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Prima Donna - Arias by Handel, Vivaldi & Vinci / Karina Gauoin, soprano

Audio Samples

>Handel, George Frideric : Lotario, HWV 26
>     Scherza in mar
>     Ouverture
>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando, HWV 31
>     No, non potra
>     Verdi piante
>Vinci, Leonardo : Astianatte
>     Tortorella se rimira
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso, Op. 3/1, HWV 312
>     2. Adagio
>Handel, George Frideric : Sosarme, HWV 30
>     Dite pace
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La Verita in Cimento, RV 739
>     Addio caro
>Handel, George Frideric : Flavio, HWV 16
>     Da te parto
>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina, HWV 34
>     Ah Ruggiero crudel
>     Ombre pallide
>     Si, son quella
>     1. Ah mio cor
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso, Op. 6/8, HWV 326
>     2. Adagio
>Handel, George Frideric : Atalanta, HWV 35
>     Meleagro

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Lotario, HWV 26
>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando, HWV 31
>Vinci, Leonardo : Astianatte
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso, Op. 3/1, HWV 312
>Handel, George Frideric : Sosarme, HWV 30
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La Verita in Cimento, RV 739
>Handel, George Frideric : Flavio, HWV 16
>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina, HWV 34
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso, Op. 6/8, HWV 326
>Handel, George Frideric : Atalanta, HWV 35
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Canadian superstar soprano Karina Gauvin pays tribute to Baroque diva Anna Maria Strada del Pò, singing rarities by Vinci, Vivaldi and some of the greatest Handel arie di bravura. Gavin has impressed audiences and critics the world over with her luscious timbre, profound musicality and wide vocal range. She is featured with the Arion Baroque Orchestra, Quebec's only early music orchestra performing on period instruments.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2013
Her warm-timbred voice, impeccable intonation, athletic technique and tautly controlled vibrato are virtues ideally suited to the exacting musical demands of Baroque opera. She is furthermore sensitive to textual nuance, bringing expressive subtlety to her chosen arias...The excellent Arion Orchestre Baroque offers sympathetic support throughout.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Saint-Augustin, Saint-Agustin de Mirabel, Québec (05/2012).



Reviews

Diva doesn’t disappoint
I have no idea if Karina Gauvin is a prima donna in real life, but she plays one here to good effect. Her previous Handel disc focused on the oratorios; this time she sings arias from the operatic roles created by a single performer, Anna Maria Strada. Naturally, there’s a lot of variety in the program, which opens with one of two ‘storm’ arias and ends with the lyrical “Care selve.” Also on offer are two numbers from roles Strada created for other composers, including a flirtatious “Addio caro” in which Vivaldi’s jaunty melody gives the lie to the words. Gauvin’s voice is warm and appealing, though she can lighten it to whiz through the divisions. With Alexander Weimann at the helm of the Arion Orchestre Baroque again, the three orchestral tracks are well-played, but I think most listeners would prefer to have more of the singer, especially when she’s this good. Texts, translations, and notes provided, as well as some fun photos of the diva.
Submitted on 03/24/13 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Lotario, HWV 26 :: Scherza in mar
  • Performers: Karina Gauvin (Soprano); Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Ensemble: Arion Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1729

>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando, HWV 31 :: No, non potra
  • Performers: Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando, HWV 31 :: Verdi piante
  • Performers: Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Vinci, Leonardo : Astianatte :: Tortorella se rimira
  • Performers: Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso, Op. 3/1, HWV 312 :: 2. Adagio
  • Performer: Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1710

>Handel, George Frideric : Sosarme, HWV 30 :: Dite pace
  • Performers: Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Notes: Composition written: 1732.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Vivaldi, Antonio : La Verità in Cimento, RV 739 :: Addio caro
  • Performers: Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 10/26/1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Flavio, HWV 16 :: Da te parto
  • Performers: Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1723

>Handel, George Frideric : Lotario, HWV 26 :: Ouverture
  • Performer: Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1729

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina, HWV 34 :: Ah Ruggiero crudel
  • Performers: Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina, HWV 34 :: Ombre pallide
  • Performers: Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina, HWV 34 :: Si, son quella
  • Performers: Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso, Op. 6/8, HWV 326 :: 2. Adagio
  • Performer: Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina, HWV 34 :: 1. Ah mio cor
  • Performers: Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Running Time: 10 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Atalanta, HWV 35 :: Meleagro
  • Performers: Alexander Weimann (Harpsichord); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Weimann
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1736