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Bott, Catherine (soprano)
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Catherine Bott (soprano)

'A voice as clear accurate and mellifluous as Bott's can convince with or without instrumental assistance Bott proving herself a daring, remarkable soprano'

Catherine Bott began her career in early music, and has a worldwide reputation as an interpreter of baroque vocal music. She can be heard as soloist on more than seventy recordings: her first solo disc for Decca, in 1988, was an acclaimed recital of 17th century virtuoso Italian arias. This was followed by a collection of Mad Songs and scenas from the Restoration theatre, Sweeter than Roses, a recital of songs by Purcell, and a collection of unaccompanied troubadour songs, Sweet is the Song. Decca released The World of Catherine Bott in 2001.

Other recordings of note include Bach’s St. John Passion with Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and Orfeo, the title role in Blow’s Venus and Adonis with Philip Pickett and in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Christopher Hogwood; the role of Herodiade Figlia in Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista with Marc Minkowski (which won a Gramophone Award); Purcell’s Fairy Queen with Ton Koopman and the role of Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppaea with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

In complete contrast, she is increasingly in demand to perform later repertoire, demonstrating the combination of purity and sensuality in her singing. Recordings in this field include Fauré’s Requiem with John Eliot Gardiner, Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antartica and Nielsen’s Third Symphony with Bryden Thomson and the Royal Scottish Orchestra, Michael Torke’s Four Proverbs, Nikolai Korndorf’s Hymn III with Alexander Lazarev and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Michael Nyman's Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs.

Recent international concert engagements include several tours of Japan, Handel arias with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in Sydney, performances and recordings with the American Bach Soloists in California, a British Council tour of South America, tours of Europe and the Middle East as soloist with the European Union Baroque Orchestra and concerts in Europe ranging from Carissimi at the Salzburg Festival to the principal soprano part in Berio’s Laborintus II with the Residentie Orchestra in the Hague. Programmes based on her solo recordings have proved very popular and she has given recitals in many European countries. In the United Kingdom, she has recently given performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Mark Elder and The London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall, The Creation at the English Haydn Festival, Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied with Neeme Järvi and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Silete venti with the National Orchestra of Wales, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Philharmonia.

Catherine Bott sang the leading role in the world premiere of Francis Grier’s Five Joyful Mysteries at King’s College, Cambridge, and gave the American premiere of his song cycle Love without Hope at the Lincoln Center, New York. She has recently given the first public performances of works by Jonathan Dove, and was the soloist in the world premiere of a new piece by Joe Duddell, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Albums

Arne: Artaxerxes
CDD220732CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Clerk: The Lion of Scotland
CDA67007
Delectatio angeli
CDA67549
Fairest Isle
CDA67115Archive Service
Handel: Opera Arias
CDS44271/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Handel: The Rival Queens
CDA66950Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Hark! hark! the lark
CDA66836Archive Service
London Pride
CDA67457
Monckton: Songs from the shows
CDA67654Archive Service
Orpheus with his lute
CDA67450
The English Stage Jig
CDA67754
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP202CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

ANONYMOUS - BAROQUE
The Bloody Battle at Billingsgate 'The Orange – Hit and Miss'with The City Waites, Lucie Skeaping (director), Douglas Wootton (tenor), Lucie Skeaping (soprano)
The blushing rosewith Julia Gooding (soprano), The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
ANONYMOUS - TRADITIONAL
Ar ne kuth ich sorghe non 'The Prisoner's Song'
Four Planctuswith Pavlo Beznosiuk (fiddle), Mark Levy (fiddle)
The broom of Cowdenknoweswith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
KIT AND THE WIDOW
Wimbledon Idyllwith David Owen Norris (piano)
THOMAS ARNE (1710-1778)
Honour, riches, marriage-blessingwith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
To fair Fidele's grassy tombwith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
When daisies pied and violets bluewith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
When icicles hang on the wallwith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Where the bee sucks, there lurk Iwith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
JOHN ATKINS (d1671)
This lady ripe and fairwith Joseph Cornwell (tenor), The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
JOHN BEDYNGHAM (dc1459/60)
O rosa bellawith Pavlo Beznosiuk (fiddle), Mark Levy (fiddle)
SIR RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT (1936-2012)
Let's go and live in the countrywith David Owen Norris (piano)
BERNART DE VENTADORN (1125-1195)
Can vei la lauzeta moverwith Mark Levy (fiddle)
WILLIAM BOYCE (1711-1779)
The Pleasures of Spring Gardens, Vauxhallwith David Owen Norris (piano)
THOMAS CHILCOT (c1700-1766)
Hark, hark, the larkwith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Orpheus with his lutewith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Pardon, goddess of the nightwith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
JOHANNES CICONIA (c1335-1411)
Per quella stradawith Pavlo Beznosiuk (fiddle)
JOHN CLERK (1676-1755)
Dic mihi saeve puerwith Concerto Caledonia
Eheu! quam diris hominiswith Concerto Caledonia
Leo Scotiae irritatuswith Concerto Caledonia
Miserere mei, Deuswith Concerto Caledonia
SIR NOËL COWARD (1899-1973)
London Pridewith David Owen Norris (piano)
HARRY DACRE (1860-1922)
While London's fast asleepwith David Owen Norris (piano)
WILLEM DE FESCH (1687-?1757)
All fancy sickwith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
JONATHAN DOVE (b1959)
Five Am'rous Sighswith David Owen Norris (piano)
MADELEINE DRING (1923-1977)
Business Girlswith David Owen Norris (piano)
GUILLAUME DUFAY (1397-1474)
Helas mon dueilwith Pavlo Beznosiuk (fiddle), Mark Levy (fiddle)
L'alta belleza tuawith Pavlo Beznosiuk (fiddle), Mark Levy (fiddle)
Vergene bellawith Pavlo Beznosiuk (fiddle), Mark Levy (fiddle)
JOHN ECCLES (1668-1735)
Can life be a blessing?with The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
ETIENNE DE MEAUX (fl1250-1250)
Trop est mes maris jaloswith Pavlo Beznosiuk (fiddle), Mark Levy (fiddle)
HAROLD FRASER-SIMSON (1872-1944)
They're changing guard at Buckingham Palacewith David Owen Norris (piano)
GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937)
A foggy day in London townwith David Owen Norris (piano)
MAURICE GREENE (1696-1755)
Orpheus with his lutewith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
ROBERT JOHNSON (c1583-1633)
Care-charming sleepwith Paul O'Dette (lute), Stephen Stubbs (English theorbo)
Come away, Hecatewith Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Joseph Cornwell (tenor), Julia Gooding (soprano), The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Full fathom fivewith Julia Gooding (soprano), Joseph Cornwell (tenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Get you hencewith Julia Gooding (soprano), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Paul O'Dette (lute), Stephen Stubbs (English theorbo)
Tell me, dearestwith Julia Gooding (soprano), The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
FRANCESCO LANDINI (c1325-1397)
Giunta vaga biltàwith Pavlo Beznosiuk (fiddle), Mark Levy (fiddle)
WILLIAM LAWES (1602-1645)
Come, my Daphne, come awaywith Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Paul O'Dette (lute), Stephen Stubbs (English theorbo)
The cats, as other creatures dowith Julia Gooding (soprano), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
RICHARD LEVERIDGE (1670/1-1758)
When daisies pied and violets bluewith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
EWAN MACCOLL (1915-1989)
Sweet Thames, flow softly
MATTEO DA PERUGIA (d?1418)
Le greygnour bienwith Pavlo Beznosiuk (fiddle), Mark Levy (fiddle)
LIONEL MONCKTON (1861-1924)
Chalk Farm to Camberwell Greenwith David Owen Norris (piano)
DAVID OWEN NORRIS (b1953)
Big Ben Blueswith David Owen Norris (piano)
HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695)
Dear pretty youthwith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
BENNETT SCOTT (1871-1930)
Take me in a Taxi, Joewith David Owen Norris (piano)
MANNING SHERWIN (1902-1974)
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Squarewith David Owen Norris (piano)
WILLIAM SHIELD (1748-1829)
The Plough boy / The Milkmaidwith Joseph Cornwell (tenor), The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
JOHN CHRISTOPHER SMITH (1712-1795)
Full fathom fivewith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
You spotted snakeswith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
DONALD SWANN (1923-1994)
Joyful Noisewith David Owen Norris (piano)
JEHAN VAILLANT (fl1360-1390)
Par maintes foyswith Pavlo Beznosiuk (fiddle), Mark Levy (fiddle)
SIR WILLIAM WALTON (1902-1983)
Rhymewith David Owen Norris (piano)
JOHN WELDON (1676-1736)
Dry those eyes which are o'erflowingwith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Take, O take those lips awaywith The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
JOHN WILSON (1595-1674)
Take, O take those lips awaywith Paul O'Dette (lute)
SANDY WILSON (b1924)
A Room in Bloomsburywith David Owen Norris (piano)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A bad boy and a good girl  
A Country Girl (Monckton)
A flaxen-headed cowboy / A flaxen-headed milkmaid  
A foggy day in London town (Gershwin)
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square (Sherwin)
A Room in Bloomsbury (Wilson)
A Runaway Girl (Monckton)
A simple little string  
Admeto, Re di Tessaglia, HWV22 (Handel)
Alessandro, HWV21 (Handel)
Alfred (Arne)
All along the garden where the moonbeams glance  
All down Piccadilly  
All fancy sick (De Fesch)
All these dismal looks and fretting  
Ar ne kuth ich sorghe non 'The Prisoner's Song' (Anon)
Artaxerxes (Arne)
Aure, fonti, ombre gradite (Rossane)  
Between your sheets you soundly sleep  
Beyond the bar of fair Manaar  
Big Ben Blues (Norris)
Business Girls (Dring)
Can life be a blessing? (Eccles)
Can vei la lauzeta mover (Bernart de Ventadorn)
Care-charming sleep (Johnson)
Cease your funning  
Chalk Farm to Camberwell Green (Monckton)
Charming weather  
Che tirannia d'amor! (Lisaura)  
Come away, Hecate (Johnson)
Come, my Daphne, come away (Lawes)
Dear pretty youth (Purcell)
Dic mihi saeve puer (Clerk)
Dica il falso, dica il vero (Rossane)  
Dry those eyes which are o'erflowing (Weldon)
Eheu! quam diris hominis (Clerk)
Fairest isle, all isles excelling  
Finish! Finish, these Languours make me sick  
Five Am'rous Sighs (Dove)
Fonti amiche, aure leggiere (Seleuce)  
For love ev'ry creature is formed by his nature  
Four Planctus (Anon)
Full fathom five (Johnson)
Full fathom five (Smith)
Get you hence (Johnson)
Giunta vaga biltà (Landini)
Hark, hark, the lark (Chilcot)
Helas mon dueil (Dufay)
Here, a sheer hulk, lies poor Tom Bowling  
Honour, riches, marriage-blessing (Arne)
How blyth was I each morn to see  
I was a baby not so very long ago  
I went to sea as bold as A B  
If girls and boys were asked what joys  
I'm a little Yorkshire lass  
In my happy childhood hours  
Johnnie came from London town  
Joyful Noise (Swann)
Keep off the grass  
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z628 (Purcell)
La sorte mia vacilla (Antigona)  
L'alta belleza tua (Dufay)
L'aura non sempre (Laodice)  
Le greygnour bien (Matteo da Perugia)
Leo Scotiae irritatus (Clerk)
Let's go and live in the country (Bennett)
Life is a milliner's show  
Liza Ann  
London Pride (Coward)
Maisie  
Mary  
Miserere mei, Deus (Clerk)
Moon, Moon, mischief-making Moon!  
Moonstruck  
My cinnamon tree  
My heart still hovering round about you  
Nel mondo e nell'abisso (Isacio)  
No, più soffrir non voglio (Lisaura)  
Non vi piacque, ingiusti dei (Emira)  
O rosa bella (Bedyngham)
Odo di mesto intorno (Clerk)
Oh, when I marry my blushing bride  
Once in the window of a ham and beef shop  
Once there dwelt a little maiden  
Orpheus with his lute (Chilcot)
Orpheus with his lute (Greene)
Our Miss Gibbs (Monckton)
Over the mountain passes  
Par maintes foys (Vaillant)
Pardon, goddess of the night (Chilcot)
Pearl of sweet Ceylon  
Per quella strada (Ciconia)
Placa l'alma (Rossane/Lisaura)  
Quando non vede la cara madre (Pulcheria)  
Quest'è dunque la fede? (Alceste)  
Rhyme (Walton)
Riccardo Primo, Re d'Inghilterra, HWV23 (Handel)
Rule, Britannia  
Siroe, Re di Persia, HWV24 (Handel)
Song Tune 'Fairest Isle'  
Song Tune 'How blest are shepherds'  
Song Tune 'Round thy coasts'  
Sweet Thames, flow softly (MacColl)
Symphony in C major  
Take me in a Taxi, Joe (Scott)
Take, O take those lips away (Weldon)
Take, O take those lips away (Wilson)
Tell me, dearest (Johnson)
The Arcadians (Monckton)
The Beggar's Opera (Gay/Pepusch)
The Bloody Battle at Billingsgate 'The Orange – Hit and Miss' (Anon)
The blushing rose (Anon)
The boy guessed right  
The broom of Cowdenknowes (Anon/Bach)
The cats, as other creatures do (Lawes)
The Cingalee (Monckton)
The Circus Girl (Monckton)
The Girls of Gottenberg (Monckton)
The little grey bonnet  
The Melancholy Nymph  
The Messenger Boy (Monckton)
The Mock Marriage, Z605 (Purcell/Clarke)
The Mousmé (Monckton)
The Oddities (Dibdin)
The Orchid (Monckton)
The Pleasures of Spring Gardens, Vauxhall (Boyce)
The Plough boy / The Milkmaid (Shield)
The Quaker Girl (Monckton)
The sly cigarette  
The Temple Bell  
The Toreador (Monckton)
The What d'ye Call it? (Handel)
There once was a little boy who went to school  
There's a girl you may have met  
There's a Yorkshire town, very bleak and brown  
They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace (Fraser-Simson)
This lady ripe and fair (Atkins)
Ti pentirai, crudel, d'aver offeso (Elisa)  
To fair Fidele's grassy tomb (Arne)
Tolomeo, Re di Egitto, HWV25 (Handel)
Tom Bowling  
Tony, from America  
Trop est mes maris jalos (Etienne de Meaux)
Try again, Johnnie  
Tuba sonato feralis!  
'Twas when the seas were roaring  
'Twas within a furlong of Edinboro' town  
Two little sausages  
Under the deodar  
Vedrò fra poco (Alceste)  
Vengeance, O come inspire me!  
Venus, take my votive glass  
Vergene bella (Dufay)
When a bad, bad boy like me  
When Britain first at heaven's command  
When daisies pied and violets blue (Arne)
When daisies pied and violets blue (Leveridge)
When I marry Amelia  
When icicles hang on the wall (Arne)
When the children go to play  
Where the bee sucks, there lurk I (Arne)
While London's fast asleep (Dacre)
Wimbledon Idyll (Kit and the Widow)
Yo ho, little girls, yo ho!  
You say 'tis love  
You spotted snakes (Smith)
You're taking such good care of me  
You've heard of me, of course  
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