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Jakub Józef Orliński, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - Facce d'Amore (2019)

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Jakub Józef Orliński, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - Facce d'Amore (2019)

Jakub Józef Orliński, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - Facce d'Amore (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 422 Mb | Total time: 76:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 9029542338 | Recorded: 2019

Facce d’amore, ‘Faces of love’ follows Jakub Józef Orliński’s first solo album, Anima Sacra, which moved Gramophone magazine to announce that “This is a voice with a big future.” It brings a switch from the sacred to the personal and passionate. As the Polish-born, New York-trained countertenor says, the programme – which includes eight world premiere recordings – comprises “operatic arias that tell a story, showing a musical picture of a male lover in the baroque era – not only the positive side, like joyful or reciprocated love, but also anger or even madness.” Spanning some 85 years of the baroque period, the arias on Facce d’amore are by Handel, Cavalli, Alessandro Scarlatti, Bononcini, Conti, Hasse, Orlandini, Predieri and Matteis. Orliński is again partnered by the instrumentalists of Il Pomo d’Oro and their Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.

Lucy Crowe, Mary Bevan, Bridget Cunningham, London Early Opera - Handel's Queens: Cuzzoni & Faustina (2019)

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Lucy Crowe, Mary Bevan, Bridget Cunningham, London Early Opera - Handel's Queens: Cuzzoni & Faustina (2019)

Lucy Crowe, Mary Bevan, Bridget Cunningham, London Early Opera - Handel's Queens: Cuzzoni & Faustina (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 638 Mb | Total time: 127:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Classics | SIGCD579 | Recorded: 2019

Handels Queens features some of the most exquisite pieces of music written by G.F. Handel and his contemporaries for the two finest singers of the eighteenth century, Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni. Often wrongfully framed as rivals, these dazzling new recordings with Mary Bevan and Lucy Crowe reveal the distinctive yet versatile talent of the Italian vocalists. Led by London Early Opera Director, Bridget Cunningham, Handels Queens serves an example of the groups dedication to imaginative programming and outstanding period performance, placing them at the forefront of baroque research.

Ann Hallenberg, Riccardo Minasi, Il pomo d’Oro - Agrippina: Graun, Handel, Perti, Porpora (2015)

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Ann Hallenberg, Riccardo Minasi, Il pomo d’Oro - Agrippina: Graun, Handel, Perti, Porpora (2015)

Ann Hallenberg, Riccardo Minasi, Il pomo d’Oro - Agrippina: Graun, Händel, Perti, Porpora (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 442 Mb | Total time: 74:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88875055982 | Recorded: 2014

The programme presented by Ann Hallenberg for DHM is a homage to the historical roman figure of Agrippina, one of the earliest historical women to inspire the fantasy of librettists and composers. Ann Hallenberg and a team of musicologists researched the musical archives to unearth all surviving operatic manuscripts containing the figure of Agrippina. Twelve of the arias are WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS. Apart from Handel’s famous opera ‘Agrippina’ and Telemann’s ‘Germanicus’, all music on this album has been recorded for the first time. This album is also a fascinating journey through the history of baroque opera. The earliest piece, Legrenzi’s ‘Germanico sul Reno’ dates from 1676 and is a typical example of early baroque style. The latest work, Graun’s ‘Britannico’ from 1752, was written only four years before the birth of Mozart, at the very end of the musical baroque period.

Joyce DiDonato, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Drama Queens (2012)

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Joyce DiDonato, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Drama Queens (2012)

Joyce DiDonato, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Drama Queens (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 396 Gb | Total time: 77:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5099960265425 | Recorded: 2012

Following the success of her 2011 album, Diva Divo, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato presents an exciting collection of virtuosic arias in her 2012 release on Virgin, Drama Queens. Drawing on royal roles in Baroque operas by Handel, Monteverdi, and Haydn, as well as selections from such minor composers as Orlandini, Porta, Keiser, Hasse, Cesti, and Giacomelli, DiDonato demonstrates both her impressive vocal abilities and a wide range of characterizations. Supported by the period ensemble Il Complesso Barocco, conducted by Alan Curtis, DiDonato sings with dynamic power and exquisite embellishments, executing runs and ornaments with sparkling brilliance and projecting her voice with ease. But even more important than her technical prowess is her charismatic presentation of these 17th and 18th century opera heroines, whose passionate emotions and exaggerated behavior are wonderfully realized in DiDonato's dramatic interpretations. Since Baroque opera has become something of a specialized interest of early music connoisseurs, DiDonato's album is a welcome introduction for listeners less familiar with this period, and her faithful performances make the era come to life with appealing freshness and vitality.