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Arias for Senesino / Andreas Scholl


Release Date: 10/11/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000530002   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelTomaso AlbinoniAntonio LottiAlessandro Scarlatti,   ... 
Performer:  Andreas Scholl
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


No matter what other varied projects countertenor Andreas Scholl has pursued, he remains at his considerable best when he sings the great Baroque opera arias, especially Handel. Happily, he's back singing what he was born to sing, and these arias, originally composed for the great 18th-century castrato known as Senesino, show why Scholl continues to set the standard for today's impressive cadre of young countertenors, using his voice as naturally and effortlessly as if, well, he were born to it.

If you've heard Scholl before--and if you truly love singing, you have--you may remember hearing him sing one of the arias on this recording, "Aure, deh, per pietà", on a
Read more previous disc from 1998, titled Heroes, with Roger Norrington and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Although that performance is significantly faster and the voice is noticeably brighter, when compared to Scholl's most recent effort, that rendition shows how consistent an artist Scholl is; although the timbre has changed ever so slightly, the technique and interpretive style are every bit as assured and facile. You can appreciate his performances not only for the overall beauty of his golden sound, but for the smallest details of articulation and phrasing that show uncommon interpretive skill and sensitivity to text and characterization. In other words, his performances are vocally lovely and impressive, but they're also distinctive and they make sense.

Although there are zillions of highlights here, the heart of the program--arias by Scarlatti ("Del ciel sui giri"), Lotti ("Fosti caro agl'occhi miei"), and Handel (the abovementioned "Aure, deh, per pietà" and "Al lampo dell'armi")--offers some of Scholl's most elegant, ardent singing among all of his recordings. The breath control, the cleanly-executed rapid leaps and runs, and of course, his heartbreakingly affecting "dolor" at the end of Handel's "Aure..." are all remarkable and worth many repeated hearings. Scholl is supported by an excellent orchestra, every bit as articulate and sensitive to the music's expressive demands as the singer, and the sound is first rate. Outstanding!

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Flavio, Rè di Longobardi, HWV 16: Bel contento by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Pompe vane di morte!...Dove sei, amato... by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Astarto: Stelle ingrate by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Engelberta: Selvagge amenità by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Teofane: Discordi pensier by Antonio Lotti
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1719; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Carlo re d'Allemagna: Del ciel sui giri by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1716; Naples, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Ascanio, ovvero Gli odi delusi dal sangue: Fosti caro by Antonio Lotti
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1718; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Dall'ondoso periglio by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Aure, deh, per pietà by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Al lampo dell' armi by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Cara sposa by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Il trionfo di Camilla: Va' per le vene il sangue by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1740; Naples, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Auditorium di Milano, Milan, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Flavio, Re di Longobardi, HWV16: "Bel contento"
Rodelinda / Act 1: Pompe vane di morte!
Rodelinda / Act 1: Dove sei, amato bene?
Astarto - Critical Edition Dr. Alessandro Borin: "Stelle ingrate"
Elgelberta - Critical Edition Dr. Alessandro Borin: "Selvagge Ameiità
Teofane - Critical Edition Dr. Alessandro Borin: "Discordi pensier"
Carlo re Allemagna - Critical Edition Dr. Alessandro Borin: "Del ciel su sui giri"
Gli odi delusi dal Sangue - Critical Edition Dr. Alessandro Borin: "Fosti caro"
Giulio Cesare / Act 3: Dall'ondoso periglio
Giulio Cesare / Act 3: Aure, deh, per pietà
Giulio Cesare / Act 2: "Al Lampo dell'armi"
Rinaldo / Act 1: "Cara sposa"
Il Trionfo di Camilla - Critical Ed. Dr. Alessandro Borin: "Va'per le vene il sangue"

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