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Symphonic Music - Released March 5, 2010 | Sony Classical

Distinctions 4F de Télérama
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Classical - Released January 27, 2017 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released November 16, 2018 | Sony Classical

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A new album based on the work of Neapolitan composer Nicola Porpora, so rarely recorded, is an exceptional event: here is the 1747 Christmas oratorio Il Verbo in carne (“Verb in the flesh”). One of the unique aspects here is how the birth of Christ is presented philosophically and allegorically, far removed from traditional nativity oratorios’ texts that borrow almost exactly from the Bible. Instead, four virtues are introduced in turn: humanity, justice, peace, and truth. The form remains rooted in the genre’s tradition, alternating between recitatives (dry for some, accompanied by an orchestra for others), arias and choruses. As always with Porpora, each number is particularly demanding, both in terms of expressivity and vocal virtuosity, breathtaking at times! The pre-classic orchestra relies on chords, a few wind instruments (flutes, bassoons, horns, the norm at the time, but the absence of the oboe, the trumpets and the timpani for the most striking moments is worth noting; maybe they weren’t available to Porpora at the time) and of course the continuous bass. The Basel Chamber Orchestra, led by Riccardo Minasi, lays a perfect foundation for the excellent panel of singers. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released September 21, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released October 16, 2009 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 9, 2009 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released November 16, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 27, 2017 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 31, 2014 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released March 14, 2008 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released October 26, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released November 9, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released November 2, 2018 | Sony Classical

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