Anima Sacra

Anima Sacra

by Jakub Józef OrlinskiJakub Józef Orlinski


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The countertentor Jakub Józef Orlinski emerged as a vocal phenomenon in 2017 and 2018. There were several reasons for this: he comes from Poland, which has no tradition of countertenor singing; he has charisma to burn (he is a competition-level breakdancer in his spare time); and, above all, he has a creamy tone that diverges from the muscular castrato evocations that have become the norm. With his debut solo release, Anima Sacra, he adds yet more reasons to like him. Instead of playing it safe with the usual Handel arias, he has chosen, with the help of researcher Yannis François, sacred music by a group of composers who will be mostly unfamiliar even to hardcore Baroque hounds. The album would be worth your time for these alone, even if they were sung in a pedestrian way, for they include material to which other singers will want to return as soon as possible. Those by the Taranto-born Neapolitan Nicola Fago are especially nice, and you may want to sample "Inititum sapentiae timor Comini, from the motet "Confitebor tibi, Domine," to get an idea of the music and also of Orlinski's way of making a single note seem exciting (try the initial vocal entrance). The sacred material also fits Orlinski marvelously well. In the more operatic pieces he's clean and effective, but where he really shines is in long melodic lines in the midrange that allow the listener to luxuriate in sheer vocal beauty. There's a bit of trying to cover all the bases here: Orlinski has himself pictured shirtless in a kind of shower curtain effect, but also goes for a scholarly image with the unusual material. And in some of the longer pieces the line is lost. But this will all clear up with time, and the presence of the superb historical-instrument group Il Pomo d'Oro under Maxim Emelyanychev gives you an idea of the excitement that is rightly surrounding this young countertenor.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2018
Label: Erato
UPC: 0190295633745
catalogNumber: 574298
Rank: 15558


  1. Il Faraone sommerso, oratorio for 4 voices & orchestra: Alla gente a Dio diletta

    1. Alla gente a Dio diletta  (04:45)
  2. Confitebor tibi, Domine, motet for voice, oboes, horns, strings & continuo in G major (attributed)

    1. Confitebor tibi, Domine  (03:11)
    2. Memoriam fecit — Escam dedit  (04:45)
    3. Fidelia omnia mandata ejus  (02:46)
    4. Sanctum et terribile  (02:10)
    5. lnitium sapentiae timor Domini  (01:18)
    6. Intellectus bonus omnibus — Gloria  (01:33)
    7. Sicut erat in principio — Amen  (02:09)
  3. Alma Mater Redemptoris, for voice & ensemble, Seibel 22

    1. Alma Redemptoris Mater  (02:56)
    2. Tu quae genuisti  (01:05)
    3. Gabrielis ab ore  (02:14)
  4. Dixit Dominus in G major: Donec ponam

    1. Donec ponam  (03:19)
  5. Tam non splendet sol creatus in F major

    1. Tam non splendet sol creatus  (03:37)
    2. O nox clara?  (00:59)
    3. Dum infans iam dormit  (05:39)
    4. Alleluja  (01:52)
  6. Missa, for chorus & ensemble: Laudamus te

    1. Laudamus te  (03:28)
  7. Dies irae, hymn in C minor: Juste Judex ultionis

    1. Juste Judex ultionis  (01:41)
  8. Gesù al Calvario, oratorio for soloists, chorus, instruments & continuo, ZWV 62: Smanie di dolci affetti...

    1. Smanie di dolci affetti...  (00:43)
  9. Gesù al Calvario, oratorio for soloists, chorus, instruments & continuo, ZWV 62: S'una sol lagrima

    1. S'una sol lagrima  (11:05)
  10. Sanctus Petrus et Sancta Maria Magdalena, for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Mea tormenta, properate!

    1. Mea tormenta, properate!  (06:48)
  11. Maria Vergine al Calvario, oratorio: L'agnelletta timidetta

    1. L'agnelletta timidetta  (05:30)
  12. Messa for 5 voices in C major: Domine Fili unigenite

    1. Domine Fili unigenite  (01:53)

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