Facce d'Amore / Orlinski, Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro

Release Date: 11/29/2019
Label: Erato
Catalog Number: 607246
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Facce d’amore, ‘Faces of love’ follows Jakub Józef Orli?ski’s first solo album, Anima Sacra, which moved Gramophone magazine to announce that “This is a voice with a big future.” It brings a switch from the sacred to the personal and passionate. As the Polish-born, New York-trained countertenor says, the program – which includes eight world premiere recordings – comprises “operatic arias that tell a story, showing a musical picture of a male lover in the baroque era – not only the positive side, like joyful or reciprocated love, but also anger or even madness.” Spanning some 85 years of the baroque period, the arias on Facce d’amore are by Handel, Cavalli, Alessandro Scarlatti, Bononcini, Conti, Hasse, Orlandini, Predieri and Matteis. Orli?ski is again partnered by the instrumentalists of Il Pomo d’Oro and their Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.

The program – which includes an impressive eight world premiere recordings – comprises “operatic arias that tell a story, showing a musical picture of a male lover in the baroque era. They focus on totally different aspects of love – not only the positive side, like joyful or reciprocated love, but also the side where the characters are possessed by anger or even madness.”

The album, which spans some 85 years of the baroque period, includes arias by major figures like Handel, Cavalli and Alessandro Scarlatti, by composers whose names have regained currency over recent decades, like Bononcini, Conti and Hasse (who wrote the virtuosic ‘Sempre a si vaghi rai’ – one of the album’s world premieres – for the legendary castrato Farinelli), and by relatively obscure names like Orlandini, Predieri and Matteis. As for Anima Sacra, the bass-baritone Yannis François advised on the conception and compilation of the program for Facce d’amore, while Orli?ski’s performance partners are again the instrumentalists of Il Pomo d’Oro and their Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.

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REVIEW:

It's music by Luca Antonio Predieri (a nearcontemporary of Handel’s) that really hits the mark. Predieri’s gentle lyricism and clean lines suit Orlin´ski’s soft-grained voice well. Il Pomo d’Oro offer all their usual technicolor support and showmanship.

– Gramophone
Works on This Recording
1. La Calisto: Erme e solinghe cime... Lucidissima face by Pier Francesco Cavalli
Performer: Jakub Józef Orlinski (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque
2. La nemica d'Amore fatta amante by Giovanni Bononcini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque
Written: 1692 ; Rome, Italy
3. La costanza non gradita nel doppio amore d'Aminta: Infelice mia costanza by Giovanni Bononcini
Performer: Jakub Józef Orlinski (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque
4. Il Pirro e Demetrio: Fra gl'assalti di Cupido by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer: Jakub Józef Orlinski (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque
5. Agrippina, HWV 6: Otton, Otton, qual portentoso by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Jakub Józef Orlinski (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque
Written: 1709 ; Italy
6. Agrippina, HWV 6: Voi che udite by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Jakub Józef Orlinski (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque
Written: 1709 ; Italy
7. Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Pena tiranna by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Jakub Józef Orlinski (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1715 ; London, England
8. Muzio Scevola, HWV 13: Spera, che tra le care gioie by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Jakub Józef Orlinski (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
9. Orlando, HWV 31: Ah! Stigie larve!...Vaghe pupille by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Jakub Józef Orlinski (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1733 ; London, England
10. Scipione il giovane: Finche salvo è l'amor suo by Luca Antonio Predieri
Performer: Jakub Józef Orlinski (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
11. Orfeo: Sempre a si vaghi rai by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer: Jakub Józef Orlinski (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
12. Nerone: Che m'ami ti prega by Giuseppe Maria Orlandini
Performer: Jakub Józef Orlinski (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque
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