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Opera Extracts - Released March 21, 2011 | Naive

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Classical - Released September 1, 2015 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
The athletic Italian- (and Latin-) language arias of the young Handel, almost unknown to general audiences a few decades ago, have become almost a rite of passage for young sopranos, so it's no surprise to see the highly praised soprano Julia Lezhneva come along with a collection of them for her second solo album. It's an attractive set showing that Lezhneva knows how to play to her strengths. There are just enough of the big showpieces to prove that she can acquit herself fine in them (and indeed she has done the likes of Vivaldi very well in the past), but the majority of the program is devoted to displaying her rather uncanny silvery sound. Prepare for held high notes that seem to take on an almost mechanical quality as they're extended with perfectly consistent tone beyond what seems physically possible. Lezhneva does well to include the limpid Salve Regina, HWV 241, as well as several numbers from the little allegorical oratorio Il trionfo del tempo e del disanganno, HWV 46a, which has several reflective numbers including the familiar "Lascia la spina" (track three), an irresistible tune recycled by Handel later on. Sample that or the final numbers from the same oratorio (tracks 14-15), which are gorgeous. The venerable Il Giardino Armonico matches Lezhneva step for step, and there are several numbers in which instrumental soloists engage in difficult duets with her. An above-average Handel recital that serves further notice of a major new talent.
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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice - 4 étoiles de Classica
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Classical - Released April 14, 2017 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica
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 January 1, 2013 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released March 23, 2018 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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An organist (he worked with Gaston Litaize in Paris), choirmaster, and conductor, Diego Fasolis is a vital part of baroque music. In 1995 he founded the Vanitas ensemble in Lugano, and then I Barocchisti (“the Baroques”) which represents the refoundation of the famous Società cameristica di Lugano set up by Loehrer in 1961 to which we owe the first great recordings of Claudio Monteverdi's Madrigals. The ensemble took a great leap forward in its new incarnation under Fasolis' baton. The Barocchisti recordings have been showered with awards and great international soloists regularly come to collaborate with them, including Philippe Jaroussky, Maurice Steger, Max Emanuel Cencic, and, in recent years, Cecilia Bartoli who has set up a close collaboration. With Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva and Argentine counter-tenor Franco Fagioli, I Barocchisti offer us a particularly joyful vision of two of Vivaldi's vocal masterpieces, wreathed in the same slightly-naive halo as worn by the Madonnas painted in all of Venice's churches. The motet Nulla in mundo pax for soprano and continuo completes this radiant Vivaldi album with its image of an ideal world nestled in a comforting bubble. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released March 23, 2018 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released September 1, 2015 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released April 14, 2017 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released October 20, 2017 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released October 4, 2013 | naïve classique