Vivaldi Heroes

Vivaldi Heroes

by Philippe JarousskyPhilippe Jaroussky


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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.

Product Details

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


  1. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Se in ogni guardo
  2. Giustino, opera in 3 acts, RV717: Vedrò con mio diletto
  3. Ottone in Villa, opera in 3 acts, RV 729: Frema pur, si lagni Roma
  4. L' Olimpiade, opera in 3 acts, RV 725: Mentre dormi amor fomenti
  5. Tito Manlio (I), opera in 3 acts, RV 738: Recitativo. Vanne perdida va
  6. Tito Manlio (I), opera in 3 acts, RV 738: Aria. Fra le procelle
  7. Andromeda Liberata, serenata (opera; attributed): Sovente il sole
  8. Demofoonte, opera, RV deest (mostly lost): Sperai vicino il lido
  9. Giustino, opera in 3 acts, RV717: Recitativo. Deh perché
  10. Giustino, opera in 3 acts, RV717: Aria. Bel riposo de'mortali
  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
  12. Tieteberga, opera in 3 acts, RV 737: Sento in seno ch'in pioggia di lagrime
  13. Orlando (Orlando furioso II), opera in 3 acts, RV 728: Cara sposa
  14. Farnace, opera in 3 acts, RV 711: Perdona, o figlio amato
  15. Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Alla rosa ruggiadosa

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