CECILIA BARTOLI (Il Giardino Armonico) 'FARINELLI' CD
Celebrating over three decades on the Decca Classics label, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli releases a brand new album commemorating the life and career of the most famous opera singer of the eighteenth century: the castrato Farinelli.
The record includes arias by Farinelli's older brother Riccardo Broschi, and his teacher and mentor Nicola Porpora. It also features a new recording of 'Alto Giove' from Porpora's Polifemo. Cecilia performs with the period ensemble Il Giardino Armonico and its conductor Giovanni Antonini, with whom she first collaborated on her Grammy award-winning Vivaldi album, and again on Sacrificium, her first castrati album from 2009 which also won the Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Performance.
This new album focuses on the baroque audiences' love of anti-realism and the fetishisation of "hermaphroditic" voices during this period, and this celebration of gender fluidity and its associated power dynamics has been brought to the fore for 21st century audiences by Bartoli for this new release.
1. 'Nell'attendere mio bene' from Polifemo by Porpora
2. 'Vaghi amori, grazie amate' from La festa d'imeneo by Porpora
3. 'Morte col fiero aspetto' from Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra by Hasse
4. 'Lontan... Lusingato dalla speme' from Polifemo by Porpora*
5. 'Chi non sente al mio dolore' from La Merope by Broschi
6. 'Come nave in ria tempesta' from Semiramide regina dell'Assiria by Porpora
7. 'Mancare o Dio mi sento' from Adriano in Siria by Giacomelli
8. 'Si, traditor tu sei' from La Merope by Broschi*
9. 'Questi al cor finora ignoti' from La morte d'Abel by Caldara
10. 'Signor la tua Speranza... A Dio trono, impero a Dio' from Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra by Hasse
11. 'Alto Giove' from Polifemo by Porpora