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Thanks to the cinema, Farinelli is now popularly seen as the archetype of Baroque vocal art. His timbre and technique were an inspiration to the composers of his time, and many opera arias bearing the mark of Farinelli have come down to us. A selection of these, many of them never recorded before, is performed here by the American mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, one of the few singers capable of doing justice to this demanding repertory. Long acquainted with these virtuoso arias and the vocal technique they require, René Jacobs has provided specially written decorations for each of them.
Porpora: Orfeo - Dall'Amor Più Sventurato
Broschi: Idaspe - Ombra Fedele Anch'Io
Broschi: Idaspe - Qual Guerriero In Campo Armato
Giacomelli: Adriano In Siria - Mancare Dio Mi Sento
Galuppi: Concerto A 4 En Ut Mineur - Grave
Galuppi: Concerto A 4 En Ut Mineur - Allegro
Galuppi: Concerto A 4 En Ut Mineur - Andante
Porpora: Polifemo - Oh Volesser Gli Dei. Dolci Freschi Aurette
Hasse: Or La Nube Procellosa
Hasse: Per Questo Dolce Amplesso
Giacomelli: Merope - Quell'Usignolo
17th May 2002
“Vivica Genaux is a major star in the making...coupled with Jacobs' stylish accompaniment, Genaux's faultless presentation of this richly ornamented music easily overcomes any risks in the repertoire.”
1st June 2002
“...the hair-raising roulades, trills and enormously wide leaps hold no terrors for her. The performances, directed by René Jacobs, are stylish and expressive, as well as pyrotechnically breathtaking.”
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