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Philippe Jaroussky, Emőke Baráth, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - La Storia di Orfeo (2017)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Emőke Baráth, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - La Storia di Orfeo (2017)

Philippe Jaroussky, Emőke Baráth, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - La Storia di Orfeo (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 320 Mb | Total time: 64:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029585190 | Recorded: 2016

With Philippe Jaroussky’s new album, Storia di Orfeo, the French countertenor realises a long-held dream: to portray the mythic Orpheus – divine musician who ventures into the underworld to retrieve his beloved wife Eurydice from the clutches of death – in his many guises, an inspiration for the very first opera and beyond.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Antonio Vivaldi: Dorilla in Tempe (2017)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Antonio Vivaldi: Dorilla in Tempe (2017)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Antonio Vivaldi: Dorilla in Tempe (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 797 Mb | Total time: 77:14+64:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP30560 | Recorded: 2014, 2017

A perfect example of the creativity and diversity of Antonio Vivaldi's musicmaking, the opera Dorilla in Tempe is an enchanting listen. From the pastoral and fairytale-like atmosphere of the story, to the prominent role of the choir (which sings the well known 'Spring') and the insertion of several spectacular arias by fellow composers (thereby creating a ‘pasticcio' opera, as was common at the time): everything combines to draw the listener in to the emotional twists and turns of Princess Dorilla in her valley of Tempe, Greece.

Diego Fasolis, Cecilia Bartoli, I Barocchisti - The Steffani Project (2013)

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Diego Fasolis, Cecilia Bartoli, I Barocchisti - The Steffani Project (2013)

Diego Fasolis, Cecilia Bartoli, I Barocchisti - The Steffani Project (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,33 Gb | Total time: 03:48:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 5827 | Recorded: 2011-2013

The triumphant release of Mission in autumn 2012 drew rave reviews and was followed up in September 2013 with Steffani’s Stabat Mater, alongside his greatest sacred works for chorus, orchestra and soloists, and a further disc of dances and overtures with the celebrated I Barrochisti conducted by Diego Fasolis. On the Stabat Mater, Bartoli leads an array of internationally celebrated singers including countertenor Franco Fagioli, the bass Salvo Vitale and the two young German tenors Daniel Behle and Julian Prégardien. The final album of the collection is Danze & Ouvertures’, contains 43 great tracks of enchanting early-baroque music.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Laudate pueri, Confitebor (2013)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Laudate pueri, Confitebor (2013)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Julia Lezhneva, Philippe Jaroussky - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Laudate pueri, Confitebor (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 337 Mb | Total time: 71:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 319147 2 | Recorded: 2012

Russian Julia Lezhneva here shows an admirably gutsy attitude toward developing her repertory, avoiding familiar milestones in favor of an original project. Here she is paired with French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky in a program of works by Pergolesi for two high voices, strings, and continuo: the Stabat mater, for which there are plenty of other recordings, and the less-common Laudate pueri dominum and Confitebor tibi Domine. The distinctive feature here – which might tempt some to use the word "gimmick," but listen before doing so – is that Lezhneva fashions her voice into a very close copy of Jaroussky's, which is not at all an easy thing to do. Put this together with the precise, rather edgy playing of I Barocchisti under Diego Fasolis, and the result is a rather otherworldly Stabat mater.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - François Joseph Gossec: Le Triomphe de la République (2006)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - François Joseph Gossec: Le Triomphe de la République (2006)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - François Joseph Gossec: Le Triomphe de la République (2006)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 309 Mb | Total time: 72:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0727 | Recorded: 2002

Gossec made an important contribution to the development of French symphonic music and played a central role in Parisian musical life for almost three-quarters of a century. The opera 'Le Triomphe de la République' was composed in 1793 folowing the French Revolution and wonderfully demonstrates the musical movement that France experienced following the change in political climate. Music was recognized as a medium for the diffusion of new ideas and 'Le Triomphe de la République' was a case in point. It was written in the wake of popular enthusiasm at the news of the army's victory at the battle of Vlamy in 1792 against the anti-French troops led by the Duke of Brunswick. It features folk music and popular dances of the day reflecting a kind of life quite distinct from that of intellectual, aristocratic society.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites Nos. 1-4, BWV 1066-1069 (2006)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites Nos. 1-4, BWV 1066-1069 (2006)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites Nos. 1-4, BWV 1066-1069 (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 394 Mb | Total time: 70:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arts | # 47649-8 | Recorded: 2006

Diego Fasolis and his ensemble ''I Barocchisti'' have been acclaimed from the press many times as one of the best ensemble for ancient music. Statements like ''Simply a terrific recording'' (American Record Guide for ARTS 47573-2 Bach – Motetes) and ''These two recordings (ARTS 47694-2 Bach Psalm 51 and ARTS 47695-2 Bach Cantatas) confirm the places of Diego Fasolis and the ensemble I Barocchisti among those musicians who really count.'' (Le Monde de la Musique) encouraged us to promptly release another recording from this ensemble.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radio Svizzera, Lugano - Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium (2011)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radio Svizzera, Lugano - Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium (2011)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radio Svizzera, Lugano - Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium (2011)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 664 Mb | Total time: 135:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94275 | Recorded: 2003

The six cantatas come alive in Fasolis' no nonsense readings that are swift and energetic but never lose sight of the big picture. The famous opening sequence of the First Cantata sets the tone for proceedings which move along quite merrily; particular praise is here due to the Swiss radio Chorus who are infectious in their full throated and high spirited singing.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburgische Konzerte BWV1046-1051 & Tripelkonzert BWV1044 (2006)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburgische Konzerte BWV1046-1051 & Tripelkonzert BWV1044 (2006)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburgische Konzerte BWV1046-1051 & Tripelkonzert BWV1044 (2006)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 580 Mb | Total time: 51:51+54:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arts | # 47715/16 | Recorded: 2006

Among the current sensations of the historical-performance scene is I Barocchisti, from Italian Switzerland, and its director and harpsichordist Diego Fasolis. The group released performances of Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos on a pair of discs, with the second disc also containing the Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord, strings, and continuo in A minor, BWV 1044. Whatever may be said for breaking up the set in other situations, this radical approach is best appreciated as a whole. Part of the charm of these classic works is their differentiation, somewhat obscured in modern performances (and even in some on historical instruments) that use a large string section.

Francesco Cera, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cembalo Concertos (2008)

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Francesco Cera, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cembalo Concertos (2008)

Francesco Cera, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cembalo Concertos (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 415 Mb | Total time: 68:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arts | # 47729-8 | Recorded: 2005, 2008

There's only one problem with this otherwise excellently played and recorded program: a certain lack of dynamic range that makes all of the slow movements come across as a bit too loud. To some degree this is a general limitation of the harpsichord itself, and it must be said in this respect that Francesco Cera plays an attractive-sounding instrument, with a bright, clean tone that's never excessively clattery or fatiguing. Indeed, his clarity of articulation even at a propulsive main tempo, as in the first movement of the D minor concerto, is thoroughly admirable, but I would have liked a touch less aggression especially in the slow movements of the two major-key works. Diego Fasolis and the string players of I Barocchisti deliver precise, boldly phrased accompaniments, and their timbre isn't "authentic" in an annoying sense. In the allegros these performances really are exciting.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Svizzera Italiana - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2001)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Svizzera Italiana - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2001)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Svizzera Italiana - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 628 Mb | Total time: 141:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arts | # 47627-2 | Recorded: 2000

MESSIAH is one of Handel's most popular works. Devised in 1741, the spectacular piece was made public the following year, to huge acclaim. The three-part oratorio is performed by a number of notable names here, including Lynne Dawson (soprano); Guillemette Laurens (mezzo-soprano); Charles Daniels (tenor); Antonio Abete (bass); Coro Della Radio Svizzerra; and conductor Diego Fasolis. The sparkling mix adds a new clarity to Handel's masterpiece, making this a very special release that easily transcends the ravages of time.

Duilio Galfetti, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (2003)

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Duilio Galfetti, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (2003)

Duilio Galfetti, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 61:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Claves | # CD 50-2204 | Recorded: 2001

Antonio Vivaldi's four concertos known as «The Seasons» from his collection Opus 8 are probably the most frequently performed, recorded as well as maltreated works from the Baroque period. A number of other composers employed Vivaldi's four masterpieces in their own compositions already during the composer’s lifetime. «Le Printemps ou les saisons amusantes» are arrangements for popular instruments at the time such as the hurdy-gurdy or bagpipes.In 1766 Michel Corrette composed the psalm Laudate Dominum de coelis by adding additional voices to the music of Spring and in 1775 Jean-Jacques Rousseau even published Spring in a transcription for flute solo!

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Baldassare Galuppi: Il mondo alla roversa (2001)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Baldassare Galuppi: Il mondo alla roversa (2001)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Baldassare Galuppi: Il mondo alla roversa (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 755 Mb | Total time: 73:07+77:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0676(2) | Recorded: 1998

Galuppi is important in operatic history as the pioneer of the finalé, joining movements into a concerted whole in which the dramatic action reaches a crucial situation and is then developed. His most successful operas were written, as here, with the Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni who had reformed the original ‘comedia dell'arte’ and developed this into ‘opera buffe’, thus bringing comedy into the opera house. His texts provided simplicity and directness with reduction of dialogue, more musical numbers, including arias, lovers’ duets and big final ensembles. Galuppi set the dialogue words with secco recitative. In combination Goldoni and Galuppi were said to have invented ‘opere buffe’.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Max Emanuel Cencic - Antonio Vivaldi: Farnace (2011)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Max Emanuel Cencic - Antonio Vivaldi: Farnace (2011)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Max Emanuel Cencic - Antonio Vivaldi: Farnace (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.04 Gb | Total time: 64:10+71:31+55:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 7 09142 1 | Recorded: 2010

Virgin Classics invites you to enjoy the world premiere recording of Viviadi's Il Farnace in a version that Vivaldi prepared specially for the city of Ferrara in 1737-38 after its success in Venice. This is not only the first time the Ferrara version of Farnace has been recorded, but also the first time it has been heard, as the planned performances of 1738 were cancelled due to the local failure of the Vivaldi opera that preceded it, Siroe.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Niccolò Piccinni: Le donne vendicate (2004)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Niccolò Piccinni: Le donne vendicate (2004)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Niccolò Piccinni: Le donne vendicate (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 555 Mb | Total time: 53:59+49:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0705 | Recorded: 1999

During the course of an extraordinarily active life and compositional career Niccolò Piccinni embraced not only both comic and serious Italian opera but also, during the course of a 15-year period spent in Paris (1776–1791), adapted his style to tragédie lyrique, thereby becoming an unwitting participant in the rows between his adherents and those of Gluck. Like most 18th-century Neapolitan composers (he was actually born in Bari), Piccinni was a product of the conservatoire system, following which he gained his first operatic successes during the 1750s. In 1758 he broke into wider prominence with Alessandro nelle Indie, an opera seria given in Rome with such success that the composer moved there, embarking on a period of intense operatic activity that reached an early peak with the production in 1761 of his most famous opera, La buona figliuola.

Max Emanuel Cencic, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - George Frideric Handel: "Mezzo-Soprano" Opera Arias (2010)

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Max Emanuel Cencic, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - George Frideric Handel: "Mezzo-Soprano" Opera Arias (2010)

Max Emanuel Cencic, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - George Frideric Handel: "Mezzo-Soprano" Opera Arias (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 360 Mb | Total time: 64:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 50999 6945740 1 | Recorded: 2009

Max Emanuel Cencic accurately describes himself as a mezzo-soprano rather than a counter tenor. His tone, while pure, is colorfully nuanced, nothing like the blanched purity that was once (but is thankfully no longer) stereotypical of counter tenors. A lifetime of singing the most advanced repertoire has given him a confident technique, exceptionally sure intonation, astonishing vocal power, and an effortless-sounding flexibility; at the age of six he sang the Queen of the Night's "Der Hölle Rache on Zagreb" television, and he went on to become a soloist with the Vienna Boys' Choir. On this album he tackles some of Handel's most virtuosic and demanding mezzo arias, most of them relatively unfamiliar. /quote]