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Aksel ! (Arias by Bach, Handel & Mozart)

Aksel Rykkvin - Nigel Short

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The solo boy soprano album has a kind of intensity, born of knowing that the sound will soon end, that attracts some and puts others off, but Norwegian treble Aksel Rykkvin, with flawless schoolboy good looks, has become something of a sensation with this album of Baroque and Classical arias. His voice has a rather metallic quality, and you might think that forcing it into these big arias would be an unnatural thing. Yet in fact some of these pieces, including the tough arias from Handel's Alcina, were originally written for a boy soprano, and Bach's church music made use of them as well. Rykkvin handles the acrobatics quite well. The cutting, brilliant quality of his voice in the 16th notes is what has attracted listeners to this; you've never quite heard anything like it. But he also can smooth things out to good effect, as in the "Quia respexit" from Bach's Magnificat in D major, BWV 243, or in the music from Handel's Messiah, HWV 56. Only in the final Exsultate jubilate, K. 165, of Mozart, does he seem forced into something that doesn't come naturally, but even that seems appropriate for this program that will surely be a one-off thing: who knows what Rykkvin will sound like in a year? The program benefits from sensitive accompaniment from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Nigel Short. The real display album from a boy soprano is a rather rare thing, and if that appeals to you, don't hesitate to grab this example.

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Aksel ! (Arias by Bach, Handel & Mozart)

Aksel Rykkvin

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1
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen 00:04:13

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

2
Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, BWV 68: Mein gläubiges Herze 00:03:43

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

3
Joshua, HWV 64: Happy, Oh Thrice Happy We 00:03:00

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

4
Alcina, HWV 34: Chi m'insegna il caro padre? 00:03:10

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

5
Alcina, HWV 34: Barbara! io ben lo so 00:03:01

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

6
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga 00:04:14

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

7
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Ich folge dir gleichfalls 00:03:24

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

8
Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74: Eternal Source of Light Divine 00:03:16

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

9
Bist du bei mir, BWV 508 00:02:17

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

10
Messiah, HWV 56: How Beautiful are the Feet of Them 00:02:12

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

11
Messiah, HWV 56: Thou Art Gone Up on High 00:02:57

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

12
Samson, HWV 57: Let the Bright Seraphim in Burning Row 00:05:10

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

13
Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: Quia Respexit 00:02:44

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

14
Zerreißet, zersprenget, zertrümmert die Gruft, BWV 205: No. 9, Angenehmer Zephyrus 00:04:11

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

15
Joshua, HWV 64: Oh! Had I Jubal's Lyre 00:02:44

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

16
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Voi, che sapete che cosa e amor 00:02:45

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

17
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio 00:02:39

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

18
Exsultate jubilate, K. 165: Alleluia 00:02:26

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Orchestra - Nigel Short, Conductor - Aksel Rykkvin, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Signum Records (P) 2016 Signum Records

Album Description

The solo boy soprano album has a kind of intensity, born of knowing that the sound will soon end, that attracts some and puts others off, but Norwegian treble Aksel Rykkvin, with flawless schoolboy good looks, has become something of a sensation with this album of Baroque and Classical arias. His voice has a rather metallic quality, and you might think that forcing it into these big arias would be an unnatural thing. Yet in fact some of these pieces, including the tough arias from Handel's Alcina, were originally written for a boy soprano, and Bach's church music made use of them as well. Rykkvin handles the acrobatics quite well. The cutting, brilliant quality of his voice in the 16th notes is what has attracted listeners to this; you've never quite heard anything like it. But he also can smooth things out to good effect, as in the "Quia respexit" from Bach's Magnificat in D major, BWV 243, or in the music from Handel's Messiah, HWV 56. Only in the final Exsultate jubilate, K. 165, of Mozart, does he seem forced into something that doesn't come naturally, but even that seems appropriate for this program that will surely be a one-off thing: who knows what Rykkvin will sound like in a year? The program benefits from sensitive accompaniment from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Nigel Short. The real display album from a boy soprano is a rather rare thing, and if that appeals to you, don't hesitate to grab this example.

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