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J.C. Bach. La Tempesta. Franco Fagioli in period costume, staging by Sigrid T'Hooft. Reinhard Goebel, Budapest Festival Orchesta playing original instruments (very well). Video.

Looks interesting: Score of Giacomelli's Scipione in Cartagine nuova (Parma 1730), which starred Farinelli, Carestini & Cuzzoni. One Cuzzoni aria, Villanel la nube estiva, a siciliana with prestissimo B section, was recorded by Simone Kermes on the Rival Queens CD (with annoying guitar continuo).

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2013 Releases

Agostino Steffani (1654-1728). Niobe, Regina di Tebe (Munich 1688). Erato 0825646343546 (3 CDs, January 2015). Radio broadcast available online. Program notes & libretto (pdf). Details. Overview. Synopsis. Video preview. Sketches of costume designs and set models. Inside Look. Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. Niobe: Karina Gauvin, soprano; Manto: Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Anfione: Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor; Creonte: Terry Wey, countertenor; Nerea: José Lemos, countertenor; Clearte: Aaron Sheehan, tenor; Tiberino: Colin Balzer, tenor; Poliferno: Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Tiresias: Christian Immler, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Francesco Maria Veracini (1690-1768). Adriano in Siria (Opera of the Nobility, London 1735). Fra Bernardo FB 1409491 (3 CDs, November 2014). Details. Excerpt 1. Excerpt 2. Complete audio. Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante. Adriano (originally Senesino): Sonia Prina, contralto; Farnaspe (originally Farinelli): Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano; Emirena: Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Sabina: Romina Basso, contralto; Idalma: Lucia Cirillo, mezzo-soprano; Osroa: Ugo Guagliardo, bass. “The opera of Adriano, now performing with great Applause, particularly for some fine Songs in it, compos’d for Signior Farinello, having been thought by the King to be rather too long, M. Veracini has shorten’d it, and his Majesty has declar’d his Intention of being present at it [on Tuesday, December 16]." From Graydon Beeks, Some overlooked references to Handel. Also from Beeks, Sir Henry Liddell reported that the role of Idalma was sung by "a new performer from la Pietà at Venice", Signora Santa Tasco detta La Santini, "who sings with good judgment & a very tolerable voice for a second." If she was from the Pietà, she would have broken the prevailing rule that their girls were not supposed to become opera singers. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Rameau. Les Fêtes de Polymnie (Paris 1745). Glossa (2 CDs, January 2015). György Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir. Stratonice, Oriade: Véronique Gens, soprano; Mnémosine, Hébé, Argélie: Aurélia Legay, soprano; Polymnie, une Nymphe: Emöke Baráth, soprano; Le Chef des Arts, Alcide, Antiochus: Mathias Vidal, tenor; Jupiter, Séleucus, Zimès: Thomas Dolié, baritone; Le Destin: Domonkos Blazsó, bass; La Victoire: Márta Stefanik, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | JP

Alessandro Scarlatti, Domenico Sarro, Francesco Feo, Giovanni Battista Costanzi, Giovanni Maria Bononcini, Leonardo Vinci. Arias for Domenicio Gizzi. Glossa (1 CD, January 2015). Roberta Invernizzi, soprano. Antonio Florio, I Turchini. US | UK | FR | DE | JP

Handel, Fux, Caldara, Albinoni, Bononcini, Gasparini. Cantatas & Arias. dhm (1 CD, February 2015). Núria Rial, soprano, Artemandoline. FR | DE

Delalande. Leçons de Ténèbres. Harmonia Mundi (1 CD, March 2015). Sébastien Daucé, Ensemble Correspondances. Sophie Karthäuser, soprano. FR

Mario Capuano (died c.1649) & Bonaventura Rubino (c.1600-1668). Requiems (1650 & 1653). Ricercar (1 CD, January 2015). Leonardo García Alarcón, Choeur de Chambre de Namur.US | UK | FR | DE

Bonaventura Rubino (c.1600-1668). Messa de Morti (Requiem) à 5 concertata 1653. Tactus (1 CD, November 2014). Vincenzo Di Betta, Cappella Musicale S.Maria in Campitelli, Studio di Musica Antica "Antonio Il Verso". UK | FR | DE

Luca Marenzio. Quinto Libro di Madrigali. Glossa (1 CD, February 2015). La Compagnia del Madrigale. FR

Hasse. Siroe (Bologna 1733). Decca. (2 CDs, October 2014). Details. Video. George Petrou, Armonia Atenea. Siroe (Farinelli role): Max Emanuel Cenčić, countertenor; Medarse (Caffarelli role): Franco Fagioli, countertenor; Laodice: Julia Lezhneva, mezzo-soprano; Arasse: Laureen Snouffer, soprano; Emira: Mary-Ellen Nesi, mezzo-soprano; Cosroe: Juan Sancho, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Mozart. Mitridate K.87 (Milan 1770). Signum (4 CDs, October 2014). Details. Video. Italian/English libretto (pdf). Ian Page, Classical Opera Company. Aspasia: Miah Persson, soprano; Sifare: Sophie Bevan, soprano; Ismene: Klara Ek, soprano; Arbate: Anna Devin, soprano; Farnace: Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor; Mitridate: Barry Banks, tenor; Marzio: Robert Murray, tenor. Includes a bonus CD with the original settings of seven arias and a duet that Mozart rewrote before the first performance. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Antonio Giuseppe Brescianello (c.1690-1757). La Tisbe (Munich 1718). cpo 777 806-2 (2 CDs, September 2014). Details. Jörg Halubeck, Il Gusto Barocco - Stuttgarter Barockorchester. Tisbe: Nina Bernsteiner, soprano; Licori: Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, countertenor; Pyramus: Julius Pfeiffer, tenor; Alceste: Matteo Bellotto, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Keiser. Pomona (Hamburg 1702). cpo 777 659-2 (2 CDs, September 2014). Thomas Ihlenfeldt, Capella Orlandi Bremen. Melanie Hirsch, soprano; Olivia Vermeulen, mezzo-soprano; Doerthe Maria Sandmann, soprano; Magdalene Harer, soprano (listen to Magdalene Harer); Julian Podger, tenor; Knut Schoch, tenor; Jan Kobow, tenor; Raimonds Spogis, bass; Jörg Gottschick, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Caldara. La Concordia de' Pianetti (Vienna 1723). DG-Archiv 0289 479 3356 4 (2 CDs, October 2014). Details. Andrea Marcon, La Cetra Barockorchester und Vokalensemble Basel. Diana: Verónica Cangemi, soprano; Giove: Ruxandra Donose, mezzo-soprano; Apollo: Franco Fagioli, countertenor; Venere: Delphine Galou, contralto; Marte: Carlos Mena, countertenor; Mercurio: Daniel Behle, tenor; Saturno: Luca Tittoto, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Buxtehude. Complete Buxtehude. Challenge Classics (30 CDs, November 2014). Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Christian Ludwig Boxberg (1670-1729). Sardanapalus (Ansbach, 1698). Pan Classics PC 10315 (3 CDs, September 2014). Details. Video. Jörg Meder, Bernard Epstein, United Continuo Ensemble. Sardanapalus: Jan Kobow, tenor; Salomena: Rinnat Moriah, soprano; Didonia / Diana: Cornelia Samuelis, soprano; Agrina / Juno: Theodora Baka, mezzo-soprano; Belochus: Franz Vitzthum, countertenor; Misius / Cupido: Sören Richter, tenor; Arbaces / Mars: Markus Flaig, baritone; Saropes: Philipp Nicklaus, tenor; Belesius: Felix Schwandtke, bass. No English translation of the complicated libretto is included. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Grétry. La Caravane du Caïre ou L'Heureux Esclavage -- Opéra-ballet (1783). Ricercar RIC 345 (2 CDs, September 2014). Video. Guy Van Waas, Les Agrémens, Choeur de Chambre de Namur. Zélime: Katia Velletaz, soprano; Almaïde: Jennifer Borghi, soprano; Une Esclave italienne: Chantal Santon, soprano; Une Esclave française: Caroline Weynants, soprano; Une Esclave allemande: Julie Calbète, soprano; Tamorin: Reinoud van Mechelen, haute-contre; Saint-Phar: Cyrille Dubois, tenor; Florestan: Tassis Christoyannis, baritone; Le Pacha d'Egypte / Osman: Julien Véronèse, bass; Husca: Alain Buet, bass; Osmin: Philippe Favette, bass; Furville: Anicet Castel, bass. Includes a few variants not in the version recorded by Minkowski in 1991. This may be Grétry's greatest work. Eagerly anticipated. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Faramondo. (HWV 39, London 1738). Accent ACC 26402 (3 CDs, September 2014). Lawrence Cummings, FestspieleOrchester Göttingen. Radio broadcast. Clotilde: Anna Devin, soprano; Adolfo: Maarten Engeltjes, countertenor; Faramondo: Emily Fons, mezzo-soprano; Rosimonda: Anna Starushkevych, mezzo-soprano; Gerando: Christopher Lowrey, countertenor; Childerico: Iryna Dziashko, mezzo-soprano; Tebaldo: Edward Grint, baritone; Gustavo: Njål Sparbo, bass. I have a favorable impression after listening to the first half hour of the broadcast. Despite stage noise from the Eurotrash production, it's a good recording with some excellent singing. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Rameau. Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour ou les dieux d'Égypte (Versailles 1747). Glossa (2 CDs, September 2014). Video. Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. Orthésie / Orie: Chantal Santon-Jeffrey, soprano; L'Amour / Memphis / Une Première Egyptienne / Une Bergère égyptienne: Carolyn Sampson, soprano; L'Hymen / Une Egyptienne / Une Seconde Egyptienne: Blandine Staskievicz, soprano; Myrrine: Jennifer Borgui, mezzo-soprano; Un Plaisir / Agéris / Aruéris: Mathias Vidal, tenor; Osiris / Un Berger égyptien / Un Egyptien: Reinoud van Mechelen, tenor; Canope: Tassis Christoyannis, bass; Le Grand-Prêtre / Un Egyptien: Alan Buet, bass. International edition. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
French edition with book. FR

Daniel Purcell. The Judgment of Paris (London 1701). Resonus Classics RES 10128 (Download only, March 2014). Video. Julian Perkins, Spiritato, Rodolfus Choir. Venus: Anna Dennis, soprano; Pallas: Amy Preston, soprano; Juno: Clara Hendrick, mezzo-soprano; Paris: Samuel Boden, tenor; Mercury: Ashley Riches, baritone. Download details.

Jean-Baptiste Lully. Amadis (1684). Aparté AP 094 (3 CDs, September 2014). Details. Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Choeur de Chambre de Namur. Corisande: Hasnaa Bennani, soprano; Arcabonne: Ingrid Perruche, soprano; Oriane: Judith Van Wanroij, soprano; Amadis: Cyril Auvity, tenor; Florestan: Benoît Arnould, baritone; Arcalaüs: Edwin Crossley-Mercer, baritone; Fée Urgande: Bénédicte Tauran, mezzo-soprano; Une Suivante d'Urgande / Une Bergère: Virginie Thomas, soprano; Une Suivante d'Urgande / Une Héroïne: Caroline Weynants, soprano; Un Berger / Un Héros / Un Captif: Reinoud Van Mechelen, tenor; Alquif / Ardan-Canile / Un Geôlier / Un Berger: Pierrick Boisseau, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Carlo Donato Cossoni (1623-1700). Il Sacrificio d'Abramo. Musiques Suisses MGB CD 6277 (1 CD, November 2013). Ilze Grudule, Kesselberg Ensemble. Camilla de Falleiro, soprano; Hugo Naessens, countertenor; Joost van der Linden, tenor; Ratis Grigalis, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Carl Heinrich Graun. Der Tod Jesu (Berlin 1755). Oehms OC 1809 (2 CDs, November 2014). Thomas Gropper, L'arpa Festante, Arcis-Vocalisten München. Monika Mauch, soprano; Georg Poplutz, tenor; Andreas Burkhart, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA

Domenico Scarlatti. Messe d'Arantzazu. Bayard BM-308414.2 (1 CD, September 2014). Details. Philippe Le Corf, A Sei Voci, Aria Voce, Capilla Peñaflorida, Lachrimae Consort. UK | FR | DE

Handel. Israel in Egypt. (HWV 54, London 1739). Etcetera KTC 1517 (2 CDs, November 2014). Details. Roy Goodman, Le Concert Lorrain, Nederlands Kamerchor. Julia Doyle, soprano; Maria Valdmaa, soprano; David Allsopp, countertenor; James Gilchrist, tenor; Roderick Williams, baritone; Peter Harvey, bass. UK | FR | DE

Handel. Jephtha. (HWV 70, London 1752). Coro 16121 (3 CDs, September 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. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. The Triumph of Time & Truth (HWV 71, London 1757). Delphian DCD 34135 (2 CDs, July 2014). Details. TT: 154:43. Richard Neville-Towle, Ludus Baroque. Beauty: Sophie Bevan, soprano; Deceit: Mary Bevan, soprano; Counsel / Truth: Tim Mead, countertenor; Pleasure: Ed Lyon, tenor; Time: William Berger, bass. This an extremely high quality recording, with fine performances throughout. I was most impressed by Tim Mead, who delivered one of the best recorded examples of falsetto singing. Both Bevan sisters sing beautifully.To squeeze the 1982 Darlow recording (Hyperion, TT: 123:29) on 2 LPs, many movements were partially (or almost completely) cut, and two choruses lifted from Chandos Anthems as well as arias added in 1758 were eliminated. Most are restored here, including: Sorrow darkens every feature (Beauty); Happy Beauty (Deceit); No more complaining (Deceit); Pleasure's gentle Zephyrs playing (Deceit); Tempt me no more (Beauty); Comfort them, O Lord (Chorus). Watkins Shaw liner note to Hyperion recording. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Rameau. Les Indes Galantes. Musiques à la Chabotterie 605013 (3 CDs, May 2014). Details. Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais. Valérie Gabail, soprano; Stéphanie Révidat, soprano; Reinoud Van Mechelen, haute-contre; François Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre; Aimery Lefèvre, baritone; Sydney Fierro, bass. Highly recommended! A fine performance and recording, made in the Vienna Konzerthaus the day before the performance with some movements from the performance, including the encore -- a rollicking reprise of "Les Sauvages" with war whoops and audience participation. From Hugo Reyne's liner notes about producing a new edition: "Actually, the study of the sources and the making of our own edition of Les Indes galantes enabled us to restore the sequence of the Prologue, and that of the Ballet des Fleurs, to restore some deletions and cuts, while cutting some post creation additions, to put back one air hitherto unreleased on CD (Bellona's air 'C'est la gloire'), to reassemble together some viola pieces (Adoration du soleil and Tremblement de terre in Les Incas). I: 77:21; II: 58:21; III: 65:45. Text in French only -- English (excellent) and German translations were included with the 1991 Christie box set. My favorite recent recording - I've listened five times already. For comparison, here is a link to Campra's L'Europe Galante (1697), which has many similarities to its illustrious successor, including a Turkish entrée. UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. Weihnachtsoratorium. Challenge Classics CC 72394 (2 CDs, November 2014). Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. First OVPP recording with holeless trumpets. UK | FR | DE | JP

Handel, Giacomelli, Porpora, Pergolesi, Caccini, Purcell, Bach, Giordani, Scarlatti. Airs de castrat. Crescendo (1 CD, January 2015). Details. Video. Mathieu Salama, countertenor. FR

Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722). Complete Sacred Works vol. 1. cpo (1 CD, November 2014). Gregor Meyer, Opella Musica, Camerata Lipsiensis. Das Kuhnau-Projekt. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Johann Heinrich Rolle (1716-1785). Motets. cpo (2 CDs, December 2014). Sebastian Göring, Kammerchor Michaelstein. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

C.P.E. Bach. Die Israeliten in der Wüste Wq 238/H.775. Carus 83.292 (1 CD, November 2014). Frieder Bernius, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Barockorchester Stuttgart. Erste Israelitin: Joanne Lunn, soprano; Zweite Israelitin: Judith Gauthier, soprano; Aaron: Samuel Boden, tenor; Moses: Tobias Berndt, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

C.P.E. Bach. Die Israeliten in der Wüste Wq 238/H.775. dhm (1 CD, March 2015). Christoph Spering, Das Neue Orchester, Chorus Musicus Köln. Erste Israelitin: Hannah Morrison, soprano; Zweite Israelitin: Sarah Maria Sun, soprano; Aaron: Daniel Johannsen, tenor; Moses: Johannes Weisser, bass. UK | FR | DE

Buxtehude, J. Christoph Bach, Schmelzer, Kuhnau, Bruhns. The Heart's Refuge - Arias & Cantatas. Analekta AN 2 9143 (1 CD, September 2014). Daniel Taylor, Theater of Early Music, Schola Cantorum, Agnes Zsigovics, soprano; Rebecca Claborn, mezzo-soprano; Kyle Guilfoyle, countertenor; Isaiah Bell, tenor; Alexander Dobson, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Barbara Strozzi (1619-1664). Lagrime Mie. Querstand (1 CD, November 2014). Dorothée Leclair, soprano. Yasunori Imamura, theorbo & director, Fons Musicae. Jory Vinikour, harpsichord. Lea Rahel Bader, cello. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

C.P.E. Bach, Homilius. Lukas Passion (1775) H.788 /WQ 234. Il Fondamento (1 CD, March 2014). Details. Paul Dombrecht, Il Fondamento. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel, Mancini, Vivaldi, Fontana, Strozzi. Palpiti del cuore. Fra Bernardo (1 CD, November 2014). Magali Arnault Stanczak, soprano. La Botta Forte. US | UK | FR | DE | CA

J.S. Bach, Vivaldi. Magnificat. Alia Vox (2 CDs, October 2014). Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Charpentier et al. Polyphonies oubliées. Aparté (1 CD, November 2014). Dominique Vellard, Ensemble Gilles Binchois. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Valentin Molitor (1637-1713). Epinicion Marianum. Pan Classics (1 CD, November 2014). Details. Daniela Dolci, Musica Fiorita, Basler Madrigalisten. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. Cantatas BWV 27 & 55. Hofmann & Telemann. Cantatas. Passacaille (1 CD, October 2014). Marcel Ponseele, Il Gardellino. Gerlinde Sämann, soprano; Damien Guillon, countertenor; Jan Kobow, tenor; Marcus Ullmann, tenor; Dominik Wörner, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Francisco Valls (1665-1747). Misa "Scala Aretina". Lauda (1 CD, November 2014). Albert Recasens, La Grande Chapelle. UK | FR | DE

François Couperin. Leçons de Ténèbres. Clérambault. Miserere. Alpha 957 (1 CD, November 2014). Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Music for Queen Caroline - The Ways of Zion do Mourn HWV 264, Coronation Anthems. Les Arts Florissants (1 CD, November 2014). William Christie, Les Arts Florissants. Tim Mead, countertenor; Sean Clayton, tenor; Lisandro Abadie, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Monteverdi, Ferrari, Mazzocchi, Marazzoli, Landi, Strozzi, Caccini. A che Bellezza! Arias y Cantatas del Seicento. Lindoró NL-3022 (1 CD, October 2014). Details. Sample track. Mariví Blasco, soprano. Juan C. Rivera, theorbo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Marianna Martines (1744-1812). The Late Works - Cantatas. dhm (1 CD, November 2014). Details. Anna Bonitatibus, mezzo-soprano. Nicoleta Paraschivescu, La Floridiana. UK | FR | DE | JP

C.P.E. Bach. The 1786 Charity Concert - A Revival. Accentus ACC 20320 (1 DVD, October 2014). Trailer. Complete video. Hans-Christoph Rademann, AKAMUS, RIAS Kammerchor. Christina Landshamer, soprano; Wiebke Lehmkuhl, contralto; Lothar Odinius, tenor; Thomas E. Bauer, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

A Venetian Christmas. Hasse. Alma Redemptoris Mater. Vivaldi. Salve Regina, Concertos. Torelli. Concerto Grosso. Perotti. Sonata. BIS 2089 (1 CD, October 2014). Martin Gester, Arte dei Suonatori. Ruby Hughes, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | JP

Charpentier, Purcell, Blow, Chambonnières, de Machy, Sainte-Colombe. L'Art orphique de Charpentier et Purcell. Agogique (1 CD, November 2014). Chantal Santon-Jeffrey, soprano; Violaine Cochard, harpsichord; François Joubert-Caillet, viol. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Monteverdi. Vespers of 1610. Coro COR 16126 (2 CDs, September 2014). Details. Harry Christophers, The Sixteen. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Melani. Marienvesper. cpo 777 936-2 (1 CD, October 2014). Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Johann Friedrich Agricola. Die Hirten bei der Krippe. cpo 777 921-2 (1 CD, October 2014). Michael Alexander Willens, Kölner Akademie. Berit Solset, soprano; Myriam Arbouz, contralto; Nicholas Mulroy, tenor; Matthias Vieweg, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

André Danican Philidor. Blaise, le Savetier (Opéra comique 1759). Maguelone 111196 (1 CD, May 2014). Details. Iakovos Pappas, Almazis. Blaise: Paul-Alexandre Dubois, baritone; Blaisine: Caroline Chassany, soprano; Mr. Clamp: Christophe Crapez, tenor; Madam Pince: Elizabeth Fernandez, soprano; First Record: Jérôme Guiller, Second Record: Didier Henry, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Terpsicore (HWV 8b, London 1734) & ballets from Ariodante. Centaur CRC 3033 (1 CD, August 2014). James Richman, Concert Royal. Erato & Ginevra: Ava Pine, soprano; Apollo & Ariodante: Kirsten Sollek, mezzo-soprano; Dalinda: Nell Snaidas, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vivaldi. Pietà - Sacred Works. Erato (1 CD, October 2014). Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor. Ensemble Artaserse. Deluxe edition with DVD. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Standard edition. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Porpora. Il Maestro - Arias. Naïve (1 CD, September 2014). Franco Faglioli, countertenor. Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Gluck & Sacchini. Le Belle Immagini - Arias & Ouvertures. Sony 88843019242 (1 CD, October 2014). Details. Valer Sabadus, countertenor. Alessandro De Marchi, Hofkapelle München, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Mozart. Castrato Arias. Oehms Classics (1 CD, October 2014). Valer Sabadus, countertenor. Michael Hofstetter, recreationBAROCK. UK | FR | DE

J.S. Bach. Cantatas 146, 103, 33 - Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal. Passacaille 987 (1 CDs, September 2014). Marcel Ponseele, Il Gardellino. Caroline Weynants, soprano; Damien Guillon, countertenor; Margot Oitzinger, mezzo-soprano; Marcus Ullmann, tenor; Reinoud Van Mechelen, bass; Lieven Termont, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Josef Antonín Sehling (1710-1756). Christmas in Prague Cathedral. Supraphon (1 CD, October 2014). Jana Semerádová, Collegium Marianum. Hana Blažíková, soprano; Markéta Cukrová, mezzo-soprano; Václav Čížek, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Johann Wilhelm Hertel. Sacred Music. cpo 777 732-2 (1 CD, September 2014). Johannes Moesus, Mecklenburgisches Barockorchester "Herzogliche Hofkapelle", NDR Choir. Katrin Hübner, soprano; Andreas Weller, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Alessandro Scarlatti. Fascinazione Arcadia. Solo Musica SM 212 (1 CD, October 2014). Anne Schmid, contralto. Die Freitagsakademie. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Buxtehude. Opera Omnia XX - Vocal Works vol. 10. Challenge Classics (2 CDs, October 2014). Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Ferrari, Orlandi, Trabaci, Carissimi, Castaldi, Frescobaldi, Huygens, Mayone, Strozzi, Nauwach, Berti, India, Rasi, Merula, Macque, Mazzocchi, Rossi. Dialoghi a Voce Sola. Raumklang (1 CD, October 2014). Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano. Ensemble &cetera. UK | FR | DE

Clérambault, Dumont, Lorenzani, Lully, Nivers. O Amor Jesus - Musique Célestes à la Chapelle Royale. Bayard (1 CD, October 2014). Athénaïs - six voix de femme & basse continué. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Gaetano Veneziano, Alessandro Scarlatti. Christmas in Naples. Pan Classics (1 CD, October 2014). Details. Andrea Friggi, Ensemble Odyssee. Jenny Högström, soprano; Filippo Mineccia, countertenor; Kevin Skelton, tenor; Marc Pantus, bass. UK | FR | DE | JP

Salieri. Lieder. Hänssler 93-307 (1 CD, September 2014). Ilse Eerens, soprano; Annelie Sophie Müller, mezzo-soprano; Ulrich Eisenlohr, fortepiano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Virtuosité Baroque. D. Scarlatti, Iste Confessor & Stabat Mater. Uccellini, Bergamasca. Rubino, Lauda Jerusalem. Corelli, Sonata. Lotti, Credo. Vivaldi, Laetatus sum. Bel Air Classiques (1 DVD (Region 0), September 2014). Video. Jean-Philippe Sarcos, Le Palais Royal. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Pergolesi. Cantatas and Concertos. Brilliant Classics 94763 (1 CD, October 2014). Details. Renato Criscuolo, Musica Perduta. Valentina Varriale, soprano; Mauro Borgioni, baritone; Mauro Squillante, mandolin. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Haydn. Stabat mater, Libera me Domine. La Bottega Discantica BDI 277 (1 CD, March 2014). Details. Fabio Ciofini, Accademia Hermans. Marta Matheu, soprano; Gloria Banditelli, contralto; Mirko Guadagnini, tenor; Sergio Foresti, bass. UK | FR | DE

Haydn. Scottish Airs & Piano Trio. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902144 (1 CD, April 2014). Werner Güra, tenor. Christoph Brewer, fortepiano; Julia Schröder, violin; Roel Dieltiens, cello. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Haydn. Anne Hunter's Salon - Scottish Folk Songs & English Canzonettas. cpo 777 824-2 (1 CD, April 2014). Dorothee Mields, soprano. Ludger Rémy, Les Amis de Philippe. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Tarquinio Merula. Pegasus. Anima e Corpo (1 CD, October 2014). Raquel Andueza, soprano. Jésus Fernández Baena, La Galanía. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Monteverdi. Madrigali: Vol. 2. Mantova. Les Arts Florissants Editions (1 CD, September 2014). Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Monteverdi, Castello, Grandi, Marini, Picchi, Merula, Monferrato, Riccio. Canta la Serenissima - Music from 17th Century Venice. Alba ABCD 360 (1 CD, March 2014). Details. Kajsa Dahlbäck, soprano. Argo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Messiah (1752 version). Naïve (2 CDs, October 2014). Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée. Lucy Crowe, soprano; Tim Mead, countertenor; Andrew Staples, tenor; Christopher Purves, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Messiah. Coro (2 CDs, October 2014). Harry Christophers, Handel & Haydn Society. Gillian Keith, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Tom Randle, tenor; Sumner Thompson, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Purcell. Serenading Songs & Grounds. Ars 38525 (1 CD, February 2014). Jean Tubéry, Ensemble La Fenice. Céline Scheen, soprano; Hana Blažíková, soprano; Paulin Bündgen, countertenor; Jan Van Elsacker, tenor; Stefan MacLeod, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Sebastiano Bolis, Giovanni Battista Costanzi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Tommaso Bai, Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Giovanni Giorgi. Princely Splendour: Choral works from 18th-century Rome. Nimbus NI 6273 (1 CD, May 2014). Details. Peter Leech, Harmonia Sacra. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Stradella. La Forze delle Stelle. Arcana A377 (1 CD, September 2014). Andrea de Carlo, Ensemble Mare Nostrum. Nora Tabbush, soprano; Claudia di Carlo, soprano; Raffaele Pe, countertenor; Maurizio Dalena, tenor; Mauro Borgioni, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Telemann (1736) & C.P.E. Bach (1780). Bürgerkapitänsmusiken. dhm (2 CDs, October 2014). Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt. Jasmin Hörner, soprano; Kateryna Kasper, soprano; Anne Bierwirth, contralto; Christian Rohrbach, countertenor; Johannes Strauss, tenor; Christian Zenker, tenor; Gotthold Schwarz, bass; Andreas Wolf, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Giulio San Pietro de' Negri (d.1610). Amorosa Fenice. Agogique (1 CD, September 2014). Sample track. Marco Horvat, Faenza. Olga Pitarch, soprano; Chantal Santon, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Hasse, Ristori, W.F. Bach, Vivaldi, Heinichen. La Dresda Galante. Klanglogo (1 CD, September 2014). Miriam Feuersinger, soprano. Zürcher Barockorchester. UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Praetorius, Schütz. Reformationsfestmess (Dresden 1617). dhm (1 CD, October 2014). Roland Wilson, Musica Fiata. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Monteverdi, Caccini, Peri, Rossi, Sartorio. Il Pianto d'Orfeo. dhm (1 CD, October 2014). Nicolas Achten, Scherzi Musicali. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Francesco Ratis. Dialoghi con l'Angelo - Dramatic cantatas & popular songs (1657). Accent ACC 24290 (1 CD, April 2014). Michael Dücker, Nuovo Aspetto. Cornelia Samuelis, soprano; Chiyuki Okamura, soprano; Franz Vitzthum, countertenor; Christian Dietz, tenor; Yorek Felix Speer, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Joan Baptista Cabanilles (1644-1712). Mortales que amáis - Complete Vocal Music. Brilliant Classics 94781 (2 CDs, February 2014). Details. José Duce Chenoll, Amystis. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

The Guerra Manuscript - 17th Century Secular Spanish Vocal Music. Manuel Vilas, Ars Atlántica.
Vol. 3. Naxos 8.573312 (1 CD, July 2014). Yetzabel Arias Fernández, soprano; Santi Mirón, viols; Eligio Luis Quinteiro, guitars & theorbo; Manuel Vilas, harp. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Vol. 2. Naxos 8.572876 (1 CD, August 2012). Juan Sancho, tenor. Eligio Luis Quinteiro, guitars; Manuel Vilas, harp. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Vol. 1. Naxos 8.570135 (1 CD, January 2011). Isabel Monar, soprano; Manuel Vilas, harp. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel, Tomkins, Byrd, Purcell, Humfry, Blow, Turner, Tallis. Music of the Kingdom. Coro COR 16122 (1 CD, March 2014). Harry Christophers, The Sixteen. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Tomkins. When David Heard - Sacred Choral Works. Chandos Chaconne CHAN 0804 (1 CD, September 2014). Details. Andrew Nethsingha, Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Giacomo Maccari, Barone Emanuele d'Astorga, Vincenzo Benedetti, Giovanni Maria Ruggieri, Diogenio Bigaglia, Benedetto Marcello. I Dilettanti - Cantatas. Aparté AP 093 (1 CD, October 2014). Details. Xavier Sabata, countertenor. Latinitas Nostra. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Caldara, Stradella. Brutto a Romani - Cantate a basso solo. Fra Bernardo (1 CD, September 2014). Mauro Borgioni, bass. Francesco Baroni, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Fux, G.B. Bononcini, Baldassari, Ariosti. Vienna 1709: Arias for Soprano & Viola da Gamba. Accent (1 CD, October 2014). Hana Blažíková, soprano. Petr Wagner, director and bass viol, Ensemble Tourbillo. Performance in Prague, 4 November 2014. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Giulio Caccini, Francesca Caccini, d'India, Monteverdi, Trabaci, Girolamo Montesardo, Johann Nauwach, Francesco Lambardi, Alessandro Ciccolini. The Medici Castrato - A homage to Gualberto Magli. Glossa (1 CD, October 2014). Originally Resonus RES 10124, download only. Video. Raffaele Pè, countertenor. Chiara Granata, harp; David Miller, theorbo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel, Bononcini, Ariosti. A Royal Trio - Arias from the Royal Academy of Musick. Harmonia Mundi (1 CD, October 2014). Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor. David Bates, La Nuova Musica. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel, Purcell, A. Scarlatti, Monteverdi, da Gagliano. Spirits of the Air - Baroque Duets. LML (1 CD, October 2014). Details. Brian Asawa, countertenor; Diana Tash, mezzo-soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Caix d'Hervelois, Couperin, Daquin, van Eyck, Graupner, Handel, Hasse, Linley, Schwartzkopff, Telemann, Torri, Quignard. Early Birds. Rondeau (1 CD, June 2013). Julia von Landsberg, soprano. Simon Borutzki, recorder. Hofkapelle Schloss Seehaus. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Étienne Moulinié (1599-1676). Meslanges pour la chapelle d'un prince. Harmonia Mundi (1 CD, August 2014). Video 1. Video 2. Sébastien Daucé, Ensemble Correspondances. Caroline Dangin-Bardot, soprano; Caroline Weynants, soprano; Marie-Frédérique Girod, soprano; Lucile Richardot, mezzo-soprano; Marie Pouchelon, mezzo-soprano; Stephen Collardelle, haute-contre; Davy Cornillot, tenor; Randol Rodriguez, tenor; Étienne Bazola, baritone; Louis-Pierre Patron, baritone; Renaud Bres, bass; Nicolas Brooymans, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Bewitched. Handel. Armida abbandonata. Geminiani. The Enchanted Forest, Concerto Gross "La folia". dhm (1 CD, September 2014). Robin Johannsen, soprano. Meret Lüthi, Les Passions de l'âme. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Benedetto Vinacessi. The Solo Cantatas. Centaur CRC 3270 (1 CD, April 2013). The Vinacessi Ensemble. Nanette McGuiness, soprano; Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano; Jonathan Smucker, tenor; Kirk Eichelberger, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Zelenka. Lamentationes Jeremiae prophetae ZWV 53. Supraphon SU 4173 (1 CD, September 2014). Jana Semerádová, Collegium Marianum. Damien Guillon, countertenor; Daniel Johannsen, tenor; Tomáš Král, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Johann Michael Haydn. Der Kampf der Busse und Bekehrung. Carus 83.351 (1 CD, May 2014). György Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir. Gnade: Szilvia Hamvasi, soprano; Christ: Elisabeth Scholl, soprano; Weltmensch: Tünde Szabóki, soprano; Gerechtigkeit: Zita Váradi, soprano; Freigeist: Mária Zádori, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Hermann Friedrich Raupach (1728-1778); Francesco Domenico Araia (1709-c.1770); Vicenzo Manfredini (1737-1799); Dall'Oglio/Madonis; Cimarosa. St. Petersburg. Decca 478 6767 (1 CD, October 2014). Cecilia Bartoli, soprano. Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti. Cecila Bartoli is such a dominant figure in opera that she could easily perform nothing but standard repertoire for the rest of her career to standing room crowds. Instead, she has been recording previously unrecorded arias by poorly-known composers. Early music enthusiasts should be grateful for her hard work and determination to bring us music that we otherwise would not have experienced. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Giovanni Battista Costanzi (1704-1778). Cantata per la Notte di Santissimo Natale. Fra Bernardo (1 CD, September 2014). Video 1. Video 2. Silvia Frigato, soprano; Elena Biscuola, mezzo-soprano; Alessio Tosi, tenor; Ulrike Knapp, salterio. Alessandro Ciccolini, Gambe di Legno. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Heroes from the Shadows. Erato (1 CD, October 2014). Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto. Orfeo 55. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Handel Arias. Hyperion CDA 67979 (1 CD, September 2014). Details. Alice Coote, mezzo-soprano. Harry Bicket, The English Concert. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Byrd. The Three Masses. Hyperion CDA 68038 (1 CD, September 2014). Details. Martin Baker, Choir of Westminster Cathedral. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Stradella. Duets. Brilliant Classics (1 CD, September 2014). Claudio Astronio, Harmonices Mundi. Emma Kirkby, soprano; Susanne Rydén, soprano; Foresti, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Jommelli. Tirsi (Cantata) & Arias. Pan Classics PC 10308 (1 CD, September 2014). Video. Yetzabel Arias Fernández, soprano. Stefano Aresi, Stile Galante. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Rameau's Funeral. Rameau. Music from Castor et Pollux, Dardanus & Zoroastre. Jean Gilles. Messe des Morts (Version Paris 1764). Paradizo (1 CD, September 2014). Skip Sempé, Capriccio Stravagante, Les 24 Violons, Collegium Vocale Gent. Judith van Wanroij, soprano; Robert Getchell, haute-contre; Juan Sancho, tenor; Lisandro Abadie, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Rameau. Cantates et pièces de clavecin en concerts. Naïve (1 CD, September 2014). Video. Héloïse Gaillard, Amarillis. Mathias Vidal, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. Funeral Music for the Prince of Cöthen BWV 244a (lost and reconstructed). Harmonia Mundi (1 CD, October 2014). Details. Raphaël Pichon, Ensemble Pygmalion. Sabine Devieilhe, soprano; Damien Guillon, countertenor; Thomas Hobbs, tenor; Christian Immler, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Moritz Landgraf von Hessen (1572-1632). Sacred & Secular Works. cpo 777 661-2 (1 CD, April 2014). Manfred Cordes, Weser-Renaissance Bremen. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Dowland. A Game of Mirrors. Carpe Diem 16302 (1 CD, March 2014). Booklet. Anne Magouët, soprano; David Chevallier, guitar, theorbo; Bruno Helstroffer, theorbo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Dowland, Byrd. A Song for my Lady - Lute & Consort Songs. dhm (1 CD, February 2014). Julian Podger, tenor. Lee Santana, lute. Sirius Viols. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Giovanni Ghizzolo. Second Book of Madrigals. Brilliant Classics 94834 (1 CD, October 2014). Details. Roberto Balconi, Fantazyas. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Monteverdi. Madrigals Book II. Brilliant Classics (1 CD, October 2014). Krijn Koetsveld, Le Nuove Musiche. UK | FR | DE

Gesualdo. Tenebrae Responsoria. Brilliant Classics 94804 (1 CD, May 2014). Details. Francesco Cera, Ensemble Arte Musica. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Seon - Excellence in Early Music. Sony 88843089382 (85 CDs, September 2014). Track List. Seon was an important early music sub-label in the 1970s to early 80s. See this 1997 interview with Wolf Erichson, head of Seon, on his 70th birthday: "...the secret of the SEON albums sounding so good after all these years was the tape we used -- a very thick Scotch recording tape that I had imported, very expensively. The analog tape soaked up all the sound and has preserved it very well. We always invested in the best equipment and materials.... I don't understand the sound aesthetic of 1997.... With the equipment we have today, everything should be beautiful. But the pictures are too black and white. It's not natural. And Surround Sound -- that's the end of the world. The human ear wasn't designed for that." Seon LPs were issued by Philips and later German RCA, with a few dreadful American pressings on ABC and a few decent American pressings on Pro Arte. Philips Seon LPs were very hard to find in the U.S. and quickly went out of print. Some but not all Seon recordings have previously been remastered and released on CD. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Francesco Antonio Bonporti (1672-1749). Motetten & Triosonaten. Musik Museum (1 CD, July 2014). Details. Melanie Hirsch, soprano. Peter Waldner, Vita & Anima. UK | FR | DE

J.S. Bach. Recreations for the Soul - Cantatas BWV 150, 78 & 147. Channel Classics (1 CD, September 2014). Details. Peter Harvey, director & bass, Magdalena Consort. Elin Manahan Thomas, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; James Gilchrist, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Charpentier & Lully. Te Deum. Alpha 952 (1 CD, January 2014). Details. Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique, Capella Cracoviensis. Aurore Boucher, soprano; Amel Brahim-Djelloul, soprano; Reinoud Van Melchelen, countertenor; Jeffrey Thompson, tenor; Benoît Arnould, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Buxtehude. Opera Omnia XIX: Vocal Works vol. 9. Challenge Classics CC 72258 (1 CD, July 2014). Details. Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Chorus. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Carissimi. Complete Motets of Arion Romanus. Brilliant Classics (3 CDs, August 2014). Flavio Colusso, Ensemble Seicentonovecento. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Monteverdi. Vespri Solenni per la Festa di San Marco. Naïve (1 CD + 1 DVD, May 2014). Video. Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Sacrifices: Carissimi, Jephte. Filia: Sophie Junker, soprano; Jepthe: Robert Murray, tenor. Charpentier, Sacrifium Abrahae H.402. Sara: Mhairi Lawson, soprano; Abraham: Simon Wall, tenor; Isaac: Nicholas Scott, tenor. Charpentier, Le Reniement de Saint Pierre H.424. Petrus: Nicholas Scott; Jesus: Jonathan McGovern, baritone; Historicus: Timothy Dickinson, bass. Harmonia Mundi MHU 807588 (1 CD, August 2014). David Bates, La Nuova Musica. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach, Tunder, Erlebach, Rosenmüller, J.M. Bach, Muffat, Schütz. Meine Seele - German Sacred Music. Atma ACD 22668 (1 CD, February 2014). Details. Matthew White, countertenor. Alexander Weiman, Tempo Rubato. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Cavalli, revised by Stradella. Il Novello Giasone (Rome 1671). Bongiovanni GB 2464/66-2 (3 CDs, June 2014). Details. Antonio Greco, OIDI Festival Baroque Ensemble. Giasone: Borja Quiza, baritone; Medea: Daniela Dessì, soprano; Isifile: Roberta Mameli, soprano; Egeo: Mirko Guadagnini, tenor; Besso: Luigi De Donato, bass; Delfa: Paolo Lopez, countertenor; Oreste: Luca Tittoto, bass; Alinda/Pittura: Gaia Petrone, mezzo-soprano; Ercole: Masashi Mori, bass; Demo/Architettura: Krystian Adam, tenor; Volano/Satiro: Pavol Kuban, baritone; Sole: Maria Luisa Casali, soprano; Musica: Gabriella Costa, soprano; Poesia/Amore: Giuseppina Bridelli, mezzo-soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

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. I found fault with much of the singing on Spering's abridged and reorchestrated recording, but at least the cast included Ann Hallenberg. In contrast, this new recording -- still incomplete -- has nothing to recommend it. Pressing the Skip button simply takes you from one imcompetent performance to another. Even if the singing were better, this would still be an unacceptable recording because of the annoying stage noise from the goofy, modern staging that is depicted in numerous color photos in the brochure and folding box. It's amazing how proud the pipsqueak purveyors these staging atrocities are of their silly but expensive, copycat productions. From a detailed and quite accurate review by C. Wake on "I am severe on these singers, I know; and I have this much sympathy for them, that they have to sing this extreme music while running around the stage in their underwear, covered in fake blood, taking showers, simulating sex acts, and making breakfast – or whatever else the stage director has dreamt up. They needed courage and stamina – but they also needed a level of vocal technique which they do not have and show no signs of achieving. They struggle through Handel like the storm-tossed mariners he often makes them sing about. Not one of them gives any pleasure to the listener." (The laudatory review in Early Music Review shows how far Handel opera reviews in EMR have slipped since the death of Anthony Hicks.) Stick with Spering, which in addition to being a superior performance includes a Senesino aria cut by Cummings. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel, arranged by Jacobs. 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. A video of the production is online here. I watched about 1/2 hour of the first act before giving up in disgust. The staging is more of the same -- I hope they're not paying for new Star Wars costumes every year. As in other recent Handel operas, Jacobs adds and subtracts instruments, invariably to the detriment of the opera. In addition, he is now adding bars at the beginning and end of some movements, dulling down the impact of the recorder entry in the short sinfonia (which is also lengthened at the end) and the sudden string entry in "Itene pur tremendo". The first significant shock is hearing organ continuo in Zoroastro's "Lascia Amor e siegui Marti". Organ is added here and there, and where the organ isn't heard, there usually is a closely miced lute. It's hard enough to hear the harpsichord in this performance, but Jacobs performs the A section of Dorinda's "Ho un certo rossore" senza cembalo except in tutti passages, then adds the organ in the B section. Sunhae Im struggles in the aria, to which I would give a C- as opposed to A+ for Emma Kirkby's performance with original scoring on the vastly superior 1991 Hogwood recording. (Perhaps I'm guilty of grade inflation, as I gave Im an F for her performance in Spering's Siroe in 2004.) The cavatina "Ritornava al suo bel viso", marked "Largo, e staccato, mà piano" is performed faster and legato, with organ in the tutti passages. That's all I could take. There's so much terribly wrong that I could scarcely complain about Jacobs' cutting the repeat of the second part of the gigue. I find the student performances of Orlando arias from Innsbruck much more satisfying, e.g., here and here. 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. I haven't heard the reocording yet. The radio broadcast included Hammarström as Statira, Fagioli as Oronte, and Lee as Arpago. 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. I haven't heard this yet. It will be interesting to see how it compares to the superb Petrou recording. 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: Laura Aikin, soprano; Sesto: Rafaella Milanesi, soprano; Servillia: Arantza Ezenarro, soprano; Annio: Valer Sabadus, countertenor; Publio: Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, countertenor; Tito: Rainer Trost, tenor. This is a great Gluck opera seria with a superb performance by Rafaella Milanesi in the Cafferelli role. While the live recording is very good, with minimal stage noise, it's unfortunate that they didn't record in studio. US | 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. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | 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. I think I refer the Rousset radio broadcast. The lute is never as loud at concerts as it is in some recordings like this where it's closely miced. 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 the Younger (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. While I noticed no wholesale borrowing, every movement contains elements that can be traced to works of Handel, mainly English and instrumental music, including Acis & Galatea, various anthems, the Ode on St. Cecilia's Day, Esther, Athalia, and the Water Music. It's quite pleasant listening and virtually a final exam on familiarity with Handel's English works up to 1740. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Gluck. Opera Arias. Decca 4786758 (1 CD, June 2014). Details. Daniel Behle, tenor. George Petrou, Armonia Atenea. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Alessandro Scarlatti. Rosinda ed Emireno - Arias and Duets from the Opera "L'Emireno". Pan Classics (1 CD, May 2014). Alice Borciani, soprano; Alex Potter, countertenor. Daniela Dolci, Musica Fiorita. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel, Hasse, Sarro, Torri, Caldara. La Prima Diva - Arie per Faustina Bordoni. Tactus TC 670003 (1 CD, April 2014). Details. Agata Bienkowska, mezzo-soprano. Ira Hochman, Barockwerk Hamburg. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

J.S. Bach. Academic Cantatas - BWV 205 & 207. Secular Cantatas vol. 4. BIS-2001 (1 CD, May 2014). Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan. Joanne Lunn, soprano; Robin Blaze, countertenor; Wolfram Lattke, tenor; Roderick Williams, bass. From M. Suzuki's note: "A final brief remark regards the trumpets and horns. Following our recent practice, the brass instruments adopted for this recording are constructed according to original baroque practice, which means that they lack the so-called tone holes (or venting holes) with which the intonation may be adjusted on a modern-day "baroque trumpet". In consequence, it is physically impossible for their 11th (Fa) and 13th (La) overtones to be completely in tune. It is, however, our firm belief that the sound, undisturbed by the use of any holes, remains rounded and vivid, and that the player is able to achieve a more legato and singing character." US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Handel. Teseo Highlights. Philharmonia Baroque Productions (1 CD, May 2014). Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Dominique Labelle, soprano; Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Amy Freston, soprano; Drew Minter, countertenor; Robin Blaze, countertenor; Céline Ricci, mezzo-soprano. The radio broadcast from the 2011 Göttingen Festival directed by McGegan featured most of the same singers and is the best recording of Teseo of the few I have heard. It may still be around somewhere on the web, despite the closing of OperaShare. The same cast delivered a polished semi-staged performance at Alice Tully Hall in August 2014, with sufficient cuts (4 arias) to come within the 3-hour union limit. I was especially impressed by the stage presence of Drew Minter, who recently has been directing and teaching more than performing. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Carissimi, Kapsberger, Merula, Rossi, Trabaci, Provenzale. Lamento. Naïve (1 CD, June 2014). Romina Basso, mezzo-soprano. Markellos Chryssicopoulos, Latinitas Nostra. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Rameau, Fiocco, Mondonville, Lacoste, de LaLande, Rousseau. A French Baroque Diva - Arias for Marie Fel. Hyperion CDA 68035 (1 CD, June 2014). Details. Carolyn Sampson, soprano. Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Christoph Graupner (1683-1760). Frohlocke gantzes Rund der Erden - Bass Cantatas. cpo 777 644-2 (1 CD, May 2014). Klaus Mertens, baritone. Shalev Ad-El, Accademia Daniel. A fine performance and recording. Despite some bright moments, these cantatas overall are rather uninspiring. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Johann Philipp Förtsch (1652-1732). Sacred Concertos & Cantatas. cpo 777 860-2 (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. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

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. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Another edition: US | UK | FR | DE | CA | 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. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

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

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 | JP

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. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

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

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

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

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

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

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. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | 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

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

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

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

Tunder, Scheidemann, Rosenmüller, Krieger, Praetorius, Weckmann. A German Soul - Devotional Music from 17th-century Hamburg. Brilliant Classics 94717 (1 CD, February 2014). Details. Laia Frigolé, soprano. Juan de la Rubia, Ensemble Méridien. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Weep and Rejoice - Music for Holy Week from the convents of 17th-century Italy. Brilliant Classics 94638 (1 CD, February 2014). Details. Candace Smith, Cappella Artemisia. 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

2013 Releases

New Books

Sylvie Bouissou. Jean-Philippe Rameau (in French). Fayard (2d ed, May 2014). 1168 pages. Review by Benjamin Ballifh. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Kindle Version: US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Patricia Howard. The Modern Castrato: Gaetano Guadagni and the Coming of a New Operatic Age. Details. Oxford University Press, May 2014. 256 pages. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Gesine Manuwald. Nero in Opera: Librettos as Transformations of Ancient Sources. Details. 410 pages. Walter De Gruyter GmbH (2013). Read excerpts in Google. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

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 (April 2014). 750 pages. Much better than I had anticipated and highly recommended! Includes transcriptions of the documents with English translations, instead of image scans. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Volume 2: 1725-1734. Details. Cambridge University Press (December 2014). 750 pages. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Volume 3: 1734-1742. Details. Cambridge University Press (March 2015). 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

Rameau. Le Temple de la Gloire (Versailles 1745). Forthcoming. Details. Guy Van Waas, Les Agrémens, Choeur de Chambre de Namur. Lydie / Plautine: Judith Van Wanroij, soprano; Une Bergère / Une Bacchante / Junie: Katia Velletaz, soprano; Arsine / Erigone / La Gloire: Chantal Santon-Jeffrey, soprano; Apollon / Bacchus / Trajan: Mathias Vidal, tenor; L'Envie / Bélus / Le Grand-Prêtre de la Gloire: Alain Buet, bass.

Keiser. Der Streit der vier Jahreszeiten (Hamburg 1703). cpo. Forthcoming, recorded in 2010. Thomas Ihlenfeld, Capella Orlandi. Melanie Hirsch, soprano; Olivia Vermeulen, mezzo-soprano; Jan Kobow, tenor; Knut Schoch, tenor; Julian Podger, tenor; Raimonds Spogis, bass; Jörg Gottschick, bass.

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

Alessandro Scarlatti. La Sposa dei Cantici (1703). Sono Luminus, forthcoming. 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]."

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 (Recorded in 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.

Conti. L'Issipile (1732). Harmonia Mundi. Recorded in February 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. New edition by Flavio Ferri-Benedetti.

Hasse. Romolo ed Ersilia. Alpha 186. Forthcoming 2015? 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.

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: Blandine 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.

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.


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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