Grace Davidson

Vivaldi, Handel

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212053720
Catnr: SIGCD 537
Release date: 06 July 2018
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06 July 2018

About the album

Signum Records are proud to present the debut orchestral recording from Grace Davidson, one of the UK’s leading British sopranos specialising in Baroque music. She is joined by some of Europe’s leading Baroque musicians from the Academy of Ancient Music to perform a selection of works by Handel and Vivaldi, with performances led by violinist Bojan Čičić under artistic director Joseph Crouch.

Grace won the Early Music Prize while studying singing at London’s Royal Academy of Music. Since then, she has worked with the leading Baroque ensembles of our day, singing under the batons of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Philippe Herreweghe and Harry Christophers. Her discography includes a decade of albums with The Sixteen, many of which feature her as soloist – Handel’s Jeptha (as Angel), Dixit Dominus, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Pianto della Madonna, and the Lutheran Masses of Bach.

Dit is de eerste orkestopname van Grace Davidson, een van de vooraanstaande Britse sopranen die zich specialiseert in barokmuziek. De Amerikaanse componist en dirigent Eric Whitacre over haar: "Grace Davidson heeft een van de mooiste en puurste sopraan stemmen op aarde." In een keur aan werken van Händel en Vivaldi wordt ze voor dit album bijgestaan door enkele toonaangevende Europese barokmusici van de Academy of Ancient Music, geleid door violist Bojan Čičić onder artistiek leiderschap van Joseph Crouch. Gezegd mag worden dat de sopraan zich in haar eerste opname met orkest goed staande weet te houden.

Een genot om deze opname te maken met dit orkest

Grace Davidson: “Het was een groot genoegen om deze glorieuze geestelijke werken op te nemen na ze zo vaak voor publiek te hebben uitgevoerd. En een genot om een opname te maken met zo’n prachtig orkest in de parelachtige akoestiek van de All Hallows’ Church, Gospel Oak. Ik hoop dat je deze gevoelens zult delen als je het resultaat hoort.”

Grace Davidson won de Early Music Prize terwijl ze zang studeerde aan de Royal Academy of Music in Londen. Sindsdien werkte ze met hedendaagse gerenommeerde barokensembles en zong ze onder de batons van Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Philippe Herreweghe en Harry Christophers. Haar discografie bevat een tiental albums met The Sixteen, waarop ze vaak als solist te horen is – Händels Jeptha (als Engel), Dixit Dominus, Monteverdi’s Vespers uit 1610, Pianto della Madonna, en de Lutherse missen van Bach.


Grace Davidson has one of the most beautiful and pure soprano
voices on earth.” Eric Whitacre, composer.

“Grace Davidson sings with gorgeous purity and warmth and hits some
extraordinarily ethereal high notes.” Classic FM

Grace Davidson is an English soprano who specialises in the performance and recording of Baroque music. Winner of the prestigious Early Music Prize whilst studying singing at London's Royal Academy of Music, she has since carved a successful international career working with the leading Baroque vocal ensembles of our day under the batons of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Philippe Herreweghe and Harry Christophers. Her discography includes a decade of CDs with The Sixteen, many of which feature her as soloist: Handel's Jephtha (as 'Angel') and Dixit Dominus, Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers and Pianto Della Madonna and the Lutheran Masses of Bach. Fauré Requiem with the LSO Tenebrae and Nigel Short for which was reviewed "Grace Davidson’s Pie Jesu is matchless” by Richard Morrison on BBC Radio 3's Building a Library.

Grace’s solo credits extend into the realm of contemporary classical/crossover music where widespread critical acclaim for her exceptional purity of tone has resulted in a number of successful recordings with high-profile composers. Most notable of these is her work with Max Richter, she has recorded Sleep, Woolfworks and Memoryhouse for Deutsche Gramophone, and has now performed Sleep all over the world. 2017 alone saw performances in New Zealand, the USA, Germany, Amsterdam, Madrid and Paris.

Future projects include Handel’s Acis and Galatea at The Wigmore Hall for Harry Christophers, followed by a recording of the work, Bach Cantatas at the Palace of Versailles and Bach Matthew Passion with Phillippe Herreweghe. Grace will also be releasing a recording of Dowland Lute songs later this year also on Signum records.

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