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Serpent & Fire: Arias for Dido & Cleopatra

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA250

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 23rd September 2016

Contents

Works

Castello, Dario

Sonata concertate in stil moderno, libro secondo
» no.15 a 4

Castrovillari, Daniele da

La Cleopatra
» A dio regni, a dio scettri

Cavalli, Francesco

Didone
» Re de'Getuli altero

Graupner, Christoph

Dido, Konigin von Carthago
» Agitato da tempeste
» Der Himmel...
» Holdestes Lispeln der spielenden Fluthen
» Infido cupido

Handel, George Frideric

Giulio Cesare, HWV17
» Che sento? ...Se pieta

Hasse, Johann Adolph

Didone abbandonata
» Gia si desta la tempesta
Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra
» Morte col fiero aspetto

Locke, Matthew

The Tempest
» Curtain tune
» Galliard
» Lilk

Purcell, Henry

Dido and Aeneas
» Ah! Belinda
» Oft she visits this lone mountain
» Overture
» Thy hand, Belinda
» When I am laid in earth
The Fairy Queen, Z629
» Dance for the Chinese Man and Woman

Rossi, Luigi

Passacaille del Seigr. Louigi

Sartorio, Antonio

Giulio Cesare
» Non voglio amar
» Quando voglio

Artists

Anna Prohaska (soprano)
Il Giardino Armonico

Conductor

Giovanni Antonini

Works

Castello, Dario

Sonata concertate in stil moderno, libro secondo
» no.15 a 4

Castrovillari, Daniele da

La Cleopatra
» A dio regni, a dio scettri

Cavalli, Francesco

Didone
» Re de'Getuli altero

Graupner, Christoph

Dido, Konigin von Carthago
» Agitato da tempeste
» Der Himmel...
» Holdestes Lispeln der spielenden Fluthen
» Infido cupido

Handel, George Frideric

Giulio Cesare, HWV17
» Che sento? ...Se pieta

Hasse, Johann Adolph

Didone abbandonata
» Gia si desta la tempesta
Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra
» Morte col fiero aspetto

Locke, Matthew

The Tempest
» Curtain tune
» Galliard
» Lilk

Purcell, Henry

Dido and Aeneas
» Ah! Belinda
» Oft she visits this lone mountain
» Overture
» Thy hand, Belinda
» When I am laid in earth
The Fairy Queen, Z629
» Dance for the Chinese Man and Woman

Rossi, Luigi

Passacaille del Seigr. Louigi

Sartorio, Antonio

Giulio Cesare
» Non voglio amar
» Quando voglio

Artists

Anna Prohaska (soprano)
Il Giardino Armonico

Conductor

Giovanni Antonini

About

The German soprano Anna Prohaska joins Alpha Classics for several recording projects. Her first recital brings together two superb African queens – Dido and Cleopatra – and follows them all over Europe during the first century of opera, from the 1640s to 1740. A firework display of arias, virtuosic and tragic by turns, written by the leading personalities of Baroque music (Cavalli, Handel, Purcell, Hasse) and composers still awaiting rediscovery such as Sartorio, Graupner and the Venetian Castrovillari. For this programme built like a tragedy around the queens of Egypt and Carthage, whom she interprets with the passion and fervour that have made her reputation, Anna Prohaska is accompanied by one of today’s finest Baroque ensembles, Il Giardino Armonico; under the inspired guidance of their director Giovanni Antonini (who is also a dazzling recorder soloist in some of the arias), they keep us on the edge of our seats from start to finish.

A top star in Germany, Anna Prohaska also sings on the world’s leading operatic stages, from La Scala to Covent Garden by way of Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg.

Reviews

Another stunner from soprano Anna Prohaska. Following her wonderful disc of war-related music, she now turns her attention to two tragic heroines, Dido and Cleopatra. Both have inspired great music across the centuries, but Prohaska resists the attention to go as far as Berlioz, and frames this baroque collection with the start and finish of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. There are well-known Cleopatra arias – a devastating, piercing Se pietà di me non senti from Handel’s Giulio Cesare – and very little-known ones by Castrovillari, Sartorio, Cavalli and Graupner (a bizarre bilingual scene). It’s all beautifully planned and paced…  Nicholas Kenyon
The Observer 16 October 2016

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