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Arias For Guadagni [Hyperion: CDA67924]


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  • Performer: Iestyn Davies
  • Orchestra: Arcangelo
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel, Johann Adolf Hasse, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, J.C. Smith
  • Audio CD (28 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B007RV4BK0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,340 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. O Lord, whose mercies numberless (from Saul ) (HANDEL)
2. The rapturd soul (from Theodora) (HANDEL)
3. Yet, can I hear that dulcet lay (from The Choice of Hercules) (HANDEL)
4. Destructive war (from Belshazzar) (HANDEL)
5. Accompagnato Ah che dissi! (JOHANN ADOLF HASSE)
6. Aria Se resto sul lido (from Didone abbandonata) (JOHANN ADOLF HASSE)
7. Fanfare & Recitative Odi colà la frigia tromba? (JOHANN ADOLF HASSE)
8. Aria A trionfar mi chiama (from Didone abbandonata) (JOHANN ADOLF HASSE)
9. Say, lovely Dream! (from The Fairies) (JOHN CHRISTOPHER SMITH)
10. Vengeance, O come inspire me! (from Alfred)(THOMAS ARNE)
11. Orchester-Sinfonie in D major H663 (CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH)
12. Ah! non turbi il mio riposo (from Telemaco) (CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD, RITTER VON GLUCK )
13. Ballo The Dance of the Blessed Spirits (CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD, RITTER VON GLUCK )
14. Arioso Che puro ciel! (from Orfeo ed Euridice) (CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD, RITTER VON GLUCK )
15. Recitative Ahimè! Dove trascorsi? (CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD, RITTER VON GLUCK )
16. Aria Che farò senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice) (CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD, RITTER VON GLUCK )
17. Pensa a serbarmi, o cara (GAETANO GUADAGNI )

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British countertenor Iestyn Davies is one of the fastest rising stars on the concert and opera circuit. Following his highly acclaimed recording of Porpora cantatas, he returns for a second solo album with Hyperion, a selection of arias written for Gaetano Guadagni. Italian-born Guadagni was the first modern castrato, famed all over Europe for the lyric purity of his voice and his powerful, naturalistic acting style. Not only did he enjoy a close artistic relationship with Handel, who nurtured Guadagnis voice to fit the alto roles in his English oratorios, but he effectively created the role of Orpheus in Glucks Orfeo ed Euridice, an opera he thoroughly made his own. Here, Iestyn Davies is joined again by the renowned period-instrument band Arcangelo, directed by Jonathan Cohen.

Review

Iestyn Davies's new album examines music written for, or associated with, the alto castrato Gaetano Guadagni (1728-1792), one the most influential singers of his day. A protege of Handel, Guadagni also trained as an actor with David Garrick, and aimed in performance for the kind of integration of music and drama that we take for granted, but which the virtuoso-conscious 18th century found controversial. In the 1760s, he gravitated towards the like-minded Viennese circles surrounding Gluck, who wrote Orfeo for him, instigating one of the most important operatic revolutions in the process. Guadagni's early distrust of virtuosity was a matter of aesthetics rather than technique, and Davies includes some of the showstoppers written for him by Handel and Arne, delivering them with wonderful finesse and flawless tone. Orfeo itself, however, lies awkwardly for a counter-tenor, and Davies is occasionally forced to sacrifice intensity for the sake of integrity of line. The orchestral playing, from Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen, is exquisite.**** --Guardian,07/06/12

…an imaginative,consummately sung programme from the brightest star among young British countertenors. --Gramophone,Aug'12

A refreshingly ambitious and superbly realised recording. Performance ***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine, Aug'12

I think that if I had to nominate a CD that represents Iestyn Davies this one would be my choice. It offers a wide selection, full of delights to attract lovers of eighteenth- century music who are not averse to the countertenor voice and even anybody who is. --IRR, July/Aug'12

A refreshingly ambitious and superbly realised recording. Performance ***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine, Aug'12

Best Recital CD,Gramophone Awards,2012 --Gramophone

A refreshingly ambitious and superbly realised recording. Performance ***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine, Aug'12

Davies is superbly qualified to undertake it. --Opera, Sept '12

A refreshingly ambitious and superbly realised recording. Performance ***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine, Aug'12

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By William Burn VINE VOICE on 7 Jun 2012
Format: Audio CD
A recent purchase, and from the outset it made a very favourable impression which has only improved with time. Iestyn Davies is in fine voice, beautifully poised, articulate and musical, in complete command of all aspects of the music, from the meltingly lyrical passages (try the first of the extracts from Gluck's 'Telemaco' for size here) to the athletic fireworks of 'Destructive War' from 'Belshazzar'. The accompaniment is excellent throughout, never threatening to overpower Davies, and coming to the fore in CPE Bach's Symphony in D, which is offered as a well-placed variation from the vocal works. The recording is lovely, crystal clear and with a lovely sense of space around the sound. Definitely worth your pennies, this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 2 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
I completely agree with the enthusiastic reviews here - this is a terrific disc. It is a selection of arias, some well-known and others obscure but all very musically rewarding and they make a hugely enjoyable, varied programme.

The performances are excellent. We are very blessed with fine countertenors at the moment, and Iestyn Davies is fast putting himself in the same league as Andreas Scholl, Robin Blaze and others. Here, he sings with real joy and passion where appropriate, showing superb control and immaculate technique. The small orchestra are ideal - flexible and responsive, and bringing out the very best in the music.

Hyperion's recorded sound is of its usual wonderful standard and the presentation and notes are very good. This is a really fine disc all round, a worthy Gramophone Award winner for Best Recital Disc in 2012 and very warmly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frankie on 2 Mar 2013
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Iestyn Davies is one of the finest modern day countertenors around at the moment.It is spellbinding to listen to this recording.It's a shame we don't hear more of him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By barnesdave on 16 Feb 2013
Format: Audio CD
Superb Iestyn Davies is tremendous. He thoroughly deserved his Gramophone Award for this disc. The Thomas Arne is a highlight for me - thrilling
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By Flos on 23 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
Superb in every way. Fantastic eighteenth century music written for a 'celeb' castrato, sung by one of the best modern countertenors. I wept buckets the first time I heard Che Faro Senza Eurydice on this beautiful recording.
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