Arias for Luigi Marchesi | Glossa GCD923505

Arias for Luigi Marchesi

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD923505

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 18th September 2015

Contents

Works

Bianchi, Francesco

Castore e Polluce
» Sembianze amabili

Cherubini, Luigi

Alessandro nelle Indie
» Quanto e fiero

Cimarosa, Domenico

L'Olimpiade
» Superbo di me stesso

Mayr, Johann Simon

Lauso e Lidia
» Oh qual contento

Myslivecek, Josef

L'Olimpiade
» Se cerca, se dice

Pugnani, Gaetano

Demofoonte
» Misero pargoletto

Sarti, Giuseppe

Armida e Rinaldo
» Lungi da te, ben mio
» Vedo l'abisso orrendo
L'Olimpiade
» Rendi, oh cara, il prence amato

Zingarelli, Nicola Antonio

Pirro
» Cara, negl'occhi tuoi
» Chi mi da consiglio, aita
» Qual mi sorprende e agghiaccia

Artists

Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano)
Stile Galante

Conductor

Stefano Aresi

Works

Bianchi, Francesco

Castore e Polluce
» Sembianze amabili

Cherubini, Luigi

Alessandro nelle Indie
» Quanto e fiero

Cimarosa, Domenico

L'Olimpiade
» Superbo di me stesso

Mayr, Johann Simon

Lauso e Lidia
» Oh qual contento

Myslivecek, Josef

L'Olimpiade
» Se cerca, se dice

Pugnani, Gaetano

Demofoonte
» Misero pargoletto

Sarti, Giuseppe

Armida e Rinaldo
» Lungi da te, ben mio
» Vedo l'abisso orrendo
L'Olimpiade
» Rendi, oh cara, il prence amato

Zingarelli, Nicola Antonio

Pirro
» Cara, negl'occhi tuoi
» Chi mi da consiglio, aita
» Qual mi sorprende e agghiaccia

Artists

Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano)
Stile Galante

Conductor

Stefano Aresi

About

Recapturing the impact made by the colourful figure of the castrato Luigi Marchesi at the turbulent and revolutionary end of the 18th century has been a project embracing an exhibition, symposia, the publication of scores associated with the divo and this fabulous new recording performed by Ann Hallenberg, Stile Galante and conductor Stefano Aresi.

It has been possible, through painstaking work, to identify not just the principal operatic arias composed with Marchesi in mind, but also his special and astonishing brand of ornamentation and worked-out cadenzas, developed in the course of a career spanning five decades.

Possessed of a vast vocal range – some three octaves – Marchesi, called the 'Apollo of his times', was courted all over Europe, from St Petersburg to Vienna, London to Milan, Munich, Naples and Warsaw. He even rebuffed Napoleon Bonaparte’s entreaties to hear him sing in 1796.

The Swedish mezzo Ann Hallenberg ventures wholeheartedly into the musical mind of this extraordinary star of late opera seria in a vivid recreation backed not just by meticulous attention to the original instrumentation and ensemble configurations that accompanied Marchesi, but by access to some 200 contemporary accounts of the singer’s music-making.

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