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Angels Hide Their Faces - Dawn Upshaw Sings Bach and Purcell CD

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  • Audio CD (4 Jun. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000059LXH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This is one of those rare gems that becomes more appealing with each hearing. The Purcell pieces are sweet and lovely, but the Bach ! The Cantata is the glory of this CD. It's verses are of the deepest sorrow and repentance, woeful utterances for God's forgiveness, until the final aria, "How joyful is the heart since God is appeased". Dawn Upshaw's interpretation is beautiful. She captures the emotion, the longing, the spirituality and heart of the piece.
The musicians in the simple accompaniment are superb, and the entire package excellent...it was the cover art that first drew my attention to this CD...an unusual and moving painting by Hugo Simberg titled "Wounded Angel" from 1903. It also has the added touch of being slip-cased, making it a perfect gift item for anyone who likes this style of music. Total time is 55'06.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angelic Voice 15 Jun. 2012
By Marguerite Foxon - Published on Amazon.com
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Dawn Upshaw has a superb and distinctive voice - she sings a huge range of music, often contemporary compositions, but its a delight to listen to her singing Bach and Purcell for which her voice is eminently suited. I was sitting in a concert by her and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and was totally entranced and realized I didnt have any of her CDs in my collection. Went online during the intermission and ordered this from Amazon. Its just wonderful .... a CD you will listen to over and over. She truly has an angelic voice. If you get a chance to hear her in person, dont bypass it. You will not be sorry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dawn's light, clear, flexible voiceis a perfect fit for Baroque music 17 April 2008
By Priscilla Stilwell - Published on Amazon.com
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Her voice blends beautifully with the light, brittle timbre of the harpsichord. Upshaw shows grace and control without sounding as if she's being held back. This is a perfect genre for her unique voice.

One of the things I love about Upshaw's voice is that it is not typical of most classical singers, and she is able to easily cross over into mor epopular styles. But this recording establishes her finess in the purely classical style as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 27 Mar. 2014
By Ingrid E.Vogel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
just love it
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now that the Sun hath veil'd his light..... 4 Aug. 2001
By Dianne Foster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Some say angels are God's messangers. When angels communicate, surely they sound like Dawn Upshaw. Upshaw's beautiful soprano voice rises to the stars and floats back again as she sings the beautiful collection of arias and cantatas by Purcell and Bach contained in ANGELS HIDE THEIR FACES.
Shaw's interpretation of Purcell's 'How sweet it is to love' reminds me of the elation I first felt on realizing love exists. 'Lord what is a man' brings one back to earth with a lamentation about human frailty and the finiteness of human existence. "Rejoice, rejoice" sings the angel in 'Hark! How all things' with lyrics from 'The Fairy Queen' -- a text by E. Settle after Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'
Bach's cantatas fill the air as Upshaw sings arias in German (interpretations are provided in the text accompanying the CD). J.S. Bach's songs are clearly and beautifully articulated by Upshaw while in the backgound various wind and string instruments accompany her vocalizations. Many of Upshaw's vocalizations by Bach in German as well as the instrumentation (including viol consort) remind me of the arias from 'The Messiah' -- majestic albeit on a very human scale. For example, Aria #9 by Bach is comparable to "He shall lead his flock.." (although the latter was written for an alto voice).
The music in English by Purcell is a bit lighter. My favorite piece is 'An evening hymn' by Purcell which I would expect to hear near dusk in an English chapel. However, ANGELS HIDE THEIR FACES contains music you can play year round at any time of day.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hark ! how well the lady sings 31 May 2001
By Alejandra Vernon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those little gems that becomes more appealing with each hearing. The Purcell pieces are sweet and lovely, but the Bach ! This Cantata is the glory of this CD. It's verses are of the deepest sorrow and repentance, woeful utterances for God's forgiveness, until the final aria, "How joyful is my heart since God is appeased". Dawn Upshaw's interpretation is beautiful. She captures the emotion, the longing, the spirituality and heart of the piece.
The musicians in the simple accompaniment are superb, and the entire package excellent...it was the cover art that first drew my attention to this CD...an unusual and moving painting by Hugo Simberg titled "Wounded Angel" from 1903. It also has the lovely added touch of being slip-cased, making it a perfect gift item for anyone who likes this type of music.
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