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The World of the Castrati - The Voice of Angels [2 CDs+DVD]

World Of Castrati: Angel Voices / Various
Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 48791   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claudio MonteverdiGeorge Frideric HandelAntonio CaldaraAntonio Vivaldi,   ... 
Performer:  Natalie DessaySonia PrinaKate RoyalLaura Polverelli,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In this double album, the greatest vocal artists of the present day offer their own vision of the singing of their legendary predecessor. Both male and female singers now undertake the task of bringing back to life the wondrous voices of their androgynous forebears, in music that is by turns unsettling, deeply moving and of a dizzying virtuosity.

The extraordinary adulation accorded to castrati during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is still today one of the most fascinating phenomena in the history of music. During this golden age of the castrato, these male singers endowed with high voices that combined incredible refinement, amazing power and superhuman virtuosity took the musical world by storm. The whole of
Read more Europe was overcome by infatuation for these vocal prodigies. In the absence of the castrati themselves, the singers of today face the formidable challenge of reviving their repertoire. Both male and female singers now undertake the task of bringing back to life the wondrous voices of their androgynous forebears, in music that is by turns unsettling, deeply moving and of a dizzying virtuosity. In this double album, the greatest vocal artists of the present day offer their own vision of the singing of their legendary predecessors.

A 2CD-Compilation for the Price of 1 + 1 Bonus DVD

CD1 Feminine Castrato arias performed by female singers : Natalie Dessay, Kate Royal, Sonia Prina, Stephanie Blythe, Vivica Genaux, Elina Garanca, Patrizia Ciofi, Joyce DiDonato, Della Jones, Anne Sofie von Otter, Véronique Gens.

CD2 Masculine Castrato arias performed by male singers: Philippe Jaroussky, James Bowman, René Jacobs, Max Emanuel Cencic, Gérard Lesne, David Daniels…

+ Includes Bonus DVD 33.02 ( mini-documentary "Behind the scenes" - footage from the recording sessions of previous and new releases ) / NTSC – Stereo – Region Free

Six arias by Monteverdi, Handel, J.C. Bach and Vivaldi, first sung by castrati and performed here by Natalie Dessay, Joyce DiDonato, Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, Patrizia Ciofi and Vivica Genaux
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Works on This Recording

1.
L'Orfeo: Excerpt(s) by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1607; Mantua, Italy 
2.
La resurrezione, HWV 47: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sonia Prina (Alto), Kate Royal (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708; Italy 
3.
La Passione di Gesù Cristo: Excerpt(s) by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
4.
La fida ninfa, RV 714: Excerpt(s) by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Vivica Genaux (Mezzo Soprano)
5.
Bajazet, RV 703 "Tamerlano": Excerpt(s) by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano), Vivica Genaux (Mezzo Soprano), Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Verona, Italy 
6.
Ariodante, HWV 33: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; London, England 
7.
Alcina, HWV 34: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
8.
Serse, HWV 40: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
9.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Excerpt(s) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague, Czech Republ 
10.
Giustino, RV 717: Excerpt(s) by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Rome, Italy 
11.
Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  René Jacobs (Countertenor), James Bowman (Countertenor)
12.
Fernando, Rè di Castiglia: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
13.
La clemenza di Tito: Excerpt(s) by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
14.
Faramondo, HWV 39: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor)
15.
Serse, HWV 40: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
16.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Excerpt(s) by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K 87 (74a): Excerpt(s) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor)
18.
Ebben si vada...Io ti lascio by Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: c1778 
19.
Aureliano in Palmira: Excerpt(s) by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 

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