Cleopatra - Baroque Arias

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GRAUN / HASSE / HANDEL / LEGRENZI / VIVALDI / etc
Cleopatra - Baroque Arias
Regula Mühlemann (soprano) / La Folia Barokorchester, Robin Peter Müller

[ Sony Classical / CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 21 September 2017

For her first Sony Classical album of Mozart arias, the young Swiss soprano Regula Mühlemann received fantastic reviews all over the world. She was introduced to an audience of millions in 2016 at the ZDF Advent Concert from the Frauenkirche in Dresden, where she conquered the audience along with the second soloist of the evening, Sonya Yoncheva.

For her second album, the artist profiles the fascinating figure Queen Cleopatra, who appears as a character in more than 80 operas of the 17th and 18th centuries by famous composers such as Vivaldi or Händel, but also a few lesser known composers. Mühlemann has selected some of the most beautiful and well-loved Cleopatra arias and performed them with the outstanding La Folia Baroque Orchestra: the passionate aria "Squarciami pure il seno" from Vivaldi's hardly known opera Il Tigrane, Handel's melancholic "Se pietà di me non senti" from the opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto and the virtuoso aria "Tra le procelle assorto" or "Se tu sararai felice" from the opera Antioco il Grande by Giovanni Legrenzi. Other arias come from the operas of Johann Adolf Hasse, Alessandro Scarlatti, Johann Mattheso, and Antonio Sartorio. On this album, Regula Mühlemann succeeds in perfectly embodying the multi-layered persona of Cleopatra in this thrilling music.

Regula Mühlemann's "technical ability is certainly breathtaking, but she is much more than a nightingale. Her tone is beautiful and well equalized from top to bottom and she is expressive and nuanced in her readings. […] This is an excellent disc with predominantly rarely heard ari-as, well worth adding to every Mozartlover's collection, for the programme as well as for the singing" (MusicWeb)

"Mühlemann's seemingly effortless virtuosity is displayed admirably in Graun's 'Tra le procelle assorto', whereas her melodic singing in Handel's 'Se pietà' is as profoundly moving as any of the most distinguished sopranos to have tackled it on disc." Gramophone

Tracks:

Graun, C H:
Tra le procelle assorto (from Cleopatra e Cesare)

Handel:
Che sento?...Se pietà di me non senti (from Giulio Cesare)

Hasse, J A:
Morte, col fiero aspetto (from Antonio e cleopatra)

Lascia, Antonio, deh lascia (from Antonio e cleopatra)

Quel candido armellino (from Antonio e cleopatra)

Legrenzi:
Se tu sarai felice (from Antioco il Grande)

Mattheson:
Mein Leben ist hin (from Die unglückselige Cleopatra)

Ruhe sanft, geliebter Geist (from Die unglückselige Cleopatra)

Sartorio:
Quando voglio (from Giulio Cesare in Egitto)

Scarlatti, A:
Antonio, e qual destino (from Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra)

Vò goder senza contrasto (from Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra)