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Heroes in Love: Opera Arias / Prina, Jais, laBarocca


Release Date: 05/05/2017 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 924101  
Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Sonia Prina
Conductor:  Ruben Jais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  laBarocca
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is definitely no lack of heroic roles in the Gluckian repertory apart from the very well-known Orfeo from Orfeo ed Euridice: many memorable parts were assigned by this composer for the alto voice (either male castratos or female contraltos) - and it is precisely this repertory, written for excellent interpreters and yet still rarely performed today, which is celebrated on this album. As a consequence of a specific historical st of circumstances, Gluck had the good fortune to work with the final alto singers of his generation: not only Gaetano Guadagni, but also Giovanni Carestini, Vittoria Tesi and many others. Until the beginning of the 18th century, the contralto register was the one especially favored for heroic male roles and for Read more those of heroines en travesti. Much of this repertory remains unexplored and of course unrecorded: with this new programme, Glossa tries to help filling a somewhat unexplainable gap. Sonia Prina, one of the leading altos of her generation, teams up with the fine Milanese laBarocca orchestra, conducted by Ruben Jais, for her first full-scale opera recital album: and this after having sung the leading role in Handel's pasticcio Catone, very recently released on Glossa, and anticipating her mind-blowing performance in Silla, another Handelian opera, with Fabio Biondi. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La Sofonisba: Se in campo armato by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Sonia Prina (Alto)
Conductor:  Ruben Jais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  laBarocca
Period: Classical 
Written: 1744; Austria 
2.
Demofoonte: Sperai vicino il lido by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Sonia Prina (Alto)
Conductor:  Ruben Jais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  laBarocca
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1743; Austria 
3.
Demetrio: Dal suo gentil sembiante by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Sonia Prina (Alto)
Conductor:  Ruben Jais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  laBarocca
Period: Classical 
Written: 1742; Austria 
4.
La Semiramide riconosciuta: Sinfonia by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Sonia Prina (Alto)
Conductor:  Ruben Jais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  laBarocca
Period: Classical 
Written: 1748; Austria 
5.
La Sofonisba: Nobil onda by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Sonia Prina (Alto)
Conductor:  Ruben Jais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  laBarocca
Period: Classical 
Written: 1744; Austria 
6.
Ezio: Se fedele mi brama il regnante by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Sonia Prina (Alto)
Conductor:  Ruben Jais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  laBarocca
Period: Classical 
Written: 1750; Austria 
7.
Ippolito: Se tu vedessi come vegg'io by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Sonia Prina (Alto)
Conductor:  Ruben Jais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  laBarocca
Period: Classical 
Written: 1745; Austria 
8.
La Semiramide riconosciuta: Tradita, sprezzata by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Sonia Prina (Alto)
Conductor:  Ruben Jais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  laBarocca
Period: Classical 
Written: 1748; Austria 
9.
Ipermestra: Sinfonia by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Sonia Prina (Alto)
Conductor:  Ruben Jais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  laBarocca
Period: Classical 
Written: 1744; Austria 
10.
La Sofonisba: M'opprime, m'affanna by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Sonia Prina (Alto)
Conductor:  Ruben Jais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  laBarocca
Period: Classical 
Written: 1744; Austria 
11.
Telemaco: Ah! non turbi by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Sonia Prina (Alto)
Conductor:  Ruben Jais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  laBarocca
Period: Classical 
Written: 1764; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Ezio: Se il fulmine sospendi by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Sonia Prina (Alto)
Conductor:  Ruben Jais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  laBarocca
Period: Classical 
Written: 1750/1763; Austria 

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