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ReJoyce - The Best of Joyce DiDonato


Release Date: 09/03/2013 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 341212   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelClaudio MonteverdiAntonio VivaldiGiovanni Porta,   ... 
Performer:  Patrizia CiofiJoyce DiDonatoAnna NetrebkoNabil Suliman
Conductor:  Alan CurtisChristophe RoussetEmmanuelle HaïmFabio Biondi,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso BaroccoLes Talens LyriquesLe Concert D'Astrée,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of some of the original albums that make up this set:

"Every aria here is a worthy experience and each grips the listener. Christophe Rousset and his Les Talens Lyrique have a remarkable sense of drama...DiDonato is a remarkable singer."

-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com

"Reviewing performances—live or recorded—by mezzo Joyce DiDonato is becoming repetitive. You wait for a flaw—an aspirated run, a note out of tune, a rote performance, a dropped note among cascades of 16th notes, a trill that does not catch perfectly, a lack of involvement or shallow characterization, a line lacking in legato or smooth emission, a strained high note, a shortness of breath, a da capo
Read more embellishment out of sync with the era or composer, a misuse or overuse of chest voice—but to no avail...
lan Curtis has found a “drama queen” (in the best sense) so stupendous that he and his Complesso Barocco seem to be following her every mood with sharp attacks, rapid-fire playing and, when called for, tender, sensitive longing. Sonics are ideal—spotless and natural. This is simply glorious."

-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com

"This is simply sensational! The music is excellent and makes a satisfying programme; the singing and playing is top class... I’m not going to go through each character assumption, save to say that I find Miss DiDonato convincing and plausible in all the roles she essays. Her singing is never less than wonderful, whether she’s called upon to execute the most athletic and elaborate passagework or to spin the most seductive, sensuous line."

-- John Quinn, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Serse, HWV 40: Frondi tenere e belle by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano), Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
2.
Serse, HWV 40: Crude furie degl'orridi abissi by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
L'Incoronazione di Poppea: A Dio, Roma! a Dio, patria! amici, a Dio! by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano), Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée
4.
Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710: Non saria pena la mia by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 01/1723; Italy 
5.
Teseo, HWV 9: Moriró, ma vendicata by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1712; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
6.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Io t'abbraccio by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano), Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
Venue:  Montevarchi, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Ariodante, HWV 33: Scherza infida, in grembo al drudo by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano), Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; London, England 
8.
Radamisto, HWV 12: Vanne sorella ingrata by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712/1720; London, England 
9.
Ifigenia: Madre diletta, abbracciami by Giovanni Porta
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
Period: Baroque 
10.
Berenice: Col versar, barbaro, il sangue by Giuseppe Maria Orlandini
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725 
11.
Hercules, HWV 60: Where shall I fly? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
12.
Sposa son disprezzata by Geminiano Giacomelli
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
Period: Baroque 
13.
Teseo, HWV 9: Dunque all'affetto mio...Addio! mio caro bene by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano), Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1712; London, England 
Venue:  Montevarchi, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Kazushi Ono
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
15.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Kazushi Ono
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Aprite un po' quegl'occhi by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Amour, viens rendre by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Don Giovanni, K 527: In quali eccessi...Mi tradì quell' alma ingrata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
19.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
20.
Maometto secondo: Giusto ciel, in tal periglio by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Edoardo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
21.
Stabat mater: Qui est homo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano), Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832/1842; Italy 
22.
I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Se Romeo t'uccise un figlio by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Kazushi Ono
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Chorus,  Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
23.
La donna del lago: Tanti affetti in tal momento by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Edoardo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
24.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: D'amour, l'ardente flamme by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Kazushi Ono
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
25.
La Cenerentola: Nacqui all' affano by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Kazushi Ono
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Chorus,  Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
26.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: Sein wir wieder gut by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano), Nabil Suliman (Bass)
Conductor:  Kazushi Ono
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
27.
Dead Man Walking: Who will walk with me? by Jake Heggie
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
28.
Carousel: You'll never walk alone by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Wilson Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
29.
The Sound of Music: Climb ev'ry mountain by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Wilson Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
30.
Dead Man Walking: He will gather us around, all around by Jake Heggie
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
31.
Wizard of Oz: Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939 

Sound Samples

Handel: Serse, HWV 40, Act 1: "Frondi tenere... Ombra mai fu" (Serse): Serse, HWV 40, Act 1: "Frondi tenere... Ombra mai fu" (Serse)
Handel: Serse, HWV 40, Act 3: "Crude furie" (Serse): Serse, HWV 40, Act 3: "Crude furie" (Serse)
Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di poppea, SV 308, Act 3: "Addio, Roma" (Octavia): L'Incoronazione di poppea, SV 308, Act 3: "Addio, Roma" (Octavia)
Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710, Act 1: "Non saria pena la mia" (Antiope): Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710, Act 1: "Non saria pena la mia" (Antiope)
Handel: Teseo, HWV 9, Act 5: "Moriro, ma vendicata" (Medea): Teseo, HWV 9, Act 5: "Moriro, ma vendicata" (Medea)
Handel: Rodelinda, HWV 19, Act 2: "Io t'abraccio" (Rodelinda, Bertarido): Rodelinda, HWV 19, Act 2: "Io t'abraccio" (Rodelinda, Bertarido)
Handel: Ariodante, HWV 33, Act 2: "Scherza infida" (Ariodante): Ariodante, HWV 33, Act 2: "Scherza infida" (Ariodante)
Handel: Radamisto, HWV 12, Act 2 : "Vanne, sorella ingrata" (Radamisto): Radamisto, HWV 12, Act 2 : "Vanne, sorella ingrata" (Radamisto)
Porta: Ifigenia in Aulide: "Madre diletta, abbracciami" (Ifigenia): Ifigenia in Aulide: "Madre diletta, abbracciami" (Ifigenia)
Orlanidini: Berenice: Col versar, barbaro, il sangue (Berenice): Berenice: Col versar, barbaro, il sangue (Berenice)
Handel: Hercules, HWV 60, Act 3: "Where shall I fly?" (Dejanira): Hercules, HWV 60, Act 3: "Where shall I fly?" (Dejanira)
Giacomelli: Merope: "Sposa, son disprezzata" (Merope): Merope: "Sposa, son disprezzata" (Merope)
Handel: Teseo, HWV 9, Act 1: "Addio, mio caro bene" (Teseo): Teseo, HWV 9, Act 1: "Addio, mio caro bene" (Teseo)
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K. 621: "Parto, parto" (Tito): La clemenza di Tito, K. 621: "Parto, parto" (Tito)
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act 2: "Voi che sapete" (Cherubino): Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act 2: "Voi che sapete" (Cherubino)
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act 2: "Aprite, presto aprite" (Susanna, Cherubino): Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act 2: "Aprite, presto aprite" (Susanna, Cherubino)
Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice, Act 1: "Amour, viens rendre à mon âme!" (Orfeo): Orphée et Eurydice, Act 1: "Amour, viens rendre à mon âme!" (Orfeo)
Mozart: Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act 2: "In quali eccessi, o numi... Mi tradi quell'alma ingrata" (Donna Elvira): Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act 2: "In quali eccessi, o numi... Mi tradi quell'alma ingrata" (Donna Elvira)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act 1: "Una voce poco fa" (Rosina): Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act 1: "Una voce poco fa" (Rosina)
Rossini: Maometto I, Act 1: Giusto ciel, in tal periglio (Anna): Maometto I, Act 1: Giusto ciel, in tal periglio (Anna)
Rossini: Stabat Mater: Quis est homo: Stabat Mater: Quis est homo
Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi: "Ascolta! Se Romeo t'uccise un figlio.... - La tremenda ultrice spada" (Romeo): I Capuleti e i Montecchi: "Ascolta! Se Romeo t'uccise un figlio.... - La tremenda ultrice spada" (Romeo)
Rossini: La donna del lago, Act 2: "Tanti affetti in tal momento... Fra il padre, e fra l'amante" (Elena): La donna del lago, Act 2: "Tanti affetti in tal momento... Fra il padre, e fra l'amante" (Elena)
Berlioz: La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: "D'amour l'ardente flamme" (Marguerite): La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: "D'amour l'ardente flamme" (Marguerite)
Rossini: La Cenerentola: "Nacqui all'affanno" (Chorus, Ramiro, Angelina, Don Magnifico): La Cenerentola: "Nacqui all'affanno" (Chorus, Ramiro, Angelina, Don Magnifico)
Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: "Seien wir wieder gut!" (Ariadne): Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: "Seien wir wieder gut!" (Ariadne)
Heggie: Dead Man Walking, Act 3: "You've been so good to him and all of us...Who will walk with me?" (Sister Helen): Dead Man Walking, Act 3: "You've been so good to him and all of us...Who will walk with me?" (Sister Helen)
Rogers: Carousel: ''You'll Never Walk Alone'': Carousel: ''You'll Never Walk Alone''
Rogers: The Sound of Music: Climb Ev'ry Mountain: The Sound of Music: Climb Ev'ry Mountain
Heggie: Dead Man Walking, Act 2: The Execution - "He will gather us around, all around" (Sister Helen): Dead Man Walking, Act 2: The Execution - "He will gather us around, all around" (Sister Helen)
Arlen / Harburg: Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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