Baroque Divas | Decca 4788099

Baroque Divas

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4788099

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 6th November 2015

Contents

Works

Bononcini, Giovanni Battista

Astianatte
» Spera che questo cor

Caldara, Antonio

Euristeo
» Daranno all'ira mia

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Iphigenie en Aulide
» Ma fille ...Jupiter, lance la foudre
Paride ed Elena
» Le belle immagini (Act 2)

Hasse, Johann Adolph

Artaserse
» Pallido il sole
Siroe re di Persia
» Eccomi a' cenni tuoi
Solimano
» Fra quest'ombre
Tigrane
» Solca il mar

Porta, Giovanni

Siface
» Ti parli nel seno speranza ed amore

Sarro, Domenico

Siroe re di Persia
» Al torrente che ruina

Veracini, Francesco

Adriano in Siria
» Amor, dover, rispetto

Vinci, Leonardo

Astianatte
» Ti calpesto, oh crudo Amore

Vivaldi, Antonio

Giustino, RV717
» Vedro con mio diletto

Artists

Vivica Genaux (mezzo-soprano)
Sonia Prina (mezzo-soprano)
Mary-Ellen Nesi (mezzo-soprano)
Romina Basso (mezzo-soprano)
Armonia Atenea

Conductor

George Petrou

Works

Bononcini, Giovanni Battista

Astianatte
» Spera che questo cor

Caldara, Antonio

Euristeo
» Daranno all'ira mia

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Iphigenie en Aulide
» Ma fille ...Jupiter, lance la foudre
Paride ed Elena
» Le belle immagini (Act 2)

Hasse, Johann Adolph

Artaserse
» Pallido il sole
Siroe re di Persia
» Eccomi a' cenni tuoi
Solimano
» Fra quest'ombre
Tigrane
» Solca il mar

Porta, Giovanni

Siface
» Ti parli nel seno speranza ed amore

Sarro, Domenico

Siroe re di Persia
» Al torrente che ruina

Veracini, Francesco

Adriano in Siria
» Amor, dover, rispetto

Vinci, Leonardo

Astianatte
» Ti calpesto, oh crudo Amore

Vivaldi, Antonio

Giustino, RV717
» Vedro con mio diletto

Artists

Vivica Genaux (mezzo-soprano)
Sonia Prina (mezzo-soprano)
Mary-Ellen Nesi (mezzo-soprano)
Romina Basso (mezzo-soprano)
Armonia Atenea

Conductor

George Petrou

About

The history of opera is inseparably linked with the biographies of singers - audiences have always been fascinated by both musical prowess and behind the scenes goings-on.

The battle for prestige and fame was heated and passionate in the Baroque era, with legendary rivalries. Fiercely competitive, Cuzzoni and Bordoni were among the most acclaimed divas of the age, resorting to fisticuffs on stage.

Present-day prima donnas Genaux, Prina, Nesi and Basso now follow in the footsteps of their fervid predecessors, presenting on disc a tongue-in-cheek survey of standout arias for mezzo-soprano and contralto.

Three star mezzos and a magnificent top contralto are accompanied by the superb Greek orchestra Armonia Atenea under conductor George Petrou, winner of Germany’s prestigious ECHO Klassik Prize.

A stunning recital, bringing to life the rich heritage of Baroque opera – the acme of musical enjoyment with the entertaining element of cultic stardom.

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