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2007 NewOlde.com Early Music CD Awards
2007 Best Handel Recording
Tamerlano. (HWV 18, London 1724). MDG 1457 (3 CDs,
September 2007). George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras (period
instruments). Asteria: Mata Katsuli, soprano; Andronico:
Mary-Ellen Nesi, mezzo-soprano; Irene: Irini Karagianni,
mezzo-soprano; Tamerlano: Nicholas Spanos, countertenor; Bajazet:
Tassis Christoyannis, baritone; Leone: Petros Magoulas, bass.
This fine new studio recording is the Tamerlano of choice. It features
for the first time on a commercial release all the music performed in 1724 with
none of Handel's numerous rejected drafts that appear in the HG score, and it
includes as an appendix the 1731 scene for Montagnana (not in HG) that
previously was recorded by Pinnock. [Continued on the
NewOlde.com Tamerlano page]
2007 Best 18th Century Italian Opera CD
Mazzoni (Bologna 1717-1785). Aminta (Il Rè Pastore)
(Madrid 1756). K617 201 (2 CDs, May 2007).
Complete CD booklet (pdf) |
German libretto. Juan Bautista Otero, Real Compañía Ópera de
Cámara. Aminta: Anna-Maria Panzarella, soprano; Tamiri: Celine
Ricci, soprano; Elisa: Delphine Gillot, soprano; Agenore: Marina
Pardo, mezzo-soprano; Alessandro: Leif Aruhn-Solén, tenor. The
first complete recording of an opera directed by Farinelli in
Madrid. This is my favorite recent recording of an Italian
opera. There are many stylistic similarities to music by
composers closely associated with Farinelli when he was a
performer, i.e., Hasse, Giacomelli & Riccardo Broschi. Tamiri's
virtuoso aria "Di tante sue procelle", written for Teresa
Castellini (illustrated in the
famous portrait by Amigoni with Farinelli and Metastasio),
approaches in difficulty Broschi's "Qual guerriero in campo
armato". Highly recommended!
You already have an aria by Mazzoni if you own the recording of Vivaldi's
pasticcio Rosmira fedele, for which he borrowed arias from several
"modern" composers, including Mazzoni. For an English translation of the text,
see a recording of Mozart's Il Rè Pastore was composed on a different
version of the same libretto by Metastasio, such as the
libretto from the Teldec recording, with English, French and German translations
2007 Best 18th Century French Opera CD
Rebel (1666-1747). Ulysse (Tragédie en musique, 1703).
Musiques à la Chabotterie 605003 (2 CDs, November 2007).
Facsimile livret. Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais & Le
Choeur du Marais. Circé: Guillemette Laurens, mezzo-soprano;
Pénélope: Stéphanie Révidat, soprano; Ulysse: Betrand Chuberre,
baritone; Orphée, un Génie, Euriloque, Mercure & Télémaque:
Vincent Lièvre-Picard, haute-contre; Urilas: Bernard Deletré,
bass; Céphalie & Pallas: Celine Ricci, soprano; Euphrosine &
Junon: Eugénie Warnier, soprano; Un Savage: Thomas van Essen,
tenor. Text in French only, unfortunately. Of the many recent
premiere recordings of French baroque operas and ballets, this
is my favorite. (I haven't heard the recording of Marais's
Sémélé yet, as the international edition has not been
released.) Ulysse is a lively dramatic work with no dull
moments. Highlights include complex string writing seemingly
influenced by Corelli, arias that look forward to Rameau, and a
trumpet tune reminiscent of the trumpet tune in Campra's
Tancrède. The performance and live recording are of very
2007 Best 17th Century Opera/Ballet CD
Lully, Juan Hidalgo, Michel Lambert, Francesco Cavalli.
Musiques pour le Mariage de Louis XIV (1660).
Details. Accord 442 9894 (2 CDs, October 2007). Hugo Reyne,
La Simphonie du Marais. Françoise Masset, soprano; Celine Ricci,
soprano; François-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre; Florian Westphal,
bass. Lully ou le Musicien du Soleil, Volume IX.
2007 Best 17th Century Oratorio CD
Scarlatti. Il Martirio di Sant'Orsola (Rome c.1695-1700).
Ligia Digital LiDi 0202176-07 (1 CD, January 2007).
Details. Franck-Emmanuel Comte, Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu.
Orsola: Stéphanie Révidat, soprano; Florida: Marina Venant,
soprano; Giesù: Jean-Paul Bonnevalle, countertenor; Ereo:
François Roche, tenor; Giulio Tiranno: Benoît Arnould, bass.
This is one of the finest recordings of a Scarlatti oratorio to
date and is my favorite new recording of the year. The difficult
trumpet aria for bass "Al suon delle trombe" is skillfully
performed by Philippe Genestier. No English translations
2007 Best 18th Century Oratorio CD
Bartolomeo Conti (1681-1732). David (1724). Virgin
Veritas 3788772 (August 2007). Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco.
Micol: Simone Kermes, soprano; Gionata: Birgitte Christensen,
soprano; David: Marijana Mijanovic, contralto; Abner: Sonia
Prina, contralto; Saul: Furio Zanasi, baritone; Falti: Vito
Review of the performance at the 2003 Festival d'Ambronay.
This is an exceptional performance and recording of a composer who clearly
deserves more attention. While Conti's long arias separated by minimal
recitative reflect 18th Century preferences, many of the themes look back to
Scarlatti and Bononcini, as does the high percentage of movements in minor keys.
2007 Best Vocal Concert CD
& Nicola Fiorenza (c.1700-1764). Notturni per i Defunti.
Fuga Libera FUG 526 (1 CD, June 2007).
Details. Stefano Demicheli, Dolce & Tempesta, La Stagione
Armonica. Monica Piccinini, soprano; Romina Basso,
The vocal notturni by Porpora on this disk reflect the modern style of
Neapolitan composers born ~30 years later (e.g., Pergolesi) and could not be
confused with arias from Porpora's operas and cantatas from the 1720s or Il
Gedeone (1737). They are essentially sacred cantatas, comprised of arias (5
soprano, 4 alto), brief choruses, and accompanied recitative. In addition to
fine singing in the Porpora works, this disk features exceptional string playing
to the two "sinfonias" by Firenza.
2007 Best Instrumental CD
Marais (c.1680-c.1750), Charles Dollé (18th Century) & Antoine
Forqueray (1672-1745). Le Tombeau de Marin Marais. AS
Musique ASM003 (1 CD, May 2007). À Deux Violes Esgales. Jonathan
Dunford, bass viol; Sylvia Ambramowicz, bass viol; Nanja
Breedijk, harp; Daphni Kokkoni, harpsichord. Highly recommended!
This superb recording has about the finest sound of any viol
recording I have heard.
2007 Best Keyboard Music CD
Couperin (1727-1789). Livre de Pièces de Clavecin. Syrius
SYR 141401 (1 CD & duplicate 5-channel CD, May 2007). Philippe
Leroy, harpsichord by Anthony Sidey after Ruckers/Hemsch. Highly
recommended! This is one of the finest examples of recorded
2007 Best Early Music Books
Ryom. RV - Antonio Vivaldi. Thematisch-systematisches
Verzeichnis seiner Werke (Thematic-systematic Catalogue of His
Works). Breitkopf & Härtel 2007.
Details with sample pages (pdf). 633 pages. This much
expanded new edition of the RV thematic catalogue contains all
the known works of Vivaldi with incipits for all movements,
along with cross references to other occurrences for each opera
aria. An essential reference for Vivaldi enthusiasts. Reviewed
by Clifford Bartlett in EMR 121:12-13 (October 2007).
Sven Markstrom. The Operas of Leonardo Vinci, Napolitano.
Pendragon Press 2007.
Details. Opera Series No. 2. 394 pages. This is an
exceptional and fascinating book that combines a biography of
Vinci with detailed analysis of his operas and an overview of
rapid changes in Italian opera in the 1720s. It is illustrated
with contemporaneous caricatures of singers and composers,
including a Ghezzi sketch of Vinci (apparently) towering over a
diminutive Faustina Bordoni (p. 100). (Vinci had a reputation
not unlike Stradella's and like Stradella may have been
murdered.) The numerous musical examples include Handel
borrowings such as the theme of "O God-like Youth" in Saul
(p. 150) and arias in Vinci's Farnace (Rome 1724)
influenced by Vivaldi including an aria for saltiero (p. 72), an
instrument for which Vivaldi also composed an aria during the
same season (Giustino, Rome 1724).
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