Alison Lau (劉卓昕) – My Voice & I (2018)
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香港女高音劉卓昕(Alison) 7月16日正式推出簽約環球唱片首張專輯 –《My Voice & I》，收錄十首跨越古今的動人歌曲，包括 “Ave Maria”、莫扎特《魔笛》詠嘆調 “Ach, ich fühl’s”、拉赫曼尼諾夫 “Vocalise”、意大利電影配樂大師Morricone名作 “Nella Fantasia”、披頭四改編百老匯音樂劇《音樂人》歌曲 “Till There Was You” 及搖滾詩人 Leonard Cohen 傳世經典 “Hallelujah”等。 適逢發行當天是 Alison 媽媽的生日，她希望將專輯送給媽媽 – 自己的音樂啟蒙老師，以感謝她一直以來對自己的無限量無條件支持。
專輯以突顯Alison純淨清徹的聲線為主，跨界及流行作品經監製伍卓賢悉心編曲後各部樂器與Alison的聲線完美融合。擅長於音樂會現場演出的Alison表示最初進錄音室在「無觀眾」的情況下表演感到相當不習慣，從聲音的距離和投射，以至聲量呼吸等都要重新適應，幸好最後成功調整，順利完成錄音。 古典樂曲部份更是在新加坡著名的音樂地標 – Victoria Hall 進行錄音，由新加坡指揮陳康明 (Joshua Tan) 與 re:Sound 管弦樂團聯手，並由德國監製Johannes Müller 製作。當中Alison最喜歡的是挪威作曲家葛利格《皮爾金》內的 《索爾維格之歌》，歌曲以原文挪威文演唱，充滿盼望之情。
Alison Lau is one of Hong Kong’s few sopranos—and one of its most well-known, thanks in part to her success in both the classical and pop music worlds. Lau’s new album, My Voice & I, showcases her crossover talents with pop tracks and film music as well as arias and art songs. Standouts include her exquisite rendition of Ennio Morricone’s classic “Nella Fantasia” and an angelic cover of late rock poet Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Her youthful, fairy-like voice creates a special place where new and traditional sounds collide in perfect harmony.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, soprano Alison Lau is one of the most sought-after soloists of her generation. Highlights of the 2016/17 season include Bach’s St. John Passion under the baton of Professor John Butt, and a series of Bach cantatas concerts with Die Konzertisten, CPE Bach’s Magnificat with the Hong Kong Bach Choir, a Brahms and Schumann themed song recital with Music Lab which was reprised in London, Alma Mahler’s Fünf Lieder with Musica Viva, as well as role début as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Hong Kong. In October 2017, she made her début in Germany as the soprano soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem to critical acclaim.
During the 2015/2016 season, Miss Lau sang Handel’s Messiah with Die Konzertisten, under the baton of Jonathan Cohen. She also sang the soprano solo in Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Britten’s The Company of Heaven and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. On the song recital stage, she has performed Grieg’s Sechs Lieder and Argento’s Six Elizabethan Songs in ‘Travel in Expression’ with Music Lab, a selection of songs and ensembles in ‘400 years of Shakespearean Songs’ with Musica Viva, and in June 2015, she made her role début as Despina in Così fan tutte.
In the 2014/15 season, she was selected to perform Chausson mélodie and Schubert Lieder at NEC’s Liederabend series, and sang an English setting of Brahms’ A German Requiem in Toronto. Other oratorio performances include Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, Mendelssohn’s Hear my prayer and Vivaldi’s In Furore Iustissimae Irae. In 2014 Miss Lau made her role début as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as Musetta in La Boheme.
Miss Lau received her master’s degree at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and her bachelor’s degree at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where she performed the roles of Amore in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Valencienne in The Merry Widow. She is an alumna of the Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development Programme. Her education has been generously supported by the Opera Hong Kong K. Wah International Vocal Scholarship, Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia Vocal Scholarship, the Andy Anselmo Scholarship in Voice and the NEC Merit Award and Scholarship, The Hong Kong Children’s Choir Vocal Scholarship and the Michael Rippon Memorial Vocal Scholarship.
Miss Lau was a prize winner at the 2017 Concorso Internazionale per Cantanti Lirici Spazio Musica in Orvieto, Italy, the 2016 Yokohama International Music Competition in Japan and the 2014 Metropolitan International Music Festival Vocal Competition in New York, USA. Miss Lau was featured in “Young Music Makers 2012”, a series of documentaries by RTHK Channel 4, the only classical music channel in Hong Kong. In December 2017, she was awarded the Certificate of Commendation by the HKSAR Government’s Home Affairs Bureau.
01. Caccini, Vavilov: Ave Maria 04:26
02. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op. 23 : Solveig’s Song 05:15
03. Händel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a / Part 2 : Lascia la spina 06:06
04. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 / Act 2 : “Ach, ich fühl’s” 03:52
05. Rachmaninov: 14 Romances, Op.34 : 14. Vocalise (Orchestral Version) 05:26
06. Morricone: Nella Fantasia (Arr. by Cheuk-Yin Ng) 04:27
07. Martini: Plaisir D’Amour 03:43
08. Albinoni, Giazotto: Adagio (Arr. by Tai-shun Tse) 04:04
09. Willson: Till There Was You 03:18
10. Cohen: Hallelujah 04:51