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Joyce DiDonato|In War & Peace - Harmony through Music

In War & Peace - Harmony through Music

Joyce DiDonato - Maxim Emelyanychev

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Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has gained a strong following with novel, even fearless programs, flawlessly executed. The stimulus for In War & Peace was extramusical: DiDonato temporarily shelved a different project in the wake of the terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. The concept is ambitious: the booklet includes quotes about finding peace from figures as varied as Patrick Stewart, Riccardo Muti, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and an inmate at New York's Sing Sing prison. Does it directly connect with DiDonato's program of Baroque arias? Listeners will have to decide for themselves, but the good news is that the program stands on its own. War and peace are among the most common themes in Baroque opera, but DiDonato has woven them together intelligently here. For one thing, the two interpenetrate, with elevated tragic arias in the War half of the program, and complex dramatic conceptions in the Peace half. Sample Handel's remarkable "Augelletti, che cantante," from Rinaldo, with its sopranino recorder part and discursive development. Added bonuses are some world-premiere arias from the still largely unexplored corpus of opera seria from the middle 18th century, represented by compositions of Leonardo Leo and Niccolò Jommelli. Equally good are the big hits, including a magnificent, deliberate "When I am laid in earth," from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, which shows the breadth of DiDonato's conceptualizations of war and peace. The accompaniment from the historical-instrument group Il Pomo d'Oro under Maxim Emelyanychev is ideal. Recommended, whatever your views on the feasibility of world peace.

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1
Jephtha, HWV 70, Act 1: "Some dire event hangs o'er our heads... Scenes of horror, scenes of woe" (Storgè)
Joyce DiDonato
00:05:13

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Andromaca, Act 1: "Prendi quel ferro, o barbaro!" (Andromaca)
Joyce DiDonato
00:07:16

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Leonardo Leo, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17, Act 1: "Vani sono i lamenti... Svegliatevi nel core" (Sesto)
Joyce DiDonato
00:04:47

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Nicola Francesco Haym, Poet - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act 3: "They Tell Us That You Mighty Powers Above" (Orazia)
Joyce DiDonato
00:04:05

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Agrippina, HWV 6, Act 2: "Pensieri, voi mi tormentate" (Agrippina)
Joyce DiDonato
00:06:45

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist - Magdalena Karolak, Oboe, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Recitative. "Thy Hand, Belinda" - Song. "When I Am Laid in Earth" (Dido)
Joyce DiDonato
00:05:03

Nahum Tate, Poet - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act 2: "Lascia ch'io pianga" (Almirena)
Joyce DiDonato
00:05:32

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Giacomo Rossi, Poet - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Bonduca, or the British Heroine, Z. 574, Act 5: "Oh! Lead Me to Some Peaceful Gloom" (Bonvica)
Joyce DiDonato
00:03:17

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act 1: "Augelletti che cantate" (Almirena)
Joyce DiDonato
00:05:36

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Giacomo Rossi, Poet - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist - Anna Fusek, Recorder, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Attilio Regolo, Act 2: "Sprezza il furor del vento" (Regolo)
Maxim Emelyanychev
00:07:14

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Nicolò Jommelli, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Prologue: "Why Should Men Quarrel?" (Girl)
Joyce DiDonato
00:01:31

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Attilio Regolo, Act 1: "Par che di giubilo" (Attilia)
Maxim Emelyanychev
00:06:09

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Nicolò Jommelli, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Susanna, HWV 66, Act 2: "Lead me, oh lead me to some cool retreat.... Crystal streams in murmurs flowing" (Susanna)
Joyce DiDonato
00:08:21

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist - Moses Mendes, Poet

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Act 5: "Illustratevi, o cieli" (Penelope)
Joyce DiDonato
00:02:20

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17, Act 3: "Da tempeste il legno infranto" (Cleopatra)
Joyce DiDonato
00:06:00

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Nicola Francesco Haym, Poet - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra - Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album review

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has gained a strong following with novel, even fearless programs, flawlessly executed. The stimulus for In War & Peace was extramusical: DiDonato temporarily shelved a different project in the wake of the terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. The concept is ambitious: the booklet includes quotes about finding peace from figures as varied as Patrick Stewart, Riccardo Muti, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and an inmate at New York's Sing Sing prison. Does it directly connect with DiDonato's program of Baroque arias? Listeners will have to decide for themselves, but the good news is that the program stands on its own. War and peace are among the most common themes in Baroque opera, but DiDonato has woven them together intelligently here. For one thing, the two interpenetrate, with elevated tragic arias in the War half of the program, and complex dramatic conceptions in the Peace half. Sample Handel's remarkable "Augelletti, che cantante," from Rinaldo, with its sopranino recorder part and discursive development. Added bonuses are some world-premiere arias from the still largely unexplored corpus of opera seria from the middle 18th century, represented by compositions of Leonardo Leo and Niccolò Jommelli. Equally good are the big hits, including a magnificent, deliberate "When I am laid in earth," from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, which shows the breadth of DiDonato's conceptualizations of war and peace. The accompaniment from the historical-instrument group Il Pomo d'Oro under Maxim Emelyanychev is ideal. Recommended, whatever your views on the feasibility of world peace.

© TiVo

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