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Arias for Farinelli

Catalogue No:

HMG501778

Series:

HMGold

Discs:

1

Release date:

31st March 2008

Barcode:

0794881851928

Medium:

CD

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Arias for Farinelli


Broschi, R:

Ombra fedele anch'io (from Idaspe)

Qual guerriero in campo armato (from Idaspe)

Galuppi:

Concerto for 2 violins, viola & cello No. 4 in C minor

Giacomelli:

Mancare oh Dio mi sento (Adriano in Siria)

Quell'usignolo (Merope)

Hasse, J A:

Per questo dolce amplesso (Artaserse)

Porpora:

Dall'amor piu sventurato (Orfeo)

Oh volesser gli Dei... Dolci freschi aurette (Polifemo)

Or la nube procellosa


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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

The Independent

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.”

The Telegraph

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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