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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The rise of the countertenor is one of the major musical developments of the early 21st century, and French singer Philippe Jaroussky has been at the heart of it. He not only has a glorious voice, creamy, with multiple shades, yet somehow with the fragility to take on Baroque opera's doomed heroines; he has the dramatic sense and an exquisite injured quality necessary for the opera genre, the dominant one during the Baroque. His popularity has expanded well beyond historical-performance circles, with some of his YouTube videos achieving Bieber-esque hit counts. He modestly avers that a best-of album may be ambitious for an artist in his early thirties, but in reality the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The rise of the countertenor is one of the major musical developments of the early 21st century, and French singer Philippe Jaroussky has been at the heart of it. He not only has a glorious voice, creamy, with multiple shades, yet somehow with the fragility to take on Baroque opera's doomed heroines; he has the dramatic sense and an exquisite injured quality necessary for the opera genre, the dominant one during the Baroque. His popularity has expanded well beyond historical-performance circles, with some of his YouTube videos achieving Bieber-esque hit counts. He modestly avers that a best-of album may be ambitious for an artist in his early thirties, but in reality the two CDs here aren't quite enough to cover what he has accomplished: Vivaldi, which is what he's best known for, is somewhat shortchanged. Nevertheless, this is a very good place to start with Jaroussky if you've bypassed him. The selections are drawn from albums Jaroussky made between 2004 and 2011. Needless to say, he's in fine voice throughout, and the collection covers his major Baroque specialties as well as selections from Opium, his 2009 release covering French late Romantic music. These take up the bulk of the second half of disc 1, and a few might have been left out to in order to bulk up the Baroque areas. On the plus side, however, are the new recordings that are included; Jaroussky fans will be convinced of the rightness of their purchase from the new opening track, Nicola Porpora's "Alto giove." Another advantage for confirmed Jaroussky lovers is the opportunity to hear how his voice slightly changes as he works with the leading lights of the historical-instrument movement; he is a delightfully sensitive ensemble performer. Listen and enjoy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2012
  • Label: Erato
  • EAN: 5099960270429
  • Catalog Number: 2704
  • Sales rank: 1,035

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Pur ti miro - Claudio Monteverdi & Christina Pluhar (4:13)
  2. 2 Stabat Mater: O quam tristis - Giovanni Felice Sances & Philippe Jaroussky (2:58)
  3. 3 Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius, motet for solo voice (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 287 - Claudio Monteverdi & Christina Pluhar (4:01)
  4. 4 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 & Emilia Gliozzi (7:07)
  5. 5 Orfeo ed Euridice, arrangement by Bach of Gluck's opera as pasticcio (Naples version), CW LG1: La legge accetto - Johann Christian Bach & Philippe Jaroussky (5:05)
  6. 6 Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2 - Henry Purcell & Diego Fasolis (3:43)
  7. 7 Tieteberga, opera in 3 acts, RV 737: Sento in seno ch'in pioggia di lagrime - Antonio Vivaldi & Jean-Christophe Spinosi (4:08)
  8. 8 Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Chi scopre al mio pensiero... Mi lusinga il dolce - George Frideric Handel & Emmanuelle Haïm (6:58)
  9. 9 L'Olimpiade, opera in 3 acts, RV 725: Mentre dormi amor fomenti - Antonio Vivaldi & Jean-Christophe Spinosi (7:44)
  10. 10 Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Venti, turbini - George Frideric Handel & Diego Fasolis (3:46)
  11. 11 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Frondi tenere... Ombra ma fu - George Frideric Handel & Diego Fasolis (4:12)
  12. 12 Orfeo, opera: Lasciate Averno - Luigi Rossi & Christina Pluhar (6:18)
  13. 13 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu - Gabriel Fauré & Paavo Järvi (3:39)
  14. 14 Los pajaros perdidos, tango song - Astor Piazzolla & Christina Pluhar (3:46)
  15. 15 Poems (3) for voice and piano: No. 1, Sur une tombe - Guillaume Lekeu & Philippe Jaroussky (3:59)
  16. 16 Sombrero (Qu'elle était mutine et coquette), for voice & piano - Cécile Chaminade & Philippe Jaroussky (1:38)
  17. 17 A Chloris, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II") - Reynaldo Hahn & Philippe Jaroussky (3:04)
  18. 18 Ebben, si vada & Io, ti lascio, transcription of recitative & aria for voice & orchestra (after Mortellari), CW LG2 (T. 250/2) - Johann Christian Bach & Philippe Jaroussky (5:51)
  19. 19 In caligine umbrosa, cantata for voice & continuo: Ardendo suspiro... Jam gratae memoriae - Giovanni Battista Bassani & Ensemble la Fenice (5:21)
  20. 20 Pianti, sospiri e demandar mercede, cantata for voice & continuo, RV 676: Cor ingrato dispietato - Antonio Vivaldi & Philippe Jaroussky (3:22)
  21. 21 Siface, opera in 3 acts: Tu che d'ardir m'accendi - Nicola Porpora & Emmanuelle Haïm (3:24)
  22. 22 Ercole, su'l Termodonte, opera in 3 acts (incomplete, but mostly extant), RV 710: Per sì bella speranza... Sento con qual diletto - Antonio Vivaldi & Fabio Biondi (4:00)
  23. 23 Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: E vivo ancora... Scherza, infida - George Frideric Handel & Emmanuelle Haïm (9:49)
  24. 24 Tito Manlio (I), opera in 3 acts, RV 738: Vanne perdida... Fra le procelle - Antonio Vivaldi & Jean-Christophe Spinosi (5:04)
  25. 25 Polifemo, opera: Alto Giove - Nicola Porpora & Concerto Köln (4:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Philippe Jaroussky Primary Artist
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