Ombra mai fu: Francesco Cavalli Opera Arias

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Ombra mai fu: Francesco Cavalli Opera Arias
Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor) / Ensemble Artaserse, with Emöke Baráth (soprano)

[ Erato / Warner Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 15 March 2019

The French countertenor leads Artaserse in a kaleidoscopic survey of the many and varied operas by the seventeenth-century Italian composer, shot through with the spirit of Venetian carnival.

New album of opera arias and symphonies by Francesco Cavalli, the prolific 17th century Venetian composer with 41 operas to his name, who was Handel's predecessor in Hannover. Featuring Erato label mates Emőke Baráth and Marie-Nicole Lemieux , this is the first time Philippe has recorded Cavalli since his guest appearances on Christina Pluhar's album dedicated to Cavalli, L'Amore innamorato.


"Classical Music critic Alex Ross describes a current development in Baroque Music practice - many musicians are now exploring repertoire by lesser-known composers (Read 'Deep Cuts', New Yorker, Feb 18 & 25, 2019). This album is a prime example featuring opera arias by the Italian composer Francesco Cavalli (1602 - 1676). Philippe Jaroussky and the Ensemble Artasense (with Emoke Barath soprano and Marie Nicole Lemieux contralto) show that Cavalli's beautiful music shouldn't be overlooked in obscurity. These are fine performances, a superb recording. Highly recommended." Nicholas Butler/Marbecks

"Jaroussky's "angelic" timbre has brought him cult status in his native France, but it rarely sounds right for heroic castrato parts. Cavalli's gentler male roles suit him...the highlight is the lament from Erismena, sung with a searing intensity underlined by Artaserse's plangent cornett soloists." Sunday Times

Philippe Jaroussky & Emőke Baráth sing Cavalli: O luci belle