Arias For Luigi Marchesi / Ann Hallenberg

Release Date: 9/25/2015
Label: Glossa
Catalog Number: GCD 923505
Performer: Ann Hallenberg
Conductor: Stefano Aresi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Recapturing the impact made by the colorful figure of the castrato Luigi Marchesi at the turbulent and revolutionary end of the eighteenth century has been a project embracing an exhibition, symposia, the publication of scores associated with the divo and this fabulous recording performed by Ann Hallenberg, Stile Galante and conductor Stefano Aresi.

It has been possible, through painstaking work, to identify not just the principal operatic arias composed with Marchesi in mind, but also his special and astonishing brand of ornamentation and worked-out cadenzas, developed in the course of a career spanning five decades. Possessed of a vast vocal range – some three octaves – Marchesi, called the “Apollo of his times”, was courted all over Europe, from St Petersburg to Vienna, London to Milan, Munich, Naples and Warsaw. He even rebuffed Napoleon Bonaparte’s entreaties to hear him sing in 1796.

The Swedish mezzo Ann Hallenberg ventures wholeheartedly into the musical mind of this extraordinary star of late opera seria in a vivid recreation backed not just by a meticulous attention to the original instruments and the ensemble configurations as used by orchestras in accompanying Marchesi, but by access to some two hundred contemporary accounts of the singer’s music-making.
Works on This Recording
1. Armida e Rinaldo: Vedo l'abisso orrendo by Giuseppe Sarti
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Stefano Aresi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante
2. L'Olimpiade: Rendi, oh cara, il prence amato by Giuseppe Sarti
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Stefano Aresi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante
3. Pirro: Chi mi dà consiglio, aita by Niccolò Zingarelli
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Stefano Aresi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante
4. Armida e Rinaldo: Lungi da te, ben mio by Giuseppe Sarti
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Stefano Aresi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante
5. Lauso e Lidia: Oh qual contento by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Stefano Aresi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante
6. Alessandro nelle Indie: Quanto è fiero il mio tormento by Luigi Cherubini
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Stefano Aresi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante
7. Demofoonte: Misero pargoletto by Gaetano Pugnani
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Stefano Aresi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante
8. Castore e Polluce: Sembianze amabili by Francesco Bianchi
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Stefano Aresi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante
9. L'Olimpiade: Superbo di me stesso by Domenico Cimarosa
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Stefano Aresi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante
10. L'olimpiade: Se cerca, se dice by Josef Myslivecek
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Stefano Aresi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante
11. Pirro: Qual mi sorprende e aghiaccia by Niccolò Zingarelli
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Stefano Aresi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante
12. Pirro: Cara, negl’occhi tuoi by Niccolò Zingarelli
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Stefano Aresi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante
13. Alessandro nelle Indie: Quanto è fiero il mio tormento by Luigi Cherubini
Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Stefano Aresi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante
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