Serpent & Fire

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Serpent & Fire


Gramophone Awards 2017

Finalist - Recital



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23rd Sept 2016




69 minutes


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Serpent & Fire

Castello, D:

Sonata Decimaquinta à 4 libro 2


A Dio Regni, A Dio scettri (from La Cleopatra)


Re de' Getuli altero (from Didone)


Holdestes Lispeln der spielenden Fluthen (from Dido, Königin von Karthago)

Der Himmel...Infido Cupido (from Dido, Königin von Karthago)


Se pietà di me non senti (from Giulio Cesare)

Hasse, J A:

Morte, col fiero aspetto (from Antonio e cleopatra)

Già si desta la tempesta (from Didone Abbandonata)


The Tempest: The First Musicke - Galliard

The Tempest: The Second Musicke - Lilk

Curtain Tune from The Tempest


Dido and Aeneas: Overture

Ah! Belinda, I am press'd with torment (from Dido & Aeneas)

Dance for the Chinese Man & Woman (from The Fairy Queen, Z628)

Oft she visits (from Dido and Aeneas)

Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth (from Dido & Aeneas)

Rossi, Luigi:

Passacaille del sign[or]Louigi


Non voglio amar (from Giulio Cesare in Egitto)

Quando voglio (from Giulio Cesare in Egitto)


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The German soprano Anna Prohaska joins Alpha Classics for several recording projects. Her first recital brings together two superb African queens – Dido and Cleopatra – and follows them all over Europe during the first century of opera, from the 1640s to 1740. A firework display of arias, virtuosic and tragic by turns, written by the leading personalities of Baroque music (Cavalli, Handel, Purcell, Hasse) and composers still awaiting rediscovery such as Sartorio, Graupner and the Venetian Castrovillari. For this programme built like a tragedy around the queens of Egypt and Carthage, whom she interprets with the passion and fervour that have made her reputation, Anna Prohaska is accompanied by one of today’s finest Baroque ensembles, Il Giardino Armonico; under the inspired guidance of their director Giovanni Antonini (who is also a dazzling recorder soloist in some of the arias), they keep us on the edge of our seats from start to finish.

A top star in Germany, Anna Prohaska also sings on the world’s leading operatic stages, from La Scala to Covent Garden by way of Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg.

Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626


Ah! Belinda, I am press'd with torment

Christoph Graupner: Dido, Königin von Carthago

Dido, Königin von Carthago: Holdestes Lispeln der spielenden Fluthen

Antonio Sartorio: Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Giulio Cesare: Non Voglio Amar

Matthew Locke: The Tempest

The Second Musick: Lilk

The Second Musick: Curtain Tune

Daniele da Castrovillari: La Cleopatra

La Cleopatra: A Dio Regni, A Dio Scettri

Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Giulio Cesare: Quando voglio

The Tempest

The Tempest: The First Musick: Galliard

Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z. 629

The Fairy Queen, Z. 629: Chaconne: Dance for a Chinese man and Woman

Dido, Königin von Carthago

Recitativo Accompagnato Der Himmel

Infido Cupido

Agitato Da Tempeste

George Frideric Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17

Che sento? Oh Dio!

Se pietà di me non senti

Johann Adolf Hasse: Didone abbandonata

Didone abbandonata: Già si desta la tempesta

Dario Castello: Sonate concertate in stil moderno, Book 2

Sonate concertate in stil moderno, Book 2: Sonata No. 10

Francesco Cavalli: La Didone

Didone: Re de' Getuli altero

Johann Adolf Hasse: Antonio e Cleopatra

Antonio e Cleopatra: Morte col fiero aspetto

Luigi Rossi: Passacaille del Seigneur Luigi

Passacaille del Seigneur Luigi

Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626

Oft she visits this lone mountain

Thy Hand, Belinda

The Times

23rd September 2016


“Much of this little explored music is fascinating and Prohaska sings it with fierce intelligence, while the vibrant playing of the Il Giardino Armonico under Giovanni Antonini is really special...An album fit for a queen.”

The Observer

16th October 2016


“Another stunner from soprano Anna Prohaska...It’s all beautifully planned and paced, with riveting instrumental interludes from Il Giardino Armonico.”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2016


“a maddening, fascinating and often bewitching disc”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2016

“The disc’s principal pleasures, however, lie in the rarities, where we also find Prohaska at her most beguiling…Antonini contributes some exquisite flute and recorder obbligatos, and the orchestral playing has great fluency and charm throughout”

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