HANDEL. Ombra mai fù. Airs, Overtures & Cti. Andreas Scholl
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Haendel au faîte de sa gloire !
Selon un célèbre chroniqueur de l'époque, Charles Burney, les opéras de Haendel représentaient les concerts les plus complets" au cours desquels "s'ajoutaient au chant le plus parfait et aux effets d'un orchestre puissant et bien discipliné, un excellent jeu théâtral, des scènes et des décors splendides".
Grâce à ses nombreux contacts avec l'Italie, Haendel eut l'opportunité de faire appel à des castrats tout simplement extraordinaires. Retrouvez sur ce disque les plus beaux airs jamais confiés à ces castrati qui, grâce à des contre-ténors comme Andreas Scholl, reviennent aujourd'hui à la vie..."
No more making allowances for countertenors--now the best of the breed have voices as rich and as varied as those of any other range. Exhibit A: Gramophone cover boy Andreas Scholl. Unlike David Daniels and Brian Asawa, who made their splash on the opera stage, Scholl became famous as a concert and oratorio singer. He doesn't sing with Daniels's temperament and fire; along with a certain equanimity, he has a round, pleasing sound and a vibrato that's attractive but never intrusive. For his first operatic recording, Scholl chose his music wisely: rather than tempest arias or bursts of martial fury, he gives us long, beautifully shaped melody in the title aria and the famous "Verdi prati." He's at his delightful best in the "birdsong" and "hunting" arias from Giulio Cesare: the clean coloratura, detailed phrasing, and imaginative embellishment are reminiscent of Emma Kirkby in her prime. The instrumental soloists in those arias (violin and horn, respectively) are equally fine, as is the entire period-instrument orchestra. However, nearly half of the playing time on this disc is instrumental music--that seems rather much for a recording marketed as a showcase for a hot young singer. (The much-recorded concerto grosso "Alexander's Feast" in particular seems superfluous.) With that caveat in mind, this impressive disc won't disappoint. --Matthew Westphal
Top Customer Reviews
I differ from many of my American counterparts in that I think the quality and beauty of the voice can be enough in and of itself. Perhaps this is why, for example, I adore Joan Sutherland. She may have had the acting ability of an armchair, but she redeemed herself with truly glorious singing, leaving a legacy few sopranos today can even hope to match.
Having said all that (thanks for hearing me out!), I would encourage anyone, expert or novice, to buy this CD. Perhaps there a few more instrumental tracks that one would want, but overall, Harmonia Mundi had a great idea in mind. If you want to hear nothing but Scholl, you can buy The Voice, which I also highly recommend.
One of my personal favorites is his interpretation of Va, Tacito, from Giulio Cesare. Just listen to the variations he includes in the last repeat of the da capo aria. To say that I was enraptured would be an understatement. Another great selection is Fronde Tenere/Ombra Mai Fu. Instead of trying to "ham it up", he just sings it with beauty and clarity, with an amazing upper register.Read more ›
Andreas Scholl is one of the leading countertenors in the world and I believe that this is the perfect CD to get to know him! I'm absolutely sure that you'll end up wanting to buy many more of his recordings and that you'll never be dissapointed by any of them!
I've have been enjoying this CD for almost 5 years already! So much so that recently (May 2004), when I decided to buy a new home sound system, I carried it along with me in order to be able to compare the options that I had!
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I just received this CD as a bithday gift. I almost have family problems since I was absorved by the singing and clarity of this recording. Read morePublished on May 28 2000 by Santiago Barcon
I am not a fan of the "sound of a countertenor or male alto." I stumbled upon this recording & cannot stop listening to it and recommending it to friends. Read morePublished on May 29 1999 by MOVIE MAVEN
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