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Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe (2015)

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Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe (2015)

Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,05 Gb | Total time: 79:03+68:57+75:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564-634354 | Recorded: 2014

Betrayal, sorcery and one dazzling aria after the next…Ovid's Queen Niobe of Thebes, who turns to stone when her children are slain by the gods as punishment for her arrogance and pride, is the subject of this forgotten 1688 masterpiece. The Italian composer-priest Agostino Steffani languished in obscurity until the opera was rediscovered recently; the Boston Early Music Festival give its world-premiere studio recording with Karina Gauvin in the psychologically complex title role, and countertenor Phillipe Jaroussky singing 'powerfully and sweetly' (The New York Times) as Niobe's husband Anfione, driven to suicide in the face of family tragedy.

Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro, Karina Gauvin, Philippe Jaroussky - Handel: Partenope (2015)

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Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro, Karina Gauvin, Philippe Jaroussky - Handel: Partenope (2015)

Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro, Karina Gauvin, Philippe Jaroussky - Handel: Partenope (2015)
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 74:31+62:48+66:07 | Covers | 1,07 Gb
Classical | Erato | # 0825646090075 | Rec: 2015

Handel’s sparkling opera Partenope reunites countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and soprano Karina Gauvin, who both made such an impact in the recording of Steffani’s rediscovered Niobe – released by Erato in early 2015 and welcomed by Gramophone as “a landmark event”. Every moment of Partenope’s comedy, romance and drama is captured by the dynamic conductor Riccardo Minasi and his ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2012)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2012)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.22 Gb | Total time: 77:55+74:08+68:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP30536 | Recorded: 2011

This exciting studio recording is the second project resulting from the collaboration between Marie-Nicole Lemieux Karina Gauvin and conductor and harpsichordist Alan Curtis' award winning Complesso Barocco. Giulio Cesare is one of Handel's most renowned operas and the role of Giulio Cesare is considered to be one of the most beautiful roles in the baroque opera. The full vocal cast is stunning and Alan Curtis shows once again why he is considered one of the world's leading Handel specialists.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Ariodante (2011)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Ariodante (2011)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Ariodante (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,98 Gb | Total time: 69:54+63:50+59:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5099907084423 | Recorded: 2010

The scope and grandeur of Handel's operatic output – the musical variety and inventiveness, the depth of psychological insight, as well as the sheer volume of works – continue to astonish as new operas are brought to light and more familiar works are given productions and recordings that do justice to the material. Ariodante, written in 1735, is nowhere nearly as frequently performed as the more famous operas like Giulio Cesare, but neither is it entirely obscure, and there have been several very fine modern recordings. This version with Alan Curtis leading Il Complesso Barocco can be recommended without reservation to anyone coming to the opera for the first time or for anyone who's already a fan.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Ezio (2009)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Ezio (2009)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Ezio (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 991 Mb | Total time: 67:56+61:08+57:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 477 8073 | Recorded: 2008

Alan Curtis continues his exemplary series of Handel operas for Archiv with Ezio, a 1732 work that has received few modern productions. Its initial limited success and failure to generate much interest until the late twentieth century may have to do with its length (over three hours), its preponderance of recitatives, and the composer's reluctance to use the voices together in ensembles, so that the entire opera, until the final chorus, consists of solo singing. Handel's gift for astute psychological insight and distinctive musical characterization is evident throughout the score, and the recitatives, which are necessary for explicating Metastasio's convoluted plot, are not a problem when they are performed with as much vivid dramatic realism as they are here.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Alcina (2009)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Alcina (2009)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Alcina (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.02 Gb | Total time: 76:24+72:16+54:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 477 7374 | Recorded: 2007

Alan Curtis' stellar recording of Alcina, which joins a respectable number of very fine recordings of the opera, is remarkable for the supple liveliness of his conducting and the outstanding performances of the soloists. The elasticity of his performance, leading Il Complesso Barocco, should dispel any misconceptions about Baroque music being rigid and metronomic. The nuanced care with which he brings out the emotional depth of Handel's writing is evident from the first measures of the overture and enlivens the entire opera.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Tolomeo (2008)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Tolomeo (2008)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Tolomeo (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 767 Mb | Total time: 56:11+45:25+46:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 477 7106 | Recorded: 2006

For the 1727 season – the waning days of opera's popularity in London – transplanted German composer George Frederick Handel wrote no less than three operas for the English capital's stage. Tolomeo, rè d'Egitto was the last and least enthusiastically received of them. Unsuccessfully revived in 1730 and then again in 1733, Tolomeo was unperformed for the next 200 years, and even now, it remains one of Handel's least performed and recorded operas. Prior to this Archiv set, only a 1995 Vox recording of the work with Richard Auldon Clark leading the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra had been released in the digital era.

Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'oro - Handel: Tamerlano (2014)

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Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'oro - Handel: Tamerlano (2014)

Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'oro - Handel: Tamerlano (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,00 Gb | Total time: 62:50+61:49+68:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # V 5373 | Recorded: 2013

Following the recording of several complete Baroque operas: Faramondo, Farnace, Artaserse, Alessandro, all received with unrestrained critical enthusiasm eg Gramophone Editor's Choice, BBC Music Magazine CD of the Month, Handel Recording Prize, Max Emanuel Cencic once again brings together a fine group of singers and orchestra for the rarely recorded Handel opera, 'Tamerlano'. The title role is taken by the exceptional counter-tenor, Xavier Sabata.

Karina Gauvin, Alexander Weimann, Pacific Baroque Orchestra - Nuits Blanches (2020)

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Karina Gauvin, Alexander Weimann, Pacific Baroque Orchestra - Nuits Blanches (2020)

Karina Gauvin, Alexander Weimann, Pacific Baroque Orchestra - Nuits Blanches: Opera Arias at the Russian court of the 18th century (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 239 Mb | Total time: 57:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Atma Classique | # ACD 22791 | Recorded: 2019

Nuits blanches (White Nights) is a much anticipated new recording by soprano Karina Gauvin, who stylishly animates the opera heroines of the 18th century Russian court. Musical life during the reign of Tsar Peter the Great was a rich blend of diverse styles and influences originating from all over Europe. The Tsar was known for his love of music, a tradition that was carried on by his successors, the Empresses Anne, Elizabeth, and Catherine II, who cultivated cosmopolitan tastes for all kinds of music, including opera.

Jeremie Rhorer, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie - Gaspare Spontini: Olimpie [Version 1826] (2019)

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Jeremie Rhorer, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie - Gaspare Spontini: Olimpie [Version 1826] (2019)

Jérémie Rhorer, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie - Gaspare Spontini: Olimpie [Version 1826] (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 641 Mb | Total time: 58:24+76:08 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Bru Zane | # BZ1035 | Recorded: 2016

According to Berlioz, Spontini was – after Gluck – the greatest genius of French music to pave the way for the Romantic era. And it may well be that the little-known Olympie, premiered in 1819 and subsequently revived in 1826 under the modified title Olimpie, had a greater influence than we have hitherto imagined on the massive upheaval that was to set French opera on the path of the modern ‘grand opéra’. From start to finish, this finely polished score, with its astonishing orchestration, is full of spectacular effects that clearly look forward to Les Troyens of Berlioz.

Markellos Chryssicos, Venice Baroque Orchestra - L' Olympiade: The Opera (2012)

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Markellos Chryssicos, Venice Baroque Orchestra - L' Olympiade: The Opera (2012)

Markellos Chryssicos, Venice Baroque Orchestra - L' Olympiade: The Opera (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 540 Mb | Total time: 65:55+57:16 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Naïve | # V 5295 | Recorded: 2011

The Venice Baroque Orchestra and a fine line-up of singers present a pasticcio setting of a libretto by Metastasio, with contributions from composers including Caldara, Vivaldi, Galuppi, Hasse and Paisiello. In the eighteenth century, 1,300 years after the last Olympic Games in ancient times, the Olympic theme was highly fashionable. Many composers based operas on the libretto L'Olimpiade by Metastasio. This recording has been structured to contain all of Metastasio’s original arias; it is a pasticcio in the sense that the music is by 16 different composers amongst the many that set the libretto between 1733 and the end of the century.

Karina Gauvin, Les Chambristes de Ville-Marie - Vivaldi: Motets for Soprano (1998)

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Karina Gauvin, Les Chambristes de Ville-Marie - Vivaldi: Motets for Soprano (1998)

Karina Gauvin, Les Chambristes de Ville-Marie - Vivaldi: Motets for Soprano (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 58:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Analecta | # FL 2 3099 | Recorded: 1997

Karina Gauvin…is comfortably able to get the better of Vivaldi's coloratura, athletic intervals and ornaments….Gauvin offers…[an] affecting performance of two motets, one of them, 'Sum in medio tempestatum' a real rarity in performance.
–BBC Music

Karina Gauvin, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Porpora Arias (2009)

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Karina Gauvin, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Porpora Arias (2009)

Karina Gauvin, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Porpora Arias (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 354 Mb | Total time: 79:29 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: ATMA Classique | # ACD2 2590 | Recorded: 2008

With her enchanting voice, profound musicality and extraordinary vocal range, the Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin has been seducing audiences and critics around the world. Following the immense success of her CD Handel Arias, she returns with a new recording of arias, most never recorded, from the operas of Nicola Porpora (1686-1768).

Karina Gauvin, Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy - Mozart: Opera & Concert Arias (2014)

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Karina Gauvin, Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy - Mozart: Opera & Concert Arias (2014)

Karina Gauvin, Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy - Mozart: Opera & Concert Arias (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 254 Mb | Total time: 63:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ATMA Classique | # ACD22636 | Recorded: 2012

An album of Mozart overtures, operatic and concert arias, from Die Zauberflote and Le Nozze di Figaro, amongst others. Soprano Karina Gauvin's recordings on ATMA and other labels and other other discs have won numerous prizes, including a Juno, a Felix and several Opus prizes and Grammy nominations. Bernard Labadie founded Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Quebec in 1984 and 1985 respectively, and continues to direct their regular seasons in Quebec City and Montreal and on tours worldwide.

Karina Gauvin, Alexander Weimann, Arion Orchestre Baroque - Prima Donna (2012)

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Karina Gauvin, Alexander Weimann, Arion Orchestre Baroque - Prima Donna (2012)

Karina Gauvin, Alexander Weimann, Arion Orchestre Baroque - Prima Donna (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 317 Mb | Total time: 74:34 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Atma Classique ‎ | # ACD2 2648 | Recorded: 2012

Canadian superstar soprano Karina Gauvin pays tribute to baroque diva Anna Maria Strada del Pò, singing rarities by Vinci, Vivaldi and some of the greatest Handel arie di bravura. Like Strada del Pò in her prime, Miss Gauvin sings this repertoire with powerful expression and brilliant technique, in particular, the trills for which Strada del Pò was renowned. More than thirteen opera roles were created by Handel for Strada del Pò (including Sosarme, Orlando, and Alcina). Strada del Pò’s talent and style may have influenced the composer’s work as much as he contributed to the vocal and dramatic development of the prima donna in the first decades of the 18th century.