Graun: Opera Arias

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Graun: Opera Arias



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13th April 2017




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Graun: Opera Arias

Graun, C H:

Sento una pena (from L'Orfeo)

Sforzero (from Iphigenia in Aulis)

Senza di te, mio Bene (from Coriolano)

La gloria t'invita (from Armida)

Piangete (from Il Mithridate)

Parmi…ah no! (from Silla)

Rodelinda, regina de'Langobardi: Sinfonia

Il mar s’inalza e freme (from L’Orfeo)

D’ogni aura al mormorar (from L’Orfeo)

No, no, di Libia fra l’arene (from Silla)

A tanti pianti miei (from Armida)

Mi paventi il figlio indegno (from Britannico)

Julia Lezhneva (soprano)

Concerto Köln, Mikhail Antonenko



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Read our exclusive interview with Julia Lezhneva about the recording here.

A journey of discovery for Lezhneva, who spent days in a Berlin library unearthing this music: incredible undiscovered arias from Carl Heinrich Graun (1704-1759), one of the most important German composers of Italian baroque opera but almost unknown today. Music of great virtuosity: vibrant, joyful and fiery arias contrast with tragic and deeply felt laments.

Concerto Köln, one of Germany’s finest period instrument orchestras, are led by young conductor (and pianist) Mikhail Antonenko and feature an array of world-class baroque musicians including violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky and lutenist Luca Pianca.

11 World Premiere Recordings.

Carl Heinrich Graun: L'Orfeo

"Sento una pena"

Carl Heinrich Graun: Ifigenia in Aulide / Act 1

"Sforzero d'avverso mare"

Carl Heinrich Graun: Coriolano / Act 2

"Senza di te, mio bene"

Carl Heinrich Graun: L'Armida / Act 3

"La gloria t'invita"

Carl Heinrich Graun: Il Mithridate

"Piangete, o mesti lumi"

Carl Heinrich Graun: Silla / Act 3

"Parmi, ah no! Pur troppo, o Dio!"

Carl Heinrich Graun: Rodelinda, regina de' langobardi


Carl Heinrich Graun: L'Orfeo / Act 1

"Il mar s'inalza e freme"

Carl Heinrich Graun: L'Orfeo / Act 2

"D'ogni aura al mormorar"

Carl Heinrich Graun: Silla / Act 2

"No, no di Libia fra l'arene"

Carl Heinrich Graun: L'Armida / Act 3

"A tanti pianti miei"

Carl Heinrich Graun: Britannico / Act 2

"Mi paventi il figlio indegno"

The Guardian

20th April 2017


“Antonenko and his energetic Concerto Köln set mercilessly swift tempos throughout...Lezhneva, for her part, dispatches barrages of notes as fluently as if she were sitting picking them out on the piano...Yet she’s expressive throughout; she may not sing the text very clearly, but she’s still responsive to it.”

The Times

21st April 2017

“Lezhneva, still in her twenties, throws herself at this repertoire with the healthy appetite and frenetic hyperactivity of a pedigree puppy. Equipped with phaser-gun trills, a range that happily devours the music of the stratosphere and tremendous vocal agility, the Russian has a formidable instrument.”

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