Vivaldi Heroes

Vivaldi Heroes

by Philippe Jaroussky
     
 
Philippe Jaroussky's countertenor is not a large instrument, but what an instrument! He sings with flawless intonation; a tone that is sweet, pure, even, and focused over the full extent of his wide range; and a breathtaking command of coloratura technique. The impression that his voice is perhaps more elfin than heroic seems of minor consequence in light of its

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Philippe Jaroussky's countertenor is not a large instrument, but what an instrument! He sings with flawless intonation; a tone that is sweet, pure, even, and focused over the full extent of his wide range; and a breathtaking command of coloratura technique. The impression that his voice is perhaps more elfin than heroic seems of minor consequence in light of its beauty, and the expressive intelligence and musicality he brings to these characters from Vivaldi operas. In spite of the bravado of the album's title, Vivaldi Heroes, many of the arias are exquisitely tender, showcasing Jaroussky's strengths in bringing out the characters' humanity and vulnerability. Any number of arias could be singled out, but "Vedro con mio diletto," from "Guistino," is a standout. Matheus Ensemble, led by violinist Jean-Christophe Spinosi, is a full partner in its sensitivity and musicality and offers nuanced and colorful support. The CD also serves as a showcase for Vivaldi's versatility as an orchestrator, and for the variety and expressiveness of his vocal writing, and it should dispel any stereotypes of the composer as predictable and formulaic. The sound is warm and clear, and the balance between the voice and ensemble is ideal.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - David Vickers
It is indeed the sublime and tender examples of Vivaldi's art that consistently show Jaroussky at his finest.... A beautifully executed and wisely chosen programme that is among the best of its type.
Time Out New York - David Shengold
[Jaroussky's] highly placed, sweetly effortless-sounding voice, deployed with sovereign musicality and deft style, is a pleasure to hear.... Jaroussky achieves genuine excellence on this disc of Vivaldi riches.
The Guardian - Tim Ashley
[Jaroussky's] technique is often staggering, and his breath-control in such languid numbers as the big aria from L'Olimpiade will leave you open-mouthed.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/16/2007
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0094636341422
catalogNumber:
63414
Rank:
114794

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  1. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Se in ogni guardo  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi
  2. Giustino, opera in 3 acts, RV717: Vedrò con mio diletto  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi
  3. Ottone in Villa, opera in 3 acts, RV 729: Frema pur, si lagni Roma  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi
  4. L' Olimpiade, opera in 3 acts, RV 725: Mentre dormi amor fomenti  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi
  5. Tito Manlio (I), opera in 3 acts, RV 738: Recitativo. Vanne perdida va  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi
  6. Tito Manlio (I), opera in 3 acts, RV 738: Aria. Fra le procelle  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi
  7. Andromeda Liberata, serenata (opera; attributed): Sovente il sole  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi
  8. L' Olimpiade, opera in 3 acts, RV 725: Sperai vicino il lido  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi
  9. Giustino, opera in 3 acts, RV717: Recitativo. Deh perché  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi
  10. Giustino, opera in 3 acts, RV717: Aria. Bel riposo de'mortali  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi
  11. La virtù trionfante, dell'amore, e dell'odio, overo Il Tigrane, opera in 3 acts (act 2 by Vivaldi), RV 740: Farà la mia spada  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi
  12. Tieteberga, opera in 3 acts, RV 737: Sento in seno ch'in pioggia di lagrime  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi
  13. Orlando (Orlando furioso II), opera in 3 acts, RV 728: Cara sposa  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi
  14. Farnace, opera in 3 acts, RV 711: Perdona, o figlio amato  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi
  15. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Alla rosa ruggiadosa  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Paula Kennedy  - Gudrun Meier  -  Matheus Ensemble  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Jean-Christophe Spinosi  - Philippe Jaroussky  - Marina Bettineschi

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