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Release Date: Friday 22 September 2017
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Delphine Galou is renowned and admired for her musicality and her appealing timbre. She has taken part in many productions of Baroque music and recordings of operas (notably by Vivaldi), but this is her first recital. It is a programme of sacred music, motets, cantatas and excerpts from oratorios, which in the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were influenced by the increasingly fashionable genre of opera. From the famous 'Agitata infido flatu' from Vivaldi's oratorio Juditha triumphans, here counterpointed by an aria from another setting of the story of Judith composed by Jommelli, to Stradella's Lamentations and Porpora's magnificent motet 'In procella sine stella', Delphine Galou covers a wide range of spiritual emotions. She is accompanied by the excellent Accademia Bizantina under its director and harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone. A concerto by Gregori and a sinfonia by Caldara complete this release, which includes several world premiere recordings.
Gramophone Award WINNER 2018 - Recital
"This is a treasure trove of rare music…Galou is a perfect singer to introduce us to this music, thanks to an agile and comfortable technique (hear the way she sails effortlessly through her full compass in a single phrase in the first aria of the Porpora)…The playing Accademia Bizantina…is keen as mustard and filled with typically telling detail by director Ottavio Dantone. A lovely disc of discoveries" Gramophone
"An often feisty recital of operatically-influenced 17th and 18th century sacred music intercut with instrumental items by Dantone's firebrand ensemble." BBC Music
Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans, RV644
Jommelli: La betulia liberate
Gregori, G: Concerto grosso No. 2 in D Major, Op. 2
Porpora: In procella sine stella
Caldara: La passione di Gesu Cristo
Stradella: Et egressus est a filia Sion
Torelli: Lumi dolenti lumi
Brevi: O Spiritus Angelici