Christiane Karg, Arcangelo & Jonathan Cohen Scene ! - Concert Arias by Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart

Scene ! - Concert Arias by Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart

Christiane Karg, Arcangelo & Jonathan Cohen

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Released on May 15, 2015 by Berlin Classics

Main artist: Christiane Karg

Genre: Classical > Opera > Opera Extracts

Distinctions: Gramophone Editor's Choice (July 2015)

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Album : 1 disk - 6 tracks Total length : 01:04:05

  1. 1 "Ah, Perfido!", Op. 65

    Christiane Karg, Performer - Arcangelo, Performer - Jonathan Cohen, Conductor - Pietro Metastasio, Lyricist - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : 2015 Edel Germany GmbH

  2. Ch'io Mi scordi di te?, K.505 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
  3. 2 Recitativ - Rondo

    Christiane Karg, Performer - Arcangelo, Performer - Jonathan Cohen, Conductor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Gianbattista Varesco, Lyricist Copyright : 2015 Edel Germany GmbH

  4. 3 "Miseri noi, misera patria", Hob.XXIVa:7

    Christiane Karg, Performer - Arcangelo, Performer - Jonathan Cohen, Conductor - Pietro Metastasio, Lyricist - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer Copyright : 2015 Edel Germany GmbH

  5. 4 "Scena di Berenice", Hob.XXIVa:10

    Christiane Karg, Performer - Arcangelo, Performer - Jonathan Cohen, Conductor - Pietro Metastasio, Lyricist - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer Copyright : 2015 Edel Germany GmbH

  6. Misera, dove son!, K.369
  7. 5 Scene - Aria

    Christiane Karg, Performer - Arcangelo, Performer - Jonathan Cohen, Conductor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Pietro Metastasio, Lyricist Copyright : 2015 Edel Germany GmbH

  8. 6 Infelice, Op. 94 (1. Version, 1834)

    Christiane Karg, Performer - Arcangelo, Performer - Jonathan Cohen, Conductor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Pietro Metastasio, Lyricist Copyright : 2015 Edel Germany GmbH

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The freestanding operatic scene would have been a favored form of court entertainment in the 18th century, and five of the six pieces heard here, even the temporal outlier by Felix Mendelssohn, have texts by the king of Classical-era Italian opera librettos, Pietro Metastasio. Nevertheless, with the exception of Beethoven's Ah! Perfido, Op. 65 at the beginning of the program, none of the music here is terribly often performed despite the big names involved. Mendelssohn's Infelice pensier -- Ah, ritorna, età dell'oro, Op. 94 (1834), a work of the composer's full maturity, is a real rarity, and soprano Christiane Karg gives it full weight and, given the subject matter of faithlessness, seething anger. Karg has a bright, slightly edgy soprano, not super-sized, that is ideal for this repertory, and she gives nice chamber performances with a good deal of emotional display. Next to the Mendelssohn, the biggest surprise is probably the pair of scenes by Haydn, which display an entirely unfamiliar and quite flamboyant side of the composer. The medium-sized period-instrument orchestra Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen provides ideal accompaniment that explores the role unusual instrumental timbres played in this genre, even more so than in opera. A more than competent performance that fills a major hole in the recorded repertory.

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