Kathleen Battle discography

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This is a list of recordings of Kathleen Battle (born 13 August 1948), an African-American operatic soprano. The list includes live and studio recordings available in audio CD, VHS and DVD. Five of the recordings listed here won Grammy Awards:[1]

  • Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance for Kathleen Battle Sings Mozart, 1986
  • Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance for Salzburg Recital, 1987
  • Best Opera Recording for Richard Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos, 1987
  • Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance for Kathleen Battle at Carnegie Hall (Handel, Mozart, Liszt, Strauss, etc.), 1992
  • Best Opera Recording for Handel: Semele, 1993

Discography[edit]

Choral and symphonic[edit]

Year[2] Title Soloists Conductor,
Orchestra
Live /
Studio
Label
1977 Bach: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202 "Wedding Cantata" Kathleen Battle James Levine
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Studio RCA
1983 Berg: Lulu Suite Kathleen Battle Michael Gielen
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
1984 Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem Kathleen Battle,
Hakan Hagegard
James Levine
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Live Sony
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major Kathleen Battle Lorin Maazel
Vienna Philharmonic
Studio Sony
1985 Mozart: Requiem Kathleen Battle,
Ann Murray,
David Rendall,
Matti Salminen
Daniel Barenboim
Choeurs Et Orchestre De Paris
Studio EMI Classics
Mozart: Mass in C major, K 317 "Coronation Mass"
(Celebrated by Pope John Paul II)
Kathleen Battle,
Trudeliese Schmidt,
Gosta Winbergh
Ferruccio Furlanetto
Herbert von Karajan
Sistine Chapel Singers,
Vienna Philharmonic
Live Deutsche Grammophon
1986 Fauré: Requiem Kathleen Battle,
Andreas Schmidt,
Timothy Farrell
Carlo Maria Giulini
Philharmonia Orchestra
Live Deutsche Grammophon
1987 Handel: Messiah Kathleen Battle,
Florence Quivar,
Samuel Ramey,
John Aler
Andrew Davis
Toronto Symphony
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Studio EMI Classics
1989 Poulenc: Gloria; Stabat Mater Kathleen Battle Seiji Ozawa
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Deutsche Grammophon
1990 Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor Kathleen Battle,
Maureen Forrester
Leonard Slatkin
St. Louis Symphony Chorus
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Studio Telarc
1991 Haydn: The Creation Kathleen Battle,
Kurt Moll,
Gösta Winbergh
James Levine
Berlin Philharmonic
Studio Deutsche Grammophon
Mozart: Mass in C minor Kathleen Battle,
Lella Cuberli
James Levine
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Vienna Philharmonic
Studio Deutsche Grammophon
1992 Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Kathleen Battle,
Judi Dench,
Frederica von Stade
Seiji Ozawa
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Live Deutsche Grammophon
1997 André Previn: Honey and Rue;
Samuel Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915;
George Gershwin: selections from Porgy and Bess
Kathleen Battle André Previn
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Studio Deutsche Grammophon
2001 Vangelis: Mythodea Kathleen Battle,
Jessye Norman
London Metropolitan Orchestra
Greek National Opera Chorus
Live Sony
2003 Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem Kathleen Battle,
José van Dam
Herbert von Karajan
Vienna Philharmonic
Live Sony
2004 Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate /Arias Kathleen Battle André Previn
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Studio EMI Classics

Complete operas[edit]

Year Title Role Cast Conductor
Orchestra
Live /
Studio
Label
1979 Massenet: Werther Sophie Battle,
Crespin,
Carlson,
Kraus, et al.
Richard Bonynge
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Live Gala
1985 Verdi: Un ballo in maschera Oscar Battle,
Pavarotti,
M. Price,
C. Ludwig, et al.
Georg Solti
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Studio Decca
1986 Mozart: Don Giovanni Zerlina Battle,
Tomowa-Sintow,
Varady,
Baltsa, et al.
Herbert von Karajan
Berlin Philharmonic
Studio Deutsche Grammophon
1987 Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail Blonde Battle,
Gruberova,
Winbergh,
Zednik, et al.
Georg Solti
Vienna Philharmonic
Studio Universal International
1987 Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Susanna Battle,
M. Price,
A. Murray,
Allen, et al.
Riccardo Muti
Vienna Philharmonic
Studio EMI
1990 Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos Zerbinetta Battle,
Tomowa-Sintow,
Lakes,
Baltsa, et al.
James Levine
Vienna Philharmonic
Studio Polygram
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore Adina Battle,
Pavarotti,
Nucci,
Dara, et al.
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Studio Deutsche Grammophon
1991 Rossini: Il signor Bruschino Sofia Battle,
Ramey,
Lopardo,
Arevalo, et al.
Ion Marin
English Chamber Orchestra
Studio Deutsche Grammophon
Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri Elvira Battle,
Horne,
Ramey, et al.
Claudio Scimone
I Solisti Veneti
Prague Philharmonic Chorus
Studio Erato Libretto
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Pamina Battle,
Araiza,
Hemm,
Serra, et al.
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Live Gala
1992 Wagner: Siegfried Waldvogel
(forest bird)
Battle,
Goldberg,
Zednik,
Gallo, et al.
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Studio Deutsche Grammophon
1993 Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia Rosina Battle,
Domingo,
Lopardo,
Gallo, et al.
Claudio Abbado
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Studio Deutsche Grammophon
1993 Handel: Semele Semele Battle,
Horne,
Aler,
McNair, et al.
John Nelson
English Chamber Orchestra
Studio Deutsche Grammophon
Verdi: Don Carlo A Voice from Heaven Battle,
Millo,
Zajick,
Croft, et al.
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Studio Sony

Recitals, concerts, aria and song collections[edit]

Year recorded Title Genre Collaborators Label
1977 Angel's Visits and other Vocal Gems of Victorian America (Note: Battle sings one solo song and one duet) Classical Raymond Murcell (baritone)
Rose Taylor (mezzo-soprano)
Lawrence Skrobakcs (piano)
New World Records LP (later reissued on CD)
1981 Robert Schumann: Spanish Love Songs;
Andante and Variations; Piano Quartet
Classical John Aler (tenor)
Dominic Cossa (baritone)
Charles Wadsworth (piano)
ASV
1984 Salzburg Recital Classical James Levine (piano) Deutsche Grammophon (recorded live at Salzburg Festival)
1986 A Christmas Celebration: Kathleen Battle Classical,
Sacred songs,
Spirituals
Leonard Slatkin (conductor),
Orchestra of St. Luke's
New York Choral Artists
Boys' Choir of Harlem
EMI Classics
Kathleen Battle and Christopher Parkening:
Pleasures of Their Company
Classical EMI Classics
Kathleen Battle Sings Mozart Classical André Previn (conductor)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
EMI Classics
1987 New Year's Concert in Vienna Classical Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
Vienna Philharmonic
Deutsche Grammophon
Schubert Lieder Classical James Levine (piano) Deutsche Grammophon
Ombra Mai Fu Classical Lawrence Skrobacs (piano), Nancy Allen (harp), Dan Saunders (piano) Seven Seas Records -- recorded and released only in Japan in affiliation with Nikka Whiskey. Two separate issues include a 12-inch 33-1/3 rpm vinyl release with 9 art song selections, and a 12-inch 45-rpm release with only 4 song selections.
1988 Battle & Domingo Live in Tokyo Classical James Levine (conductor)
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon
1991 Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman:
Spirituals in Concert
Spirituals James Levine (conductor) Polygram Records
Handel Arias Classical Neville Marriner (Conductor)
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
EMI Classics
1992 Kathleen Battle and Itzhak Perlman:
J.S. Bach Arias
Classical John Nelson
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Deutsche Grammophon
A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert Classical André Previn (conductor)
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Wynton Marsalis
Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano)
Sony
Kathleen Battle at Carnegie Hall Classical Margo Garrett (piano) Deutsche Grammophon
Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis:
Baroque Duet
Classical John Nelson (conductor)
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Sony
1993 Kathleen Battle and Jean-Pierre Rampal
in Concert
Classical Myron Lutzke (cello)
Anthony Newman (harpsichord)
Margo Garrett (piano)
John Steele Ritter (piano)
Sony
Kathleen Battle: Bel Canto Arias Classical Bruno Campanella (conductor)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon
Kathleen Battle in Concert Classical
Spirituals
James Levine (piano) Deutsche Grammophon
So Many Stars Folk songs,
Lullabies,
Spirituals
Sony
1996 Angels' Glory Classical,
Spirituals,
Sacred songs
Christopher Parkening (classical guitar) Sony
French Opera Arias Classical Myung-whun Chung (conductor)
Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille
Polygram Records
1997 Grace Classical Robert Sadin (conductor) Sony
Mozart Opera Arias Classical James Levine (conductor)
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon
2002 Classic Battle: A Portrait Classical,
Romantic,
Spanish folksongs,
American folksongs,
Jazz
Sony
2003 First Love Classical BMG (Japan only)
2004 20th Century Masters:
The Best of Kathleen Battle
Classical Bastille Opera Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Deutsche Grammophon

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Film Song Collaborators Label
2000 Fantasia 2000 Pomp and Circumstance, marches by Edward Elgar James Levine (conductor)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Disney
2004 House of Flying Daggers Lovers (Title Song) Tomoko Kanda
ARIGAT Orchestra
Sony

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Grammy Awards official web site[dead link]
  2. ^ In most cases the date given is for the most recent release, not necessarily the actual year of recording.

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