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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Il Diario di Chiara: Music from La Pietà in Venice in the 18th century (2014)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Il Diario di Chiara: Music from La Pietà in Venice in the 18th century (2014)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Il Diario di Chiara: Music from La Pietà in Venice in the 18th century (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 419 Mb | Total time: 72:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCD 923401 | Recorded: 2013

Abandoned at the age of two months and taken in by the Ospedale della Pietà, Chiara (or Chiaretta) rose – within that enclosed charitable institution in Venice – to become one of the leading European violinists of the middle of the 18th century. No stranger to such acclaim himself from two and a half centuries later, Fabio Biondi, on his first release for Glossa, has devised a programme drawing on the personal diary of this remarkable musician – taught by Antonio Vivaldi, and later a virtuoso soloist on the violin as well as the viola d’amore – of concertos and sinfonias by composers who, like the prete rosso, taught at the Pietà: Porta, Porpora, Martinelli, Latilla, Perotti and Bernasconi are all musicians whose compositions charm and delight as much today as they will have done in the time of Chiara.

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.

Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima - Venice by Night: Pollarolo, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Veracini, Lotti, Porta (2012)

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Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima - Venice by Night: Pollarolo, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Veracini, Lotti, Porta (2012)

Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima - Venice by Night: Pollarolo, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Veracini, Lotti, Porta (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 343 Mb | Total time: 79:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Avie Records | # AV 2257 | Recorded: 2011

Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima s 10th release for Avie coinciding with the label s 10th anniversary has all the hallmarks that have made the Vivaldi specialists one of the best-selling and acclaimed period-instrument bands performing today. As with the chart-topping French Connection 2 (AVR 2218), which featured the world-premiere recording of the flute concerto Il Gran Mogol, Adrian has once again unearthed numerous works from this period, recorded for the first time.

Ann Hallenberg, Ditte Andersen, Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney Berlin - Mia vita, mio bene (2006)

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Ann Hallenberg, Ditte Andersen, Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney Berlin - Mia vita, mio bene (2006)

Ann Hallenberg, Ditte Andersen, Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney Berlin - Mia vita, mio bene (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 390 Mb | Total time: 78:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0017902BG | Recorded: 2005

Danish soprano Ditte Andersen and Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg were heard to stunning effect in Spedidam's splendid 2006 recording of Gluck's Aristeo and Bauci e Filemone with the ensemble Les Talens Lyriques under Christophe Rousset. Here they tackle another obscure corner of the Baroque: cantatas and operatic arias discovered in the libraries of the palaces at Meinungen and Sonderhausen, many of which were previously unknown. The Italian composers represented include a few who are well known, but they are predominantly obscure – Antonio Caldara, Giovanni Battista Bononcini, as well as his brother Antonio, Francesco Gasparini, Giovanni Battista Alveri, Giuseppe Maria Andrea di Orlandini, Attilio Ariosti, Giovanni Porta, and Tommaso Bernardo Gaffi.

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.