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Classical - Released October 6, 2017 | Oehms Classics

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Classical - Released September 8, 2017 | Sony Classical

Booklet Distinctions 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
For the present album, star-soprano Regula Mühlemann has chosen works that date from the 17th and 18th centuries and include highly stylised accounts of Cleopatra’s life as well as exotically charged fantasies and entertaining interpretations of a remarkable and epoch-making woman and her fate. Above all, they tell us about the way in which Baroque poets and their composers thought and felt, while also allowing us to sense something of the queen’s true character through the powerful emotions of these works, through their juxtaposition of sensuous sonorities and energy-laden drama and through their simultaneous elements of severity and beauty. Hasse shows us her pride, Sartorio her seductiveness and beguiling nature, Scarlatti opposes her humanity laying behind her superb regality as stressed by Graun. Matheson rather speaks of her death and the soon-to-be ascent of her soul towards the Gods, with the myth of the snakebite – after which she will be reborn through Isis, all the more as the queen considered herself to be the earthly incarnation of the goddess Aphrodite, whose Egyptian counterpart is none other than Isis. The virtuosity of Mühlemann does wonders with these remarkable scores. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released September 8, 2017 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
For the present album, star-soprano Regula Mühlemann has chosen works that date from the 17th and 18th centuries and include highly stylised accounts of Cleopatra’s life as well as exotically charged fantasies and entertaining interpretations of a remarkable and epoch-making woman and her fate. Above all, they tell us about the way in which Baroque poets and their composers thought and felt, while also allowing us to sense something of the queen’s true character through the powerful emotions of these works, through their juxtaposition of sensuous sonorities and energy-laden drama and through their simultaneous elements of severity and beauty. Hasse shows us her pride, Sartorio her seductiveness and beguiling nature, Scarlatti opposes her humanity laying behind her superb regality as stressed by Graun. Matheson rather speaks of her death and the soon-to-be ascent of her soul towards the Gods, with the myth of the snakebite – after which she will be reborn through Isis, all the more as the queen considered herself to be the earthly incarnation of the goddess Aphrodite, whose Egyptian counterpart is none other than Isis. The virtuosity of Mühlemann does wonders with these remarkable scores. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released April 14, 2017 | Decca

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Carl Heinrich Graun was one of the most prolific German composers of Italian operas in the mid-18th century, though his numerous works have fallen into obscurity and are only coming to light because of research and performances by early music interpreters. This 2017 Decca release features soprano Julia Lezhneva and Concerto Köln, conducted by Mikhail Antonenko, in world-premiere recordings of arias from Graun's operas L'Orfeo, Ifigenia in Aulide, Coriolano, Armida, Il Mithridate, Silla, and Britannico, and a sinfonia from Rodelinda. True to form, Concerto Köln offers the fresh, resonant sonorities of period instruments, and Antonenko's direction brings great spirit to the performances. But the star of this album is Lezhneva, a specialist in coloratura parts and a strong champion of 18th and early 19th century opera. Her bright, heavily ornamented style of singing brings great excitement to these showpieces, and she demonstrates a technical virtuosity that evokes the age of Farinelli. Lezhneva's successes in the operas of Handel should translate into a revival of Graun's music, and listeners who have developed a taste for Baroque singing will find her sparkling performances captivating. Decca's sound is sufficiently clear and detailed, though Lezhneva should have been given more prominence in the mix.
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Classical - Released April 14, 2017 | Decca

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Classical - Released September 16, 2016 | Decca

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Classical - Released February 26, 2016 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released June 2, 2015 | Klanglogo

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Secular Vocal Music - Released April 10, 2015 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released March 1, 2015 | Passacaille

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Classical - Released January 6, 2015 | Oehms Classics

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Classical - Released May 6, 2013 | EMI

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Classical - Released April 30, 2013 | CPO