Farinelli: A Portrait | Aparte AP117

Farinelli: A Portrait

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Label: Aparte

Cat No: AP117

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 13th January 2017

Contents

Works

Broschi, Riccardo

Idaspe
» Ombra fedele anch'io
Son qual nave ch'agitata

Giacomeli, Geminiano

Adriano in Siria
» Passagier che incerto

Handel, George Frideric

Alcina, HWV34
» Sta nell'Ircana pietrosa tana
Rinaldo, HWV7
» Lascia ch'io pianga (Let me weep)

Hasse, Johann Adolph

Cleofide
» Overture

Leo, Leonardo

Catone in Utica
» Cervo in bosco
» Che legge spietata

Porpora, Nicola

Polifemo
» Alto Giove
Semiramide riconosciuta
» In braccio a mille furie
» Si pietoso il tuo labbro

Veracini, Francesco

Adriano in Siria
» Gia presso al termine

Artists

Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano)
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

Works

Broschi, Riccardo

Idaspe
» Ombra fedele anch'io
Son qual nave ch'agitata

Giacomeli, Geminiano

Adriano in Siria
» Passagier che incerto

Handel, George Frideric

Alcina, HWV34
» Sta nell'Ircana pietrosa tana
Rinaldo, HWV7
» Lascia ch'io pianga (Let me weep)

Hasse, Johann Adolph

Cleofide
» Overture

Leo, Leonardo

Catone in Utica
» Cervo in bosco
» Che legge spietata

Porpora, Nicola

Polifemo
» Alto Giove
Semiramide riconosciuta
» In braccio a mille furie
» Si pietoso il tuo labbro

Veracini, Francesco

Adriano in Siria
» Gia presso al termine

Artists

Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano)
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

About

With more than a million copies sold, the soundtrack of Gérard Corbiau's film Farinelli contributed considerably to the international renown of Les Talens Lyriques, in 1994. Back then the voice of the castrato Carlo Broschi, known as Farinelli (1705-1782), was created using a computer to mix the voices of countertenor Derek Lee Ragin and soprano Ewa Mallas-Godlewska. On stage, in 2011, rather than a falsettist, world-renowned mezzo Ann Hallenberg was chosen by Christophe Rousset to portray the first rock star in the history of music. "The magic of the film came about thanks to a gripping human story, reinforced by music that was equally gripping," resumes Christophe Rousset, music director and conductor of the production. The idea for this programme, recorded in concert in Bergen, was to mix the emblematic arias of the film with other works from Farinelli's repertoire and relate the two periods of his career: the first, virtuosic and flamboyant, where the character accumulated as many ducats as vocalises; and a second, melancholic, introverted and sensitive. The libretto relates the exciting life of the infamous castrato, crisscrossing Europe on concert tours, giving performances acclaimed by royalty and an adoring public alike.

Reviews

Hallenberg is a force nature... Hallenberg’s voice is unmistakably her own, and the crackling tension of live performance fills every phrase. Her swaggering fireworks culminate in a final aria of almost ludicrous velocity. Her lyricism is equally powerful, thanks partly to Rousset.  Berta Joncus (Opera Choice)
BBC Music Magazine March 2017
Mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg continues a run of outstanding form on disc with this recital, recorded live in Bergen in 2011. ... A riproaring Son Qual Nave, by Farinelli’s composer brother Riccardo Broschi, is immediately followed by a low-lying aria by Giacomelli, which Hallenberg spins into gorgeously long, mellow lines; Cervo in Bosco from Catone’s Arbace seems designed to show there’s nothing she can’t do.
The Guardian 26 January 2017

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