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Che Puro Ciel / Bejun Mehta, Rene Jacobs, Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin


Release Date: 11/12/2013 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902172   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christoph W. GluckTommaso TraettaWolfgang Amadeus MozartJohann Adolf Hasse,   ... 
Performer:  Bejun Mehta
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music BerlinBerlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



The most enjoyable, intelligently planned countertenor recital to have come my way in years.

– Gramophone [2/2014]

***** (out of 5)
Jacobs and Bejun Mehta unleash the primal energies buried in magnificent yet largely forgotten operas...Jacobs's abrupt tempo twists, the instrumentalists' boldness and the chorus's power make such ensemble sections as electrifying as Mehta's solos. This is a daring and important retelling of the story of Classical opera.

– BBC Music Magazine

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In the famous Preface to Alceste (1767), Christoph Willibald Gluck and his librettist Ranieri de' Calzabigi
Read more posited a new direction for opera. They spoke of moving beyond Baroque forms, of striving for a new naturalism in opera. They wanted, in Calzabigi's lovely phrase, to liberate the language of the heart. Taken from the height of this Reform period, the arias on this disc reveal composers exploring and experimenting, at struggle and at play, as they create the new forms that bring to opera the noble simplicity of the Classical era. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Antigona: Ah, sì, da te dipende by Tommaso Traetta
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1772; Italy 
2.
Ifigenia in Tauride: Dormi Oreste! by Tommaso Traetta
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Classical 
Written: 1763; Italy 
3.
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K 87 (74a): Già dagli occhi il velo è tolto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Milan, Italy 
4.
Il Trionfo di Clelia: Dei di Roma, ah perdonate! by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
5.
Artaserse: No, che non ha la sorte by Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Classical 
Written: 1760 
6.
Artaserse: Vo solcando un mar crudele by Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Classical 
Written: 1760 
7.
Ezio: Pensa a serbarmi, o cara by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Classical 
Written: 1750/1763 
8.
Ezio: Se il fulmine sospendi by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Classical 
Written: 1750/1763 
9.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Vieni ai regni del riposo by Tommaso Traetta
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Classical 
Written: Italy 
10.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che puro ciel! by Tommaso Traetta
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Classical 
Written: Italy 

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