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Ann Hallenberg, Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Farinelli: A Portrait (2016)

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Ann Hallenberg, Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Farinelli: A Portrait (2016)

Ann Hallenberg, Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Farinelli: A Portrait (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 412 Mb | Total time: 79:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | # AP117 | Recorded: 2011

With more than a million copies sold, the soundtrack of Gérard Corbiau's film 'Farinelli' contributed considerably to the international renown of Les Talens Lyriques, in 1994. Back then the voice of the castrato Carlo Broschi, known as Farinelli (1705-1782), was created using a computer to mix the voices of countertenor Derek Lee Ragin and soprano Ewa Mallas-Godlewska. On stage, in 2011, rather than a falsettist, world-renowned mezzo Ann Hallenberg, was chosen by Christophe Rousset to portray the first rock star in the history of music.

Ann Hallenberg, Stefano Aresi, Stile Galante - The Farinelli Manuscript (2019)

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Ann Hallenberg, Stefano Aresi, Stile Galante - The Farinelli Manuscript (2019)

Ann Hallenberg, Stefano Aresi, Stile Galante - The Farinelli Manuscript: Broschi, Latilla, Conforto, Giacomelli, Mele (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 381 Mb | Total time: 72:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 923521 | Recorded: 2019

With The Farinelli Manuscript Ann Hallenberg, accompanied by Stefano Aresi and Stile Galante, offers a scintillating reading of the music known to have been sung by the castrato Carlo Broschi during his 23-year stay in Spain (and sent as a present to the Empress Maria Theresa). Described as “a force of nature”, displaying flawless coloratura and a purity of timbre, the Swedish mezzo follows her previous appearance on Glossa with Aresi (a disc devoted to music associated with the later castrato Luigi Marchesi) with a spirited demonstration of the musicality which so attracted Farinelli to listeners at the Spanish court.

Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Collegium Vocale Gent - Brahms: Werke für Chor und Orchester (2011)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Collegium Vocale Gent - Brahms: Werke für Chor und Orchester (2011)

Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Collegium Vocale Gent - Brahms: Werke für Chor und Orchester (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 245 Mb | Total time: 56:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: PHI | # LPH 003 | Recorded: 2011

For his 3rd album on Phi, his new label published by the group Outhere, Philippe Herreweghe has brought together a splendid set of artists in the Lutoslawski hall in Warsaw. Ann Hallenberg, whose voice won over the public of some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, takes on the Rhapsody for contralto solo and men's chorus by Brahms while the rest of the programme leads the listener through his essential works for chorus and orchestra. Herreweghe’s long-time affinity with the composer of A German Requiem has enabled him to provide a coherent and personal vision of those musical pages in which Brahms gave free course to his most intimate thoughts.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: L'oracolo in Messenia (2012)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: L'oracolo in Messenia (2012)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: L'oracolo in Messenia (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 814 Mb | Total time: 79.49+76.52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 50999960 254726 | Recorded: 2012

This is the world-premiere recording of L’Oracolo in Messenia, an opera prepared by Vivaldi for Vienna and now reconstructed by Fabio Biondi. He leads this triumphant performance, which opened the 2011 Resonanzen festival in the Austrian capital with a high-powered cast including Ann Hallenberg, Vivica Genaux and rising soprano Julia Lezhneva.

Antonio Vivaldi - Voices [6CDs] (2014)

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Antonio Vivaldi - Voices [6CDs] (2014)

Antonio Vivaldi - Voices: Topi Lehtipuu, Ann Hallenberg, Lorenzo Regazzo, Paul Agnew, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Sonia Prina, Sandrine Piau [6CDs] (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,97 Gb | TT: 6:26:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # NAI 30562 | Recorded: 2004-2010

This box set gathers the finest vocal recordings (opera, sacred music) from the Vivaldi Edition by some of the most reputed artists of today. Also it features the main vocal ranges: soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, tenor, bass.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Domenico Scarlatti: Tolomeo et Alessandro ovvero La corona disprezzata (2010)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Domenico Scarlatti: Tolomeo et Alessandro ovvero La corona disprezzata (2010)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Domenico Scarlatti: Tolomeo et Alessandro ovvero La corona disprezzata (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 753 Mb | Total time: 57:38+54:51+44:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 28947640349 | Recorded: 2009

Universally admired for his keyboard music, the vocal music of Domenico Scarlatti has until very recently been largely ignored. For many years, the opera Tolomeo e Alessandro was known only from a manuscript of Act I in a private collection in Milan. Recently the entire opera turned up in England and surprisingly revealed that Domenico was after all a very fine dramatic composer, perhaps even more appealingly so than his father Alessandro. It is tempting to think that Handel, whose Tolomeo uses the same libretto, may have known this setting by his old friend, 'Mimmo', and tried to outdo him in setting the same texts to music. He was not always successful.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Catone in Utica (2013)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Catone in Utica (2013)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Vivaldi: Catone in Utica (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 876 Mb | Total time: 69:25+60:11+31:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30545 | Recorded: 2012

The world of early 18th century opera was very different to that of, say, Mozart. The story was the thing. Librettos were offered to musicians as a means of getting the poetic drama before the public. Thus the great librettists were set multiple times. So it was with Vienna's imperial poet Metastasio's Catone in Utica. This story, set in the ancient Numidian city of Utica - now a ruin in Tunisia - involves the Roman Cato the Younger and his conflict with Julius Caesar. The plot itself is the usual mixture of love and betrayal, but because it was by Metastasio there were at least two settings, by Vinci and Hasse, even before Vivaldi composed the present piece.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Gluck: Philemon et Baucis (2006)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Gluck: Philemon et Baucis (2006)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Gluck: Philémon et Baucis (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 509 Mb | Total time: 53:07+44:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambroise | # AMB9995 | Recorded: 2006

The packaging for this recording, though handsomely produced, gives a perplexing impression of the content of the CDs. The album's title (in French) is Philémon et Baucis, though there is no reference to that title in the extensive program notes, which focus exclusively on a work called Le Feste d'Apollo. In fact, Le Feste d'Apollo, premiered in 1769, consisted of a prologue and three unrelated short acts, each a self-contained opera, with texts by four different Italian poets. This CD set includes two of those operas, Aristeo and Bauci e Filemone, the third opera being an early version of Orfeo ed Eurydice written in 1762, 12 years before the definitive French version of Gluck's masterpiece.