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Watch: Bononcini, La Conversione di Maddalena - Aymes, Kiehr, Habellion. Musica Sacra Maastricht 2013.

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Rameau. Les Indes Galantes. Simphonie du Marais 605013 (3 CDs, May 2014). Details. Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais. Valérie Gabail, soprano; Stéphanie Revidat, soprano; François Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre; Reinoud van Mechelen, haute-contre; Sydney Fierro, bass; Aimery Lefèvre, baritone. FR

Handel. Siroe, Rè di Persia. (HWV 24, London 1728). Accent ACC 26401 (3 CDs, May 2014). Lawrence Cummings, FestspielOrchester Göttingen. Siroe: Yosemeh Adjei, countertenor; Emira: Anna Dennis, soprano; Laodice: Aleksandra Zamojska, soprano; Medarse: Antonio Giovannini, countertenor; Cosroe: Lisandro Abadie, baritone; Arasse: Ross Ramgobin, bass. Live recording of the modern staging at the 2013 Göttingen Handel Festival, fortunately without video. UK | FR | DE

Handel. Orlando. (HWV 31, London 1733). DG-Archiv 0289 479 2199 8 (2 CDs, May 2014). Details. René Jacobs, B'Rock. Orlando: Bejun Mehta, countertenor; Angelica: Sophie Karthäuser, soprano; Dorinda: Sunhae Im, soprano; Medoro: Kristina Hammarström, mezzo-soprano; Zoroastro: Konstantin Wolff, bass. Based on other recent Jacobs recordings, I would steer clear of this without more information. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vivaldi. L'incoronazione di Dario. (RV 719, Venice 1717). Naïve Vivaldi Edition OP 30553 (3 CDs, April 2014). Details. Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina. Alinda: Roberta Mameli, soprano; Arpago: Sofia Soloviy, soprano; Statira: Sara Mingardo, contralto; Argene: Delphine Galou, contralto; Oronte: Lucia Cirillo, mezzo-soprano; Flora: Giuseppina Bridelli, mezzo-soprano; Dario: Anders Dahlin, tenor; Niceno: Riccardo Novaro, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Tamerlano. (HWV 18, London 1724). Naïve V5373 (3 CDs, March 2014). Details. Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro. Asteria: Karina Gauvin, soprano; Andronico: Max Emanuel Cenčić, countertenor; Irene: Ruxandra Donose, mezzo-soprano; Tamerlano: Xavier Sabata, countertenor; Bajazet: John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Leone: Pavel Kudinov, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Gluck. La Clemenza di Tito (Naples 1752). dhm (4 CDs, May 2014). Details. Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo. Vitellia: Simone Kermes, soprano; Sesto: Rafaella Milanesi, soprano; Servillia: Arantza Ezenarro, soprano; Annio: Valer Sabadus, countertenor; Publio: Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, countertenor; Tito: Rainer Trost, tenor. UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Davide Perez (1711-1778). Mattutino de' Morti (Lisbon 1770). dhm (1 CD, May 2014). Video. Radio broadcast Part 1. Part 2. Giulio Prandi, Ghislieri Choir & Consort. Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Salvo Vitale, bass. UK | FR | DE | JP

Reinhard Keiser. Brockes Passion (1712, Copenhagen version 1721). Ramée RAM 1303 (2 CDs, March 2014). Details / Video. Peter Van Heyghen, Les Muffatti & Vox Luminis. Tochter Zion: Zsuzsi Tóth, soprano; Glaubige Seele: Caroline Weynants, soprano; Glaubige Seele / Maria: Sara Jäggi, soprano; Evangelist: Jan van Elsacker, tenor; Petrus / Glaubige Seele: Fernando Guimarães, tenor; Judas: Robert Buckland, tenor; Gläubige Seele: Hugo Oliveira, bass; Jesus: Peter Kooij, bass; Caiphas / Pilatus / Hauptmann: Lionel Meunier, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Gioseffo Zamponi (c.1615-1662). Ulisse all' Isola di Circe (Brussels 1650). Ricerar (2 CDs, March 2014). Details / Video. Leonardo García Alarcón, Ensemble Clematis, Cappella Mediterranea, Solistes du Choeur de Chambre de Namur. Circé: Céline Scheen, soprano; Ulisse: Furio Zanasi, baritone; Venere: Mariana Flores, soprano; Dorinda: Alice Foccroulle, soprano; Argesta: Dominique Visse, countertenor; Euriloco / Tritone / Marte: Fernando Guimarães, tenor; Giove: Matteo Belloto, bass; Mercurio / Apollo: Zachary Wilder, tenor; Satiro: Fabián Schofrin, countertenor; Nettuno: Sergio Foresti, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

John Christopher Smith (1712-1755). The Seasons (London 1740). Christophorus (2 CDs, March 2014). Wolfgang Riedelbauch, La Banda, Festivalchor Musica Franconia. Emma Kirkby, soprano; Tim Mead, countertenor; Hans Jörg Mammel, tenor; Markus Simon, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Christoph Graupner (1683-1760). Frohlocke gantzes Rund der Erden - Bass Cantatas. cpo (1 CD, May 2014). Klaus Mertens, baritone. Shalev Ad-El, Accademia Daniel. FR | DE

Johann Philipp Förtsch (1652-1732). Sacred Concertos & Cantatas. cpo (1 CD, May 2014). Manfred Cordes, Weser-Renaissance. Musik für Schloss Gottorf vol. 2. Unfortunately, all 12 of Förtsch's operas, staged in Hamburg, have been lost. FR | DE

Arena, Bononcini, Hasse, Giacomelli, Sarro, Porpora, Ariosti, Leo, Pollarolo. Rival Queens. Sony (1 CD, July 2014). Simone Kermes, soprano; Vivica Genaux, mezzo-soprano. Andres Gabetta, Cappella Gabetta. UK | FR | DE | JP

Handel, Porpora. Handel & Porpora - The London Years. Analekta AN 2 8764 (1 CD, April 2014). Details. Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano. Luc Beauséjour, Clavecin en Concert. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Caldara, Porpora, Vinci, Bernasconi, Jommelli, Traetta, Paisiello, Bianchi, Borghi, Nasolini, Di Donato, Catel, Rossini, Garcia, Meyerbeer. Semiramide - La Signora Regale. dhm 887254798620 (2 CDs, May 2014). Anna Bonitatibus, mezzo-soprano. Federico Ferri, Accademia degli Astrusi. UK | FR | DE

Kapsberger. Labirinto d'Amore. Alpha 195 (1 CD, May 2014). Thomas Dunford, archlute. Anna Reinhold, mezzo-soprano. UK | FR | DE

Luzzachi, Kapsberger, Landi, Tartaglino, Caccini, De Macque, Strozzi, Rossi, Marazzoli. Aura Soave. Flora 2712 (1 CD, April 2014). Details. Céline Scheen, soprano. Giovanna Pessi, harp. Philippe Pierlot, bass viol. UK | FR | DE

Strozzi. Passioni, Vizi & Virtù. Stradivarius (1 CD, March 2014). Peggy Bélanger, soprano. Michel Angers, theorbo. Consort Baroque Laurentia. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Caldara. In dolce amore - Arias & Cantatas. dhm 88843011692 (1 CD, May 2014). Details. Robin  Johannsen, soprano. Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis. Three solo cantatas, plus arias from Scipione nelle Spagne, Scipione Africano, Adriano in Siria, Demofoonte, Temistocle & I disingannati.  UK | FR | DE | JP

Haydn. Scottish Songs. Flora (1 CD, March 2014). Susan Hamilton, soprano; Philippe Pierlot, viol; François Fernandez, violin; Rainer Zipperling, cello. UK | FR | DE

Antonio Cesti (c1623-1699). Alma Mia - Arias & Sinfonias. Anima e Corpo (1 CD, May 2014). Details. Raquel Andueza, soprano. Jésus Fernández Baena, La Galania. UK | FR | DE

Vivaldi. Opera Arias & Concertos. dhm (1 CD, April 2014). Kristina Hammarströhm, mezzo-soprano. Marcello Di Lisa, Concerto de' Cavalieri. UK | FR | DE | JP

Alessandro Scarlatti. Alto Cantatas. Brilliant Classics (1 CD, May 2014). Gabriella Martellacci, contralto. Giorgio Sasso, Insieme Strumentale di Roma. UK | FR | DE

Monteverdi. Vespro della Beata Vergine. Ambronay (2 CDs, April 2014). Leonardo García Alarcón, Cappella Mediterranea, Choeur de Chambre de Namur. UK | FR | DE

Buxtehude. Membra Jesu Nostri. Opus Arte (1 CD, April 2014). Daniel Hyde, Phantasm, Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford. John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Robin Blaze, countertenor; Giles Underwood, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Peace & Celebration. Obsidian (1 CD, February 2014). Lars Ulrich Mortensen, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Choir of Clare College Cambridge. Alex Potter, countertenor. Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV 74; Zadok the Priest HWV 258; Let thy hand be strengthened HWV 259; My heart is inditing HWV 261; The King shall rejoice HWV 260; Concerto grosso Op. 3 Nr. 2. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Nicola Conforto, Porpora, Hasse, de Nebra, C.P.E. Bach, Francesco Corradini, Juan Marcolini, Jommelli, Traetta. El Maestro Farinelli. DG-Archiv 0289 479 2050 2 (1 CD, May 2014). Details. Bejun Mehta, countertenor. Pablo Heras-Casado, Concerto Köln. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

M.-A. Charpentier. La Couronne de Fleurs, La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers. cpo (1 CD, March 2014). Details. Stephen Stubbs & Paul O'Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble. Dorothee Mields, soprano; Amanda Fosythe, soprano; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; Zachary Wilder, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Ferrandini. Al Santo Sepolcro. Fra Bernardo (1 CD, March 2014). Roberta Invernizzi, soprano. Gambe di Legno, L'Opera Stravagante. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Duetti da Camera. Glossa (1 CD, April 2014). Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza. Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Marina de Liso, mezzo-soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

František Tůma (1704-1774). Stabat Mater. Zelenka. Sanctus-Agnus Dei ZWV 34 & 36, Sub tuum praesidium ZWV 157. Johann Georg Orschler. Sonata for 2 violins. Supraphon (1 CD, March 2014). Details. Václav Luks, Collegium 1704. Latest in the series Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Georg Muffat (1653-1704). Missa in labore requies. Pan Classics  (1 CD, March 2014). Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria, St. Florianer Sängerknaben. UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Ebeling, Ravenscroft, Walter, Jacobi, Herbst, Lampe, Handel. Praise the Lord - Luther's Songs on Their Way Through the World. Carus 83.339 (1 CD, February 2014). Details. Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compangney Berlin, Stadtsingschor zu Halle. Melanie Hirsch, soprano; Thomas Riede, countertenor; Henning Kaiser, tenor; Matthias Vieweg, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Alessandro Scarlatti. Clori, ninfa e amante - Arias & Cantatas. Stradivarius STR 33910 (1 CD, October 2013). Details. Fusco Renata, soprano. Micheli Lorenzo, Mela Matteo, Lonardi Massimo, lutes & guitars. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Johann Michael Haydn. Messen für Frauenchor. Carus 83.355 (1 CD, February 2014). Details. Gudrun Schröfel, il gioco col suono, Mädchenchor Hannover. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Pepusch, van Eyck, Geminiani, Nussen, Handel, Purcell. Inspired by Song. dhm (1 CD, March 2014). Details (pdf). Dorothee Mields, soprano. Stefan Temmingh, recorder & direction, The Gentlemen's Band. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Campra, Dauvergne, Gluck, Grandval, Montéclair. Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau. Les Arts Florissants Editions (1 CD, March 2014). William Christie, Les Arts Florissants. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Telemann. Miriways (Hamburg 1728). cpo (2 CDs, February 2014). Details. Michi Gaigg, L'Orfeo Barockorchester. Miriways: Markus Volpert, baritone; Sophi: Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano; Bemira: Julie Martin du Theil, soprano; Nisibis: Gabriele Hierdeis, soprano; Murzah: Stefan Zenkl, baritone; Zemir: Susanne Drexi, mezzo-soprano; Samischa: Ida Adrian, mezzo-soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Stradella. Arias & Cantatas. Newton Classics 8802147 (1 CD, March 2014). Details. Angelo Ephrikian, Complesso Barocco di Milano. UK | FR | DE | JP

Handel. Your Tuneful Voice - Handel Oratorio Arias. Vivat 105 (1 CD, February 2014). Details. Iestyn Davies, countertenor. Carolyn Sampson, soprano. Robert King, The King's Consort. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Purcell. Arise, my muse. Wigmore Hall Live (1 CD, February 2014). Iestyn Davies, countertenor. Richard Egarr & friends. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Andrea Bernasconi, Gaetano Latilla, Antonio Martinelli, Fulgenso Perottti, Porpora. Il Diario di Chiara - Confessioni di una figlia di choro. Glossa (1 CD, February 2014). Details. Video. Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante. Soundtrack to the new documentary by Lucrezia Le Moli after an idea by Fabio Biondi. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Purcell. Music for a While - Improvisations on Purcell. Erato 0825646337507 (1 CD, March 2014). Details. Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata. Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor; Raquel Andueza, soprano; Vincenzo Capezzuto, countertenor; Dominique Visse, countertenor. Standard Edition. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Deluxe edition with DVD. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Gluck, revised by Wagner (Dresden 1847). Iphigenia in Aulis. Oehms Classics OC 953 (2 CDs, February 2014). Details (pdf). Christoph Spering, Das Neue Orchester, Chorus Musicus Köln. Iphigenia: Camilla Nylund, soprano; Klytämnestra: Michelle Breedt, contralto; Achilles: Christian Elsner, tenor; Agamemnon: Oliver Zwarg, bass; Kalchas: Raimund Nolte, bass; Arcas: Thilo Dahlmann, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (1703-1755). Pyrrhus (Tragédie en musique, Paris, 1730). Alpha (2 CDs, February 2014). Lecture by Lisa Goode Crawford. Details. Excerpt. Michael Greenberg, Les Enfants d'Apollon. Polixène: Emmanuelle de Negri, soprano; Eriphile: Guillemette Laurens, mezzo-soprano; Acamas: Jeffrey Thompson, haute-contre; Pyrrhus: Alain Buet, bass. Royer, best know today for his surviving harpsichord pieces, was a native of Turin who arrived in Paris in 1725. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Antonio Mazzoni (1717-1785). Antigono (Lisbon 1755). Dynamic CDS 7686 (3 CDs, December 2013). Video. Video - Aria di Demetrio. Video - Aria di Antigono. Details. Enrico Onofri, Divino Sospiro. Berenice: Geraldine McGreevy, soprano; Ismene: Ana Quintans, soprano; Demetrio: Pamela Lucciarini, soprano; Clearco: Maria Hinojosa Montenegro, soprano; Alessandro: Martín Oro, countertenor; Antigono: Michael Spyres, tenor. This was the last opera performed in Lisbon before an earthquake and tsunami destroyed the city. The original cast includied Guadagni (Alessandro), Caffarelli (Demetrio) and Anton Raaff (Antigono). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Torelli, Valentini, Handel, Corelli, Gaspardini, Marcello, Scarlatti. Et in Arcadia Ego. Fra Bernardo FB 1312333 (1 CD, February 2014). Francesca Lombardi Mazzuli, soprano. Christoph Hammer, Concerto Stella Matutina. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Telemann. Tenor Cantatas & Recorder Sonatas. Enchiriadis EN 2038 (1 CD, February 2014). Details. Félix Rienth, tenor. Muriel Rochat Rienth, La Tempesta Basel. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Telemann, Erlebach, Ulich, Krieger. Fortuna scherzosa. Audite 92.703 (1 CD, February 2014). Details. Ina Siedlaczek, soprano. Hamburger Ratsmusik. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Caldara. Requiem. Pan Classics 10296 (1 CD, February 2014). Daniela Dolci, Musica Fiorita. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Zelenka. Missa Paschalis ZWV 7; Litaniae Omnium Sanctorum ZWV 52. Nibiru (1 CD, January 2014). Details. Adam Viktora, Ensemble Inegal. Gabriela Eibenová, soprano; Terry Wey, countertenor; Cyril Auvity, tenor; Marián Krejčík, bass. UK | FR | DE | JP

Homilius. Warum toben die Heiden - Kantaten. Carus 8.3267 (1 CD, January 2014). Rainer Johannes Homburg, Handel's Company Choir, Handel's Company. Marie-Pierre Roy, soprano; Henriette Gödde, mezzo-soprano; Knut Schoch, tenor; Markus Köhler, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Homilius. Hab deine Lust an dem Herrn (Mottetten II). Carus 8.3266 (1 CD, January 2014). Interview with Stefan Schuck. Stefan Schuck, Sirventes Berlin. 16 singers, a cappella. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. Lutheran Masses 2. Coro (1 CD, March 2014). Harry Christopher, The Sixteen. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Lutheran Masses 1. Coro (1 CD, October 2013). Harry Christopher, The Sixteen. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Giulio Caccini (1551-1618). L'Euridice. Naïve (1 CD, February 2014). Video. Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano. Euridice / Tragedia: Silvia Frigato, soprano; Venere: Monica Piccinini, soprano; Dafne / Proserpina: Sara Mingardo, contralto; Orfeo: Furio Zanasi, baritone; Arcetro: Giampaolo Fagotto, tenor; Plutone: Antonio Abete, bass; Aminta / Tirsi: Luca Dordolo, tenor; Caronte: Mauro Borioni, baritone; Radamanto: Matteo Bellotto, bass. UK | FR | DE | JP

Vinci. Alto Arias. Pan Classics PC 10297 (1 CD, February 2014). Details. Filippo Mineccia, countertenor. Stefano Aresi, Stile Galante. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year vol. 18.  Accent 25318 (1 CD, February 2014). BWV 70, 9, 182. Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Graupner. Himmlische Stunden, selige Zeiten - Cantatas. Christophorus 77381 (1 CD, January 2014). Audio excerpts. Miriam Feuersinger, soprano. Peter Barczi, Capricornus Consort Basel. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Eustache du Caurroy, Nicolas Formé, Thomas Gombert, Jehan Veillot, Pierre Robert, André-Danican Philidor. Motets à la Cour du Roy. Triton 331185 (1 CD, December 2013). Details. François-Xavier Lacroux, Les Chantres de Saint-Hilaire. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Gaetano Veneziano (1665-1716). La Purificazione della Vergine ovvero La Santissima Trinità. Glossa (1 CD, January 2014). Review. Video. Antonio Florio, I Turchini. La Virgine: Leslie Visco, soprano; Amor Divino: Cristina Grifone, soprano; La Sapienza: Filippo Mineccia, countertenor; L'Omnipotenza: Rosario Totaro, tenor; Il Peccato: Giuseppe Naviglio, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Giovanni Domenico Ferrandini (1709-1791). Cantate drammatiche. Accent ACC 24277 (1 CD, January 2014). Details. Olivia Vermeulen, mezzo-soprano. Florian Deuter, Harmonie Universelle. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Hasse. Rokoko - Opera Arias. Decca (1 CD, January 2014). Details (pdf). Max Emanuel Cenčić, countertenor. George Petrou, Armonia Atenea. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Telemann. Luther Cantatas. cpo (1 CD, December 2013). Gotthold Schwarz, bass & director, Bach Consort Leipzig, Sächsisches Barockorchester. Siri Karoline Thornhill, soprano; Stefan Kahle, countertenor; Martin Krumbiegel, tenor; Tobias Hunger, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vivaldi. Cantatas. Naxos 8.573003 (1 CD, January 2014). Deirdre Moynihan, soprano. Ensemble Nota Velata. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Gasparini, Caldara, Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel. Conversazione II - Duelling Cantatas. Avie AV 2296 (1 CD, January 2014). Julian Perkins, Sounds Baroque. Anna Dennis, soprano; Andrew Radly, countertenor. Handel, Il duello amoroso HWV 82. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Albinoni, Caldara, Handel, Alessandro & Domenico Scarlatti. Conversazione I - Cantatas from a Cardinal's Court. Avie AV 2197 (1 CD, July 2011). Details. Julian Perkins, Sounds Baroque. Andrew Radley, countertenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Monteverdi, Legrenzi, Carissimi, Graziani, Clarke, Purcell, J.S. Bach. Baroque Vocal Masterpieces. Griffin Records GCCD 4081 (1 CD, November 2013). Details. Emma Kirkby, soprano. Richard Stangroom, St. Alban's Chamber Choir, Robert Jones, organ. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

C.P.E. Bach. Magnificat & Motet "Heilig ist Gott Wq.217. Harmonia Mundi (1 CD, February 2014). Hans-Christoph Rademann, AKAMUS, RIAS Kammerchor. Elizabeth Watts, soprano; Wiebke Lehmkuhl, contralto; Lothar Odinius, tenor; Markus Eiche, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Jephtha. (HWV 70, London 1752). KuK 111 (2 CDs, October 2013). Details. Jürgen Budday, Ensemble Il Capriccio, Maulbronner Kammerchor. Iphis & Angel: Kirsten Blaise, soprano;  Storgè: Annelie Sophie Müller, mezzo-soprano; Hamor: David Allsopp, countertenor; Jephtha: Benjamin Hullet, tenor; Zebul: Simon Bailey, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Purcell. King Arthur. Ligia (2 CDs, December 2013). Frédérique Chauvet, Barokopera Amsterdam. Wendy Roobol, soprano; Mijke Sekhuis, soprano; Guther Vandeven, countertenor; Hattijs Hoogendijk, tenor; Pieter Hendriks, baritone. UK | FR | DE | JP

J.S. Bach. Solo Cantatas for Bass. Passacaille 997 (1 CD, September 2013). BWV 82, 158, 56 & 203. Dominik Wörner, bass. Ryo Terakado, Il Gardellino. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

CPE Bach. Socrate, Hamlet, Colin, Colette. Ligia (1 CD, December 2013). Details. Alain Buet, baritone. Daniel Cuiller, Ensemble Stradivaria. US | UK | FR | DE | JP

Steffani. Lagrime Dolorose - Secular Cantatas. Brilliant Classics 94299 (1 CD, November 2013). Details. Fabio Ciofini, Accademia Hermans. Martha Mathéu, soprano; Aurelio Schiavoni, countertenor; Mauro Borgioni, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Cherubini. Cantatas: Clytemnestre, Circe, Amphion, excerpts from Le Mort de Mirabeau. cpo (1 CD, October 2013). Michael Alexander Willens, Kölner Akademie. Mailys de Villoutreys, soprano; Ursula Eittinger, mezzo-soprano; Andreas Karasiak, tenor; Nicolas Boulanger, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Buxtehude. Opera Omnia XVIII - Vocal Works 8. Challenge Classics CC 72257 (2 CDs, November 2013). Details. Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Bettina Pahn, soprano; Dorothee Wohlgemuth, soprano; Miriam Feuersinger, soprano; Klaus Mertens, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Belshazzar. (HWV 61, London 1745). Les Arts Florissants William Christie Editions (3 CDs, October 2013). Video. William Christie, Les Arts Florissants. Belshazzar: Allan Clayton, tenor; Nitocris: Rosemary Joshua, soprano; Daniel: Iestyn Davies, countertenor; Cyrus: Caitlin Hulcup, mezzo-soprano; Gobrias: Jonathan Lemalu, bass. Jean-François Madeuf & Gilles Rapin, holeless natural trumpets. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Jean-Baptiste Lully. Phaëton. Aparté AP 061 (2 CDs, October 2013). Video of concert performance. Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Choeur de Chambre de Namur. Phaëton: Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro, haute-contre; Clymène, Astrée: Ingrid Perruche, soprano; Théone: Isabelle Druet, mezzo-soprano; Libye: Gaëlle Arquez, soprano; Épaphus: Andrew Foster-Williams, baritone; Mérops, Automne, Jupiter: Frédéric Caton, baritone; Protée, Saturne: Benoît Arnould, baritone; Le Soleil, Triton, La Déesse de la Terre: Cyril Auvity, haute-contre; Une Heure, Une Bergère Égyptienne: Virginie Thomas, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Frescobaldi, Gratiani, Haim, Monteverdi, Marini, Piccinini, Graziani, Cavalli, Gagliano, Turini, Merula, Franzaroli, Kapsberger, Carissimi. Fare la Nina Na - Christmas Music of the Italian Baroque. Aeolus AE-10073 (1 CD, December 2013). Details. Amaryllis Dieltiens, soprano. Capriola di Gioia. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Hasse. Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra. dhm 88883721872 (2 CDs, November 2013). Details. Claudio Osele, Le Musiche Nove. Cleopatra: Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, soprano; Marc'Antonio: Vivica Genaux, mezzo-soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Pergolesi. Stabat Mater, Confitebor tibi Domine, Laudate pueri Dominum. Erato 50999 319147 2 7 (1 CD, November 2013). Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor; Julia Lezhneva, mezzo-soprano. Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. In Tempore Nativitatis - Christmas Cantatas BWV 110,  151 & 63. Mirare (1 CD, November 2013). Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort. Maria Keohane, soprano; Carlos Mena, countertenor; Julian Prégardien, tenor; Stephan Macleod, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Johann Schop (c.1590-1667), Samuel Ebart (1665-1684), Biber, Pachelbel, Buxtehude. German Baroque Cantatas. Pan Classics (1 CD, October 2013). Hana Blažíková, soprano. CordArte. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Scheidt, Weckmann, Praetorius, Schein, Schütz, Tunder, Crüger, Walter, Schelle, Theile. Wie Schön Leuchtet der Morgenstern - Deutsche Weihnachtsmusik. dhm 888837683623 (1 CD, November 2013). Wolfgang Katschner, Lauttencompagney. Dorothee Mields, soprano; Paul Agnew, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Rameau. Le Grand Théâtre de L'amour - Opera Arias. Erato 0825646372843 (1 CD, October 2013). Photos. Sabine Devieilhe, soprano. Alexis Kossenko, Les Ambassadeurs. Jean-François Madeuf & Pierre-Yves Madeuf, holeless natural trumpets. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Alessandro Scarlatti. Carlo, rè d'Alemagna (Naples 1716). Agogique (3 CDs, November 2013). Fabio Biondi, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (modern instruments). Guiditta: Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Gildippe: Marina de Liso, mezzo-soprano; Adalgiso: Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzo-soprano; Lotario: Romina Basso contralto; Asparando: José Maria del Monaco, mezzo-soprano; Amilla: Damian Pinti, countertenor; Berardo: Carlo Vincenzo Allemano, tenor; Bleso: Roberto Abbondanza, bass. Review by Carlo Vitale of a 2003 performance. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Serse. (Xerxes). (HWV 40, London 1738). Chandos Chaconne CHAN 0797-3 (3 CDs, September 2013). Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company. Serse: Anna Stéphany, mezzo-soprano; Atalanta: Joélle Harvey, soprano; Romilda: Rosemary Joshua, soprano; Amastre: Hilary Summers, contralto; Arsamene: David Daniels, countertenor; Elviro: Andreas Wolf, bass; Ariodate: Brindley Sherratt, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Johann Christoph Vogel (1756-1788). La Toison d'Or (Paris 1786). Glossa (2 CDs, October 2013). Video. Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. Hisiphile: Judith Van Wanroij, soprano; Calciope: Hrachuhi Bassenz, soprano; La Sybille: Jennifer Borghi, soprano; Médée: Marie Kalinine, mezzo-soprano; Arcas: Martin Platz, tenor; Jason: Jean-Sébastien Bou, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Johann Georg Reutter II (1708-1772). Portus felicitatis - Motets, Arias & Overtures. Ramée RAM 1302 (1 CD, November 2013). Details. Excerpt - aria for soprano & salterio. Jürgen Banholzer, La Gioia Armonica. Monika Mauch, soprano; Stanislava Jirků, contralto; Margit Übellacker, salterio. Video of Margit Übellacker performing with L'Arpeggiata. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780). Das Orchester-und-Kantatenwerk. Querstand (4 CDs, October 2013). Details. Michael Schönheit, Merseburger Hofmusik. Gesine Adler, soprano; Britta Schwarz, contralto; Tobais Hunger, tenor; Tobias Berndt, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Charpentier. Musique Sacrée. Novum NCR 1387 (1 CD, September 2013). Details. Edward Higginbottom, Choir of New College Oxford, Oxford Baroque. Caecilia Virgo et Martyr H.397; Conserva me, Domine H.230; De Profundis Clamavi, H.189. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Gluck, J.C. Bach, Hasse, Mozart, Traetta. Che Puro Ciel - The Rise of Classical Opera. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902172 (1 CD, November 2013). Bejun Mehta, countertenor. René Jacobs, AKAMUS. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Marco Marazzoli. Occhi Belli, Occhi Neri - Cantate Romane. Arcana (1 CD, November 2013). Soledad de la Rosa, soprano. Andrea De Carlo, Ensemble Mare Nostrum. UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Orazio Michi dell'Arpa (1594-1641). E che vuoi più? Agogique (1 CD, September 2013). Details. Video. Françoise Masset, soprano. La Gioannina: Nanja Breedijk, harp; Rémi Cassaigne, lute, guitar, theorbo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. Cantatas - Complete SDG Set. Soli Deo Gloria SDG 186 (56 CDs, reissue, September 2013). Includes 4 CDs previously released by DG & 1 data CD. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Johann Wilhelm Hertel (1727-1789). Die Geburt Jesu Christi. cpo (1 CD, October 2013). Michael Willens, Kölner Akademie. Berit Norbakken Solset, soprano; Alexandra Rawohl, mezzo-soprano; Marcus Ullmann, tenor; Wolf-Matthias Friedrich, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Orlando. (HWV 31, London 1733). Atma (3 CDs, September 2013). Program with Italian/English libretto (pdf). Alexander Weimann, Pacific Baroque Orchestra. Orlando: Owen Willetts, countertenor; Angelica: Karina Gauvin, soprano; Medoro: Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano; Dorinda: Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Zoroastro: Nathan Berg, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Mozart. Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots K.35 (Geistliches Singspiel, 1767). Signum Classics (2 CD, September 2013). Details. Notes. Photos. Ian Page, Orchestra of the Classical Opera. Weltgeist: Sophie Bevan, soprano; Barmherzigkeit: Sarah Fox, soprano; Gerechtigkeit: Cora Burggraaf, soprano; Christ: Allan Clayton, tenor; Christgeist: Andrew Kennedy, tenor. Performance at Wigmore Hall, London, 24 September. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. "Widerstehe doch der Sünde" - Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year vol. 17.  Accent 25317 (1 CD, September 2013). BWV 54, 134, 168 & 186. Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Siri Thornhill, soprano; Elisabeth Hermans, soprano; Yeree Suh, soprano; Petra Noskaiová, mezzo-soprano; Christoph Genz, tenor; Jan van der Crabben, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Biber. Vespro della Beata Vergine. Kerll. Missa in Fletu Solatium. Accent (1 CD, September 2013). Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln, Concerto Palatino. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Giovanni Gabrielli. Sacrae Symphoniae. Accent (1 CD, September 2013). Video. Wim Becu, Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, Oltremontano, Arp Schnitger Ensemble. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Rameau. Les Surprises de l'Amour (Opéra-ballet 1748, revised 1758). Glossa GCD 922701 (3 CDs, September 2013). Details. Sébastien d'Hérin, Les Nouveaux Caractères. Karine Deshayes, mezzo-soprano; Virginie Pochon, soprano; Caroline Mutel, soprano; Jean-Sébastien Bou, baritone; Amel Brahim-Djelloul, soprano; Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone; Anders Dahlin, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Telemann. O erhabnes Glück der Ehe (Serenata TWWV 11:15c) & Herr Gott, dich loben wir (Oratorio TWWV 11:15a/b) - Hochzeitsoratorium Mutzenbecher (1732). cpo 777 808-2 (2 CDs, September 2013). Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinisches Kantorei. Margot Oitzinger, mezzo-soprano; Hanna Morrison, soprano; Markus Schäfer, Immo Schröder, countertenor; Matthias Vieweg, bass; Christos Pelekanos, bass. Recommended. The serenata includes a particularly interesting aria à 5 with a pair of chalumeaux (played by Gili Rinot & Lisa Klevit) - No. 26 "Mit schwimmenden Augen, mit quillendem Herzen". US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. The Orchestral Suites BWV 1066-1069. Accent ACC 24279 (1 CD, September 2013). Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Jean-François Madeuf, Jérôme Princé & Graham Nicholson, holeless natural trumpets; Marian Minnen & Ronan Kernoa, bass violin (no cellos or double bass). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Monteverdi, Donati, Caprioli, Giamberti, Sances, Fontata, Cima. Cantate Deo (A Due Tenori). Alpha 535 (1 CD, October 2013). Marco Beasley (both tenor parts). Guido Morini, Accordone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

François-Joseph Gossec (1734-1829). Thésée (Tragédie lyrique 1782). Ricercar (2 CDs, September 2013). Video. Details (pdf). Guy Van Waas, Les Agreméns, Choeur de Chambre de Namur. Églée: Virginie Pochon, soprano; Minerve, une Coryphée: Katia Velletaz, soprano; Médée: Jennifer Borghi, mezzo-soprano; Cléone, une Vieille: Mélodie Ruvio, contralto; Thésée: Frédéric Antoun, tenor; Égée: Tassis Christoyannis, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Aci, Galatea e Polifemo. (HWV 72, Rome 1708). Glossa GCD 921515 (2 CDs, September 2013). Details. Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza. Aci: Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Galatea: Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano; Polifemo: Lisandro Abadie, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Jean-Philippe Rameau. Dardanus. (Tragédie lyrique, second version 1744). Alpha 951 (2 CDs, September 2013). Details. Video. Raphaël Pichon, L'Ensemble Pygmalion. Dardanus: Emiliano González-Toro, tenor; Vénus: Sabine Devieihle, soprano; Iphise: Gaëlle Arquez, soprano; Anténor: Benoît Arnould, baritone; Isménor: Andrew Foster-Williams, bass; Teucer: Alain Buet, tenor; Amour: Emmanulle de Negri, soprano; Arcas: Romain Champion, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Michelangelo Falvetti (1642-1692). Nabucco (Messina, 1683). Ambronay AMY 036 (1 CD, September 2013). Video. Video 2. Details. Leonardo García Alarcón, Cappella Mediterranea, Choeur de chambre de Namur. Nabucco: Fernando Guimarães, tenor; Daniele: Alessandro Meerapfel, bass; Arioco: Fabián Schofrin, countertenor; Anania: Caroline Weynants, soprano; Azaria & Idolatria: Mariana Flores, soprano; Misaele: Magdalena Padilla Osvaldes, soprano; Eufrate: Matteo Bellotto, bass; Superbia: Capucine Keller, soprano; Keyvan Chemirani, percussions; Kasif Demiröz, ney. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Porpora. Farinelli - Porpora Arias. Erato (1 CD, September 2013). Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor. Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra. Deluxe edition: US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Basic edition: US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Sarro, Porpora, Vinci, Leo, Hasse, Pergolesi, Pasquale Cafaro (1715/6-1787), Gennaro Manna (1715-1779). Arias for Caffarelli. Naïve V 5333 (1 CD, September 2013). Video. Details. Franco Fagioli, countertenor. Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vinci, Leo, A.M. Bononcini, Broschi. Rivals - Arias for Farinelli & Co. dhm 88883744012 (1 CD, August 2013). Details. Video. David Hansen, countertenor. Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis. First recording of revised version of Broschi's "Son qual nave" with ornaments written by Farinelli, two horns, and a different B section. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Caldara, Fux, Ziani, Tuma, Conti, Casati. Fede e Amor. Ramée RAM 1304 (1 CD, September 2013). Excerpt. Alex Potter, countertenor. Ensemble La Fontaine. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vivaldi. Catone in Utica. (RV 705, Verona 1738). Naïve OP 30545 (3 CDs, August 2013). Details. Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. Catone: Topi Lehtipuu, tenor; Emilia: Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano; Cesare: Roberta Mameli, soprano; Marzia: Sonia Prina, contralto; Fulvio: Romina Basso, mezzo-soprano; Abrace: Emöke Baràth, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. Matthäus Passion BWV 244. Harmonia Mundi HMC 802156/58 (3 CDs + 1 DVD, October 2013). René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Staats-und Domchor Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor. Sunhae Im, soprano; Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano; Werner Güra, tenor; Topi Lehtipuu, tenor; Konstantin Wolff, bass; Johannes Weisser, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Messiah. K617 243 (2 CDs, March 2013). Benoît Haller, La Chapelle Rhéname. Tanya Aspelmeier, soprano; Aurore Bucher, soprano; Stéphanie Révidat, soprano; Julien Freymuth, countertenor; Alessandro Giangrande, countertenor; Kathrin Hildebrandt, contralto; Henning Kaiser, tenor; Sébastien Obrecht, tenor; François Rougier, tenor; Ekkehard Abele, baritone; Manfred Bittner, baritone; Matthieu Lécroart, baritone. In EMR 155:50, Violet Greene wrote: "But the pulling around of the tempo of the overture and the long appogiaturas (pitched slightly lower than a semitone) are done with such agreement among the musicians that the effect is somewhat endearing.... [T]he interpretation ... comes across as truly sincere and therefore a pleasure to listen to. Of the recordings I already own of this work, this would be the one I would listen to if I wanted to hear some fresh inspiration. Highly recommended!" US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Mozart. Betulia liberata (1771). Challenge Classics CC 72590 (2 CDs, August 2013). Details. Michi Gaigg, L'Orfeo Barockorchester. Ozìa: Christian Zenker, tenor; Giuditta: Margot Oitzinger, mezzo-soprano; Amital: Marelize Gerber, soprano; Achior: Markus Volpert, baritone; Cabri: Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano; Carmi: Barbara Kraus, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato. (HWV 55, London 1740). Carus 83.395 (2 CDs, June 2013). Details. Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor. Il Penseroso: Maria Keohane, soprano; L'Allegro: Julia Doyle, soprano;  Benjamin Hulett, tenor; Andreas Wolf, bass. Superb performance and recording! US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Haydn. Lord Nelson Mass, Symphony No. 102. Linn (1 CD, October 2013). Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque. Mary Wilson, soprano; Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano; Keith Jameson, tenor; Kevin Deas, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Monteverdi. Heaven and Earth. Vivat 104 (1 CD, September 2013). Robert King, The King's Consort. Carolyn Sampson, Rebecca Outram & Julie Cooper, soprano; Sarah Connolly, Diana Moore, mezzo-soprano; Charles Daniels, John Bowen & James Gilchrist, tenor; Robert Evans & Michael George, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Lorenz Christoph Mizler (1711-1778). Lieder & Oden. cpo (1 CD, August 2013). Klaus Mertens, baritone; Sibylla Rubens, soprano; Rudolf Lutz, harpsichord; Maya Amrein, cello. Mizler, a native of Ansbach, was a pupil of J.S. Bach from 1731 to 1734. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Buxtehude. Opera Omnia XVII - Vocal Music Vol. 7. Challenge Classics CC 72256 (2 CDs, August 2013). Details. Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Amaryllis Dieltiens, soprano; Gerlinde Sämann, soprano; Dorothee Wohlgemuth, soprano; Maarten Engeltjes, countertenor; Tilman Lichdi, tenor; Klaus Mertens, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Charpentier. Litanies de la Vierge et autres motets pour la Maison de Guise. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902169 (1 CD, August 2013). Outstanding video. Performance schedule. Sébastien Daucé, Ensemble Correspondences. Caroline Weynants, soprano 1; Violaine Le Chenadec, soprano 1; Caroline Dangin-Bardot, soprano 2; Lucile Richardot, mezzo-soprano; Stephen Collardelle, haute-contre; Davy Cornillot, tenor; Étienne Bazola, baritone; Nicolas Brooymans, bass. Miserere H.193; Antienne H.526; Annunciate superi H.333; Ouverture H.536; Litanies de la Vierge H.83. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Bartłomiej Pękiel (?-1670). Ave Maria, Missa Concertata La Lombardesca, Audite mortales. Coro 16110 (1 CD, June 2013). Details. Eamonn Dougan, The Sixteen. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

G.B. Bononcini, Marini, Monteverdi, Stradella, Cazzati, Legrenzi. Musica al tempo del Guercino e dei suoi allievi. Stradivarius STR 33932 (1 CD, April 2013). Alena Dantcheva, soprano; Michele Andalò, countertenor. Saverio Villa, Animantica. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Monteverdi, Luigi Rossi. Memento Mori. Aparté AP 59 (1 CD, August 2013). Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris. Edwige Parat, soprano; Karen Vourc'h, soprano; Manuel Nuñez Camelino, tenor; Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, tenor; Lisandro Abadie, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | JP

Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (1729-1817). Le Roi et le fermier. Naxos 8.660322 (1 CD, August 2013). Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Steffani. Stabat Mater. Decca 0289 478 5336 7(1 CD, September 2013). Diego Fasolis, I Barrochisti, Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera. Details. Núria Rial, soprano; Yetzabel Árias Fernández, soprano; Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano; Franco Fagioli, countertenor; Julian Prégardien, tenor; Daniel Behle, tenor; Salvo Vitale, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
The Steffani Project. Decca (3 CDs, November 2013). Reissue of the Decca recordings Mission, Stabat Mater and Danze & Ouvertures. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Durante, Handel, Lotti, B. Marcello, Monteverdi, D. Scarlatti. Amore e morte dell'amore - Duets. Naïve OP 30549 (1 CD, July 2013). Details. Luca Pianca, Ensemble Claudiana. Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Sonia Prina, contralto. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Jommelli. Sacred Music (Rome 1751). dhm 88883725182 (1 CD, July 2013). Giulio Prandi, Ghislieri Choir & Consort. Emanuela Galli, soprano; Romina Basso, contralto; Francesca Boncompagni, soprano; Karin Selva, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Robert Johnson. Lute Songs. dhm (1 CD, September 2013). Julian Podger, tenor. Lee Santana, lute. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Luca Marenzio. Primo Libro di Madrigali. Glossa (1 CD, September 2013). Le Compagnia dei Madrigale. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Rameau. Les Amants trahis - Cantatas. Analekta AN 2 9991 (1 CD, March 2013). Booklet (pdf). Texts (pdf). Hélène Guilmette, soprano; Philippe Sly, baritone. Luc Beauséjour, conductor & harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. Luther-Kantaten BWV 2, 7, 38. dhm 88725468032 (1 CD, August 2013). Details. Roland Wilson, Musica Fiata, La Capella Ducale. Monika Mauch, soprano; Kai Wessel, countertenor; Markus Brutscher, tenor; Wolf Matthias Friedrich, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. Cantatas BWV 82, 84 & 199; Toccata & Fugue in d minor ("Dorian") BWV 538, arranged for strings & continuo by Breuer. Sony 91399 (1 CD, August 2013). Christine Schäfer, soprano. Bernhard Forck, Berliner Barock Solisten. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vivaldi. A Tale of Two Seasons - Concertos & Arias. Avie (1 CD, July 2013). Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima. Sally Bruce-Payne, mezzo-soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Chandos Anthems Nos. 5a, 6a & 8. Hyperion CDA 67926 (1 CD, July 2013). Details. Stephen Layton, OAE, Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. Susan Gritton, soprano; Iestyn Davies, countertenor; Thomas Hobbs, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Giuseppe Scarlatti (1718-1777). Dove è amore è gelosia (Krumlov Castle, 1768). Opus Arte (1 DVD or Blu-ray, April 2013). Details. Historically-reconstructed staging in the restored baroque theatre at Krumlov Castle, Czech Republic with authentic stage machinery, props and scenery. Director: Ondřej Havelka. Vojtěch Spurný, Schwarzenberg Court Orchestra. Blu-ray: OABD 7120D: US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
DVD: OA 1104D: US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Antonio Sacchini (1730-1786). Renaud (Paris 1783). Ediciones Singulares (2 CDs, May 2013). Details. Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques. Armide: Marie Kalinine, mezzo-soprano; Renaud: Julien Dran, tenor; Hidraot: Jean-Sébastien Bou, baritone; Mélisse / Une coryphée: Julie Fuchs, soprano; Doris: Katia Velletaz, soprano; Iphise: Jennifer Borghi, mezzo-soprano; Antiope: Chantal Santon, soprano; Tisiphone / Une Chevalier: Cyrille Dubois, tenor; Alecton: Pascal Bourgeois, tenor; Adraste / Mégère / Arcas / Tissapherne: Pierrick Boisseau, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Francesco Provenzale (1624-1704). La Stellidaura vendicante (Naples 1674). dhm (2 CDs, May 2013). Review. Videos: Act I, Act II, Act III. Alessandro de Marchi, Accademia Montis Regalis. Stellidaura: Jennifer Rivera, mezzo-soprano; Armillo: Hagen Matzeit, countertenor; Armidoro: Bogdan Mihai, tenor; Orismondo: Carlo Allemano, tenor; Giampetro: Enzo Capuano, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | IT | CA | JP

Antonio Farina, Pietro Marchitelli, Alessandro Scarlatti. Serenate Napoletane. Pan Classics PC 10287 (1 CD, May 2013). Details. Andréanne Paquin, soprano. Andrea Friggi, Ensemble Odyssee. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. Secular Cantatas vol. 3. BIS 2041 (1 CD, May 2013). Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan. Joanne Lunn, soprano; Hiroya Aoki, countertenor; Makoto Sakurada, tenor. Wedding Cantata BWV 202, Quodlibet BWV 524, Durchlauchster Leopold BWV 173a, Schwingt freudig euch empor BWV 36c. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel, arranged by Mozart, further arranged by Ignaz von Mosel. Timotheus oder die Gewalt der Musik (Alexander's Feast) (K.591, 1790, Mosel 1812). Sony (2 CDs, April 2013). Details. Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien. Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Werner Güra, tenor; Gerald Finley, bass. The total number of people singing and playing in 1812 was approximately 630 to 640. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Augustin Pfleger (1635-1686). Laudate Dominum - Sacred Cantatas. cpo (1 CD, May 2013). Manfred Cordes, Weiser-Renaissance. The first of a new series -- Hofkapellemeister an Schloss Gottorf I. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Ingenuin Molitor (1610-1669). Motetten (Innsbruck 1668). musikmuseum 15 (1 CD, May 2013). Details. Peter Waldner, Vita & Anima, La Dolcezza. Maria Erlacher, soprano; Gerlinde Sämann, soprano; Markus Flaig, bass. UK | FR | DE

François Couperin. Leçons de Ténèbres, organ pieces. Campra. Cantate domino. Hérisson LH 09 (1 CD, April 2013). Monique Zanetti, soprano; Françoise Masset, soprano; Mathieu Dupouy, organ; Jonathan Dunford, viol; James Holland, theorbo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Matthias Weckmann (1619-1674). Conjuratio. Mirare (1 CD, March 2013). Details. Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort. Maria Keohane, soprano; Carlos Mena, countertenor; Hans-Jörg Mammel, tenor; Stephan MacLeod, bass; Maude Gratton, organ. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Monteverdi. L'Orfeo. Avie AV 2278 (2 CDs, April 2013). Details. Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort & Players. Orfeo: Charles Daniels, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Giove in Argo (Self pasticcio opera, HWV A14, London 1739). Virgin 50999 7231162 2 (3 CDs, March 2013). Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. Calisto: Karina Gauvin, soprano; Iside: Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano; Diana: Theodora Baka, soprano; Arete (Giove): Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani, tenor; Osiris (Erosto: Vito Priante, bass; Licaone: Gianluca Buratto, bass. First recording using the new HHA edition, reconstructed by John Roberts, who discovered the two "lost" arias by Francesco Araja, as reported in his article "The Story of Imeneo" in the 2001 Händel-Jahrbuch. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Cantatas vol. 1. Ayros AY-HC01 (1 CD, May 2013). Details. Marco Vitale, Contrasto Armonico. Roberta Mameli, soprano. Notte placida e cheta HMV 142, Qualor l'egre pupille HWV 152, Ne' tuoi lumi, o bella Clori HWV 133, Armida abbandonata HWV 105. This is a continuation of the series that began with four volumes on Brilliant Classics. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel. Dixit Dominus. Avie (1 CD, May 2013). Owen Rees, Choir of The Queens College Oxford, The Brook Street Band. Elin Manahan Thomas, soprano; Esther Brazil, mezzo-soprano; Sally Bruce-Payne, mezzo-soprano; Guy Cutting, tenor; Matthew Brook, bass. Violet Greene's conclusion in her review in EMR 155:50: "A disc of unusually high caliber." US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. Cantatas for the complete liturgical year, volume 16 (of 20). Accent Accent 25316 (1 CD, April 2013). Cantatas BWV 34, 173, 184, 129. Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Gerlinde Sämann, soprano; Petra Noskaiová, mezzo-soprano; Christoph Genz, tenor; Jan van der Crabben, bass. Fine holeless natural trumpet playing by Jean-François Madeuf and his mates. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

René Drouart de Bousset (1703-1760). Cantates Spirituelles. Brilliant Classics 94288 (1 CD, April 2013). Video. Camille Poul, soprano, or Michiko Takahashi, soprano; Bernhard Hansky, baritone. Le Tendre Amour. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Telemann. Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst (Hamburg, 1725-26). Complete recording of all 72 cantatas by Bergen Barokk in progress:
Volume 5: The cantatas for high voice, violin & basso continuo I.
Toccata Classics TOCC 0102 (1 CD, April 2013). Details. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Volume 4: The cantatas for middle voice, transverse flute & basso continuo I. Toccata Classics TOCC 0084 (1 CD, February 2012). Details. Franz Vitzthum, countertenor; Peter Holtslag, traverso; Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord & organ; Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello & viol. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Volume 3: The cantatas for high voice, recorder and basso continuo II. Toccata Classics TOCC 0074 (1 CD, March 2011). Details. Mona Julsrud, soprano; Frode Thorsen, recorder; Thomas Boysen, theorbo; Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord & organ; Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello. Handel borrowed opening theme from the first cantata on this disk for "And he shall purify". US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Volume 2: The cantatas for middle voice, violin and basso continuo I. Toccata Classics TOCC 0057 (1 CD, July 2009). Details. Franz Vitzthum, countertenor; Bjarte Eike, violin; Hans Knut Svenn, harpsichord & organ; Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Volume 1: The cantatas for high voice, recorder & basso continuo I. Toccata Classics TOCC 0037 (1 CD, August 2006). Details. Mona Julsrud, soprano; Frode Thorsen, recorder; Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord; Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello. This is a superb performance and recording. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Porpora. Aminta: Pastoral Cantatas. Pan Classics (1 CD, April 2013). Marina De Liso, soprano. Stefano Aresi, Stile Galante. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

G.M. Bononcini, Mancini, Porpora, Sarro, Vinci. I Viaggi di Faustina. Glossa. (1 CD, April 2013). Video. Antonio Florio, I Turcini. Roberta Invernizzi, soprano. Arias for Faustina Bordoni. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Hasse. Didone Abbandonata. Naxos 8.660323/25 (3 CDs, February 2013). Details. Live recording of the March 2011 production in Munich. Michael Hofstetter, Hofkapelle Munchen. Didone: Theresa Holzhauser, mezzo-soprano; Selene: Magdalena Hinterdobler, soprano; Araspe: Maria Celeng, soprano; Iarba: Valer Barna-Sabadus, countertenor; Enea: Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, countertenor; Osmida: Andreas Burkhart, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842). Lodoïska (Paris 1791). Naïve Ambroisie (2 CDs, March 2013). Jérémie Rhorer, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, Les Éléments. Lodoïska: Nathalie Manfrino, soprano; Lysinka: Hjördis Thébault, soprano; Floreski: Sébastien Guèze, tenor; Titzikan: Philippe Do, tenor; Varbel: Armando Noguera, baritone; Dourlinski: Pierre-Yves Pruvot, baritone; Altamar: Alain Buet, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel, Giovanni Bononcini (1678-1741) (a third Giovanni Bononcini?), Corelli, Gasparini, Giovanni Lulier (c.1662-1700). Roman Handel. Centaur CRC 3246 (1 CD, February 2013). Details. Kristen Watson, soprano. Musicians of the Old Post Road. Includes cantatas by Bononcini, Lulier and Handel (Tu fedel? Tu costante? HWV 171). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Carl Heinrich Graun. Easter Oratorio. cpo (1 CD, March 2013). Michael Alexander Willens, Kölner Akademie. Dagmar Sasková, soprano; Jan Kobow, tenor, Andreas Wolf, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Telemann. Lukas-Passion 1728. cpo (2 CDs, March 2013). Details. Michael Alexander Willens, Kölner Akademie. Marcus Ullmann, tenor; Wolfgang Klose, tenor; Christian Hilz, bass; Raimondis Spogis, bass; Thilo Dahlmann, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Telemann. Cantatas and chamber music with recorder. Brilliant Classics (1 CD, March 2013). Gemma Bertagnolli, soprano. Stefano Bagliano, Collegium Pro Musica. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Francesca Caccini (1587-1640). Maria, dolce Maria - Sacred and secular songs. Brilliant Classics (1 CD, March 2013). Elena Cecchi Fedi, soprano. Gian Luca Lastraioli, Capella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Zelenka. Guade laetare ZWV 168; Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis ZWV 17. Nibiru (1 CD, February 2013). Details. Adam Viktora, Ensemble Inégal, Prague Baroque Soloists. Gabriela Elbenová, soprano; Carlos Mena, countertenor; Makuto Sakurada, tenor; Václav Čížek, tenor; Roman Hoza, baritone; Marlán Krejcík, bass; Lisandro Abadie, bass. US | UK | FR | DE

Charpentier. Judith sive Bethulia liberata (Judith ou Béthulie libérée) H.391 / Caedes Sanctorum Innocentium (Le Massacre des innocents) H.411. K617 242 (1 CD, February 2013). Details. Olivier Schneebeli, Les Pages & Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. Dagmar Sasková, soprano; Erwin Aros, tenor; Jean-François Novelli, tenor; Arnaud Richard, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Louis Le Prince. Missa "Macula non est in te" (1663). Charpentier. Gaudete fideles H.306, Ouverture pour le sacre d'un évêque (H.536, instr.), O pretiosum H.245, Magnificat H.75. Lully. O dulcissime Domine. Glossa (1 CD, April 2013). Video. Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Monteverdi. Selva morale e spirituale. Harry Christophers, The Sixteen.
Vol. 3. Coro 16109 (1 CD, April 2013). Details. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Vol. 2. Coro 16101 (1 CD, March 2012). Details. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Vol. 1. Coro 16087 (1 CD, September 2010). Details. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Alessandro Scarlatti. Profano e Sacro - The music of Alessandro Scarlatti. Avanti (1 CD, February 2013). Details / Video. Dominque Corbiau, countertenor. Michel Keustermans, La Cetra d'Orfeo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Sebastián Durón. La Guerra de los Gigantes (Madrid 1702). Pan Classics PC 10276 (1 CD, February 2013). Rogério Gonçalves, A Corte Musical. Júpiter: Eva Juárez, soprano; Hércules: Camilla de Falleiro, soprano; Minervo: Anna Freivogel, mezzo-soprano; Palante: Maria Weiss, mezzo-soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Pasquale Anfossi (1727-1797). La Finta Giardiniera (1774). dhm 88697911392 (2 CDs, March 2013). Details. Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo. Sandrina: Núria Rial, soprano; Arminda: Katja Stuber, soprano; Ramiro: María Espada, soprano; Serpetta: Monika Reinhard, soprano; Belfiore: Krystian Adam, tenor; Nardo: Florian Götz, baritone; Podestà: Miljenko Turk, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Gottfried Homilius (1714-1785). Markuspassion. Carus (2 CDs, February 2013). Fritz Näf, L'arpa festante, Basler Madrigalisten. Monika Mauch, soprano; Ruth Sandhoff, mezzo-soprano; Hans Jörg Mammel, tenor; Stefan Laske, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Porpora. Cantatas. Accord ACD 1832 (1 CD, January 2013). Artur Stefanowicz, countertenor. Dorota Cybulska-Amsler, Ensemble Club Europa. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel, Mozart, Porpora, Vivaldi. Alleluia. Decca 478 5242 (1 CD, March 2013). Details. Julia Lezhneva, mezzo-soprano. Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

François Couperin. Trois Leçons de Ténèbres. Vivat 102 (1 CD, March 2013). Details. Robert King, The King's Consort. Carolyn Sampson, soprano; Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzo-soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Fux. Oratorium germanicum de Passione (1731). Pan Classics PC 10284 (1 CD, February 2013). Details. Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria, St. Florianer Sängerknaben. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Johann Philipp Krieger (1649-1725). Musicalischer Seelen-Frieden - Cantatas. Carus (1 CD, February 2013). Dorothee Mields, soprano. Simone Eckert, Hamburger Ratsmusik. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Telemann. Telemannisches Gesangbuch. Carus 83.340 (1 CD, February 2013). Klaus Mertens, bass-baritone; Vincent Frisch, boy soprano. Thomas Fritzsch, cello, bass violin & viola da gamba; Stefan Maass, lute; Michael Schönheit, organ and harpsichord. Selections from Telemann's comprehensive Lutheran hymnal of 1730, in which he added figured bass to the chorales. A fine recording, with many hymns accompanied by an organ by Andreas J. Schiegnitz after the 1580 Italian chamber organ in Silbernen Kapelle, Innsbruck. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Hidden Handel. Naïve (1 CD, May 2013). Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano. Excerpt. Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. Includes four unknown and unpublished arias, plus others that have remained "hidden" for various reasons. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

William Hayes (1708-1777). Six Cantatas (1748) / Orpheus & Euridice (1735). Glossa (2 CDs, February 2013). Video. Anthony Rooley, The SCB Hayes Players. Evelyn Tubb, soprano; Mirjam Berli, soprano; Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano; Daniel Cabena, countertenor; Paul Bentley, tenor; David Munderloh, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

William Hayes (1708-1777). Instrumental and Vocal Music. GEMMA Classical Music Trust (1 CD, January 2013). Details. Evelyn Tubb, soprano. Warwick Cole, Corelli Orchestra. Includes two cantatas, concerti grossi, a harpsichord concerto, and a trio sonata.

J.S. Bach. Ruhm und Glück - Cantatas BWV 66a and 36a (reconstructed). Rondeau (1 CD, February 2013). Alexander Ferdinand Grychtolik, Mitteldeutsche Hofmusik. Gudrun Sindonie Otto, soprano; Wiebke Lehmkuhl, contralto; Hans Jörg Mammel, tenor; Carsten Krüger, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. Johannes-Passion BWV 245. Linn CKD 419 (2 CDs, March 2013). Details. John Butt, Dunedin Consort. Joanne Lunn, soprano; Claire Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Mulroy, tenor; Matthew Brook, bass; Robert Davies, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Cavalli, Handel, Monteverdi, Morley, Purcell, Vivaldi. Enchanted Forest. DG-Archiv 0289 479 0077 (1 CD, March 2013). Details. Anna Prohaska, soprano. Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Philipp Heinrich Erlebach (1657-1714). Süsse Freundschaft, edles Band - Overtures & Arias. Christophorus CHR 77366 (1 CD, January 2013). Miriam Feuersinger, soprano; Franz Vitzthum, countertenor. Peter Barczi, Capricornus Consort Basel. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vivaldi, Caldara, Albinoni, Porta, Giacomelli, Gasparini, Galuppi, Sellitto. Venezia - Opera Arias of the Serenissima. Virgin 50999   4645452 2 (1 CD, February 2013). Video. Max Emanuel Cenčić, countertenor. Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'oro. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Almost certainly not "Pergolesi". Septem verba a Christo. Harmonia Mundi  (1 CD, March 2013). René Jacobs, AKAMUS. Video. Sophie Karthäuser, soprano; Christophe Dumaux, countertenor; Julien Behr, tenor; Konstantin Wolff, bass. Attributed in Pergolesi in 1760, when Pergolesi's music was considerably more valuable than during his brief lifetime. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Dixit Dominus HWV 232. Vivaldi. Dixit Dominus RV 807, In furore irae RV 626. Harmonia Mundi 807587 (1 CD, April 2013). Lucy Crowe, soprano. David Bates, La Nuova Musica. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP JP

G.A. Perti (1661-1756). Il Mosè conduttor del popolo ebreco (Modena 1685). Tactus TC 661603 (1 CD, January 2013). Details. Maria Luisa Baldassari, Ensemble Les Nations. Mosè: Gloria Banditelli, contralto; Faraone: Marco Bussi, countertenor; Generale di Faraone: Laura Antonaz, soprano; Capo del popolo ebreo: Alberto Allegrezza, tenor; Testo: Elena Biscuola, mezzo-soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Fago, A. & D. Scarlatti, Caresana, Veneziano. Il Tesoro di San Gennaro. Glossa GCD 922605 (1 CD, January 2013). Antonio Florio, I Turchini. Valentina Varriale, soprano; Leslie Visco, soprano; Filippo Mineccia, countertenor; Rosario Totaro, tenor; Pino De Vittorio, tenor; Giuseppe Naviglio, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

2012 Releases


New Books

Thomas McGeary. The Politics of Opera in Handel's England. Details. Cambridge University Press, April 2013. 418 pages. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Sarah McCleave. Dance in Handel's London Operas. Details. University of Rochester Press, February 2013. 280 pages. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Suzanne Aspden. The Rival Sirens: Performance and Identity on Handel's Operatic Stage. Details. Cambridge University Press, April 2013. 304 pages. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Donald Burrows, Helen Coffey, John Greenacombe & Anthony Hicks (eds). G.F. Handel: The Collected Documents. 5 volumes. Details.
Volume 1: 1609-1725
. Details. Cambridge University Press (January 2014). 750 pages. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Volume 2: 1725-1734. Details. Cambridge University Press (April 2014). 750 pages. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Volume 3: 1734-1742. Details. Cambridge University Press (June 2014). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Annette Landgraf & David Vickers (eds). The Cambridge Handel Encyclopedia. Details. Cambridge University Press (December 2009). 860 pages. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Paperback reprint (October 2013). Details. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

In the Studio / Forthcoming & Future CDs

Gluck. Forthcoming in 2014. Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco hope to perform and record two forgotten Gluck operas during the Gluck Tercentenary year.

Hasse. Siroe. Forthcoming - recorded in January 2014. Details. George Petrou, Armonia Atenea. Siroe: Max Emanuel Cenčić, countertenor; Medarse: Franco Fagioli, countertenor; Laodice: Julia Lezhneva, mezzo-soprano; Arasse: Laureen Snouffer, soprano; Emira: Hélène Le Corre, soprano; Cosroe: Juan Sancho, tenor.

Hasse. Solimano. Decca. Forthcoming. Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro. Solimano: Max Emanuel Cencic, countertenor; Laureen Snouffer, soprano.

Handel. Jephtha. (HWV 70, London 1752). Coro (3 CDs, recorded in January 2014). Harry Christophers, The Sixteen. Iphis: Sophie Bevan, soprano; Angel: Grace Davison, soprano; Storgè: Susan Bickley, mezzo-soprano; Hamor: Robin Blaze, countertenor; Jephtha: James Gilchrist, tenor; Zebul: Matthew Brook, bass.

Alessandro Scarlatti. La Sposa dei Cantici (1703). Sono Luminus, forthcoming Fall 2014. Details. Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica. Sposa: Meghan Lindsay, soprano; Sposo: John Holiday, countertenor; Amor Divino: Jay Carter, countertenor; Eternità: Ryland Angel, countertenor. To be performed as part of the Houston Early Music Festival: Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8 pm, Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houson.

Mysliveček. L'Olimpiade (Naples 1778). DVD forthcoming of the apparently inoffensive modern production in late 2013. Václav Luks, Collegium 1704. Aristea: Simona Houda-Šaturová, soprano; Megacle: Raffaella Milanesi, soprano; Alcandro: Helena Kaupová, soprano; Licida: Tehila Nini Goldstein, mezzo-soprano; Argene: Sophie Harmsen, mezzo-soprano; Clistene: Johannes Chum, tenor; Aminta: Krystian Adam, tenor. Listen online to the 2 May 2013 Prague performance. Megacle's "Superbo di me stesso", written for Luigi Marchesi and performed here at 10:16 by Raffaella Milanesi is a particularly brilliant aria. To replace the lost final chorus, the stage director inserted the final aria in Gluck's Ezio, Fulvia's accompagnato and rage aria "Misera, dove son!" / "Ah'! Non son io che parlo". See the detailed review of a Caen performance by Graham O'Reilly at EMR 155:67, which concludes: "That apart [the Gluck insertion], the stunning singing and playing make this production an exemplar of how all opera should be done.... Don't miss it [the DVD]."

Domenico Scarlatti. Tolomeo ed Alessandro (Rome 1711). DG-Archiv (Recorded in November 2007). Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. Tolomeo: Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano; Seleuce: Klara Ek, soprano; Elisa: Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Araspe: Theodora Baka, mezzo-soprano; Alessandro: Raffaella Milanesi, soprano; Dorisbe: Mary-Ellen Nesi, mezzo-soprano.

Vinci. Catone in Utica (Rome 1728). DG-Archiv (Forthcoming 2015). Details. Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro. Cesare: Franco Fagioli, countertenor; Catone: Juan Sancho, tenor; Marzia: Valer Barna-Sabadus, countertenor; Fulvio: Martin Mitterrutzner, countertenor; Emilia: David DQ Lee, countertenor; Arbace: Max Emanuel Cenčić, countertenor.

Porpora. Germanico in Germania. Decca (Recording June 2014). Brochure (pdf). Alessandro de Marchi, Accademia Montis Regalis. Germanico: Max Emanuel Cenčić, countertenor; Arminio: Franco Fagioli, countertenor; Rosmonda: Julia Lezhneva, mezzo-soprano; Cecina: Vince Yi, countertenor; Segeste: Carlo Vincenzo Alemanno, tenor.

Antonio Giuseppe Brescianello (c.1690-1758). La Tisbe (Munich 1718). cpo (forthcoming). Details. Jörg Halubeck, Il Gusto Barocco. Tisbe: Nina Bernsteiner, soprano; Licori: Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, countertenor; Pyramus: Julius Pfeiffer, tenor; Alceste: Matteo Bellotto, bass.

Conti. L'Issipile (1732). To be performed at Wigmore Hall, London on 22 January 2014. David Bates, La Nuova Musica. Issipile: Lucy Crowe, soprano; Rodope: Rebecca Bottone, soprano; Eurnome: Emilie Renard, mezzo-soprano; Giasone: Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor; Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, countertenor; Tonante: John Mark Ainsley, tenor.

Handel. The Triumph of Time and Truth. (HWV 71, London 1757). Delphian. Forthcoming. Richard Neville-Towle, Ludus Baroque. Sophie Bevan, soprano; Mary Bevan, soprano.

Hasse. Romolo ed Ersilia. Alpha 186 (forthcoming 2014). Attilio Cremonesi, Café Zimmermann, ChorWerk Ruhr. Romolo: Marina de Liso, mezzo-soprano; Ersilia: Rosanna Savoia, soprano; Valeria: Robin Johannsen, soprano; Ostilio: Netta Or, soprano; Acronte: Paola Gardina, mezzo-soprano; Curzio: Johannes Chum, tenor.

Gluck. Le Cinesi (Serenata, Schlosshof 1754, Vienna 1755). Virgin Classics. Forthcoming. Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. Tangia: Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano. Silango: Topi Lehtipuu, tenor. See Heartz, Haydn, Mozart, etc. pp. 152-3 for his translation of Dittersdorf's detailed description of the staging.

Agostino Steffani (1654-1728). Niobe, Regina di Tebe (Munich 1688). Virgin/EMI, recorded in November 2013. forthcoming Winter 2015. Boston Early Music Festival. Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Artistic Directors. Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor; Karina Gauvin, soprano; Amanda Forsythe, soprano.

Gluck. Ipermestra (Venice 1744). RCOC. Forthcoming. Details (pdf). Juan Bautista Otero, Real Compañía Ópera de Cámara (RCOC). Danao: Magnus Staveland, tenor; Ipermestra: Verónica Cangemi or Sabina Puértolas, soprano; Linceo: Sunhae Im, soprano; Elpinice: Sara Mingardo, contralto; Plistene: Mari Eriksmoen, soprano; Adrasto: Luciano Botelho, tenor.

Domènec Terradellas (1713-1751). Merope (Rome 1751). RCOC. Forthcoming. Details (pdf). Juan Bautista Otero, Real Compañía Ópera de Cámara (RCOC). Merope: Verónica Cangemi or Sabina Puértolas, soprano; Epitide: Sunhae Im, soprano; Polifonte: Magnus Staveland, tenor; Trasimede: Anna Bonitatibus, mezzo-soprano; Argia: Ditte Andersen, soprano; Licisco: Mari Eriksmoen, soprano; Anassandro: Xavier Sabata, countertenor.

David Pérez (1711-1778). Solimano (Lisbon 1757 & Cádiz 1768). RCOC. Forthcoming. Details (pdf). Juan Bautista Otero, Real Compañía Ópera de Cámara (RCOC). Solimano: Thomas Randall or Anders J. Dahlin, tenor; Perane: Patricia Petibon or Aleksandrina Pendatchanska, soprano; Selimo: Stéphanie d'Oustrac or Monica Bacelli, mezzo-soprano; Barsina: Sunhae Im or Sophie Karthäuser. soprano; Zanghire: Verónica Cangemi, soprano; Osmino: Magnus Staveland, tenor.

Porpora. Gli Orti Esperidi (Naples 1721). RCOC. Forthcoming. Details (pdf). Juan Bautista Otero, Real Compañía Ópera de Cámara (RCOC). Venere: Verónica Cangemi, soprano; Adonis: Sunhae Im, soprano; Marte: Anders J. Dahlin, tenor; Egle: Barbara Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano; Palemone: Robin Johannsen, soprano.

Alessandro Scarlatti. Penelope La Casta (Naples 1696). Forthcoming. Details (pdf). Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney. Penelope: Dorothee Mields, soprano; Ulisse: Kobie van Rensburg, tenor; Elvida: Cécile van de Sant, mezzo-soprano; Lutezio: Owen Willetts, countertenor; Gismondo: Yosemeh Adjei, countertenor; Orimante: James Elliott, tenor; Gildo: Florian Götz, baritone; Arienne: Bele Kumberger, soprano; Matteo Sassano: Henning Kaiser, tenor.

Alessandro Scarlatti. Didone delirante (Naples 1696). Forthcoming. Details. Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney. Enea: Anne Dietzmann, mezzo-soprano; Acate: Anne Schneider, soprano; Didone: Olivia Vermeulen, mezzo-soprano; Anna: Katharina Boschmann, soprano; Frullo: Matthias Vieweg, bass; Creuso: Yosemeh Adjel, countertenor; Sicambre: Susanne Langbein, soprano.

Handel. Acis & Galatea (Expanded English/Italian version, HWV 49b, London 1732). In the planning stages. Acis (originally Senesino): Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor.

Handel. Agrippina. (HWV 6, Venice 1709-10). Naïve. Forthcoming. Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. Joyce DiDonato, Maite Beaumont, Karina Gauvin, Pallante: Johannes Meisser, baritone.

Handel. Arianna in Creta. (HWV 32, London 1734). Naïve. Forthcoming. Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco Arianna: , soprano; Teseo: Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano; Carilda: , soprano; Tauride: , mezzo-soprano; Alceste: , soprano; Minos: Johannes Meisser, baritone.

Handel. Giulio Cesare in Egitto. (HWV 17, London 1724). Decca. Forthcoming. Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico. Giulio Cesare: Andreas Scholl, countertenor; Cleopatra: Cecilia Bartoli, soprano; Cornelia: Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano.

G.B. Bononcini (1670-1747). Astianatte (London 1727). Naïve. Forthcoming. Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco. This is the opera in which the two prima donnas, Cuzzoni and Faustina, fought on stage.

Francesco Maria Veracini. Adriano in Siria (Opera of the Nobility, London 1735). Details. Virgin forthcoming. Krakow, 12 December 2013 & 18 January 2014. Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante. Adriano: Romina Basso, contralto; Farnaspe: Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano; Emirena: Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Sabina: Sonia Prina, contralto; Idalma: Vivica Genaux, mezzo-soprano; Osroa: Ugo Guagliardo, bass.

Alessandro Melani. Gli Amori di Lidia e di Clori (1682). (4 CDs, forthcoming?). Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort. Clori: Anna Chierichetti, soprano; Lidia: Lavinia Bertotti, soprano; Eurillo: Gianluca Belfiori Doro, countertenor; Rosauro: Gianluca Buratto, bass.

Alessandro Stradella. Doriclea (1686). (4 CDs, forthcoming?). Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort. Rosita Frisani, soprano; Cristina Jannicola, mezzo-soprano; Linda Campanella, soprano; Gianluca Belfiori Doro, countertenor; Carlo Putelli, tenor; Vito Priante, bass.

Recommended Interviews from Goldberg

Vincent Dumestre by Yutha Tep, Issue 37.

Martin Gester by Brian Robins, Issue 36.

Sigiswald Kuijken by Brian Robins, Issue 34, in which he discusses the violoncello da spalla and holeless natural trumpet, among other matters.

Christophe Rousset by Brian Robins, Issue 33.

Also:

Jean-François Madeuf by Jeffrey Nussbaum on the Historic Brass Society website (2006). J-FM: "I never play [natural trumpet] with holes. I only did that when I was learning this very difficult (but so wonderful) instrument."

Early Music World - new website by Brian Robins


A note about web browsers.

OT: Firefox users: Smooth scrolling, autoscrolling and hardware acceleration, which can cause momentary freezes, are on by default in the latest release. To turn them off: Tools>>Options>>Advanced>>General.

ORF and Philips included opera libretto files on multi-session CDs, a now obsolete technology. The non-audio files can't be opened in Windows 8 x64 Explorer, but you can open and extract them with the free version of IsoBuster.

"If one is to believe the historians of the seventeenth century, stage directors did not yet exist. What a fortunate age! One could attend an opera without having to close one's eyes. One could take delight in it, listen to it and watch it at the same time, without feeling welling up within oneself, scene by scene, crescendo, rinforzando, that dull anger which is very bad for one's peace of mind." Philippe Beaussant (La Monde de la Musique, April 2005), English translation in "Vivaldi in Scena: Thoughts on the Revival of Vivaldi's Operas" by Frédéric Delaméa in Vivaldi, Motezuma and the Opera Seria, Michael Talbot (ed.) at 171-2 (Brepols 2008).

I'm still waiting for even one of the many conductors of baroque Italian opera performances with organ, guitar, or harp continuo to cite one solitary source in support of an obnoxious fad. At one time, scholars were prominent in the historical performance movement, but increasingly they have been replaced by copycats and greedy salesmen.


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