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Arias for Farinelli
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.
“...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.” The Telegraph, 1st June 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 Independent, 17th May 2002
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Concertos and Chamber Music by Vivaldi, Galuppi, Boccherini, Mancini, Locatelli
MDG and Musica Alta Ripa have worked on a number of musical projects including a Telemann cycle and a live recording of Gotino Steffani’s opera Orlando Generoso (MDG3091566). Numerous recording prizes such as the Diapason d’or, Cannes Classical Award, Echo Klassik have encouraged further discoveries.
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