[ Decca Music Group / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 6 December 2019
Renowned for portraying the music of the baroque like no one else, Cecilia Bartoli presents her new recording of arias famously performed by legendary castrato, Farinelli.
Exploring the complex gender roles of the world of baroque opera, and highlighting the phenomenon of the castrati, a horrifying practice which led to some of the most celebrated work of the period.
Featuring works by Farinelli's brother, Riccardo Broschi, and his mentor, Nicola Porpora, as well as Hasse, Caldara and Giacomelli. Including two new world premiere recordings, from Porpora's Polifemo and Broschi's La Merope.
Porpora: Nell'attendere il mio bene (from Polifemo)
Porpora: Vaghi amori (from Festa d'Imeneo)
Hasse, J A: Morte, col fiero aspetto (from Antonio e cleopatra)
Porpora: Lontan… Lusingato dalla speme (from Polifemo)
Broschi, R: Chi non sente al mio dolore (from La Merope)
Porpora: Come nave in ria tempesta (from Semiramide Regina dell'Assiria)
Giacomelli: Mancare oh Dio mi sento (Adriano in Siria)
Broschi, R: Si, traditor tu sei (from La Merope)
Caldara: Questi al cor fin ora ignoti (from La morte d'Abel)
Hasse, J A: Signor la tua Speranza… A Dio trono, impero a Dio (from Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra)
Porpora: Alto Giove (from Polifemo)