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Alleluia - Arias by Mozart, Porpora, Handel, Vivaldi / Julia Lezhneva, soprano; Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini

Audio Samples

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Alleluia
>Handel, George Frideric : Saeviat tellus inter rigores, motet for soprano, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in D major, HWV 240
>Porpora, Nicola : In coelo stelle clare, motet for soprano & strings
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Alleluia
>Handel, George Frideric : Saeviat tellus inter rigores, motet for soprano, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in D major, HWV 240
>Porpora, Nicola : In coelo stelle clare, motet for soprano & strings
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Still in her early twenties, Lezhneva astounds audiences wherever she sings. Praised for her "Pure Tone" (Opernwelt) and "flawless technique" (Guardian), her brief appearance at the 2010 Classical Brits in London, at the invitation of Kiri Te Kanawa, was the talk of the evening, and since then her career has rocketed . "Lezhneva lit up the stage" (Classical Source).

This is her debut album for Decca Classics: four sacred motets --- by Handel, Vivaldi, Porpora and Mozart --- which she will tour in the spring of 2013 with her partners on this disc, II Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini.

Includes Mozart's ever-popular Exsultate jubilate.

The Porpora is a world premiere recording.

She already has a large following since her solo Rossini album for Naïve charted in many European countries including #1 in the French Classsical Charts and was showered with great reviews and accolades including Diapason d'or de I'annee 'Jeune talent', Gramophone's Editor's Choice and MDR 'CD des Jahres'.

Sunday Times
Clearly a name to watch... The ingredients for a great career certainly is there.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
Lezhneva is at her most accomplished [in the Mozart], providing spirited and focused vocalism, running up and down the scales with effortless abandon and to fine effect. Elsewhere there are occasional deficiencies, including high notes slightly wide of the mark...Yet the precision and determination Lezhneva bring to Vivaldi's In furore...is remarkable...the period-instrument orchestra sounds fesity under Giovanni Antonini.

The Independent, 12th April 2013
A singer of uncommon ability and vivacity...Il Giardino Armonico provide apt support throughout: their dashing, frothy strings offer a syllabub-light bed for her glass-like clarity and poise.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2013
A voice of bell-like purity, even throughout its compass, immaculately fluent in coloratura...Though Il Giardino Armonico's punchy, adrenaline-fuelled playing may disconcert some in Mozart, they vividly complement a singer who rivals the young Bartoli in high-octane virtuosity.

The Times, 14th June 2013
[Alleluia] certainly showcases her unusual status as a Russian coloratura specialist, and one who trills and leaps with enviable cleanliness and clarity...She sings sweetly, with trills effortlessly folded in like sparkling jewels, and four top Ds easily scaled...Lezhneva's voice, however, still seems a work in progress.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala 1 Pau Casals, l'Auditori de Barcelona (10/12/2012-10/17/2012).



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Alleluia
  • Performer: Julia Lezhneva (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
  • Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
  • Notes: Sala 1 Pau Casals, l'Auditori de Barcelona (10/12/2012-10/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Handel, George Frideric : Saeviat tellus inter rigores, motet for soprano, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in D major, HWV 240
  • Performer: Julia Lezhneva (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
  • Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
  • Notes: Sala 1 Pau Casals, l'Auditori de Barcelona (10/12/2012-10/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1707

>Porpora, Nicola : In coelo stelle clare, motet for soprano & strings
  • Performer: Julia Lezhneva (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
  • Notes: Sala 1 Pau Casals, l'Auditori de Barcelona (10/12/2012-10/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1744

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
  • Performer: Julia Lezhneva (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
  • Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
  • Notes: Sala 1 Pau Casals, l'Auditori de Barcelona (10/12/2012-10/17/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1773