Now I don't normally go for these compilation type discs at all, slicing and dicing several works & composers and rolling them all together, but the opportunity to hear what for my mind are the two greatest vocalists in the world today who sing like they've had their balls chopped off perform together is far too good to miss. Apparently, according to the booklet, they have previously performed on the stage together for Christie's productions of Landi's "Il Sant'Alessio"
- this Christie disc does not include either of them however - and Monteverdi's "L'incoronazione di Poppea"
, but for me this is a first.
This selection also gives an opportunity to hear some of the lesser recorded Baroque composers - A. Scarlatti is reasonably famous, but Popora & Bononcini are still sadly under-represented in terms of recordings, and Conti, Mancini & Marcello remain almost unknown.
The booklet provides notes and libretti with translations (English, French, German).
Bononcini - cantata "Pietoso nume arcier"
Mancini - solo cantata "Quanto mai saria più bello" (Jaroussky)
Conti - aria à 2 from cantata "Quando veggo un'usignolo"
Bononcini - duets from cantata "Chi d'amor tra le catene"
Porpora - solo cantata "Ecco che il primo albore" (Cencic)
Marcello - cantata "Chiaro e limpido fonte"
Marcello - duet from cantata "Tirsi e Fileno"
A. Scarlatti - duet from cantata "Amore e Virtù"