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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 9, 2012 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released March 11, 2011 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released July 20, 2018 | Sony Classical

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The great American mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux returns here in an album given over to Vivaldi's religious works, a repertoire in which she excels superbly. There are in fact no fewer than 28 roles in the baroque realm which she performs with a joyful virtuosity, which never borders on the hysteria we see in some of her peers' performances. Recorded at Vienna's Stephansdom in 2015, with the excellent Bach Consort Wien conducted by its Argentine founder Rubén Dubrovsky, this Hommage à Vivaldi offers up religious works of great expressive power, alternating between pieces as different as the motets In turbato mare irato and Sum in medio tempestatum, and the ambitious setting-to-music of the famous psalm Nisi Dominus. Here, we discover an inspired Vivaldi in his lesser-known works, such as the poignant Kyrie in G Minor with his daring chromatisms or the Credo in E Minor and its finely-sculpted instrumentation. With a supple, warm voice, Vivica Genaux tackles melismas in Vivaldi's phrases with an unsettling ease, and brings a consummate art to ornamentations and "coloraturas which seem to be born from the wind", in the delightful phrase of a music critic in the German weekly Die Zeit. The Bach Consort Wien accompanies these holy works with the contagious joy that reigned in the happy-go-lucky Vienna of the 18th century, when operatic theatres were as numerous as churches. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 1, 2015 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released July 11, 2014 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released July 20, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released September 12, 2011 | Warner Classics

This charming disc showcases Vivica Genaux doing what she does best: tearing through highly florid music, often at breakneck speed, without seeming to break a sweat. Even Cecilia Bartoli -- arguably the reigning queen of fioritura -- has never handled the dizzying twists and turns of Rossini so gracefully. Of course, there is more to bel canto music than fireworks, and Genaux's singing occasionally lacks the focus and tonal variety to sustain interest during more lyrical passages; but it is hard to resist the urge to play certain tracks, like the opening "Nacqui all' affanno...Non più mesta" from La cenerentola, many times over just to enjoy the ride. Genaux's treatment of ornamentation, style, and the Italian language are world-class. John Nelson and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris deliver a sharp, colorful performance that brings the different sounds and styles of Rossini and Donizetti, the two featured composers, into relief. The varied program includes one especially rare number: "Popolo, amici...Ah! Sì, da tanti affani" from Donizetti's early Alahor in Granata, which only received its first modern performance in 1998. Other highlights include "Il segreto per esser felici" from Lucrezia Borgia, which is just a great tune, and of course Rosina's "Una voce poco fa" from Il barbière di Siviglia; it would be hard to find a better performance of that favorite anywhere.
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Classical - Released October 1, 2015 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released July 6, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released June 29, 2018 | Sony Classical

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