Arias For Luigi Marchesi / Ann Hallenberg

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Recapturing the impact made by the colorful figure of the castrato Luigi Marchesi at the turbulent and revolutionary end of the eighteenth century has been a project embracing an exhibition, symposia, the publication of scores associated with the divo and this fabulous recording performed by Ann Hallenberg, Stile Galante and conductor Stefano Aresi.

It has been possible, through painstaking work, to identify not just the principal operatic arias composed with Marchesi in mind, but also his special and astonishing brand of ornamentation and worked-out cadenzas, developed in the course of a career spanning five decades. Possessed of a vast vocal range – some three octaves – Marchesi, called the “Apollo of his times”, was courted all over Europe, from St Petersburg to Vienna, London to Milan, Munich, Naples and Warsaw. He even rebuffed Napoleon Bonaparte’s entreaties to hear him sing in 1796.

The Swedish mezzo Ann Hallenberg ventures wholeheartedly into the musical mind of this extraordinary star of late opera seria in a vivid recreation backed not just by a meticulous attention to the original instruments and the ensemble configurations as used by orchestras in accompanying Marchesi, but by access to some two hundred contemporary accounts of the singer’s music-making.


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: GCD 923505


  • UPC: 8424562235052


  • Label: Glossa


  • Composer: Domenico Cimarosa, Francesco Bianchi, Gaetano Pugnani, Giovanni Simone Mayr, Giuseppe Sarti, Josef Myslivecek, Luigi Cherubini, Niccolò Zingarelli


  • Conductor: Stefano Aresi


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Stile Galante


  • Performer: Ann Hallenberg



Works:


  1. Armida e Rinaldo: Vedo l'abisso orrendo

    Composer: Giuseppe Sarti

    Ensemble: Stile Galante

    Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Stefano Aresi


  2. L'Olimpiade: Rendi, oh cara, il prence amato

    Composer: Giuseppe Sarti

    Ensemble: Stile Galante

    Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Stefano Aresi


  3. Pirro: Chi mi dà consiglio, aita

    Composer: Niccolò Zingarelli

    Ensemble: Stile Galante

    Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Stefano Aresi


  4. Armida e Rinaldo: Lungi da te, ben mio

    Composer: Giuseppe Sarti

    Ensemble: Stile Galante

    Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Stefano Aresi


  5. Lauso e Lidia: Oh qual contento

    Composer: Giovanni Simone Mayr

    Ensemble: Stile Galante

    Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Stefano Aresi


  6. Alessandro nelle Indie: Quanto è fiero il mio tormento

    Composer: Luigi Cherubini

    Ensemble: Stile Galante

    Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Stefano Aresi


  7. Demofoonte: Misero pargoletto

    Composer: Gaetano Pugnani

    Ensemble: Stile Galante

    Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Stefano Aresi


  8. Castore e Polluce: Sembianze amabili

    Composer: Francesco Bianchi

    Ensemble: Stile Galante

    Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Stefano Aresi


  9. L'Olimpiade: Superbo di me stesso

    Composer: Domenico Cimarosa

    Ensemble: Stile Galante

    Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Stefano Aresi


  10. L'olimpiade: Se cerca, se dice

    Composer: Josef Myslivecek

    Ensemble: Stile Galante

    Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Stefano Aresi


  11. Pirro: Qual mi sorprende e aghiaccia

    Composer: Niccolò Zingarelli

    Ensemble: Stile Galante

    Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Stefano Aresi


  12. Pirro: Cara, negl’occhi tuoi

    Composer: Niccolò Zingarelli

    Ensemble: Stile Galante

    Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Stefano Aresi


  13. Alessandro nelle Indie: Quanto è fiero il mio tormento

    Composer: Luigi Cherubini

    Ensemble: Stile Galante

    Performer: Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Stefano Aresi