Giulio Cesare: A Baroque Hero | Glossa GCD923516

Giulio Cesare: A Baroque Hero

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD923516

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 19th October 2018

Contents

Works

Bianchi, Francesco

La morte di Cesare
» Rasserena i mesti rai
» Sapro d'ogn'alma audace

Giacomeli, Geminiano

Cesare in Egitto
» Bella tel dica amore
» Il cor che sdegnato

Handel, George Frideric

Ariodante, HWV33
» Scherza infida
Giulio Cesare, HWV17
» Al lampo dell'armi
» Son nata a lagrimar
» Va tacito e nascosto

Piccinni, Niccolo

Cesare in Egitto
» Spargi omai ti dolce oblio
» Tergi le belle lagrime

Pollarolo, Carlo Francesco

Giulio Cesare in Egitto
» Non temer!
» Sdegnoso turbine

Artists

Raffaele Pe (countertenor)
Raffaella Lupinacci (mezzo-soprano)
La Lira di Orfeo

Conductor

Luca Giardini

Works

Bianchi, Francesco

La morte di Cesare
» Rasserena i mesti rai
» Sapro d'ogn'alma audace

Giacomeli, Geminiano

Cesare in Egitto
» Bella tel dica amore
» Il cor che sdegnato

Handel, George Frideric

Ariodante, HWV33
» Scherza infida
Giulio Cesare, HWV17
» Al lampo dell'armi
» Son nata a lagrimar
» Va tacito e nascosto

Piccinni, Niccolo

Cesare in Egitto
» Spargi omai ti dolce oblio
» Tergi le belle lagrime

Pollarolo, Carlo Francesco

Giulio Cesare in Egitto
» Non temer!
» Sdegnoso turbine

Artists

Raffaele Pe (countertenor)
Raffaella Lupinacci (mezzo-soprano)
La Lira di Orfeo

Conductor

Luca Giardini

About

In Baroque opera the dramatic figure of Gaius Julius Caesar received a considerable amount of attention from librettists and composers alike, and not just from G.F. Handel working with Nicola Francesco Haym. With Giulio Cesare: a Baroque hero, Raffaele Pe creates a full recital devoted to the Ancient Roman warrior and Dictator of the Republic, drawn from operas spanning the length of the eighteenth century.

With refined musicality and artistry the countertenor Pe (who has appeared on a number of recent recordings on Glossa, including the A due alti disc with La Venexiana) approaches roles demonstrating contrasting personality traits of the Caesar who was capable not only of heroic acts but also of compassion, of amorous exhilaration, of physical and emotional fragility. The sweep of the eighteenth century encompassed by these compositions also embraced the onstage heyday of the castratos: including Felice Salimbeni, Senesino, Cusanino, Sciroletto and Gasparo Pacchiarotti - demanding from Raffaele Pe great agility in covering both contralto and soprano castrato tessituras.

Alongside excerpts from Handelís Giulio Cesare in Egitto there are arias from works which Pe has been working on to provide modern performing scores together with scholar Valentina Anzani (who provides a historic survey of Caesar in Baroque opera in the accompanying essay), such as by Carlo Francesco Pollarolo, NiccolÚ Piccinni, Geminiano Giacomelli and Francesco Bianchi.

Pe, who will be taking the role of Goffredo in Handelís Rinaldo in the new touring Opera Lombardia production this season, is accompanied here by La Lira di Orfeo directed by Luca Giardini (a long-year member of Fabio Biondiís Europa Galante), in this their debut recording.

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