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Porpora: Cantatas Nos. 7 - 12 (1735) / Iestyn Davies, countertenor

Album Summary

>Porpora, Nicola : Or Che Una Nube Ingrata, cantata for contralto & continuo
>Porpora, Nicola : Oh se fosse il mio core, cantata for voice & continuo, Op. 1/10
>Porpora, Nicola : Destatevi, o pastori, for voice & continuo, Op. 1/9
>Porpora, Nicola : Oh! Dio! Che non e vero, cantata XI for soprano & harpsichord
>Porpora, Nicola : Veggo la selva e il monte, cantata for voice & continuo, Op. 1/7
>Porpora, Nicola : Dal povero mio horn, cantata XII for soprano & harpsichord
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Young countertenor Iestyn Davies makes his highly anticipated Hyperion solo debut with an enchanting disc of cantatas by the Italian composer Nicola Porpora. Porpora's ability to set the Italian language to music was widely acknowledged during his lifetime and his music is full of imaginative word painting. Davies' luminous tone has a celestial purity and he performs with prodigious technical assurance. His astonishing breath control creates a seamless melodic line. Davies is accompanied by the ensemble Arcangelo in interpretations that go far beyond mere historical understanding.

"These six Italian cantatas...are perfectly tailored to the mellifluous, beautifully articulated, expressive countertenor voice of Iestyn Davies, accompanied by apt colouring from the instrumental ensemble Arcangelo." -The Daily Telegraph

The Guardian
[Porpora's] music was much admired during his lifetime, and as Davies's beautifully shaped and coloured singing shows, it has a great deal of elegance and charm, if not much profundity, despite its emotional highs and lows. The performances certainly give it the best possible chance; the players of Arcangelo are alive to every nuance of the recitatives and in the arias take the instrumental obbligatos...with great relish.

Gramophone Magazine
Cohen and his new ensemble Arcangelo favour a larger and more diverse team of continuo players; the restuls are simultaneously luxurious and imaginative, and risk gliding the lily, but the musicianship is exquisite. Cohen's cello-playing is softly lyrical during the beautiful Or che una nube ingrata and Davies's coloratura shines in the lively outburst that concludes 'Oh se fosse il mio core'

The Observer
Iestyn Davies, today's most exciting British countertenor, sings six of [the cantatas] here with an awesome technique and flawless tone, accompanied by the lithe and graceful chamber ensemble Arcangelo, with the princely Jonathan Cohen directing from the cello. Recommended.

BBC Music Magazine
Davies hovers delicately between passion and languor, enactment and commentary. Hesitation, silence, and nuanced additions figure prominently in a performance that is both engaging and soothing...The recitative is notably captivating, thanks largely to the obbligato players' response to words, and to director and cellist Jonathan Cohen's fine-brush dynamics. Technically immaculate and thoroughly researched

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/10/2010-12/13/2010).



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>Porpora, Nicola : Or Che Una Nube Ingrata, cantata for contralto & continuo
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/10/2010-12/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Porpora, Nicola : Oh se fosse il mio core, cantata for voice & continuo, Op. 1/10
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/10/2010-12/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Porpora, Nicola : Destatevi, o pastori, for voice & continuo, Op. 1/9
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/10/2010-12/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Porpora, Nicola : Oh! Dio! Che non e vero, cantata XI for soprano & harpsichord
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/10/2010-12/13/2010)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Porpora, Nicola : Veggo la selva e il monte, cantata for voice & continuo, Op. 1/7
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/10/2010-12/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Porpora, Nicola : Dal povero mio horn, cantata XII for soprano & harpsichord
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (12/10/2010-12/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio