Tempesta: Opera Arias | Glossa GCD923503

Tempesta: Opera Arias

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD923503

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 9th March 2015

Contents

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Agrippina, HWV6
» Overture
» Pensieri, voi mi tormentate
Alessandro, HWV21
» Brilla nellalma un non inteso ancor
Radamisto, HWV12
» Quando mai
Serse (Xerxes), HWV40
» Ombra mai fu (Act 1)

Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista

Adriano in Siria
» Torbido in volto

Porpora, Nicola

Carlo il calvo
» Spesso di nubi cinto

Vivaldi, Antonio

Andromeda liberata
» Sovvente il sole
Griselda, RV718
» Agitata da due venti
L'Olimpiade, RV725
» Overture
» Siam navi all'onde algenti
La verita in cimento, RV739
» Io son fra l'onde

Artists

Blandine Staskiewicz (mezzo soprano)
Les Ambassadeurs

Conductor

Alexis Kossenko

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Agrippina, HWV6
» Overture
» Pensieri, voi mi tormentate
Alessandro, HWV21
» Brilla nellalma un non inteso ancor
Radamisto, HWV12
» Quando mai
Serse (Xerxes), HWV40
» Ombra mai fu (Act 1)

Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista

Adriano in Siria
» Torbido in volto

Porpora, Nicola

Carlo il calvo
» Spesso di nubi cinto

Vivaldi, Antonio

Andromeda liberata
» Sovvente il sole
Griselda, RV718
» Agitata da due venti
L'Olimpiade, RV725
» Overture
» Siam navi all'onde algenti
La verita in cimento, RV739
» Io son fra l'onde

Artists

Blandine Staskiewicz (mezzo soprano)
Les Ambassadeurs

Conductor

Alexis Kossenko

About

With 'Tempesta', her first recital disc, mezzo-soprano Blandine Staskiewicz has chosen to venture into the emotional storms and calms beloved of Baroque composers – notably Vivaldi and Handel – which provided their operatic arias with that intense charge that captivates listeners still. As befits one raised on the tranquil, yet at times tempestuous, Belle-Île-en-Mer, lying off the Brittany coast, Staskiewicz is able to portray a fabulous array of moods to match her vocal beauty.

If the Neapolitans Nicola Porpora and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi are each represented on this disc by a single burst of concentrated dramatic feeling, it is to the fiery and tempestuous music of Vivaldi and the more psychological and interiorised offerings of Handel that Blandine Staskiewicz directs her attention in these arie di tempesta.

Staskiewicz’s control of the depths and heights of the soul are matched by the instrumental accompaniment from Les Ambassadeurs and its director Alexis Kossenko.

Blandine Staskiewicz, who has appeared on previous Glossa albums in Lully, Campra and Handel in the company of Hervé Niquet and Fabio Bonizzoni, herself contributes an intriguing note about the genesis of this programme – complete with an alluring cover design – but it is her wonderfully controlled singing (and expertise in Baroque repertoire) which characterises 'Tempesta' so beguilingly.

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