Esteemed American soprano Emily Pogorelc is featured in The Mozartists’ latest album, which offers a compelling selection of works dating from 1771 to 1788. This eagerly awaited release is now accessible for streaming on major platforms and available for purchase, offering music enthusiasts the chance to appreciate Pogorelc’s contributions in two uncommon vocal pieces by Schweitzer and Paisiello.
The Mozartists, renowned for their ‘Sturm und Drang’ series of recordings, continue to enchant audiences with a program that encapsulates the drama and emotional intensity of the late 18th century. This latest addition to the series includes Haydn’s monumental ‘Trauer’ symphony, considered one of his greatest ‘Sturm und Drang’ compositions, and, for the first time in the series, Mozart’s strikingly visceral Adagio and Fugue in C minor.
The album also features outstanding orchestral works, including a G minor symphony by the Czech composer Leopold Kozeluch, a pleasant surprise for listeners due to its quality, sweep, and lyricism. Moreover, it introduces two rarely heard vocal works. Schweitzer’s ‘Alceste’ marks one of the earliest attempts to create German tragic opera in the vernacular, commencing with an aria of searing intensity. The scene from Paisiello’s ‘Annibale in Torino,’ the twenty-third of his eighty-seven operas, showcases an exquisite but brief arioso followed by a stormy G minor aria.
Emily Pogorelc, who holds the title of Associate Artist with The Mozartists, lends her exquisite soprano voice to these mesmerizing vocal performances, infusing the album with elegance and emotion. The Mozartists are once again conducted by Ian Page, guiding his award-winning period-instrument ensemble to create an authentic and seamless listening experience.
With the first two volumes of the ‘Sturm und Drang’ series being selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, the album’s release is highly anticipated, promising to exceed expectations and further solidify The Mozartists’ reputation for excellence.
To learn more about The Mozartists, their programming and their new album, please visit her official website at https://mozartists.com. The album is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and other popular platforms, as well as for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.
To stream “Sturm und Drang Volume 3”, click here