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Enchanted Forest
     

Enchanted Forest

by Anna Prohaska
 
The Baroque period covered 150 years, give or take a few, and programs covering much of the span are risky: few are the artists who can cover the multiplicity of styles with equal facility in each. German soprano Anna Prohaska comes to this release on the revived Archiv imprint with a very strong program: the enchanted forest is a realm of the supernatural that

Overview

The Baroque period covered 150 years, give or take a few, and programs covering much of the span are risky: few are the artists who can cover the multiplicity of styles with equal facility in each. German soprano Anna Prohaska comes to this release on the revived Archiv imprint with a very strong program: the enchanted forest is a realm of the supernatural that underlies many Baroque opera plots drawn from myth; it is an effective device for connecting arias across time, and it presents a refreshing change of pace from the usual heroic, romantic, or tragic fare. The orchestral accompaniment from the adequately sized historical-performance group Arcangelo is lively and clean. And in the lighter material from Italy and England in the 17th century, Prohaska succeeds in creating a charmed mood with a variety of vocal textures and timbres; the final "Lamento della ninfa" of Monteverdi is quiet and bewitching, and she is also an effective Purcell soprano. What stops one from recommending the release wholeheartedly is the group of arias by Handel (and one by Vivaldi), where Prohaska's agile but slender voice is forced into more muscular territory. The results are not unpleasant, but any number of other singers have more command over this material. Still, there's much to like here, and Prohaska has a combination of boldness and charisma that will attract many to this release.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2013
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947900771
catalogNumber:
001813202
Rank:
157481

Tracks

  1. Lamento Della Ninfa, madrigal in 3 sections for 1-4 voices (from Book 8), SV 163: Lamento della ninfa
  2. Gli Amori d'Apollo e di Dafne, opera: O più d'ogni ricchezza
  3. La Calisto, opera: Restino imbalsamate
  4. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: See, even Night herself is here
  5. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: The Plaint: O let me weep
  6. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Hornpipe in G minor
  7. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Tornami a vagheggiar
  8. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Furie terribili!
  9. Timon of Athens, semi-opera, Z. 632: Curtain Tune
  10. Apollo e Dafne (La Terra è Liberata), dramatic cantata for soprano, bass & orchestra, HWV 122: Come in ciel benigna stella
  11. Apollo e Dafne (La Terra è Liberata), dramatic cantata for soprano, bass & orchestra, HWV 122: Felicissima quest'alma
  12. Raise, raise the voice (An Ode for St. Cecilia's day), for soprano, bass, chorus, 2 violins & continuo, Z. 334: Mark how readily each pliant string
  13. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Hornpipe in D minor
  14. Giove in Argo (Jupiter in Argos), opera, HWV A14: Combattuta da più venti
  15. La Fida ninfa, opera in 3 acts, RV 714: Alma oppressa

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