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Roberta Invernizzi, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - I Viaggi di Faustina: Porpora, Vinci, Mancini, Sarro, Bononcini (2013)

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Roberta Invernizzi, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - I Viaggi di Faustina: Porpora, Vinci, Mancini, Sarro, Bononcini (2013)

Roberta Invernizzi, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - I Viaggi di Faustina: Porpora, Vinci, Mancini, Sarro, Bononcini (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 330 Mb | Total time: 66:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCD922606 | Recorded: 2012

With I Viaggi di Faustina Glossa is launching a new collection focusing on famous Italian singers from the 17th and 18th centuries, whose travels bear witness to the intense level of artistic activity then taking place in the major cities of Europe. Faustina Bordoni, the brilliant diva with whom we begin this series pursued her career mainly in Naples (the principal focus of this CD) and Venice, but also in cities such as Bologna, Parma, Dresden and London. These were cities hosting – with great success – operas by Johann Adolph Hasse (Bordoni’s husband), Nicola Popora, Leonardo Vinci, Francesco Mancini and Domenico Sarro; most of these composers are represented on this first selection of wonderful arias.

Magdalena Kožená, Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Il Giardino dei sospir (2019)

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Magdalena Kožená, Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Il Giardino dei sospir (2019)

Magdalena Kožená, Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Il Giardino dei sospir (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 410 Mb | Total time: 81:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | PTC 5186 725 | Recorded: 2018

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená hasn't often sung Baroque music. Thus, it is all the more impressive that when she does, she devises really innovative programs with unusual music. Her enthusiasm for the project may be gauged by her comment here: "I could hardly imagine more passionate, savage, uninhibited yet loving and caressing companions for these desperate heroines than Vaclav Luks and the musicians of Collegium 1704." She's right about the musicians, yet the real spotlight is on Kožená herself. The program consists of secular cantatas from the first half of the 18th century; this genre has been neglected amidst the general rediscovery of Baroque opera.

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Vivica Genaux, Sonia Prina, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Romina Basso - Baroque Divas (2015)

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George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Vivica Genaux, Sonia Prina, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Romina Basso - Baroque Divas (2015)

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Vivica Genaux, Sonia Prina, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Romina Basso - Baroque Divas (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 375 Mb | Total time: 75:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 478 8099 | Recorded: 2014

The history of opera is inseparably linked with the biographies of singers; audiences have always been fascinated by both musical prowess and behind the scenes goings-on. The battle for prestige and fame was heated and passionate in the Baroque era, with legendary rivalries. Fiercely competitive, Cuzzoni and Bordoni were among the most acclaimed divas of the age, resorting to fisticuffs on stage. Present-day prima donnas Genaux, Prina, Nesi and Basso now follow in the footsteps of their fervid predecessors, presenting on disc a tongue-in-cheek survey of standout arias for mezzo soprano and contralto.

Jakub Jozef Orlinski, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il pomo d’oro - Anima Sacra (2018)

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Jakub Jozef Orlinski, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il pomo d’oro - Anima Sacra (2018)

Jakub Józef Orliński, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il pomo d’oro - Anima Sacra (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 377 Mb | Total time: 75:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029563374 | Recorded: 2018

The debut album from countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński – born in Warsaw, trained at New York’s Juilliard School, and 2016 winner of the Metropolitan Opera's prestigious National Council Auditions – Anima sacra features what are believed to be world premiere recordings of eight Baroque arias, notably by composers of the Neapolitan school. Orliński is partnered by Il pomo d’oro conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev.