I had a music producer ask me today what 5 albums I would want on a desert island. I would, of course, choose albums from very different genres. Allowed only one, it would have to be classical. The first album out of my mouth was Handel’s Gloria, but then I recanted and decided on Mozart’s requiem. Gossec’s Requiem also flitted in the back of my mind as did Delibes’s Lakmé. Here are the important specifics with some samples:
Mozart: Requiem (Neville Marriner -1991)
George Frideric Handel: Gloria; Dixit Dominus / Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra (Anders Ohrwall, Laurence Cummings, Emma Kirkby, and Anne Sofie von Otter – 2001)
Gossec: Grande Messe des Morts / Symphonie à 17 parties with Diego Fasolis, Conductor (2001)—- ABSOLUTELY NOT the ponderous Devos recording–IT MUST BE FASOLIS!!!
Léo Delibes: Lakmé with Michel Plasson / Natalie Dessay (1998)
This isn’t the best aria of the opera. This is right before Viens Mallika (Flower Duet), but I intend to showcase this famous aria along with Joan Sutherland, Natalie Dessay, and the great Maria Callas singing the Bell Song in a different post. The contrasts of these sopranos are so evident with how they sing Lakmé!
After listening to the youtube snippit of Handel’s Gloria, there just isn’t any possibility of leaving it behind! Perhaps this and Lakmé? Blessed am I that I don’t have to make such choices and that I have had exposure to so many stunningly beautiful musical works.