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Karen Cargill

Karen Cargill

Karen Cargill is a Scottish mezzo-soprano who performs regularly at the BBC Proms and often appears as a soloist at the Edinburgh International Festival.



Linn 40th Anniversary Collection LP
Linn 40th Anniversary Collection LP
This special 180g limited edition pressing in a gatefold sleeve celebrates Linn's 40th anniversary. 

AKH 425

Berlioz: Les nuits d'ete
Berlioz: Les nuits d'ete
Robin Ticciati cements his reputation as an outstanding Berliozian with his latest recording. 

CKD 421  

‘...the outstanding presence of the mezzo Karen Cargill. The concentrated intensity of her fourth-movement midnight song yielded a voice from eternity: an Erda-like presence of bronzed vocal focus.’ The Times

Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, the University of Toronto and the National Opera Studio, London and was the joint winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award.

Karen has appeared at Wigmore Hall, London in recital with Simon Lepper, in concert with the Nash Ensemble and in a duo recital with Sally Matthews. Future plans include her debut at Carnegie Hall, New York and further recitals with Sally Matthews at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and at Oper Stuttgart, all accompanied by Simon Lepper, with whom Karen will also give a recital for BBC Scotland.

Regular UK appearances include concerts with the BBC Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras,  and  the  Hallé,  Royal  Liverpool  Philharmonic,  London  Philharmonic  and London Symphony Orchestras. In the 2009/10 season she was Artist in Association of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra where she sang Berlioz La Mort de Cléopâtre, L’enfance du Christ and  Wagner  Wesendonck  Lieder. BBC  Proms  concerts  have  included  Mahler Symphony No 3 with the BBCSSO and Donald Runnicles; Mendelssohn Elijah with Kurt Masur; Constant Lambert The Rio Grande at a ‘Last Night’ and Waltraute and Mahler Das Lied von der Erde, also with Donald Runnicles.

Past highlights have included Berlioz L’enfance du Christ and Verdi Requiem with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis; Waltraute Götterdämmerung with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Rattle and for the Deutsches Oper, Berlin; Berlioz Les nuits d’été with the LPO, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the SCO and Robin Ticciati; Mahler Symphony No 2 with the LSO and  Symphony No 3  at the Tanglewood Festival, both with Michael Tilson Thomas; Symphony No 2  with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and James Levine and at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival with the BBCSSO and Donald Runnicles; Symphony No 3 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras; Rückert Lieder with the Residentie Orchestra and the BBCSSO; Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Symphony No 9 with L’Orchestre hilharmonique de Radio France and Myung Whun Chung and The Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Bernard Haitink.

Linn tops the Herald's Classical Top 10 of 2013
18 December 2013
Linn is one and two!
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ICMA Nominations 2014
04 December 2013
Four Linn titles nominated in the 2014 ICMA Awards
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra launches its 40th Season
01 October 2013
The SCO turn 40!
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Ticciati's Berlioz enters the chart
13 May 2013
No. 8 in the UK Specialist Chart
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Gramophone guest blog - Rosenna East: From Mozart to Berlioz
03 April 2013
Scottish Chamber Orchestra Violinist, Rosenna East, writes guest blog for Gramophone: From Mozart to Berlioz
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Herald Scotland
'...the orchestra brings fresh style and insight...a real ear-opener...The sound engineers at Linn capture every shimmering hue.'
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The Times
4 Stars
'This is Berlioz up close and personal, and wonderful to behold.'
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Infodad
'...very impressive indeed.'
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Opera News
'... she moves between soft-edged delicacy and a glamorous steeliness with ease...'


Musica
4 Stars
‘…l’ottima Scottish Chamber, ma certamente colpisce, in questo CD, il ricorso continuo a tinte astello, il rifiuto totale dell’enfasi, del canto spiegato e la ricerca della sobrieta`, dell’eleganza.’
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Limelight
‘Cargill’s Cleopâtre gives even Dame Janet a run for her money...a real revelation.’
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Limelight
4½ Stars
'I can’t imagine even the best chamber orchestra playing with such luxuriance and control.'
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AllMusic.com
'Cargill's marquee performance of Les nuits d'été is breathtaking.'
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American Record Guide
'...penetrating and intimate...'
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MusicWeb International
‘This is an outstanding disc…there’s a delightful transparency to the orchestra textures at all times.’
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
‘It’s an excellent display of the richness of her voice and the vocal and dynamic range. And the playing while the chamber scale sucks us into the heart of the poetry with the really clean, clear sound the Scottish Chamber Orchestra can produce.’
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MusicWeb International
'I wouldn't want to be without [this] classic recording...'
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International Record Review
‘Karen Cargill is up against some illustrious mezzo competition on disc, yet her ravishing account of Les nuits d’ete ranks up there with the best of them.’
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MusicWeb International
‘I was completely entranced…sounds excellent.’
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The Arts Desk
‘Robin Ticciati achieves exactly the right lightness, the delicacy, in a song cycle which should ideally delight as much as it moves. He’s well matched by mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill…Best of all is L’île inconnue; Cargill’s “Où voulez-vous aller?” is impossible to resist.’
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The Independent
5 Stars
'...a performance of extraordinary musical delicacy...'
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Gramophone Magazine
Record of the Month: ‘One of the striking facets of Ticciati's conducting and the SCO's playing is the clarity and detail that spring from the score'
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Gramophone
CD of the month: ‘One of the striking facets of Ticciati’s conducting and the SCO’s playing is the clarity and detail that spring from the score.’
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Sinfini Music
4 Stars
'...the technical command and hyper-accurate tuning are bombproof.'
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Financial Times
4 Stars
'Not since Régine Crespin 50 years ago has this music been so attractively interpreted...'
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Financial Times
4 Stars
Robin Ticciati’s grasp of the music’s romantic bloom is one of this disc’s attractions
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The Guardian
5 Stars
'...wonderfully controlled and exquisitely shaded...'
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'One does not need to have heard this work before (or to understand French) to appreciate the stopping of the beating heart rhythm to know what this symbolises.'
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The Times
4 Stars
'...piercing clarity of colour and texture; heightened drama; increased tenderness and intimacy.'
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The Guardian
'wonderfully controlled and exquisitely shaded'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
'...contributes an air of freshness and immediacy which I greatly enjoyed.'
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The Sunday Times
[Cargil's] Nuits d'ete and Cleopatra suggest a Trojans Dido of stature in the making.
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New York Times
‘The Scottish mezzo Karen Cargill brought such exquisite expression and a warm, vibrant and ample voice to the part that she thoroughly outclassed her colleagues onstage.'
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AllMusic.com
'...this is one of the best recordings of Les nuits d'été available.'
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