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Arie Antiche / Dmitri Hvorostovsky


Release Date: 06/09/2010 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 456543   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christoph W. GluckGeorge Frideric HandelAntonio CaldaraPietro Antonio Cesti,   ... 
Performer:  Dmitri HvorostovskyKenneth SillitoMalcolm LatchemElizabeth Kenny
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hvorostovsky brings to these works the beauty of tone and elegance of phrasing that he acquired from bel canto, sometimes having an extra degree of intensity that puts the emotion of the music before its mere form.

Taking time out from his nights at the opera in Eugene Onegin and Don Carlo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is here found moonlighting with the music of an earlier era. There is no point in being snooty about this, as he is following in an honourable tradition. Any favourite among the one antiche, such as Giordani's Caro mio ben, has acquired quite a roll-call of major recording artists down the years: Caballe, Wunderlich, Pavarotti, De Luca and Schlusnus, to name only the most prestigious. Most of them have favoured an
Read more orchestral arrangement of the music and Hvorostovsky is no exception, employing a rather sweet-toothed one made by his conductor, Sir Neville Marriner. The Gluck and Handel arias are naturally performed in their original orchestrations, but the other items on this disc have all been arranged by various hands. Marriner and the ASMF make sure the accompaniments are always lively, not least thanks to a hyperactive harpsichordist who is overkeen to make his presence felt, and the recording is well balanced.

How does Hvorostovsky deport himself in this baroque apparel? Of course, there is nothing 'authentic' about his approach, but the cut of the music suits him well enough and he brings with him the style that he has acquired from the bel canto repertoire. That means beauty of tone and elegance of phrasing, heard typically in the sacred extracts from Handel's Dettingen Te Deum and Brockes Passion. On the best tracks he goes further: Caldara's moving Come raggio di sol and Durante's Vergin, tutto amor are both sung with an extra degree of intensity that puts the emotion of the music before its mere form.

It is surprising how many of these songs and arias coincide with the choices made by Dame Janet Baker in her various recital discs devoted to Gluck, Handel and arie amorose, the latter also conducted by Marriner (Philips, 1/93). Comparisons show Baker to be the one who illuminates the music from within, while Hvorostovsky is more generalized — for example, a sad and passive Gluck Orfeo alongside her urgently dramatic portrayal. I enjoyed the two numbers arranged by Hvorostovsky himself, where he sings with a nice freedom. The final track — Niedermeyer's sombre Pieta, Signore, powerfully delivered — is the longest item and gives the disc a last-minute sense of substance. Hvorostovsky's many admirers have no reason to hold back.

-- Gramophone [3/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1. Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farň senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
2. Paride ed Elena: O del mio dolce ardor by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
3. Te Deum in D major, HWV 283 "Dettingen": Dignare by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1743; London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
4. Orlando, HWV 31: Sorge infausta una procella by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
5. Der für die Sünde der Welt, HWV 48 "Brockes Passion": Chi sprezzando by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
6. Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
7. La costanza in amor vince l'inganno: Come raggio di sol by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
8. Selve amiche by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
9. Alessandro vincitor di se stesso: Si mantiene il mio amor by Pietro Antonio Cesti
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Kenneth Sillito (Violin), Malcolm Latchem (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
10. Le nuove musiche: Amarilli mia bella by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
11. L'honestŕ negli amori: Giŕ il sole dal Gange by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
12. Vergin, tutto amor by Francesco Durante
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
13. Danza, danza fanciulla gentile by Francesco Durante
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
14. Nina by Anonymous
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
15. Caro mio ben by Tommaso Giordani
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
16. Vittoria, vittoria, mio core by Giacomo Carissimi
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
17. Pietŕ, Signore by Louis Niedermeyer
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
18. Tito Manlio, RV 738: Se il cor guerriero by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1719; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 
19. Tito Manlio, RV 738: Orribile lo scempio by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1719; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Italian 

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