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Barnes & Noble - Benjamin Ivry
David Daniels' vocal beauty and natural dramatic talent are astonishing. The superstar American countertenor follows his brilliant debut recording of Handel arias with a stirring program of opera arias by Mozart, Gluck, and Handel. Daniels' great gift is his ability to convey the music's emotional messages without frills; he never makes the countertenor voice seem unnatural or precious. He sings Gluck's "Che farò" from ORFEO ED EURIDICE like a lover really wondering how he can exist after the death of a beloved. And in an aria from Handel's TOLOMEO, sung by a poisoned king, he spits out the bitter words with Callas-like vehemence. Other rarities, from Mozart's ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Benjamin Ivry
David Daniels' vocal beauty and natural dramatic talent are astonishing. The superstar American countertenor follows his brilliant debut recording of Handel arias with a stirring program of opera arias by Mozart, Gluck, and Handel. Daniels' great gift is his ability to convey the music's emotional messages without frills; he never makes the countertenor voice seem unnatural or precious. He sings Gluck's "Che farò" from ORFEO ED EURIDICE like a lover really wondering how he can exist after the death of a beloved. And in an aria from Handel's TOLOMEO, sung by a poisoned king, he spits out the bitter words with Callas-like vehemence. Other rarities, from Mozart's MITRIDATE and Handel's PARTENOPE, are put across with such gusto that one wonders why they are not better known. Conductor Harry Bicket and the virtuoso Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment offer gracefully pliant support to Daniel's wonderful vocalizing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1999
  • Label: Erato
  • UPC: 724354536526
  • Catalog Number: 45365
  • Sales rank: 229,329

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mitridate, rè di Ponto, opera, K. 87 (K. 74a): Venga pur, minacci e frema - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Harry Bicket (7:04)
  2. 2–3 Mitridate, rè di Ponto, opera, K. 87 (K. 74a): Vadasi...O ciel...Già dagli occhi - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Harry Bicket (8:26)
  3. 3 Ombra felice! . . . Io ti lascio, concert aria for voice & orchestra, K 255 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Harry Bicket (6:57)
  4. 4 Ascanio in Alba, opera, K. 111: Ah di sì nobil alma - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Harry Bicket (4:14)
  5. 5 Telemacco, nell'isola di Circè, opera in 2 acts, Wq. 34: Se per entro alla nera foresta - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Harry Bicket (2:41)
  6. 8–9 Orfeo ed Euridice, (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Ahimè! Dove trascorsi?...Che farò senza Euridice? - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Harry Bicket (5:07)
  7. 9 Orfeo ed Euridice, (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che puro ciel - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Harry Bicket (5:32)
  8. 11–12 Tolomeo, rè d'Egitto, opera, HWV 25: Inumano fratel...Stille amare - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (6:09)
  9. 13–14 Partenope, opera, HWV 27: Rosmira, oh Dio!...Sento amor - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (6:02)
  10. 14 Partenope, opera, HWV 27: Ch'io parta? - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (4:43)
  11. 15 Partenope, opera, HWV 27: Furibondo spira il vento - George Frideric Handel & Harry Bicket (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Daniels [countertenor] Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Daniels Soars to Conquer Mozart, Gluck and Handel

    Countertenor David Daniels is a wonder, especially when you consider the rarity of a fine countertenor recital. On this, his second solo recital disc for Virgin Classics, Daniels confounds expectations by continuing his amazingly high batting average. By the very nature of the voice type, one would think the repertoire would be rather limited, the fullness of the notes compromised, the warmth sacrificed by the technical demands of maintaining such a high range. But Daniels breaks every rule and makes up a few new ones by tackling the works of Mozart and Gluck, as well as his perennial musical compass, Handel. Two completely different selections from Mozart’s first opera, “Mitridate”, are included here - the aggressively rhythmic “Venga pur minacci e frema” with its intensely dramatic strings and the majestic and remorseful concluding aria “Vadasi…O ciel…Già dagli occhi”. They illustrate Daniels’ versatility in capturing the two sides of the nefarious character of Farnace. He also tackles the only concert aria Mozart ever wrote for a castrati, "Ombra felice…Io ti lascio”, in a beautifully modulated performance. The Gluck selections are highlighted by the touching “Che farò senza Euridice”, which achieves an almost dream-like beatitude, and the pastoral “Che puro ciel”. Although already breathtaking up to this point, Daniels saves the best for last as he goes back into familiar territory with Handel’s two operas, “Tolomeo” and “Partenope”, the latter which he has performed onstage on several occasions. From “Partenope” comes the beautiful title track “Sento amor” where his character Arsace experiences devotion and confusion over his still strong feelings for the disguised Rosmira. Daniels’ vocal runs are especially amazing on the last aria, “Furibondo spira il Vento”, where his conflicting feelings toward Rosmira come to a boil in a turbulent cauldron as she rejects him.

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