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Carnevale 1729 / Hallenberg, Montanari, Il pomo d'oro


Release Date: 06/16/2017 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186678  
Composer:  Geminiano GiacomelliGiuseppe Maria OrlandiniTomaso AlbinoniNicolo Porpora,   ... 
Performer:  Ann Hallenberg
Conductor:  Stefano Montanari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo d'Oro
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



The Carnival of Venice in 1729 was quite unlike any other. Over a period of two months, opera houses went into a frenzy of competition to show off the most famous singers of the day, including the legendary castrato Farinelli who made his astonishing Venetian debut. Several of the most fashionable composers rose to the occasion, writing ravishing music for spectacular productions which often pitted the singers against each other in breathtaking displays of virtuosity. The results were sensational; one tour de force followed another in an atmosphere of fevered excitement and the adoring public lapped it up. The carnival opened with a star-studded cast in Leonardo Leo’s
Read more tragedy Cantone in Utica from which the dazzling aria Soffre talor del vento and the more gentle Ombra adorata are taken. Farinelli triumphed in Nicolo Porpora’s opera Semiramide, the perfect vehicle for his extraordinary technique. By contrast Adelaide by Giuseppe Maria Orlandini, another premiere, contains show-stopping displays for Farinelli’s arch rival Faustina Bordoni. And Germiano Giacomelli’s elegant opera Gianguir contains the achingly beautiful aria Mi par sentir la bella. Most of these rediscovered works are recorded here for the first time. “The excellent musicians of the fantastic period-instrument ensemble … get it all perfectly right: every tone, every phrase, coloratura and accompaniment” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). The critically acclaimed Il pomo d’oro is an Italian baroque ensemble founded in 2012 with a special focus on opera with authentic performances on period instruments. They have recorded 15 albums including the world premiere recording of Leonardo Leo’s Cantone in Utica With a repertoire that includes leading roles in operas by Rossini, Mozart, Gluck, Handel, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Purcell, Bizet and Massenet, Ann Hallenberg is a much in demand Swedish mezzo-soprano and has recorded over 40 CDs, her solo CD Agrippina winning the award for best operatic recital at the International Opera Awards in May 2016. The baroque violinist and conductor Stefano Montanari is a much sought after guest conductor with both modern and period orchestras. He is regarded as one of the finest baroque violin virtuosos of his generation. His recording of Corelli’s Violin Sonatas op.5 won a Diapason d’Or and he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording o Purcells’ O Solitude with Andreas Scholl for Decca. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gianguir: Mi par sentir la bella by Geminiano Giacomelli
Performer:  Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefano Montanari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
2.
Adelaide: Excerpts by Giuseppe Maria Orlandini
Performer:  Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefano Montanari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo d'Oro
3.
Gianguir: Vanne, si, di al mio diletto by Geminiano Giacomelli
Performer:  Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefano Montanari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
4.
Filandro: Excerpts by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefano Montanari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
5.
Semiramide Riconosciuta: Excerpts by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefano Montanari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
6.
Catone in Utica: Excerpts by Leonardo Leo
Performer:  Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefano Montanari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
7.
L'abbandono di Armida: Nave altera che in mezzo by Leonardo Vinci
Performer:  Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefano Montanari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Press review October 28, 2017 By Classicalacarte Classicalacarte (Saint-Donat, QC) See All My Reviews "The Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg has recorded one of the most fascinating recital of never previously recorded gems. Her recording is made up of excerpts from operas that were showcases during the 1729 Carnival in Venice. The accompaniment is provide by the ensemble Il pomo d’oro under the leadership of the violinist Stefano Montanari. This new production comes only a few months after her resounding recital devoted to the famous castrato Farinelli (Aparté AP 117 – 01/2017). Eight reviews have been located so far – all of them extremely favourable. Gramophone, under the pen of David Vickers, has rewarded this production with an Editor’s Choice and BBC Music Magazine has selected it for its disc of the month of September 2017. On the French side, Diapason rewards the recital with a 5 Diapason. It is on the Web that one may read the most dithyrambic comments. Nicholas Kenyon (The Guardian – 09/2017 – 5 stars) writes: “Ann Hallenberg dazzles with sensational virtuosity and warm tone that is straight as a die, and Il pomo d’oro supports brilliantly”. Brian Robins provides a brilliant analysis for Early Music Review (08/2017 – 5 stars). For him, Ann Hallenberg’s singing is like “…a master-class in Baroque performance practice, with elegantly shaped phrasing and precise articulation of passaggi, along with an acute attention to text that should be studied by all aspiring singers of this repertoire. The variation of vocal colouring and subtlety of expression is also something to be wondered at…”. Robins adds : “one notes especially Hallenberg’s superb mezzo voce and her precise articulation of the chain of trills…”. His conclusion: “This is a superlative set that demands to be in every collection of Baroque opera enthusiasts (and she should) be rated among today’s great singers”. Michael Cookson (MusicWeb International – 09/2017) is also very eulogistic and recognizes the merits of the accompaniment provides by Il pomo d’oro : “Eighteen strong here Il Pomo d'Oro, with Stefano Montanari directing from the baroque violin, bring out extensive nuances from the writing, performing with style, together with responsive use of tempo with an ideal weight that ensures the soloist is never overpowered”. A “stunning studio album of showstopping late-baroque arias…”. Not to be missed, in particular the excerpt from Orlandini’s opera ‘Adelaide’ – 35 minutes of ‘pure bonheur’. At Classic @ la Carte we keep on searching for more reviews. All reviews may be consulted simply by searching with the following criteria : classicalacarte + id 612" Report Abuse
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