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Lovesick
Various composers

Randall Scotting

Lovesick

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212073629
Catnr: SIGCD 736
Release date: 10 February 2023
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212073629
Catalogue number
SIGCD 736
Release date
10 February 2023
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About the album

His second album on Signum Records, counter-tenor Randall Scotting is joined by celebrated lutenist Stephen Stubbs for a collection of anti-Valentine’s songs focussing on heartbreak and loss from the 17th century.

“Perhaps there is no cure for lovesickness; but we are confident that this album will be a comfort for all those
who have loved, lost, and hope to love again”. – Wendy Heller, Chair, Dept of Music, Princeton University.

Artist(s)

Randall Scotting (countertenor)

Countertenor, Randall Scotting has become a sought–after artist by some of the world’s most esteemed opera houses. In 2019 he made a spectacular debut at the Royal Opera House as Apollo in Britten’s Death in Venice, singing to sold–out audiences at Covent Garden, and immediately after he joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera. A dramatically persuasive and intensely musical interpreter, he is recognized for winning over audiences with his stunning vocal beauty, stylish singing, and charismatic stage presence. As the lead role of the Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight at Seattle Opera in 2021, a performance for which he was highly praised in the press, Musical America noted Randall to be ‘marvelous’ with a ‘plangent, rich–toned instrument’. He made his Bayerische Staatsoper debut in 2022 as the...
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Countertenor, Randall Scotting has become a sought–after artist by some of the world’s most esteemed opera houses. In 2019 he made a spectacular debut at the Royal Opera House as Apollo in Britten’s Death in Venice, singing to sold–out audiences at Covent Garden, and immediately after he joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera. A dramatically persuasive and intensely musical interpreter, he is recognized for winning over audiences with his stunning vocal beauty, stylish singing, and charismatic stage presence. As the lead role of the Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight at Seattle Opera in 2021, a performance for which he was highly praised in the press, Musical America noted Randall to be ‘marvelous’ with a ‘plangent, rich–toned instrument’. He made his Bayerische Staatsoper debut in 2022 as the role of Michael in the groundbreaking modern opera Thomas by Georg Friedrich Haas. His debut solo album, The Crown: Heroic Arias for Senesino with Laurence Cummings conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, received widespread international praise: ‘ravishing vocalism... this recording captures his dramatic artistry’ (BBC Music Magazine); ‘Scotting’s full, darkly mellifluous voice – smooth and even throughout its range, with a resonant lower register – is well suited to these amorous outpourings’ (Gramophone); ‘If charismatically sung baroque opera arias are your thing, Randall Scotting is your man’ (Limelight).
Randall’s past engagements have linked him with major US and European opera houses, orchestras, and venues, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Carnegie Hall, Edinburgh’s Saint Cecilia’s Hall, Italy’s Spoleto Festival, the Göttingen Handel Festival, Boston Baroque, the New York Philharmonic, and many others. He has also been featured singing the music of JC Bach and speaking about the young Mozart on the BBC documentary Mozart’s London Odyssey. Operatic roles for which he has received acclaim include the leads in Handel’s Rinaldo, Orlando, and Giulio Cesare; Gluck’s Orfeo; and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Alongside more traditional repertoire, Randall plunges headfirst into all manner of musical genres, regularly singing art song, new commissions, and even cabaret. He has performed in staged versions of Xenakis’ The Oresteia, Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Randall trained at the Royal College of Music in London, the Juilliard School in New York, and as a Fulbright Scholar at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.
He made his leading operatic debut at Spoleto’s Festival dei due mondi in Vivaldi’s Ercole su’l Termodonte with the ensemble Il Complesso Barocco (also released on DVD). Randall can be heard on other recordings as the soloist in a modern cantata for chorus and countertenor entitled Dive: A Water Music and as the title role in Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Santo Stefano primo re dell’Ungheria. In 2023, he will also release an album of love duets and arias from 17th– century Venice with the Academy of Ancient Music. Remarkably tall with a uniquely muscular build, he breaks the familiar countertenor mold with his warm, full, and resonant sound, defying stereotypes and setting a new standard in the voice part.

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Stephen Stubbs (lute)

Stephen Stubbs spent a 30-year career in Europe. He returned to his native Seattle in 2006 as one of the world’s most respected lutenists, conductors, and baroque opera specialists. In 2007 Stephen established his new production company, Pacific MusicWorks, based in Seattle, reflecting his lifelong interest in both early music and contemporary performance. Stephen is also the Boston Early Music Festival’s permanent artistic co-director along with his long-time colleague Paul O’Dette. Stephen and Paul are also the musical directors of all BEMF operas. His extensive discography as conductor and solo lutenist include well over 100 albums, many of which have received international acclaim and awards. From 2013-2018 Stephen Stubbs held the position of Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Music. During this...
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Stephen Stubbs spent a 30-year career in Europe. He returned to his native Seattle in 2006 as one of the world’s most respected lutenists, conductors, and baroque opera specialists.
In 2007 Stephen established his new production company, Pacific MusicWorks, based in Seattle, reflecting his lifelong interest in both early music and contemporary performance. Stephen is also the Boston Early Music Festival’s permanent artistic co-director along with his long-time colleague Paul O’Dette. Stephen and Paul are also the musical directors of all BEMF operas.
His extensive discography as conductor and solo lutenist include well over 100 albums, many of which have received international acclaim and awards.
From 2013-2018 Stephen Stubbs held the position of Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Music. During this tenure he produced and conducted Handel’s Semele, Mozart’s Zauberflöte, Gluck’s Orphée, Cavalli’s Calisto, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.

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Composer(s)

Henry Purcell

Westminster Abbey is not just the place where British monarchs were crowned, it's also the place where many English great men were burried. Among those was also Henry Purcell. This final resting place had a double meaning for him: firstly, with his status as a composer he deserved a spot in the abbey, but secondly this was also the location where he worked during the reign of Charles II and William & Mary.  Most people will recognise the last aria of Purcell's beloved opera Dido and Aeneas: 'Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.' More abstract, but less trenchant are his brilliant Fantasias (for viola da gamba) which Purcell composed in the early 1680s. These are small, at times daringly expirimental works, which...
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Westminster Abbey is not just the place where British monarchs were crowned, it's also the place where many English great men were burried. Among those was also Henry Purcell. This final resting place had a double meaning for him: firstly, with his status as a composer he deserved a spot in the abbey, but secondly this was also the location where he worked during the reign of Charles II and William & Mary. Most people will recognise the last aria of Purcell's beloved opera Dido and Aeneas: "Remember me, but ah! forget my fate." More abstract, but less trenchant are his brilliant Fantasias (for viola da gamba) which Purcell composed in the early 1680s. These are small, at times daringly expirimental works, which he carefully dated. Yet, Purcell mostly developed himself as a composer of vocal music, with numerous odes, 'welcome songs', motets (anthems), songs for domestic use (both sacred and secular, both monophonic and polyphonic) and music for theatre.


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01.
I’m Sick of Love: O let me lie
01:41
(William Lawes) Stephen Stubbs, Randall Scotting
02.
There’s None to Soothe my Soul to Rest
02:05
(Traditional) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
03.
Enfin la beauté que j’adore Paris
04:20
(Étienne Moulinié) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
04.
Perfect and Endless Circles are London
01:41
(William Lawes) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
05.
Celestial Music ye Gods Inspire, Z. 322
01:41
(Henry Purcell) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
06.
Suite from King Arthur Z. 628 (Arr. for Baroque Guitar): Your Hay it is Mowed – Fairest Isle – Come if you Dare
02:26
(Henry Purcell) Stephen Stubbs
07.
Amphion Anglicus: Tell Me No More You Love; In Vain
01:43
(John Blow) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
08.
L’Orontea, Act II: When Orpheus Sang All Nature Did Rejoice
02:56
(Marc’Antonio Cesti) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
09.
I Rise and Grieve
03:50
(Henry Lawes) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
10.
At the Mid Hour of Night
02:10
(Traditional) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
11.
She Loves and She Confesses Too, Z. 413
02:20
(Henry Purcell) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
12.
Complaint, P. 63: Intorno all’idol mio'
02:16
(John Dowland) Stephen Stubbs
13.
Time Stands Still
01:55
(John Dowland) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
14.
Amphion Anglicus: The Self-Banished
01:30
(John Blow) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
15.
Mary’s Dream
03:45
(Traditional) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
16.
La Cleopatra, Act I: Scene 2: Luci belle
02:35
(Daniele da Castrovillari) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
17.
Bonduca, Z. 574: O, Lead Me to Some Peaceful Gloom
02:40
(Henry Purcell) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
18.
The Three Ravens
03:31
(Traditional) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
19.
Packington’s Pound
01:16
(Anonymous) Stephen Stubbs
20.
Cessés mortels de soupirer
03:40
(Pierre Guédron) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
21.
Black is the Colour of my True Love’s Hair
02:58
(Traditional) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
22.
O Solitude, my Sweetest Choice, Z. 406
04:18
(Henry Purcell) Randall Scotting, Stephen Stubbs
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