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Perfido!
Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sophie Bevan

Perfido!

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Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212048528
Catnr: SIGCD 485
Release date: 05 May 2017
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Signum Classics
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SIGCD 485
Release date
05 May 2017

"With insufficient interpretative means, Sophie Bevan’s singing is just technically and aesthetically convincing. The performances lack differentiation. Moreover, the accompaniment by The Mozartists is rather uninspired."

Pizzicato, 28-7-2017
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Leading British soprano Sophie Bevan performs a sumptuous programme of concert arias by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. Bevan is accompanied on this new recording by The Mozartists, recently launched by Ian Page's internationally renowned period ensemble Classical Opera as an expansion of its continuing exploration of Mozart and his contemporaries. Complementing Classical Opera's ongoing recording series of complete operas of Mozart, the creation of The Mozartists reflects the group's expanding repertoire and ambitious plans, and they can be heard in concert from September, 2017.
Het eerste soloalbum van Sophie Bevan
De vooraanstaande Britse sopraan Sophie Bevan voert op haar eerste soloalbum een luxueus programma met concertaria’s van Mozart, Haydn en Beethoven uit.

Bevans is inmiddels zeer talentvol op het operapodium, en speelde onder andere in Cosi fan Tutte, Boris Godunov, L’incoronazione di Poppea en Der Rosenkavalier. Ze werkte samen met dirigenten als Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Charles Mackerras, Philippe Herreweghe en Ed Gardner. Haar repertoire reikt van Händel tot MacMillan.

Bevan wordt begeleid door The Mozartists, in begin 2017 in het leven geroepen door het vermaarde historische ensemble Classical Opera van Ian Page. The Mozartists vormt een uitbreiding een aanvulling op het ensemble. Terwijl Classical Opera zich richt op het opnemen van alle opera’s van Mozart, zal The Mozartists andere werken van Mozart en zijn tijdgenoten presenteren. Perfido! is het eerste album dat op hun naam staat. Vanaf september 2017 zal de groep concerten gaan geven.

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Sophie Bevan (soprano)

The recipient of the Young Singer award at the inaugural 2013 International Opera Awards. Sophie Bevan is now at the forefront of the new generation of young British singers.  A graduate of the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, she was awarded the Queen Mother Rose Bowl Award. Her concert repertoire ranges from Handel to James Macmillan and she has worked with conductors that include Sir Antonio Pappano, Edward Gardner, Laurence Cummings, Harry Bicket, Sir Neville Marriner, Phillipe Herreweghe, Sir Mark Elder, Ryan Wigglesworth, Daniel Harding and Sir Charles Mackerras.   Already highly accomplished on the operatic stage, her engagements include her first Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier for English National Opera; the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen for Welsh National Opera; her first Susana Le Nozze di...
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The recipient of the Young Singer award at the inaugural 2013 International Opera Awards. Sophie Bevan is now at the forefront of the new generation of young British singers. A graduate of the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, she was awarded the Queen Mother Rose Bowl Award. Her concert repertoire ranges from Handel to James Macmillan and she has worked with conductors that include Sir Antonio Pappano, Edward Gardner, Laurence Cummings, Harry Bicket, Sir Neville Marriner, Phillipe Herreweghe, Sir Mark Elder, Ryan Wigglesworth, Daniel Harding and Sir Charles Mackerras. Already highly accomplished on the operatic stage, her engagements include her first Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier for English National Opera; the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen for Welsh National Opera; her first Susana Le Nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera; Michal Saul for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Waldvogel Siegfried, Pamina and Ilia for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Susana and Antigone Oedipe at Covent Garden; concerts with the Sao Paulo State Symphony, CBSO, and recitals at the Wigmore Hall; Pamina for the Teatro Real, Madrid; her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Beatrice in the world première of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel; Engagements this season and beyond include concerts with the Bayerische Rundfunk, Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Hallé and the CBSO. She will return to Covent Garden as Sophie in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier and as Beatriz in The Exterminating Angel. She will also create the role of Hermione in the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth’s A Winter’s Tale for ENO and will sing Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Aldeburgh Music. Further future engagements include a return to Teatro Real, Madrid and her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Sophie is also the recipient of the 2010 Critics' Circle award for Exceptional Young Talent, The Times Breakthrough Award at the 2012 South Bank Sky Arts Awards and the Young Singer award at the 2013 inaugural International Opera Awards.

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The Mozartists

Under the direction of conductor Ian Page, The Mozartists (formerly Classical Opera) have established themselves among the most exciting period-instrument ensembles in Europe, attracting particular recognition for their fresh, dramatic and stylish performances, their imaginative and innovative programming, and their ability to discover and nurture outstanding young artists. On stage and in concert, they have performed many of Mozart’s operas, and they have given the UK premières of operas by Gluck, Telemann, Jommelli and Hasse. They appear regularly in London at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall and the Barbican Centre, and they presented Mozart’s La finta semplice and Il re pastore and Arne’s Artaxerxes at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. They have also performed at many...
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Under the direction of conductor Ian Page, The Mozartists (formerly Classical Opera) have established themselves among the most exciting period-instrument ensembles in Europe, attracting particular recognition for their fresh, dramatic and stylish performances, their imaginative and innovative programming, and their ability to discover and nurture outstanding young artists.

On stage and in concert, they have performed many of Mozart’s operas, and they have given the UK premières of operas by Gluck, Telemann, Jommelli and Hasse. They appear regularly in London at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall and the Barbican Centre, and they presented Mozart’s La finta semplice and Il re pastore and Arne’s Artaxerxes at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. They have also performed at many of the UK’s leading festivals and in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece and the Czech Republic.

In 2015 the company launched MOZART 250, a ground-breaking 27-year project following the chronological trajectory of Mozart’s life, works and influences. Each year MOZART 250 explores the music being composed and performed by Mozart and his contemporaries exactly 250 years previously, and this major initiative has already incorporated music by over forty composers.

The Mozartists’ extensive discography has attracted widespread acclaim. In 2012 they embarked on a major new recording cycle of the complete Mozart operas on Signum Classics, and the first seven releases in the series have all received outstanding reviews. ‘The A-Z of Mozart Opera’ (Signum Classics) and ‘Blessed Spirit – a Gluck retrospective’ (Wigmore Hall Live) were both selected for Gramophone magazine’s annual Critics’ Choice, and their solo recital discs with tenor Allan Clayton (‘Where’er You Walk’) and soprano Sophie Bevan (‘Perfido!’) were both shortlisted for the International Opera Awards. At the Greater London Enterprise Awards, The Mozartists were named ‘Most Innovative Classical Music Ensemble’ in 2021 and ‘Best Nationwide Classical Music Ensemble’ in 2022.


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Ian Page (conductor)

Ian Page (conductor) is the founder, conductor and artistic director of Classical Opera, and is emerging as one of the leading British conductors of his generation. He began his musical education as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, and studied English Literature at the University of York before completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. At the start of his career he worked on the music staff at Scottish Opera, Opera Factory, Glyndebourne and the Drottningholm Slottsteater in Sweden, working with such conductors as Sir Alexander Gibson, Nicholas McGegan, Mark Wigglesworth, Ivor Bolton and Sir Charles Mackerras. With Classical Opera he has conducted most of Mozart’s early operas, including the world première of the ‘original’ version of Mitridate,...
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Ian Page (conductor) is the founder, conductor and artistic director of Classical Opera, and is emerging as one of the leading British conductors of his generation. He began his musical education as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, and studied English Literature at the University of York before completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. At the start of his career he worked on the music staff at Scottish Opera, Opera Factory, Glyndebourne and the Drottningholm Slottsteater in Sweden, working with such conductors as Sir Alexander Gibson, Nicholas McGegan, Mark Wigglesworth, Ivor Bolton and Sir Charles Mackerras.

With Classical Opera he has conducted most of Mozart’s early operas, including the world première of the ‘original’ version of Mitridate, re di Ponto and a new completion of Zaide, as well as Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte and La clemenza di Tito. He has also conducted the UK premières of Gluck’s La clemenza di Tito, Telemann’s Orpheus and Jommelli’s Il Vologeso, as well as the first new staging for 250 years of Johann Christian Bach’s Adriano in Siria. In 2009 he made his Royal Opera House début conducting Arne’s Artaxerxes at the Linbury Studio Theatre, and his studio recording of the work was released in 2011 on Linn Records.

He devised and conducted Classical Opera’s recordings of ‘The A-Z of Mozart Opera’ (Signum Classics) and ‘Blessed Spirit – a Gluck retrospective’ (Wigmore Hall Live), both of which were selected for Gramophone magazine’s annual Critic’s Choice, and he recently embarked on an acclaimed new complete cycle of Mozart opera recordings with Classical Opera. He has also created and devised MOZART 250, Classical Opera’s ambitious 27-year journey through Mozart’s music and influences, which was launched in London in 2015.


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Composer(s)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School.    Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob...
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn, and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose actual name is Joannes Chrysotomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a composer, pianist, violinist and conductor from the classical period, born in Salzburg. Mozart was a child prodigy. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Mozart is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all of music's history. Within the classical tradition, he was able to develop new musical concepts which left an everlasting impression on all the composers that came after him. Together with Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven he is part of the First Viennese School.  At 17, Mozart was engaged as...
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose actual name is Joannes Chrysotomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a composer, pianist, violinist and conductor from the classical period, born in Salzburg. Mozart was a child prodigy. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Mozart is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all of music's history. Within the classical tradition, he was able to develop new musical concepts which left an everlasting impression on all the composers that came after him. Together with Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven he is part of the First Viennese School. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. From 1763 he traveled with his family through all of Europe for three years and from 1769 he traveled to Italy and France with his father Leopold after which he took residence in Paris. On July 3rd, 1778, his mother passed away and after a short stay in Munich with the Weber family, his father urged him to return to Salzburg, where he was once again hired by the Bishop. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.


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Joseph Haydn

(Franz) Joseph Haydn was a prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets 'Father of the Symphony' and 'Father of the String Quartet'.   Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, 'forced to become original'. Yet his music circulated widely and for much of his career he was the most celebrated composer in Europe.   He was a friend and mentor of Mozart,...
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(Franz) Joseph Haydn was a prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet".
Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, "forced to become original". Yet his music circulated widely and for much of his career he was the most celebrated composer in Europe.
He was a friend and mentor of Mozart, a teacher of Beethoven, with whom he formed the First Viennese School. He was also the older brother of composer Michael Haydn.

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With insufficient interpretative means, Sophie Bevan’s singing is just technically and aesthetically convincing. The performances lack differentiation. Moreover, the accompaniment by The Mozartists is rather uninspired.
Pizzicato, 28-7-2017

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01.
Scena di Berenice, XXIVa:10: Recitativo, “Berenice, che fai?” I
00:11
The Mozartists
02.
Scena di Berenice, XXIVa:10: Recitativo, “Berenice, che fai?” II
04:28
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
03.
Scena di Berenice, XXIVa:10: Aria, “Non partir, bell’idol mio”
02:22
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
04.
Scena di Berenice, XXIVa:10: Recitativo, “Me infelice! Che fingo?”
00:28
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
05.
Scena di Berenice, XXIVa:10: Aria, “Perché, se tanti siete”
05:15
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
06.
“Oh, temerario Arbace… Per quel paterno amplesso”, K.79: Recitativo, “Oh, temerario Arbace!”
01:15
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
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“Oh, temerario Arbace… Per quel paterno amplesso”, K.79: Aria, “Per quel paterno amplesso”
04:45
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
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“No, non turbati… Ma tu tremi, o mio tesoro?”, WoO 92a: Recitativo, “No, non turbati, o Nice”
01:57
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
09.
“No, non turbati… Ma tu tremi, o mio tesoro?”, WoO 92a: Aria, “Ma tu tremi, o mio tesoro?”
03:08
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
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“Basta, vincesti… Ah non lasciarmi, no”, K.486a/295a: Recitativo, “Basta, vincesti, eccoti il foglio”
00:52
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
11.
“Basta, vincesti… Ah non lasciarmi, no”, K.486a/295a: Aria, “Ah non lasciarmi, no”
05:07
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
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“Solo e pensoso”, Hob. XXIVb:20
06:41
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
13.
“Ah, lo previdi… Ah, t’invola agl’occhi miei”, K.272: Recitativo, “Ah, lo previdi!”
01:04
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
14.
“Ah, lo previdi… Ah, t’invola agl’occhi miei”, K.272: Aria, “Ah, t’invola agl’occhi miei”
03:12
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
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“Ah, lo previdi… Ah, t’invola agl’occhi miei”, K.272: Recitativo, “Misera! In van m’adiro”
02:56
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
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“Ah, lo previdi… Ah, t’invola agl’occhi miei”, K.272: Cavatina, “Deh, non varcar quell’onda”
04:50
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
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“Bella mia fiamma... Resta, o cara”, K.528: Recitativo, “Bella mia fiamma, addio”
02:39
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
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“Bella mia fiamma... Resta, o cara”, K.528: Aria, “Resta, o cara”
06:36
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
19.
“Ah! perfido”, Op.65: Recitativo, “Ah! perfido”
03:09
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
20.
“Ah! perfido”, Op.65: Aria, “Per pietà, non dirmi addio”
05:05
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
21.
“Ah! perfido”, Op.65: Allegro assai, “Ah crudel! tu vuoi ch’io mora”
04:08
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists
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