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Contralto

Nathalie Stutzmann

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Nathalie Stutzmann's Contralto is one of those albums where everything seems to go wrong until you realize that it's actually going very right. Conducting an ensemble and singing with it at the same time is just not done because it's well-nigh impossible, but Stutzmann makes her Orfeo 55 ensemble into an extension of herself. Stutzmann's interpretations are personal, which is not supposed to be part of the early music ethos, though she seems to put something of herself into every aria. With readings as subjective as this, an artist should choose familiar repertory. However, Stutzmann includes several world premieres (check out the rather stark "Caro addio," from Bononcini's Griselda), and there's not a chestnut in the bunch. On a vocal recital, the audience, one is assured, wants to hear the singer, and Stutzmann departs from the vocal program with a large amount of instrumental music. In a word, Stutzmann is extreme, and it works because that's Baroque opera, and the larger-than-life heroines here come to life as they do on few other recordings. Vivaldi, whom Stutzmann loves and is perhaps the composer who fires her imagination the most, is well represented in arias that are not at all in general circulation. The sound, too, puts the audience face-to-face with the singer and musicians, something that usually annoys, yet here compels. Many listeners will want this album because it is apparently Stutzmann's swan song with Orfeo 55, which has disbanded, but it can really be recommended to anyone wanting a taste of what Baroque opera is about.
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1
Tamerlano, HWV 18, Act I: "Dal crudel che m'ha tradita" (Irene)
00:03:14

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Nicola Francesco Haym, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Meride e Selinunte, Act II: "Torbido intorno al core" (Ericlea)
00:07:49

Nicola Porpora, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Apostolo Zeno, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Ariodante, HWV 33: Overture to Act II
00:01:45

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Anonymous, Poet - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, MainArtist - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

4
Rinaldo, HWV 7b, Act II: "Mio cor, che mi sai dir?" (Goffredo)
00:02:55

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Giacomo Rossi, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra - Aaron Hill, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Tito Manlio, RV 738, Act I: "Di verde ulivo" (Vitellia)
00:06:07

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Matteo Noris, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

6
Farnace, RV 711, Act II: "Gelido in ogni vena" (Farnace)
00:09:30

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Maria Lucchini, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Berenice, HWV 38: Sinfonia to Act III
00:02:48

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, MainArtist - Antonio Salvi, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

8
Semiramide riconosciuta, Act II: "Tradita, sprezzata" (Semiramide)
00:03:31

Nicola Porpora, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Pietro Metastasio, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Griselda, Act II: "Caro addio, dal labbro amato" (Griselda)
00:05:53

Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Giovanni Bononcini, Composer - Paolo Antonio Rolli, Poet - Apostolo Zeno, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

10
Alessandro Severo: Sinfonia to Act III
00:01:05

Antonio Lotti, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, MainArtist - Apostolo Zeno, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

11
Arminio, HWV 36, Act I: "Sento il cor per ogni lato" (Ramise)
00:02:50

Unknown, Poet - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Euristeo, Act III: "Sotto un faggio o lungo un rio" (Erginda)
00:08:52

Antonio Caldara, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Apostolo Zeno, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

13
Bajazet, RV 703, Act III: "È morto, sì, tiranno... " (Asteria)
00:01:35

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orfeo 55, Orchestra - Agostino Piovene, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

14
Bajazet, RV 703, Act III: "Svena, uccidi, abbatti, atterra" (Asteria)
00:02:08

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orfeo 55, Orchestra - Agostino Piovene, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

15
Statira, Act I: "Mira d'entrambi il ciglio" (Statira)
00:04:52

Nicola Porpora, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Carlo Goldoni, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

16
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Overture - II. Gavotta
00:01:20

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, MainArtist - Nicola Francesco Haym, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

17
La fede tradita e vendicata, Act II: "Empia mano" (Ernelinda)
00:05:55

Francesco Gasparini, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Francesco Silvani, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

18
Sosarme, re di Media, HWV 30, Act II: "Vado, vado al campo" (Erenice)
00:02:28

Unknown, Poet - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

19
L'incoronazione di Dario, RV 719, Sinfonia: I. Allegro
00:02:27

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, MainArtist - Adriano Morselli, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

20
L'incoronazione di Dario, RV 719, Sinfonia: II. Andante e pianissimo
00:01:47

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, MainArtist - Adriano Morselli, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

21
L'incoronazione di Dario, RV 719, Sinfonia: III. Presto
00:00:34

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, MainArtist - Adriano Morselli, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

22
Ginevra principessa di Scozia, RV 716, Act II: "Degli Elisi dal soggiorno" (Lurcanio)
00:04:03

Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Antonio Salvi, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

23
Alessandro Severo, Sinfonia: I. Allegro
00:01:29

Antonio Lotti, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, MainArtist - Apostolo Zeno, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

24
Alessandro Severo: Sinfonia - II. —
00:01:38

Antonio Lotti, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, MainArtist - Apostolo Zeno, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

25
Alessandro Severo: Sinfonia - III. Presto
00:01:09

Antonio Lotti, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, MainArtist - Apostolo Zeno, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

26
Berenice, HWV 38: Overture - III. Andante larghetto
00:01:40

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, MainArtist - Antonio Salvi, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

27
Rinaldo, HWV 7b, Act III: "Sorge nel petto" (Goffredo)
00:04:29

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Nathalie Stutzmann, Conductor, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Giacomo Rossi, Poet - Orfeo 55, Orchestra - Aaron Hill, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

Nathalie Stutzmann's Contralto is one of those albums where everything seems to go wrong until you realize that it's actually going very right. Conducting an ensemble and singing with it at the same time is just not done because it's well-nigh impossible, but Stutzmann makes her Orfeo 55 ensemble into an extension of herself. Stutzmann's interpretations are personal, which is not supposed to be part of the early music ethos, though she seems to put something of herself into every aria. With readings as subjective as this, an artist should choose familiar repertory. However, Stutzmann includes several world premieres (check out the rather stark "Caro addio," from Bononcini's Griselda), and there's not a chestnut in the bunch. On a vocal recital, the audience, one is assured, wants to hear the singer, and Stutzmann departs from the vocal program with a large amount of instrumental music. In a word, Stutzmann is extreme, and it works because that's Baroque opera, and the larger-than-life heroines here come to life as they do on few other recordings. Vivaldi, whom Stutzmann loves and is perhaps the composer who fires her imagination the most, is well represented in arias that are not at all in general circulation. The sound, too, puts the audience face-to-face with the singer and musicians, something that usually annoys, yet here compels. Many listeners will want this album because it is apparently Stutzmann's swan song with Orfeo 55, which has disbanded, but it can really be recommended to anyone wanting a taste of what Baroque opera is about.
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