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Nuits Blanches / Gauvin, Weimann, Pacific Baroque Orchestra


Release Date: 03/27/2020 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2791  
Composer:  Dimitri BortnianskyDomenico Dall'OglioChristoph W. GluckEvstigney Fomin,   ... 
Performer:  Karina Gauvin
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Nuits blanches" (White Nights) is a much-anticipated new recording by soprano Karina Gauvin, who stylishly animates the opera heroines of the 18th century Russian court. Musical life during the reign of Tsar Peter the Great was a rich blend of diverse styles and influences originating from all over Europe. The Tsar was known for his love of music, a tradition that was carried on by his successors, the Empresses Anne, Elizabeth, and Catherine II, who cultivated cosmopolitan tastes for all kinds of music, including opera. Karina Gauvin sings arias from rarely heard operas by Russian composers such as Dmitri Stepanovich Bortniansky (Alcide) and Maxim Sozontovich Berezovsky (Demofoonte), and German composer Christoph Willibald Gluck Read more (Armide).

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REVIEW:

As soon as you hear the first notes of the recitative from Gluck’s Armide, you realize that you’re in another world, a world of great art and not just of entertainment, and to her credit Gauvin rips into this music with the full magnificence of her vocal and histrionic powers. Gauvin’s assumption of the sorceress is absolutely first-rate. These excerpts, as well as the ones from Gluck’s Alcide, are clearly the high-water-marks of this album. If you’re a Gauvin fan, you will surely want to hear her sing the Gluck.

– The Art Music Lounge (Lynn René Bayley) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le faucon: Ne me parlez point by Dimitri Bortniansky
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra
2.
Sinfonia cossaca: I. Allegro by Domenico Dall'Oglio
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra
3.
Armide: Enfin, il est en ma puissance by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Paris, France 
4.
Armide: Ah! si la liberté by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Paris, France 
5.
Armide: O ciel! Quelle horrible menace by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra
6.
Armide: Gratioso by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra
7.
Armide: Le perfide Renaud me fuit by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Paris, France 
8.
Le faucon: Overture by Dimitri Bortniansky
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra
9.
Alcide: Mi sorprende by Dimitri Bortniansky
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra
10.
Alcide: In qual mar by Dimitri Bortniansky
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra
11.
Alcide: Dei clementi by Dimitri Bortniansky
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra
12.
Postal Coachmen at the Relay Station: Overture by Evstigney Fomin
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra
13.
Demofoonte: Mentre il cor by Maxim Berezovsky
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra
14.
Demofoonte: Misero pargoletto by Maxim Berezovsky
Performer:  Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Baroque Orchestra

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