Altus - From Castrato to Countertenor

Altus - From Castrato to Countertenor

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These three CDs feature a roll-call of virtually all the leading countertenors of recent history, hailing from continental Europe, the UK, and the US. Each has his own special vocal colour and style, from the very British restraint of Alfred Deller, probably the first great countertenor of the modern era, to the lushness of the American David Daniels, the elegance of

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These three CDs feature a roll-call of virtually all the leading countertenors of recent history, hailing from continental Europe, the UK, and the US. Each has his own special vocal colour and style, from the very British restraint of Alfred Deller, probably the first great countertenor of the modern era, to the lushness of the American David Daniels, the elegance of the Frenchman Philippe Jaroussky, the fire of the middle-European Max Emanuel Cencic and the clarity of the German Andreas Scholl.

All these artists are exponents of ‘authentic’ performance, but – fortunately for the gentlemen in question – true authenticity is restricted to the track performed by Alessandro Moreschi. Dating from 1902 and the only known audio memento of a genuine castrato, it was recorded in the Sistine Chapel, Rome, where Moreschi sang in the choir. His sound is understandably plaintive, but – in every sense – the countertenors of Altus: From Castrato to Countertenor bring complete male bravado (along with sensitivity) to some glorious music. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2009
Label:
Erato
UPC:
5099923547629
catalogNumber:
35476

Tracks

  1. Giustino, opera in 3 acts, RV717: Vedrò con mio diletto
  2. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Frondi tenere...Ombra mai fu
  3. Stabat Mater, hymn for voice, strings & continuo in F minor, RV 621: Stabat Mater dolorosa
  4. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Es ist vollbracht
  5. Cantata No. 170, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust," BWV 170 (BC A106)
  6. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: He was despised
  7. Work(s): Fernando: Sincero affetto
  8. Amadigi di Gaula, opera, HWV 11: Minacciami, non ho timor
  9. Largo in F major, instrumental arrangement ("Ombra mai fu" from the opera Serse): Amor, tiranno Amor
  10. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Bereite dich, Zion, mit zärtlichen Trieben
  11. Saul, oratorio, HWV 53: O Lord, whose mercies numberless
  12. Conservate, raddopiate, duet for soprano, alto & continuo, HWV 185
  13. L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Pur ti miro, pur ti godo
  14. Greensleeves, folk song
  15. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: Stabat Mater dolorosa
  16. Salve regina, for (mezzo-)soprano, strings & organ in C minor: Ad te clamamus
  17. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for voice, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 608: Cum dederit dilectis
  18. Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, introduzione to Gloria for voice, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 629: Alleluia
  19. Ave Regina coelorum, for 2 voices & continuo (from Sentimenti devoti, libro secondo, Op. 6)
  20. Pianti, sospiri e demandar mercede, cantata for voice & continuo, RV 676: Cor ingrato dispietato
  21. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Et misericordia
  22. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Madre...Son nata a lagrimar
  23. Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, opera, HWV 22: Chi è nato alla sventure
  24. Work(s): Fernando: M'opporrò da generoso
  25. Ecce quomodo moritur justus, 3e répons après la 3e leçon du 2 nocturne du vendredi, motet for alto & strings, H. 131
  26. Mitridate, rè di Ponto, opera, K. 87 (K. 74a): Venga pur, minacci e frema
  27. Semiramide, opera: Eccomi alfine in Babilonia...Ah, quel giorno
  28. A Midsummer Night's Dream, opera, Op. 64: Welcome, wanderer... I know a bank where the wild
  29. Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2
  30. Come ye sons of art away (Birthday ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 323: Sound the trumpet, sound, till around
  31. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus, & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Agnus Dei
  32. Malinconia, ninfa gentile for voice & piano (6 ariette da camera)
  33. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Ahimè! Dove trascorsi?...Che faro senza Euridice?
  34. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
  35. Nacht und Träume (Heil'ge Nacht, du sinkest nieder!"), song for voice & piano, D. 827 (Op. 43/2)
  36. Plainte sur la mort de Monsieur Lambert
  37. Les Nuits d'été, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra), H. 81 (Op. 7): Sur les lagunes
  38. Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: Olim lacus colueram
  39. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)
  40. Duetto buffo di due gatti (Cat Duet), for 2 voices & piano (spurious), QR iv/1
  41. Maladresse, song
  42. Shenandoah, folk song
  43. Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  44. Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir: Crucifixus [Bonus Track]

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