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Il Maestro - Porpora: Arias / Franco Fagioli


Release Date: 10/28/2014 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5369  
Composer:  Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Franco Fagioli
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following a successful first album on naïve, Arias for Caffarelli (V5333), this recording of Franco Fagioli, the hit countertenor in Europe, offers 12 opera arias by Nicola Porpora, a composer and a teacher of Caffarelli and Farinelli, among many others.

Fagioli, through his amazing technique and breathtaking emotional power, pays tribute to the original and refined vocal art nurtured by Porpora in the framework of Naples in the 18th century.The recording features hits such as Polifemo’s “Alto Giove” but also lesser-known scores, all performed with the baroque specialists of Academia Montis Regalis, conducted by Alessandro de Marchi.
Following a successful first album on naïve, Arias for Caffarelli (V5333), this recording of Franco Fagioli, the hit countertenor in Europe, offers 12 opera arias by Nicola Porpora, a composer and a teacher of Caffarelli and Farinelli, among many others.

Fagioli, through his amazing technique and breathtaking emotional power, pays tribute to the original and refined vocal art nurtured by Porpora in the framework of Naples in the 18th century.The recording features hits such as Polifemo’s “Alto Giove” but also lesser-known scores, all performed with the baroque specialists of Academia Montis Regalis, conducted by Alessandro de Marchi.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Polifemo: Nell'attendere il mio bene by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Franco Fagioli (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
2.
Polifemo: Alto Giove by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Franco Fagioli (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1735; Italy 
3.
Ezio: Se tu la reggi al volo by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Franco Fagioli (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
4.
Semiramide riconosciuta: Vorrei spiegar l'affanno by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Franco Fagioli (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
5.
Didone abbandonata: Giŕ si desta la tempesta by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Franco Fagioli (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
6.
Meride e Selinunte: Torbido intorno al core by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Franco Fagioli (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
7.
Semiramide Riconosciuta: Il pastor se torna aprile by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Franco Fagioli (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
8.
Il verbo in carne: Distillatevi o cieli by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Franco Fagioli (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
9.
Meride a Selinunte: Con alma intrepida by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Franco Fagioli (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
10.
Il Ritiro: A voi ritorno campagne amene by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Franco Fagioli (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
11.
Carlo il calvo: Spesso di nubi cinto by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Franco Fagioli (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis
12.
Vulcano: Non lasciar chi t'ama tanto by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Franco Fagioli (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alessandro de Marchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academia Montis Regalis

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Beautiful and powerful example of what a countert December 10, 2014 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "Ever since discovering the countertenor voice type, I am always on the lookout for that can do justice to their repertoire. This recording is an excellent example of just what I am looking for. Franco Fagioli has a beautiful voice with remarkable depth of feeling as well as a lovely top-end. According to the liner notes he has a three octave range, which is most certainly demonstrated on this recording. The music being performed consists of pieces written by Nicola Porpora (1686-1768) from operas that he composed during that time. Needless to say, the voice types being available at that time included soprano castrato, and it is a treat to hear someone as talented as Mr. Fagioli singing several of these wonderful works. Particularly noteworthy are the two pieces from Semiramide Riconosciuta (tracks 2 and 4) which are both melodically pleasing both from the singing lovers prospective, but for the Baroque enthusiast, as the Academia Montis Regalis under the baton of Alessandro De Marchi gives Mr. Fagioli a delightful texture to work within. The music is exceptional. Also delightful is the lone piece from Didone Abbandonata (track 3) which requires Mr. Fagioli to use the top-end of his vocal range. And “spesso di nubi cinto” from “Carlo il Calvo” is energetic and hard not to tap your foot to. The booklet containing liner notes in several languages is concise and informative, providing background on Porpora and Mr. Fagioli as well. While one might wish for even more information than that provided, it is certainly adequate. The performances are top-notch, and this recording has become a new bright star in my collection. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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