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Arias by Gluck, Jommelli, Haydn and Handel
Ah! Si la liberté me doit être ravie from Armide
La chaine de l'Hymen m'etonne (from Armide)
Ah! Quelle cruauté de lui ravir le jour! (from Armide)
Venez, secondez mes désirs from Armide
Venez, venez haine implacable (from Armide)
Ah crudel! (from Rinaldo)
Armida abbandonata, HWV 105: aria 'Ah! crudel, e pur ten vei'
Armida abbandonata: In tanti affanni miei
Partì Rinaldo - Se pietade avete, oh Numi (Armida)
Ah, non ferir, t'arresta (from Armida)
Armida Abbandonata: Sinfonia
Ah! Ti sento, mio povero core (from Armida Abbandonata)
Miser’Armida...Odio, furor, dispetto (from Armida Abbandonata)
Annette Dasch (soprano)
Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, David Syrus
The story of the infidel Saracen princess Armida, who falls in love with the Christian knight Rinaldo, has been a frequent source of inspiration for opera composers. For her début CD on the Sony Classical label, Berlin-born soprano Annette Dasch has selected Armida arias from four different operas, plus a cantata
“Annette Dasch copes admirably with the high tessitura of "Ah! Ti sento", and there is some exciting coloratura in the Rinaldo aria and in "Se pietade avete" from Haydn's last opera for Eszterháza. David Syrus and the orchestra are first-rate: indeed, the Gluck Chaconne and the Jommelli Sinfonia are, so to speak, worth hearing in their own right.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2007
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Arias for Anna de Amicis
This pre-classical programme is dedicated to Anna de Amicis, the famous soprano who first created the role of Giunia in Mozart's Lucio Silla. Besides works by the young Mozart the programme comprises arias by N. Jommelli, JC Bach, C.W. Gluck and others.
The Romanian soprano Teodora Gheorghiu studied with Niculina Mirea and Gheorghe Rosu in Romania and has won several prizes including the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2004. Following studies with Susanna Eken and José van Dam at the Queen Elisabeth Chapelle Musicale in Belgium, she made her debut with the Romanian National Opera in Bucharest singing the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte.
Teodora Gheorghiu made her debut at the venerable Vienna State Opera in 2004 where she was particularly commended for her performances of Adele (Die Fledermaus), The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Nannetta (Falstaff), Fiakermilli (Arabella), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Elvira (L’Italiana in Algeri), Sophie (Werther) et Eudoxie (La Juive).
Outside the opera house, her career has equally flourished in recital and concert appearances. Some of her most noted collaborations have been with Paul Goodwin conducting the Academy of Ancient Music in London and Sigiswald Kujiken conducting La petite Bande.
“It's stylishly presented and excellently accompanied by the Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset; a slight letdown, though, comes with young Gheorghiu hersel. Her appealingly bright, agile soprano lacks polish...For the music itself, the disc is worth exploring, even if its interpretation tends to be undercooked.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2012 ***
“[Gheorghiu] certainly has the requisite glittering coloratura technique. In accompanied recitatives, especially those for Giunia...Gheorghiu hints at the fiery temperament for which her predecessor was famed...In sum, a recital of mixed pleasures, longer on virtuoso brilliance than on imagination and involvement.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2012
“The recital is a tour de force, extremely demanding of Teodora Gheorghiu's technique...In the excellent recording, there is no suggestion of shrillness or thinness of tone as she takes on high Cs or a top D. Gheorghiu is more than a soubrette, for in its middle notes her voice has a warmth and a fullness...Her singing on this CD should spread her name, for there is some stunning vocalism.” International Record Review, January 2012
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