Philippe Jaroussky: The Handel Album | Erato 9029575966

Philippe Jaroussky: The Handel Album

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Label: Erato

Cat No: 9029575966

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 6th October 2017

Contents

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Amadigi di Gaula, HWV11
» Sussurrate, onde vezzose
Ezio, HWV29
» Pensa a serbarmi, oh cara
Flavio, re di Longobardi, HWV16
» Bel contento
» Privarmi ancora...
» Rompo i lacci
» Son pur felice al fine
Imeneo, HWV41
» Se potessero i sospir' miei
Radamisto, HWV12
» Ombra cara di mia sposa
» Qual nave smarrita
» Vieni, d'empieta mostro crudele!...
» Vile! Se mi dai vita
Riccardo Primo, Re d'Inghilterra, HWV23
» Agitato da fiere tempeste
Serse (Xerxes), HWV40
» Si, la voglio
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV24
» Deggio morire, o stelle
» Son stanco, ingiusti Numi...
Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto, HWV25
» Che mi chiama alla gloria?...
» Se parla al mio cor

Artists

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)
Ensemble Artaserse

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Amadigi di Gaula, HWV11
» Sussurrate, onde vezzose
Ezio, HWV29
» Pensa a serbarmi, oh cara
Flavio, re di Longobardi, HWV16
» Bel contento
» Privarmi ancora...
» Rompo i lacci
» Son pur felice al fine
Imeneo, HWV41
» Se potessero i sospir' miei
Radamisto, HWV12
» Ombra cara di mia sposa
» Qual nave smarrita
» Vieni, d'empieta mostro crudele!...
» Vile! Se mi dai vita
Riccardo Primo, Re d'Inghilterra, HWV23
» Agitato da fiere tempeste
Serse (Xerxes), HWV40
» Si, la voglio
Siroe, re di Persia, HWV24
» Deggio morire, o stelle
» Son stanco, ingiusti Numi...
Tolomeo, Re d'Egitto, HWV25
» Che mi chiama alla gloria?...
» Se parla al mio cor

Artists

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)
Ensemble Artaserse

About

This album, which focuses on arias from Handel’s more rarely-performed operas, is the first that Philippe Jaroussky has devoted entirely to the composer – though his Erato discography already includes complete recordings of Faramondo, Partenope and, on DVD, Alcina, and arias by Handel feature on the countertenor’s Carestini: A Castrato’s Story. Praising Jaroussky in Handel, the New York Times has described him as “incomparable … thrilling of voice.”

Now, for the first time, Jaroussky brings his impeccable Handelian credentials to an entire album devoted to arias by the composer, who produced thirty-five operas for the London stage between 1711 and 1741. For all Handel’s current popularity, comparatively few of his operas are performed with great regularity. Works such as Giulio Cesare, Alcina, Ariodante, Agrippina, Serse, Rodelinda, Rinaldo, Partenope, Orlando, and Tamerlano have achieved varying degrees of currency, but, apart from an aria from Serse, Jaroussky’s new album puts the emphasis on operas we are less likely to hear in the theatre or concert hall: Amadigi di Gaula; Arianna in Creta; Flavio, re di Longobardi; Giustino; Imeneo; Radamisto (represented by no fewer than four arias); Riccardo primo, re d'Inghilterra; Siroe, re di Persia and Tolomeo, re di Egitto. A number of these operas were written for the famous castrato Senesino, who created many leading roles for Handel.

“Recording an album entirely devoted to Händel is an unmissable opportunity for any singer who loves Baroque music, but especially for a countertenor. In fact the sheer choice of arias, each more wonderful than the one before, is staggering, but does mean that every singer can find the numbers best suited to his or her voice and personality. Although it’s only in the last few years that I’ve been able to play the big Händel roles on stage – Sesto in Giulio Cesare, for example, or Ruggiero in Alcina – for this recital I wanted to choose a selection of arias from less well-known operas. I’ve been performing some of them for many years now and I felt ready to record them with my ensemble, Artaserse, a group of players who have gained further maturity from the experience of performing around the world over the years.

“This recording also stems from observations about the repertoire, and the castrato repertoire in particular. Today, we singers almost always sing arias that weren’t written for us, and so have to adapt to play roles that are more ‘off-the-peg’ than ‘bespoke’. When Händel revived an opera with a different cast, however, he had no hesitation in transposing entire roles to adapt them to his new singers. I therefore decided to do the same with some of the arias on this album, in order to be able to perform them as comfortably as possible. I very much hope you will enjoy listening to the album as much as we all enjoyed making it!”
– Philippe Jaroussky

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