J.C. Bach: La dolce fiamma

J.C. Bach: La dolce fiamma

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by Philippe Jaroussky
     
 

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With this CD of arias by Johann Christian Bach, male soprano Philippe Jaroussky edges further afield from the Baroque repertoire in which he has made his reputation, moving into the Classical period. A 2007 album, Carestini, was devoted to arias sung by the legendary castrato, including music by Gluck (from early in his career), …  See more details below

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With this CD of arias by Johann Christian Bach, male soprano Philippe Jaroussky edges further afield from the Baroque repertoire in which he has made his reputation, moving into the Classical period. A 2007 album, Carestini, was devoted to arias sung by the legendary castrato, including music by Gluck (from early in his career), Handel, Graun, and Hasse, and offered some excursions slightly beyond the Baroque, but J.C. Bach wrote the solidly Classical operas seria and concert arias represented here after Carestini's death, between 1760 and 1779. While Jaroussky is fully secure in this repertoire, bringing to it his typically immaculate and imaginative musicianship, impeccable intonation, and remarkable versatility, these arias don't offer the same kinds of opportunities for the dazzling virtuosic agility that characterize his performances of Vivaldi, or the heated emotional intensity of his Monteverdi. Nonetheless, Jaroussky fans who can amend their expectations, and anyone who loves the music of J.C. Bach, should be delighted by his expansion into the music of this era. Jaroussky is the consummate dramatic singer and finds and highlights the theatrical urgency of the arias. His singing expresses his obvious affection for and commitment to this music; each of the arias is marked by passion, whether tenderly yearning, as in Cara, la dolce fiamma, from "Adriano in Siria"; or furious, as in Tutti nemici, e rei, from the same opera; or both, as in the concert recitative and aria, Sentimi, non partir… Al mio bene. Jérémie Rhorer leads Le Cercle de l'Harmonie in exceptionally supple, graceful, and colorful performances of this music, which Jaroussky describes as "at once so subtle and so sparkling." Virgin's sound is open, clean, and lifelike. The CD can be used to access further material and performances online.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/2010
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0825646379880
catalogNumber:
94564

Tracks

  1. Untitled CD-ROM Track  -  Unspecified  - Thomas Gainsborough  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - William Capon
  2. Temistocle, opera seria in 3 acts, CW G8 (T. 238/3): Aria. Ch'io parta?  - Johann Christian Bach  - Thomas Gainsborough  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - William Capon  - Julien Chauvin  - Le Cercle de l'Harmonie  - Jérémie Rhorer
  3. Ebben, si vada & Io, ti lascio, transcription of recitative & aria for voice & orchestra (after Mortellari), CW LG2 (T. 250/2)  - Johann Christian Bach  - Thomas Gainsborough  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - William Capon  - Julien Chauvin  - Le Cercle de l'Harmonie  - Jérémie Rhorer
  4. Artaserse, opera seria in 3 acts, CW G1 (T. 217/3): Aria. Vo solcando un mar crudele  - Johann Christian Bach  - Thomas Gainsborough  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - William Capon  - Julien Chauvin  - Le Cercle de l'Harmonie  - Jérémie Rhorer
  5. Artaserse, opera seria in 3 acts, CW G1 (T. 217/3): Recitativo. No, che non ha la sorte  - Johann Christian Bach  - Thomas Gainsborough  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - William Capon  - Julien Chauvin  - Le Cercle de l'Harmonie  - Jérémie Rhorer
  6. Carattaco, opera seria in 3 acts, CW G7 (T. 219/4): Aria. Fra l'orrore  - Johann Christian Bach  - Thomas Gainsborough  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - William Capon  - Julien Chauvin  - Le Cercle de l'Harmonie  - Jérémie Rhorer
  7. Carattaco, opera seria in 3 acts, CW G7 (T. 219/4): Recitativo. Perfida Cartismunda!  - Johann Christian Bach  - Thomas Gainsborough  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - William Capon  - Julien Chauvin  - Le Cercle de l'Harmonie  - Jérémie Rhorer
  8. Adriano in Siria, opera seria in 3 acts, CW G6 (T. 211/1): Aria. Tutti nemici, e rei  - Johann Christian Bach  - Thomas Gainsborough  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - William Capon  - Julien Chauvin  - Le Cercle de l'Harmonie  - Jérémie Rhorer
  9. Adriano in Siria, opera seria in 3 acts, CW G6 (T. 211/1): Aria. Cara, la dolce fiamma  - Johann Christian Bach  - Thomas Gainsborough  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - William Capon  - Julien Chauvin  - Le Cercle de l'Harmonie  - Jérémie Rhorer
  10. Orfeo ed Euridice, arrangement by Bach of Gluck's opera as pasticcio (Naples version), CW LG1: Aria. La legge accetto  - Johann Christian Bach  - Thomas Gainsborough  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - William Capon  - Julien Chauvin  - Le Cercle de l'Harmonie  - Jérémie Rhorer
  11. Sentimi, non partir and Al mio bene, a lei che adoro, recitative & aria for 2 voices, piano & orchestra, CW LG4 (T. 255/1)  - Johann Christian Bach  - Thomas Gainsborough  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - William Capon  - Julien Chauvin  - Le Cercle de l'Harmonie  - Jérémie Rhorer
  12. Artaserse, opera seria in 3 acts, CW G1 (T. 217/3): Cavatina. Perché tarda è mai la morte  - Johann Christian Bach  - Thomas Gainsborough  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - William Capon  - Julien Chauvin  - Le Cercle de l'Harmonie  - Jérémie Rhorer
  13. La clemenza di Scipione, opera seria in 3 acts, CW G10 (T. 229) (incomplete): Aria. Pugna il guerriero  - Johann Christian Bach  - Thomas Gainsborough  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - William Capon  - Julien Chauvin  - Le Cercle de l'Harmonie  - Jérémie Rhorer

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J.C. Bach: La dolce fiamma 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ZRome More than 1 year ago
Philippe Jaroussky is truly and exceptional artist. I've never heard another countertenor who has matched the crystal clear vocal quality as Phillippe's. There is no sound of vocal strain - perhaps this is how the great castratis of the 18th century truly sounded. This tonality is sweet and radiant. You can hear the emotion Philippe injects into each note. With that said, he has poignant, lyrical expressiveness. This CD is a definite keeper and I'm so glad to have it in my library.