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With her enchanting voice, profound musicality and extraordinary vocal range, the Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin has been seducing audiences and critics around the world. Following the immense success of her CD Handel Arias, she returns with a new recording of arias, most never recorded, from the operas of Nicola Porpora (1686-1768).
Nicola Porpora: Adelaide
Aria: Nobil onda
Aria: Non sempre invendicata
Nicola Porpora: Ezio
Recitativo ed aria: Misera, dove son?
Aria: Non son io che parlo
Nicola Porpora: Polifemo
Recitative: Aci, amato mio bene
Nicola Porpora: Imeneo
Imeneo: Aria: Mi chiederesti meno
Nicola Porpora: Angelica
Angelica: Aria: Mentre rendo a te la vita
Nicola Porpora: Arianna in Naxo
Aria: Ahi che langue
Aria: Il tuo dolce mormorio
Recitative: Misera, e che faro?
Aria: Misera sventurata
Aria: Si caro ti consola
“Historians and musicians have assumed than Porpora was an also-ran but such dismissive judgements are in need of some reconsideration. There is no reason why we cannot appreciate and enjoy Porpora's music on its own terms - not least when the singer is the marvellous Karina Gauvin. The disc ends with just over half an hour of highlights from Arianna in Nasso: Gauvin's singing is spellbinding in the climactic scene in which poor Ariadne awakes and gradually realises to her horror that Theseus has abandoned her...”
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