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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 31 mei 2019 | naïve classique

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When it comes to prosperity, Vivaldi got pretty lucky. Thanks to a succession of happy accidents, his personal collection of manuscripts has survived through the centuries, allowing his music to be preserved, then later played and recorded. The contralto Delphine Galou and Ottavio Dantone, the director of the Accademia Bizantina, drew from this priceless batch of nearly 450 compositions to develop the program for this album of sacred music pieces dedicated to the alto voice.This new recording of the Vivaldi Edition, begun by NAÏVE many years ago, offers cantatas and arias for viola, functioning as perfect companions for the album of works sung by the same Delphine Galou. The lyrics, often by unknown authors, do not have a strong literary interest. Here, we find a pastoral world populated by shepherds in need of love as well as cruel and fickle nymphs, obeying the cannon of the time.Vivaldi takes advantage of these stereotypical characters to vary his expressive palette in a very subtle way and introduce the operatic style into works primarily intended for living rooms. The exceptional quality of his music generally transcends the commissioned work he is obliged to do, both in Mantua and Venice. These cantatas are accompanied here by some arias from his many operas. They allow Delphine Galou to fully express the variety and range of her singing through the pathetism of Liquore ingrato (Tito Manlio), the sweetness of "Andrò fida e sconsolata" of the same opera or the innocent grace of a childish song in the aria "È pure dolce ad un'anima amante" (Il Giustino). © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 9 november 2018 | Prima Classic

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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 29 november 2018 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Opera - Verschenen op 19 oktober 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

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Opera - Verschenen op 4 januari 2019 | Alpha

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With an offbeat cover that looks a little like a 1950s Hollywood movie poster, Hervé Niquet and his Concert Spirituel are offering up a dive into the world of French 17th and 18th century opera, with works by Mondonville, Rameau, Campra, Dauvergne, Francoeur, Leclair, Lully, Charpentier, Marais and rediscovered works by figures with some very Ancien Régime names such as François Colin de Blamont or Toussaint Bertin de la Doué. But behind this procession of names is Hervé Niquet's impish humour: he has cobbled together an imaginary opera to mark 30 years of the Concert Spirituel.He tells the story in his own, inimitable words: "Our story is very simple: a young lead, a courageous fop, loves a most beautiful princess. But an evil sorceress, jealous of this idyll, sets out to hurt our pair however she can. But my lord! Of course! That's exactly the story of an American show that I watched on Thursday afternoons when I was younger: Bewitched! I imagined a cover with a photo of our beloved trio and I showed it to our editor: everyone in the office burst out laughing. Katherine (Watson) alias Samantha, Karine (Deshayes) who plays Endora and Reinoud (van Mechelen) who becomes Darrin Stephens have all become used to my ways and they haven't taken umbrage at this comparison. See how simple the elements of opera are! And at the end of the day, this is the story of a thirty-year love affair with the Concert Spirituel. So: vive le pastiche, and vive Bewitched!Recorded in October 2017 at the Opéra Royal de Versailles in collaboration with the Versailles Baroque Music Centre and the Concert Spirituel, this imaginary opera is very much in keeping with the rules of an era when pasticci abounded and scores weren't set in stone but evolved to match opportunities and singers' personalities. Happy birthday, then, to the Concert Spirituel! © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 8 maart 2019 | LSO Live

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“This is Rattle” is the name of a ten-day festival organised in 2017 at the Barbican Centre in London to celebrate Sir Simon Rattle’s return to the country and his debut at the elm of the London Symphony Orchestra. One of the high points was the presentation of Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, performed twice, a piece Rattle knows in fact very well and also conducted in Berlin. Half opera, half cantata, the work wasn’t intended to be performed on stage. Very much like in the Symphonie fantastique, written fifteen years earlier, and his upcoming opera Benvenuto Cellini, La Damnation de Faust is largely autobiographical; Berlioz identifies with Faust’s metaphysical suffering, between disillusioned idealism, forbidden love and internal demons. The London Symphony Orchestra is very familiar with Berlioz, having performed his work many times since the 1970s under the lead of its former conductor, the late Sir Colin Davis. Standout performances include American tenor Bryan Hymel as Faust and British mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, radiant in the role of Marguerite, once again displaying the excellent French diction of international singers. Replacing Gerald Finley at the last minute, Christopher Purves plays a particularly elegant Mephisto. Yet another contribution to the discography put together on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the bubbling French composer’s passing. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Opera - Verschenen op 24 mei 2019 | harmonia mundi

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A great admirer of the brilliant painter Francisco de Goya, who he saw as one of the most worthy representatives of the Spanish identity, Enrique Granadas composed a cycle of piano pieces in 1911, the Goyescas, in tribute to the Madrid painter. “I am enamored with the psychology of Goya,” writes Granados, “with his palette, with him, with his muse the Duchess of Alba… That whitish pink of the cheeks, contrasting with the blend of black velvet; those subterranean creatures, hands of mother-of-pearl and jasmine resting on jet trinkets, have possessed me.”Granados composed this short opera at the request of the Paris Opera, based on his own piano pieces, which he then orchestrated and expanded. The First World War jeopardized the project, and it was finally the Metropolitan Opera of New York that, with the approval of the Paris Opera, saw the creation of this rich opera in 1916, with elegant and refined writing. There is no trace of Andalusian or Arab-Andalusian music, but rather an inspiration from the culture and music of Madrid in the Goya era, between the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century. Granados develops a popular style by revitalizing historical models.Recorded live at a concert at the Barbican Center in London in January 2018, under the direction of Josep Pons, to whom we owe so many remarkable recordings of Spanish music, this pleasant opera benefits from an Iberian cast and an English orchestra, that of the BBC. Once again, the versatility of London's bands is to be applauded, as they are able to adapt to all styles with ease and virtuosity. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Opera - Verschenen op 12 april 2019 | Oehms Classics

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Opera - Verschenen op 19 oktober 2018 | Glossa

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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” recital 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 Handel’s 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, Niccolò Piccinni, Geminano Giacomelli and Francesco Bianchi. Pe is accompanied here by La Lira di Orfeo directed by Luca Giardini (a long-year member of Fabio Biondi’s Europa Galante) in this their debut recording. © Glossa
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Opera - Verschenen op 1 maart 2019 | Chandos

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La vida breve is the first great work by Manuel de Falla, not only on account of the brilliance of his achievement, but also because in this score the powerful musical personality of the composer shines through. It introduces an orchestral scope that was previously unheard of in Hispanic musical theatre; there are direct references to folklore; there is the very remarkable role of the choir, and the incredible ability to evoke the magic of the Albaicín in Granada. The idea of the story came to Falla when he read, in the periodical "Blanco y Negro", a short poem of clear social content, written by Carlos Fernández-Shaw, which would become the heart of the libretto. ‘I am filled with emotion at the prospect of releasing this disc, because for all Spanish conductors Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve is the highpoint of Spanish opera and a fundamental work in our repertoire.’ (Juanjo Mena) © Chandos
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Opera - Verschenen op 26 oktober 2018 | Musique en Wallonie

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Opera - Verschenen op 5 april 2019 | Accent

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Opera - Verschenen op 16 november 2018 | Delos

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Opera - Verschenen op 5 oktober 2018 | CPO

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Opera - Verschenen op 1 februari 2019 | Gramola Records

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Since the year 2012, the association EntArteOpera has dedicated itself with yearly festivals to the alive culture of remembrance and the revival of the extensive opus of forgotten, ostracizes, persecuted by the Nazi regime, exiled or even murdered composers. The present recording's main focus is on songs and works by the female composers Henriette Bosmans, Vally Weigl, Charlotte Schlesinger and Vitezslava Kapralova, with the addition of the Love Song H. 259 by Bohuslav Martinu. Hermine Haselböck, mezzo-soprano, Franz Bartolomey, cello and pianist Clemens Zeilinger take you into the passionate and at the same time poetic sound worlds of four extraordinary female composers whose music is heard as rarity and discovery. © Gramola
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Opera - Verschenen op 3 mei 2019 | CPO

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Opera - Verschenen op 11 januari 2019 | Naxos

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Opera - Verschenen op 7 juni 2019 | Nimbus Records

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Having loved opera since he was a teenager, British composer George Benjamin admits that it took him too long to start composing opera and wishes he had more time to write more of it. Now nearly sixty years old, he even confesses that he has begun a race against the clock to complete all his operatic projects. Commissioned by the Royal Opera House in collaboration with six international opera houses, Lessons in Love and Violence (which premiered at Covent Garden in 2018) confirmed Benjamin’s talent, which he already showcased in his two previous operas, notably with Written on Skin which was written for the 2012 Aix-en-Provence Festival.Composed on Martin Crimp’s libretto and based on Marlowe’s famous tragedy, the work draws on Elizabethan theatre’s creativity and complex characters, which are played by an outstanding cast. Brimming with conspiracies, passion and violence, the story sees King Edward II opposing his wife and son as he is overcome by his love for the young French knight Piers Gaveston. Set in the 21st century, this terrible story of power and politics takes on chilling parallels with modern times.Following the DVD release of the original production in London, we find here a new audio version recorded under the direction of the composer at the 2018 Holland Festival. This recording boasts many of the spectacle’s original performers, such as the phenomenal Barbara Hannigan playing Queen Isabelle of France and Stéphane Degout in the role of the King - one of his best roles yet. This dense and powerful work was a huge success in London and the enthusiasm surrounding the opera was further reinforced following the productions in Lyon, Hamburg and Amsterdam, where this album was recorded. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Opera - Verschenen op 5 april 2019 | CPO

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Opera - Verschenen op 5 oktober 2018 | ATMA Classique

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