Gluck: Sperai vicino il lido (from Demofoonte)

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July 2017

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Gluck: Heroes in Love

Gluck: Heroes in Love


Se in campo armato (from Sofonisba)

Sperai vicino il lido (from Demofoonte)

Dal suo gentil sembiante (from Demetrio)

Sinfonia (from Semiramide riconosciuta)

Nobil onda (from Sofonisba)

Se fedele mi brama il regnante (from Ezio)

Se tu vedessi come vegg’io (from Ippolito)

Tradita, sprezzata (from Semiramide riconosciuta)

Sinfonia (from Ipermestra)

M’opprime, m’affanna (from Sofonisba)

Ah! non turbi il mio riposo (from Telemaco)

Se il fulmine sospendi (from Ezio)

Sonia Prina (contralto)

La Barocca, Rubin Jais

Read our exclusive interview with Sonia Prina about the recording here.

There is definitely no lack of heroic roles in the Gluckian repertory apart from the very well-known Orfeo from Orfeo ed Euridice: many memorable parts were assigned by this composer for the alto voice (either male castratos or female contraltos) - and it is precisely this repertory, written for excellent interpreters and yet still rarely performed today, which is celebrated on this album. As a consequence of a specific historical set of circumstances, Gluck had the good fortune to work with the finest alto singers of his generation: not only Gaetano Guadagni, but also Giovanni Carestini, Vittoria Tesi and many others. Until the beginning of the 18th century, the contralto register was the one especially favored for heroic male roles and for those of heroines en travesti. Much of this repertory remains unexplored and of course unrecorded: with this new programme, Glossa tries to help filling a somewhat unexplainable gap. Sonia Prina, one of the leading altos of her generation, teams up with the fine Milanese laBarocca orchestra, conducted by Ruben Jais, for her first full-scale opera recital album: and this after having sung the leading role in Handel's pasticcio Catone, very recently released on Glossa, and anticipating her mind-blowing performance in Silla, another Handelian opera, with Fabio Biondi.

“It’s a disc full of fast-flying vocal runs, jagged leaps and show-off turns of phrase, also moments of reflection and starkly simple declamation prefiguring the mature Gluck. The period band La Barocca, under Ruben Jais, matches the singer completely in fieriness of attack. For 18th-century enthusiasts and voice fanciers alike this is, I would say, a must-have CD” BBC Music Magazine, July 2017 *****

“This is perfect stuff for Sonia Prina, whose firm, dark voice, wide tessitura and Olympically agile technique allow her to combine dazzling vocal virtuosity with compelling dramatic expression...I feel that she reveals more of Gluck’s genius than a smoother, perhaps more complacent singer might. Support from laBarocca under Ruben Jais is keen” Gramophone Magazine, August 2017

“This exhilarating programme of rarities, carefully planned and executed con slancio¸ makes a splendid addition to the Gluck discography … a prime blend of genuine artistic exploration…remarkable vocal artistry, alertly responsive period-band playing and, overall, a fierily dramatic ensemble ‘take’ on all the pieces performed … she [Prina] is a true, born Glukian, who gives cause for celebration long and loud. As does the whole CD” Opera, September 2017

“There’s something very muscular and tattoo-esque about how she sings…here are real colours in her voice and she can really plumb it through, everything you want from her … you get real fury, absolute lamentation, you get more victory than love and romance … I like the fact that nothing is taken away from the way she gives us the rawness and the honesty of her voice.” Record Review, 17th June 2017

“Her voice has consistent and alluring richness over its wide range, while the playing of laBarocca under Jais is vibrant, crisply defined yet warm.” Sunday Times, 16th July 2017

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Opera Choice - July 2017

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Story of a Castrato


I fratelli riconosciuti: Ciel nemico


Sperai vicino il lido (from Demofoonte)

Graun, C H:

Orfeo: Mio bel nieme

In mirar la mia sventura


Mi lusinga il dolce affetto (from Alcina)

Ove son...Qui ti sfido (from Arianna)

Scherza, infida (from Ariodante)

Sta nell'Ircana pietrosa tana (from Alcina)

Hasse, J A:

La clemenza di Tito: Se mai senti

Vo disperato (from Tito Vespasiano)


Farnace: Se mi dai morte


Siface: Tu che d’ardire m’attendi

“Philippe Jaroussky is billed as a countertenor but he has the range and timbre of a soprano. He starts with an aria by Porpora… "Tu che d'ardir" shows off Jaroussky's brilliance in semiquaver runs. Even better is the Capelli, where one of the eponymous brothers laments his lot in long, slow phrases that Jaroussky articulates quite ravishingly.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2008

“The slightly hard-edged vocal quality in the upper register is improved by Jaroussky's impeccable sense of pitch. In summary a rewarding recital, stylishly directed by Emmanuelle Haïm.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2007 ****

“Philippe Jaroussky is one of the best countertenors around. His voice is mellow, evenly toned, wide-ranging and largely free from intrusive mannerism and vocal strain” BBC Music Magazine

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