Regula Mühlemann, Fairy Tales Review
Regula Mühlemann is releasing her latest Sony Classical album called Fairy Tales. The album’s theme is based on Mühlemann selecting a program of “enchanting” pieces that take the listener into the world of fairies, elves, nymphs, and sorceresses. Mühlemann is accompanied by the Swiss chamber orchestra CHAARTS Chamber Artists to create this magical environment. The pieces range from early Baroque to Romanticism to Classical Modernism and slips into various fairy-like guises. The program flows with “enchanting” music, full of wonderful, romantic stories with melodies sung by a voice that is enchanting and magical as well.
Mühlemann will capture your attention with her warm and fluid soprano singing in Die Rheinnixen: Komm zu uns und sing und tanze, “Barcarole,” an excerpt from Jacques Offenbach’s grand opera Die Rheinnixen. Wolfgang Renz creates the arrangement for the Swiss CHAARTS Ensemble. Mühlemann is romantic as her stunning vocals deliver the melody with expression, accuracy, and exquisite timbre.
Mühlemann conveys the magic of a fairy queen in Verdi’s opera “Falstaff,” Nannetta, with “Elfi! Silfi!…Sul fil d’un soffio etesio.” Her tone lightens, and her playful rhythm enchants. Also, take note of the delightful arrangement by Renz.
Other fairy tales include Henry Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” (“O let me weep ever, ever weep,” “Turn then thine eyes”) and Benjamin Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (“Be kind and courteous,” “Come, now a roundel”). All are sung and performed with enchantment and beauty.
Overall, Mühlemann and the new arrangements of the pieces for the outstanding Swiss CHAARTS Ensemble bring a creative and stunningly beautiful program to life for our enjoyment in Fairy Tales. Mühlemann effectively conveys the mood and dramatic elements of each piece. In addition, the liners note allows you to read more about the works. That’s the short of it!
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October 7, 2022
Sony Classical/Sony Music