Farinelli - A Portrait

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Farinelli - A Portrait

Awards:

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - March 2017

Label:

Aparté

Catalogue No:

AP117

Discs:

1

Release date:

20th Jan 2017

Barcode:

3149028077025

Length:

79 minutes

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Farinelli - A Portrait

Live in Bergen


Broschi, R:

Son qual nave (insertion aria for Hasse's Artaserse)

Ombra fedele anch'io (from Idaspe)

Giacomelli:

Già presso al termine (from Adriano in Siria)

Passagier che incerto (from Adriano in Siria)

Handel:

Sta nell'Ircana pietrosa tana (from Alcina)

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Hasse, J A:

Cleofide: Ouverture

Leo:

Che legge spietata (from Catone in Utica)

Che legge spietata (from Catone in Utica)

Porpora:

Si pietoso il tuo labbro (from Semiramide Riconosciuta)

Alto Giove (from Polifemo)

In braccio a mille furie (from Semiramide riconosciuta)

Vinci, Leonardo:

Cervo in bosco (from Il Medo)


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With more than a million copies sold, the soundtrack of Gérard Corbiau's film 'Farinelli' contributed considerably to the international renown of Les Talens Lyriques, in 1994. Back then the voice of the castrato Carlo Broschi, known as Farinelli (1705-1782), was created using a computer to mix the voices of countertenor Derek Lee Ragin and soprano Ewa Mallas-Godlewska. On stage, in 2011, rather than a falsettist, world-renowned mezzo Ann Hallenberg,was chosen by Christophe Rousset to portray the first rock star in the history of music. "The magic of the film came about thanks to a gripping human story, reinforced by music that was equally gripping," resumes Christophe Rousset, music director and conductor of the production. The idea for this programme, recorded in concert in Bergen, was to mix the emblematic arias of the film with other works from Farinelli's repertoire and relate the two periods of his career: the first, virtuosic and flamboyant, where the character accumulated as many ducats as vocalises; and a second, melancholic, introverted and sensitive.

The libretto relates the exciting life of the infamous castrato, crisscrossing Europe on concert tours, giving performances acclaimed by royalty and an adoring public alike.

Riccardo Broschi: Artasere, Act III, Scene 1: Aria "Son qual nave ch'agitata" (Arbace)

Artasere, Act III, Scene 1: Aria "Son qual nave ch'agitata" (Arbace)

Riccardo Broschi: Idaspe, Act II, Scene 11: Aria "Ombra fedele anch' io" (Dario)

Idaspe, Act II, Scene 11: Aria "Ombra fedele anch' io" (Dario)

Geminiano Giacomelli: Adriano in Siria, Act I, Scene 2: Aria "Già presso al termine" (Farnaspe)

Adriano in Siria, Act I, Scene 2: Aria "Già presso al termine" (Farnaspe)

Nicola Porpora: Semiramide riconosciuta, Act II, Scene 5: Aria "Si pietoso il tuo labro" (Mirteo)

Semiramide riconosciuta, Act II, Scene 5: Aria "Si pietoso il tuo labro" (Mirteo)

Nicola Porpora: Polifemo, HelN 31, Act I: Alto Giove (Acio)

Polifemo, HelN 31, Act I: Alto Giove (Acio)

Geminiano Giacomelli: Adriano in Siria, Act II, scene 7: Aria "Passagier che incerto" (Farnaspe)

Adriano in Siria, Act II, scene 7: Aria "Passagier che incerto" (Farnaspe)

Johann Adolf Hasse: Cleofide, Act I: Ouverture

Cleofide, Act I: Ouverture

Leonardo Leo: Catone in Utica, Act I, Scene 7: Aria "Che legge spietata" (Arbace)

Catone in Utica, Act I, Scene 7: Aria "Che legge spietata" (Arbace)

Leonardo Leo: Catone in Utica, Act I: Aria "Cervo in bosco" (Arbace)

Catone in Utica, Act I: Aria "Cervo in bosco" (Arbace)

Georg Friedrich Haendel: Alcina, HWV 34, Act III: Aria "Sta nell'Ircana" (Ruggiero)

Alcina, HWV 34, Act III: Aria "Sta nell'Ircana" (Ruggiero)

Georg Friedrich Haendel: Rinaldo, HWV 7a, Act II: Aria "Lascia ch'io pianga" (Almirena)

Rinaldo, HWV 7a, Act II: Aria "Lascia ch'io pianga" (Almirena)

Nicola Porpora: Semiramide riconosciuta, Act III, Scene 4: Aria "In braccio a mille furie" (Mirteo)

Semiramide riconosciuta, Act III, Scene 4: Aria "In braccio a mille furie" (Mirteo)

The Times

13th January 2017

****

“The castrato was adored for his breath control, florid passagework and virtuosic range...the mezzo shows off all these assets as well as a deliciously fruity, rounded tone.”

Opera

February 2017

“passaggi are articulated with glittering accuracy, ornaments (including trills) are executed with a natural spontaneity, the wide gamut is encompassed with equal comfort across the range, and chest notes are projected with real strength … Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques provide top-notch support throughout…[a] glorious disc”

The Guardian

26th January 2017

****

“A riproaring Son qual nave, by Farinelli’s composer brother Riccardo Broschi, is immediately followed by a low-lying aria by Giacomelli, which Hallenberg spins into gorgeously long, mellow lines; Cervo in Bosco from Catone’s Arbace seems designed to show there’s nothing she can’t do.”

BBC Music Magazine

March 2017

*****

“Hallenberg is a force of nature, in stark contrast to the synthetic singing of the film, for which sound engineers fuse a mezzo with a male alto voice. Hallenberg’s voice is unmistakably her own, and the crackling tension of live performance fills every phrase. Her swaggering fireworks culminate in a final aria of almost ludicrous velocity. Her lyricism is equally powerful, thanks partly to Rousset. Creating hushed silence or soft tremolos, he subtly makes space for her vocal entries and colours”

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