Hensel (Donna Brown, Stéphane Lemelin)


Frühling - Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-1847) Donna Brown, soprano Stéphane Lemelin, piano From CD "Frühlingslieder" - ATMA Classique, ACD22165. 1999. Canadian soprano Donna Brown has performed on the great operatic and concert stages of the world, including Paris, London, Tokyo, Geneva, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. She has collaborated with such leading conductors as Rilling, Gardiner, Nagano, Sawallisch, Barenboim, Masur, Janowski, Dutoit, Giulini, Pinnock, Haitink, Jordan, Tate, Christie, and Zukerman, among others. She became one of the leading sopranos in Europe with performances as Pamina, Sophie, Almerina, Gilda, Nannetta, Zerlina, Servilia, and Morgana. Hailed as a remarkable recitalist, she has performed over 100 recitals around the world with such pianists as Michel Dalberto, Roger Vignoles, Maria-João Pires, Stéphane Lemelin, and Philippe Cassard. Ms. Brown has over two dozen recordings to her name, including the world premiere performances of Debussy's "Rodrigue et Chimène" under Kent Nagano, and R. Murray Schafer's "Gitanjali" under Mario Bernardi. She is a Professor of Voice at the University of Ottawa and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. A pianist with a broad and eclectic repertoire that ranges from the Classical period to the twentieth century and from art song literature to the Romantic concerto, Canadian pianist Stéphane Lemelin has received particular praise for his interpretations of Schubert, Schumann, Fauré and Ravel. He tours regularly in the United States and Canada has given numerous performances in Europe. A frequent participant in summer festivals including the Lanaudière International Festival, Parry Sound, Domaine Forget, Ottawa, and Vancouver Chamber Music Festivals, he has collaborated with artists such as Donna Brown, Boris Berman, Jacques Israelievitch, David Shifrin, Walter Trampler, and the St. Lawrence and Muir String Quartets. He has appeared as soloist with most of Canada's major orchestras including the Montreal Symphony under Charles Dutoit. Recital engagements have included London's Wigmore Hall, the Phillips Collection in Washington, the Ladies Morning Musical Club in Montreal and the Vancouver Recital Society. He is the Director of the School of Music at the University of Ottawa.

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