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Pietro Francesco Cavalli (1602-76)

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Cavalli: Ercole Amante

Cavalli: Ercole Amante


Luca Pisaroni (Ercole), Veronica Cangemi (Iole), Anna Bonitatibus (Giunone), Jeremy Ovenden (Hyllo), Anna Maria Panzarella (Deianira), Marlin Miller (Licco), Umberto Chiummo (Nettuno/Tevere/Spirit of Eutyro), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Bellezza/Venere), Johannette Zomer (Cinzia/Parsitea/Spirit of Clerica), Mark Tucker (Mercurio/Spirit of Laomedonte) & Tim Mead (Paggio/Spirit of Bussiride)

Concerto Köln & Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & David Alden (stage director)

This hilarious contemporary version of Francesco Cavalli’s baroque opera Hercules in Love was commissioned on occasion of the marriage of Louis XIV, the Sun King, to Maria Theresa of Spain. The original production took two years to complete and was at the time the greatest show ever performed in Europe. Directed by David Alden, this surreal production is a triumph of commedia buffa resplendent with decorative and symbolic elements, and complemented by Constance Hoffman’s exceptional costumes. Led by Ivor Bolton, a master of baroque music, the chorus of De Nederlandse Opera and Concerto Köln give a sublime performance. With Luca Pisaroni’s (Ercole) singing being heroic and melodious in turn, and Veronica Cangemi as a splendid Iole, this is an outstanding production by the DNO. Filmed in High Definition and surround sound.

Extra features:

Illustrated synopsis.

Cast gallery.

Behind the scenes with Johanette Zomer.

Behind the scenes with Luca Pisaroni.

The making of Ercole Amante.

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9 Sound format 5.0 DTS Surround

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL

“The production, like the piece, is moving, funny and literally action-packed. Alden knows well when to fill or empty his stage....Bolton leads his large authentic-instrument forces with gusto...Hugely recommended.” Gramophone Magazine

“This is a ravishing production in every department - scenery, stage effects, costumes, dancing, acting and music. Luca Pisaroni is an assured and vigorous Hercules...but it is Cavalli's women who steal the show...this is an enterprising, entertaining and enlightening offering from Amsterdam.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2010 ****

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Opus Arte - OABD7050D

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Cavalli: Il Giasone

Cavalli: Il Giasone

Recorded at Vlaamse Opera, Antwerpen, May 2010


Christophe Dumaux (Giasone), Katarina Bradic (Medea), Robin Johannsen (Isifile), Josef Wagner (Giove/ Besso), Filippo Adami (Demo), Yaniv d’Or (Delfa / Eolo), Angélique Noldus (Amore/ Alinda), Andrew Ashwin (Ercole / Oreste) & Emilio Pons (Egeo / Sole)

Symfonisch Orkest van de Vlaamse Opera, Federico Maria Sardelli

Staged by Mariame Clément

This is the World Première Recording on Blu-ray of Cavalli’s opera Il Giasone. The plot is loosely based on the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece, but the opera contains many comic elements too.

In the wake of Monteverdi, opera was enjoying a real boom in Europe and Francesco Cavalli was one of the most successful Venetian opera composers. Il Giasone was the single most popular opera of the 17th Century.

This 2010 production from Antwerp is orchestrated and conducted by the internationally reputed baroque specialist Federico Maria Sardelli. It is directed by the young Frenchwoman Mariame Clément, who is currently making a name for herself with her infectious directing in German and French opera houses. The title role is sung by the promising French countertenor Christophe Dumaux.

Sound Format: LPCM 2.0 / Dolby digital 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Subtitles: It, Eng, Ger, Fr, Sp, Kr

Running Time: 198 mins + 5 min bonus (interview)

Booklet Notes: It, Eng, Ger, Fr

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Sung in Italian

“Though Johannsen sings stylishly, Bradic's jolie laide Medea is slow to warm up, while Dumaux's shapely countertenor is too delicate to suggest a man of action...Orchestrally it's a delight, sensually swung on a hammock of lutes and harpsichords by conductor Federico Maria Sardelli, zestful in the Act II combattimento, bone-chilling in the sharp sforzandos of Medea's incantation.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 ***

“A gratifyingly confident and persuasive actor, Dumaux offers velvety timbre through the whole range, terrific depth in the lower range and ornamentation applied with innate elegance” International Record Review, June 2012

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Dynamic - 55663

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Cavalli: La Didone

Cavalli: La Didone

Recorded live at the Théâtre de Caen, October 2011


Anna Bonitatibus (Didone), Kresimir Spicer (Enea), Xavier Sabata (larba), Maria Streijffert (Ecuba) & Katherine Watson (Cassandra)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor) & Clément Hervieu-Léger (director)

One of the first operas deserving of the name, Didone is our first surviving musical version of the famous episode in Virgil's Aeneid where the Trojan hero loves and then cruelly leaves the noble Dido. Cavalli learnt at the feet of Monteverdi, and his dramatic transformation of the story is all the more expressive for its intimacy, worthy of the examples set by his master. At the centre of this bold and simple staging – the first opera production by comic actor Clément Hervieu-Léger – is the Queen of Carthage herself, sung with uncompromising intensity by Anna Bonitatibus. William Christie and his singers and players show themselves entirely attuned to the world of Cavalli, where meaning and music fuse.

Running time: 176 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“It's a fascinating piece. Cavalli treats Giovanni Busenello's libretto with dignity in a responsive setting...So, too, does Hervieu-Leger, capturing its complex narrative and emotional interactions with flair. There are no weak links in the cast, who impress as a real ensemble of actors...as always, Les Arts Florissants perform with enormous style.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2012 *****

“With a small orchestra of solo strings, continuo and a couple of woodwind, the focus is very much on the declamatory skills of the singers. Anna Bonitatibus is outstanding, especially in her confrontation, impassioned but dignified, with Aeneas...elegant, well-paced conducting from William Christie.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

“Anna Bonitatibus as Dido is first-class; her powerful mezzo voice is as resplendent as her wonderful name and Krešimir špicer’s Æneas is hardly far behind...Christie’s direction can almost be taken to guarantee a fine performance and that’s the case here...If you wish to have only one Cavalli recording in your collection, this would vie strongly for that honour” MusicWeb International, October 2012

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2012

BBC Music Magazine

DVD/Blu-ray Choice - November 2012

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Baroque Opera Classics Box Set

Baroque Opera Classics Box Set


Cavalli:

Ercole Amante

Luca Pisaroni (Ercole), Veronica Cangemi (Iole), Anna Bonitatibus (Giunone), Jeremy Ovenden (Hyllo), Anna Maria Panzarella (Deianira), Marlin Miller (Licco), Umberto Chiummo (Nettuno/Tevere/Spirit of Eutyro), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Bellezza/Venere), Johannette Zomer (Cinzia/Parsitea/Spirit of Clerica), Mark Tucker (Mercurio/Spirit of Laomedonte) & Tim Mead (Paggio/Spirit of Bussiride)

Concerto Köln & Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & David Alden (stage director)

La Didone

Recorded live at the Théâtre de Caen, October 2011

Anna Bonitatibus (Didone), Kresimir Spicer (Enea), Xavier Sabata (larba), Maria Streijffert (Ecuba) & Katherine Watson (Cassandra)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor) & Clément Hervieu-Léger (director)

Handel:

Deidamia

Recorded live at the De Nederlandse Opera, March & April 2012

Sally Matthews (Deidamia), Veronica Cangemi (Nerea), Olga Pasichnyk (Achille), Silvia Tro Santafé (Ulisse), Andrew Foster-Williams (Fenice), Umberto Chiummo (Licomede) & Jan-Willem Schaafsma (Nestore)

Concerto Köln, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & David Alden (director)

Pergolesi:

Adriano in Siria

Pergolesi Spring Festival, Jesi, Ancona

Marina Comparato (Adriano), Lucia Cirillo (Emirena), Annamaria Dell’Oste (Farnaspe), Nicole Heaston (Sabina), Stefano Ferrari (Osroa) & Francesca Lombardi (Aquilio Tribuno)

Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone (conductor) & Ignacio García (director)

Rameau:

Zoroastre

Recorded live at Drottningholms Slottsteater on the Drottningholm Island, Stockholm in July 2006

Anders J Dahlin (Zoroastre), Evgueniy Alexiev (Abramane), Sine Bundgaard (Amélite), Anna Maria Panzarella (Erinice), Lars Arvidson (Zopire/La Vengeance), Marcus Schwartz (Narbanor), Gerard Théruel (Oromasès/Ariman), Ditte Andersen (Céphie)

The Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra and Chorus & Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset (musical director) & Pierre Audi (stage director)

Scarlatti, G:

Dove È Amore È Gelosia

Recorded live at The National Theatre, Prague Summer 2011

Lenka Máciková (Marquise Clarice, widow), Aleš Briscein (Count Orazio), Katerina Knežíková (Vespetta), Jaroslav Brezina (Patrizio), Bohumil Klepl (Servant) & Tatána Kupcová (Marquise)

Schwarzenberg Court Orchestra, Vojtech Spurný (conductor) & Ondrej Havelka (director)


La Didone is one of the earliest operas in existence, and Ercole Amante, at the time of its premiere, was the grandest show ever performed in Europe. By contrast, prior to its revival in the very Baroque gem of a theatre that hosted its premiere, the courtly farce Dove È Amore È Gelosia was virtually unknown, as was the hitherto neglected Deidamia, Handel’s final Italian opera. The 18th-century Baroque theatre machinery at Drottningholm lends authenticity to Rameau’s Zoroastre, as does the period Pergolesi Theatre at Jesi to the performance of Adriano in Siria. Sally Matthews is ‘captivating’ as Deidamia (New York Times), Anna Bonitatibus is an uncompromisingly intense Didone, and Luca Pisaroni’s Hercules is by turns heroic and melodious. Specialist ensembles, including Concerto Köln, Les Arts Florissants and Les Talens Lyriques, bring apt nuance and colour to these sumptuous productions showcasing worthy masterworks of the Baroque.

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/IT/ES/NE

Running time: 919 MINUTES

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Opus Arte - OABD7194BD

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Philippe Jaroussky: La voix des rêves

Philippe Jaroussky: La voix des rêves

Greatest Moments on Concerts


anon.:

Ciaccona di Paradiso, e dell'Inferno

Caldara:

Lo seguitai felice (L'Olimpiade)

Cavalli:

Uscitemi dal cor, lacrime amare

Hahn, R:

A Chloris

Handel:

Son nata a lagrimar (from Giulio Cesare)

Venti turbini (Rinaldo)

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Io t'abbraccio (from Rodelinda)

Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo) HWV 83: Se vago rio

Scherza, infida (from Ariodante)

Verdi prati (from Alcina)

Mi lusinga il dolce affetto (from Alcina)

Lekeu:

Sur une tombe

Massenet:

Elégie

Monteverdi:

Sento un certo non so che

Ohime ch'io cado

Adagiati, Poppea - Oblivion soave (L'incoronazione di Poppea)

Pur ti miro (I gaze upon you) from L'Incoronazione di Poppea

Piazzólla:

Los Pajaros Perdidos

Porpora:

Alto Giove (from Polifemo)

Purcell:

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

Rossi, Luigi:

Lasciate averno (from Orfeo)

Sances:

Lagrimosa beltà

Shostakovich:

Duet for Two Violins and Piano

Strozzi:

Il Lamento "Su'l Rodano severo"

L'Eraclito amoroso 'Udite amanti'

Vivaldi:

Vedro con mio diletto (from Giustino)

Se in ogni guardo from Orlando finto pazzo

Sol da te, mio dolce amore (from Orlando furioso)

Sento con qual diletto (from Ercole sul Termodonte)

Nel profondo from Orlando Furioso

Nisi Dominus: Cum dederit


Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)

Philippe Jaroussky, described by Germany’s Die Zeit as “the Apollo of countertenors’, stands out among his many talented contemporaries as much for the soprano-like beauty of his tone as for the elegance and insight of his interpretations and his adventurous and erudite approach to repertoire – whether unearthing neglected scores by little-known composers or venturing beyond the Baroque into the 19th and 20th centuries.

Established as one of Virgin Classics’ bestselling artists, Jaroussky, now aged 34, has been honoured three times in the Victoires de la Musique awards in his native France and has also received Germany’s most prominent music prize, the Echo Klassik. His diverse achievements are saluted in two new collections on Virgin Classics – the 2CD set “The Voice” and the DVD and Blu Ray “La Voix des rêves: Greatest moments in Concert”.

“LA VOIX DES RÊVES - Greatest Moments in Concert” (available on DVD & Blu Ray) features video footage from a number of occasions and venues – including items from a concert given among the crystal chandeliers of the splendid Galerie des Glaces in the palace of Versailles, and works by Handel and Vivaldi performed in another jewel of French Baroque architecture, the sumptuously decorated Chapelle de la Trinité in Lyon. Also included are exclusive interviews an array of fellow musicians: Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Emmanuelle Haïm, Christina Pluhar; Jérôme Ducros, Quatuor Ebène, Gautier Capuçon, Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Renaud Capuçon.

Jaroussky and his appeal were aptly summarised in a recent profile in the French magazine Balthazar: “Philippe Jaroussky alternates between opera and recitals, bringing his sensual, graceful voice and matinee idol looks, and this has made him a key star of classical music. But his recordings also reveal a skilled musicologist who has revived numerous forgotten artists like the castrato Carestini [and the composers] Johann Christian Bach and Caldara. Jaroussky simply glows. Anyone who has had the opportunity to meet him will find it hard to forget his enthusiastic conversation and his magnetic gaze.”

The singer made his passions clear in an interview with Crescendo magazine, revealing that “I don’t like being told I have the ‘voice of an angel’, because that would just mean that it sounds pretty and takes people out of themselves … I want to be able to evoke more human emotions too: sorrow, despair, jealousy.” Speaking to the leading French newspaper Le Monde, he went into more detail on his philosophy as a maturing singer: “Ten years into your career, you reach a certain level of purity in your approach. You are always set on improving – strengthening your high notes, your low notes, your projection or your expressivity – but you also accept what it means to be an artist.”

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