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Lamenti
     

Lamenti

by Emmanuelle Haïm
 
The logistical efforts involved in the making of this album must have been as strenuous as those on the musical side, for this is one of the first real all-star releases to have emerged from the historical-instrument side of the recording catalog. Lovers of vocal music per se may be interested in the dsic purely because it offers a rare opportunity to compare

Overview

The logistical efforts involved in the making of this album must have been as strenuous as those on the musical side, for this is one of the first real all-star releases to have emerged from the historical-instrument side of the recording catalog. Lovers of vocal music per se may be interested in the dsic purely because it offers a rare opportunity to compare conventionally trained singers with their early music counterparts in similar repertory, for this is among the first recordings to feature the likes of Rolando Villazón side by side with Philippe Jaroussky and Véronique Gens. The contrasts are all the more vivid because of the restriction of the program to a single genre, the lamento, or lovers' plaint, which was frequently half in love with easeful death. The objection that an entire program of laments might be a bit of a downer doesn't hold, for these were virtuoso pieces as well as tearjerkers. The vocal ranges for some of them are extreme (hear bass-baritone Christopher Purves forced down to the very bottom of his range in Stefano Landi's "Superbe colli, e voi, sacre ruine," track 5), and there are many contrasts in addition to the ones between the pieces with male and female protagonists. The album is, quite simply, a thrill. Enthusiasts may debate the merits of the individual singers; the Monteverdi "Lamento della ninfa," featuring the combined talents of Natalie Dessay, Simon Wall, Topi Lehtipuu, and Christopher Purves, is likely to be a standout on most lists. But the real credit goes to conductor Emmanuelle Haïm and her lush ensemble Le Concert d'Astrée, which fuse all these diverse voices into a single unit. A superb effort that may well elicit from hearers the same intense emotional reactions described in the Italian nobles who encountered the music on its first presentation. All texts are given in English, German, French, and the original Italian.

Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker - Alex Ross
Sensational.... Sorrow and rage coalesce [in La Didone] into something like an invocation of dark forces, a summoning of chaos in grand style.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Erato
UPC:
5099951904425
catalogNumber:
19044

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Tracks

  1. Egisto, opera: D'Hipparco e di Climene ospiti miei... Lasso io vi  - Francesco Cavalli  - Avril Bardoni  - Giovanni Faustini  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Rolando Villazón  -  Concert d'Astrée  - Marina Bettineschi  - Pascal Duez
  2. Lamento Della Ninfa, madrigal in 3 sections for 1-4 voices (from Book 8), SV 163  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Agnes Ausseur  - Avril Bardoni  - Natalie Dessay  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Christopher Purves  - Ottavio Rinuccini  - Topi Lehtipuu  -  Concert d'Astrée  - Simon Wall  - Marina Bettineschi  - Pascal Duez
  3. Cantate, ariette e duetti for voice(s) & continuo, Op 2: L'Eraclito amoroso  - Barbara Strozzi  - Avril Bardoni  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  -  Concert d'Astrée  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi  - Pascal Duez
  4. Lamento d'Arianna, for voice & continuo ("Lasciatemi morire"), SV 22  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Avril Bardoni  - Véronique Gens  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Marie Milford  - Ottavio Rinuccini  - Henning Weber  -  Concert d'Astrée  - Marina Bettineschi  - Pascal Duez
  5. Superbe colli  - Avril Bardoni  - Stefano Landi  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Christopher Purves  -  Concert d'Astrée  - Marina Bettineschi  - Pascal Duez  - Giovanni Guidiccioni
  6. L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Addio Roma  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Avril Bardoni  - Gian Francesco Busenello  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Hildegard Hardie  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Joyce DiDonato  -  Concert d'Astrée  - Marina Bettineschi  - Pascal Duez
  7. La Didone, opera: Acate, Ilioneo, compagni, amici... Dormi, cara Did  - Francesco Cavalli  - Avril Bardoni  - Gian Francesco Busenello  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Topi Lehtipuu  -  Concert d'Astrée  - Marina Bettineschi  - Pascal Duez
  8. Ferma Lascia Ch'Io Parli (Lamento della Regina Maria Stuarda), cantata for soprano & continuo  - Giacomo Carissimi  - Avril Bardoni  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Patrizia Ciofi  -  Concert d'Astrée  - Marina Bettineschi  - Pascal Duez
  9. L'Argia, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Dure noie, che rendete  - Antonio Cesti  - Avril Bardoni  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  -  Laurent Naouri  -  Concert d'Astrée  - Marina Bettineschi  - Giovanni Filippo Apolloni  - Pascal Duez
  10. La Didone, opera: Alle ruine del mio regno adunque... Tremulo spirit  - Francesco Cavalli  - Avril Bardoni  - Gian Francesco Busenello  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Patrizia Ciofi  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  -  Concert d'Astrée  - Marina Bettineschi  - Pascal Duez
  11. La favola d'Orfeo, opera, SV 318: Tu se' morta mia vita  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Avril Bardoni  - Gery Bramall  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Emmanuelle Haïm  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Rolando Villazón  -  Concert d'Astrée  - Marina Bettineschi  - Alessandro Striggio (the Younger)  - Pascal Duez

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