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Vivaldi Heroes / Philippe Jaroussky, Jean Christophe Spinosi, Et Al


Release Date: 01/16/2007 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 63414   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Earlier in his career, Philippe Jaroussky was billed as a "male soprano" and it is easy to hear why: his voice is remarkably feminine. "Heroes" is the name of the CD, but many of the arias were composed for women; make of that what you will. The point is that this CD, presuming you are not allergic to this very high male voice now billed as "countertenor", is one of great beauty and possibly even greater artistic merit.

Jaroussky may be lacking the potency and darkness of Andreas Scholl and the pure sensuality of David Daniels, but the sound itself is of such rare beauty, the technique so phenomenal, the involvement so thorough, that he leaves the
Read more listener stunned. It isn't merely his astonishing fluency with rapid divisions, his dead-center pitch throughout his range and at all dynamic levels, his intelligence in creating a character or situation, or his ease with such feats as a flawless messa di voce that impresses. It is how wisely he uses his resources to make the music breathe and live.

For an instant grand impression you could begin at the CD's start, with a bravura piece from Orlando finto pazzo that exhibits rapid-fire coloratura, rhythmic precision, and Jaroussky's fine taste in embellishing the vocal line. But the languid, gentle lullaby "Mentre dormi amor fomenti" from L'Olimpiade (with its strings imitating the "gentle breeze" of the text) will simply knock you out. Jaroussky weaves a ravishing melody with a tone as hypnotically lovely and breath control as easy as you are likely to hear anywhere. Sheer beauty like this is very rare indeed.

In "Frema pur...", from Ottone in Villa, his voice dips into baritone range but he never pushes; the tone is low, but not dark, chest voice. A total bravura aria like "Fra le procelle" from Tito Manlio (another storm-tossed metaphor) is thrown off with enough abandon to make the listener gasp.

This recital wouldn't be as successful if conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi and his Ensemble Matheus were not also of the same musical mind. Spinosi plays violin here, and his obbligato in the aria from Andromeda Liberata turns the piece into a glorious duet. The Ensemble's playing is precise, warm, and dramatically involved. This is a must for those who love great singing and playing--and of course, for Baroque opera enthusiasts.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Andromeda liberata: Sovente il sole by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1726; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Auditorium de l'Ecole Nationale de Musiq 
Length: 9 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The authorship of this work is uncertain. It may be a "pasticcio" by several composers. At least one aria, "Sovvente il sole," has been determined to be by Antonio Vivaldi. 
2.
L'Orlando finto pazzo, RV 727: Se in ogni guardo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Auditorium de l'Ecole Nationale de Musiq 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Giustino, RV 717: Vedrò con mio diletto by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Auditorium de l'Ecole Nationale de Musiq 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Ottone in Villa, RV 729: Frema pur, si lagni Roma by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Auditorium de l'Ecole Nationale de Musiq 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
L'Olimpiade, RV 725: Mentre dormi, amor fomenti by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Auditorium de l'Ecole Nationale de Musiq 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Tito Manlio, RV 738: Vanne perdida...Frà le procelle by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1719; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Auditorium de l'Ecole Nationale de Musiq 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Demofoonte: Sperai vicino il lido by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Auditorium de l'Ecole Nationale de Musiq 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Giustino, RV 717: Bel riposo de' mortali by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Auditorium de l'Ecole Nationale de Musiq 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Deh perché..." 
9.
La virtù trionfante dell’amore, e dell’odio, RV 740 "Il Tigrane": Fara la mia spada by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Auditorium de l'Ecole Nationale de Musiq 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Tieteberga, RV 737: Sento in seno by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Auditorium de l'Ecole Nationale de Musiq 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Cara sposa by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Auditorium de l'Ecole Nationale de Musiq 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Farnace, RV 711: Perdona o figlio amato by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Auditorium de l'Ecole Nationale de Musiq 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
L'Orlando finto pazzo, RV 727: Alla rosa ruggiadosa by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  Auditorium de l'Ecole Nationale de Musiq 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Orlando finto pazzo: Se in ogni guardo (Argillano)
Giustino: Vedro con mio diletto (Anastasio)
Ottone in Villa: Frema pur, si lagni Roma (Ottone)
L'Olimpiade: Mentre dormi amor fomenti (Licida)
Tito Manlio: Frà le procelle (Lucio)
Andromeda liberata: Sovente il sole (Perseo)
Demofoonte: Sperai vicino il lido
Guisto: Deh perché (Giustino)
Giusto: Bel riposo de'mortali (Giustino)
Il Tigrane: Fara la mia spada (Oronte)
Tieteberga -Atto II: Sento in seno ch'in pioggia di lagrime (Lotario)
Orlando furioso: Cara sposa (Ruggiero)
Farnace - Atto II: Perdona o figlio amato (Farnace)
Orlando finto pazzo: Alla rosa ruggiadosa (Grifone)

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