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In War & Peace - Joyce DiDonato Sings Arias of Handel, Purcell, Leo, Jommelli, Monteverdi / Joyce DiDonato, mezzo; Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo D'Oro

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha
>Leo, Leonardo : Andromaca
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen
>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Purcell, Henry : Bonduca, or the British Heroine
>Jommelli, Niccolò : Attilio Regolo
>Handel, George Frideric : Susanna
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

One of opera's most outspoken and impassioned personalities, Joyce DiDonato reminds us with her new albumIn War and Peacethat music "soothes turmoil, threatens power and the status quo, and gloriously exalts the spirit". Her selection of arias demonstrates how powerfully Baroque opera explores the extremes of human nature – from the tumult of Handel'sScenes of Horror, Scenes of Woeto Purcell's descent into despair,Dido's Lament.Joyce's longtime partners, the spirited Italian Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro, join her on this unique journey through sublime, challenging music; through chaos transformed by the eternal search for serenity.

The Guardian, November 2016
There's no doubting the depth of DiDonato's commitment or the brilliance of her singing... She spins out the lines of slow Handel arias with exquisite finesse and tackles Jommelli's exacting coloratura with tangible joy. She brings a fierce sense of drama to her characterisations of Leonardo Leo's traumatised Andromaca and Handel's manipulative Agrippina, determined to obtain political power for her monstrous son, Nero. The orchestral playing is by turns sensuous and stark: Anna Fusek's staggering recorder obbligato in Augeletti, Che Cantate from Handel's Rinaldo, nearly steals the show.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: Scenes of Horror, scenes of woe
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752

>Leo, Leonardo : Andromaca :: Prendi quel ferro, o barbaro!
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1742

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Vani sono i lamenti.Svegliatevi nel core
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen :: They tell us that you mighty powers above
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Handel, George Frideric : Agrippina :: Pensieri, voi mi tormentate
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord); Magdalena Karolak (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1709

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas :: Dido's Lament
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Lascia ch'io pianga
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Purcell, Henry : Bonduca, or the British Heroine :: Oh! Lead me to some peaceful gloom
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Augelletti che cantate
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord); Anna Fusek (Sopranino Recorder)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Jommelli, Niccolò : Attilio Regolo :: Sprezza il furor del vento
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1753

>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen :: Why should men quarrel?
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Jommelli, Niccolò : Attilio Regolo :: Par che di giubilo
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1753

>Handel, George Frideric : Susanna :: Lead me, oh lead me to some cool retreat. Crystal streams in murmurs flowing
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria :: Illustratevi, o cieli
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1640

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Da tempeste il legno infranto
  • Performers: Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Maxim Emelyanychev (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo D'Oro
  • Notes: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel Toblach (03/13/2016-03/20/2016)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724