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Orfeo(s) - Italian & French Cantatas by Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Clerambault & Rameau / Sunhae Im, soprano; Berlin Early Music Academy

Album Summary

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Orfeo ("Nel chiuso centro"), chamber cantata for soprano, strings & continuo, Op. 2/4
>Clérambault, Louis-Nicolas : Orphée, cantata no 3 for voice & ensemble
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Poi che riseppe Orfeo, chamber cantata for soprano & continuo
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Orphée, cantata for soprano, violin, viol & continuo
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

For her first recital disc on harmonia mundi, soprano Sunhae Im has chosen four cantatas dealing with the myth of Orpheus. The Greek poet, who had inspired the birth of modern tragedy at the end of the Quattrocento and opera a century later, was still a powerful stimulus to the composers of the late Baroque. This disc features works by Italian composers Alessandro Scarlatti and Giambattista Pergolesi and French composers Louis-Nicolas Clérambault and Jean-Philippe Rameau. Im is supported by the ample talents of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
Im avoids triviality by investing her phrases with an appropriate urgency...The playing, mostly one-to-a-part, is exquisite; so is the singing.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2015
Im is an impossible singer to pigeonhole. So much is utterly convincing - from the accepting serentity with which she floats Scarlatti's 'Sordo il tronco' to the way she inhabits the recitatives. Sometimes, though, the vocal tone tightens, and her sense of colour seems to derive more from the notes than from the timbre of the words themselves.

CD Review, 2nd May 2015
A lovely performance... a fine recording as well.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Sunhae Im has been one of RenT Jacobs's sopranos of choice for his recent recordings of Mozart operas. This is her first solo recital, and she handles the different styles of the Italian and French cantatas with ease. She is able to bring a different vocal color to each work, and the different instrumentations of each cantata supply additional variety: Pergolesi wrote for a full string orchestra, Clerambault for solo flute and violin, Scarlatti for two violins, and Rameau for solo violin and viola da gamba. The Akademie fnr Alte Musik Berlin supplies subtle and responsive accompaniments.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (11/2013/02/2014).



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>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Orfeo ("Nel chiuso centro"), chamber cantata for soprano, strings & continuo, Op. 2/4
  • Performer: Sunhae Im (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1736

>Clérambault, Louis-Nicolas : Orphée, cantata no 3 for voice & ensemble
  • Performer: Sunhae Im (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 16 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1710

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Poi che riseppe Orfeo, chamber cantata for soprano & continuo
  • Performer: Sunhae Im (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Orphée, cantata for soprano, violin, viol & continuo
  • Performer: Sunhae Im (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1720