Aksel!: Arias by Bach, Handel & Mozart

Aksel!: Arias by Bach, Handel & Mozart

by Aksel Rykkvin

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Aksel!: Arias by Bach, Handel & Mozart

The solo boy soprano album has a kind of intensity, born of knowing that the sound will soon end, that attracts some and puts others off, but Norwegian treble Aksel Rykkvin, with flawless schoolboy good looks, has become something of a sensation with this album of Baroque and Classical arias. His voice has a rather metallic quality, and you might think that forcing it into these big arias would be an unnatural thing. Yet in fact some of these pieces, including the tough arias from Handel's "Alcina," were originally written for a boy soprano, and Bach's church music made use of them as well. Rykkvin handles the acrobatics quite well. The cutting, brilliant quality of his voice in the 16th notes is what has attracted listeners to this; you've never quite heard anything like it. But he also can smooth things out to good effect, as in the "Quia respexit" from Bach's "Magnificat in D major, BWV 243," or in the music from Handel's "Messiah, HWV 56." Only in the final "Exsultate jubilate, K. 165," of Mozart, does he seem forced into something that doesn't come naturally, but even that seems appropriate for this program that will surely be a one-off thing: who knows what Rykkvin will sound like in a year? The program benefits from sensitive accompaniment from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Nigel Short. The real display album from a boy soprano is a rather rare thing, and if that appeals to you, don't hesitate to grab this example.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2016
Label: Signum Uk
UPC: 0635212043523
catalogNumber: 435
Rank: 50172

Tracks

  1. Cantata No. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," BWV 51 (BC A134): Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen

    1. Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen  (04:13)
  2. Cantata No. 68, "Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt," BWV 68 (BC A86): Mein gläubiges Herze

    1. Mein gläubiges Herze  (03:43)
  3. Joshua, oratorio, HWV 64: Happy, oh thrice happy we

    1. Happy, oh thrice happy we  (03:00)
  4. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Chi m'insegna il caro padre?

    1. Chi m'insegna il caro padre?  (03:10)
  5. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Barbara! io ben lo so

    1. Barbara! io ben lo so  (03:01)
  6. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga

    1. Lascia ch'io pianga  (04:14)
  7. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Ich folge dir gleichfalls

    1. Ich folge dir gleichfalls  (03:24)
  8. Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (Eternal Source of Light Divine), HWV 74  (03:16)
  9. Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508  (02:17)
  10. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: How beautiful are the feet of Them

    1. How beautiful are the feet of Them  (02:12)
  11. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Thou art gone up on high

    1. Thou art gone up on high  (02:57)
  12. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Let the bright Seraphim in burning row

    1. Let the bright Seraphim in burning row  (05:10)
  13. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Quia respexit

    1. Quia respexit  (02:44)
  14. Cantata No. 205, "Zerreisset, zersprenget, zertrümmert die Gruft," BWV 205 (BC G36): Angenehmer Zephyrus

    1. Angenehmer Zephyrus  (04:11)
  15. Joshua, oratorio, HWV 64: Oh! Had I Jubal's Lyre

    1. Oh! Had I Jubal's Lyre  (02:44)
  16. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi, che sapete che cosa a amor

    1. Voi, che sapete che cosa a amor  (02:45)
  17. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio

    1. Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio  (02:39)
  18. Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a): Alleluia

    1. Alleluia  (02:26)

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