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Altus - From Castrato to Countertenor

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Giustino, RV 717
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Amen
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint John Passion, BWV 245
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 170, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust" BWV 170
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Handel, George Frideric : Work(s)
>Handel, George Frideric : Amadigi
>Handel, George Frideric : Largo
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>Handel, George Frideric : Saul
>Handel, George Frideric : Italian Duets
>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'Incirinazione Di Poppea
>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Salve Regina
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV 608
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Longe mala umbrae terrores in G minor, RV 629
>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Ave Regina coelorum
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Pianti, sospiri, RV 676
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Magnificat
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Tenebrae responsories (9)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K 87 (74a)
>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera
>Britten, Benjamin : A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64
>Purcell, Henry : Music for a while
>Purcell, Henry : Bid the virtues
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor, BWV 232
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Arietta da Camera (6) for voice & piano
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Schubert, Franz : Nacht und Traume, D 827
>Buisson, Du : Plainte sur la mort de Monsieur Lambert
>Berlioz, Hector : Les nuits d'été, Op. 7, song cycle
>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Rossini, Gioachino : Duetto buffo di due gatti (cat duet)
>Lesne, Gérard : Maladresse, song
>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
>Martini, Jean-Paul-Gilles : Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The male voice hits an all-time high with this new collection from Virgin Classics. Starting as far back as 1902 with the last of the castrati, Alessandro Moreschi, it comes right up to the present with superstar countertenors Philippe Jaroussky, David Daniels, and more! These 3 CDs feature a roll-call of virtually all the leading countertenors of recent history, hailing from continental Europe, the UK, and the US. The bonus track is the "Crucifixus" from Rossini's 'Petite Messe Solennelle', recorded in the Sistine Chapel, Rome by actual castrato Alessandro Moreschi. Dating from 1902, this is the only known audio recording of a genuine castrato, and it makes for a fascinating aural contrast heard next to the countertenors of today.



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Giustino, RV 717 :: Vedrò con mio diletto
  • Performer: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jean-Christophe Spinosi
  • Ensemble: Matheus Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Frondi tenere...Ombra mai fu
  • Performer: Gérard Lesne (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Gérard Lesne
  • Ensemble: Il Seminario Musicale
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Amen :: Stabat Mater dolorosa
  • Performer: David Daniels (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Ensemble: Europa Galante
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint John Passion, BWV 245 :: Es ist vollbracht
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Michel Corboz
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Instrumental de Lausanne
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 04/07/1724

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 170, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust" BWV 170
  • Performer: René Jacobs (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Hans-Martin Linde
  • Ensemble: Linde Consort
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 07/28/1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: He was despised
  • Performer: James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Choir, Consort & Players
  • Running Time: 11 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Work(s) :: Fernando
  • Performer: Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Ensemble: Il Complesso Barocco
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Amadigi :: Minacciami, non ho timor
  • Performer: Xavier Sabata (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Notes: Composition written: 1715.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1715

>Handel, George Frideric : Largo :: Amor, tiranno Amor
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Bereite dich, Zion, mit zär
  • Performer: Michael Chance (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Ensemble: Collegium Vocale
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul :: O Lord, whose mercies numberless
  • Performer: Paul Esswood (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Italian Duets
  • Performers: Juanita Lascarro (Soprano); Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Ensemble: Le Concert d'Astrée
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1711

>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'Incirinazione Di Poppea :: Pur ti miro, pur ti godo
  • Performers: Derek Ragin (Countertenor); Suzie LeBlanc
  • Conductor: Stephen Stubbs
  • Ensemble: Teatro Lirico
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1642

>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1600.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1600

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater :: Stabat Mater dolorosa
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Gérard Lesne (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Gérard Lesne
  • Ensemble: Il Seminario Musicale
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1736

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Salve Regina :: Ad te clamamus
  • Performer: Gérard Lesne (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Gérard Lesne
  • Ensemble: Il Seminario Musicale
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1736

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV 608 :: Cum deder
  • Performer: David Daniels (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Ensemble: Europa Galante
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Longe mala umbrae terrores in G minor, RV 629
  • Performer: David Daniels (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Ensemble: Europa Galante
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1739

>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Ave Regina coelorum
  • Performer: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Artaserse
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1660

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Pianti, sospiri, RV 676 :: Cor ingrato dispietato
  • Performer: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Artaserse
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: by 1742

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Magnificat :: Et miser
  • Performers: Toby Spence (Tenor); Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Ensemble: Le Concert d'Astrée
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 06/1733

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Madre...Son nata a lagrimar
  • Performer: David Daniels (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: John Nelson
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22 :: Chi è nato alla sventure
  • Performer: James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Ensemble: Il Complesso Barocco
  • Notes: Composition written: 1727.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Work(s) :: Fernando
  • Performer: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Ensemble: Il Complesso Barocco
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Tenebrae responsories (9)
  • Performer: Gérard Lesne (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Gérard Lesne
  • Ensemble: Il Seminario Musicale
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1691

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K 87 (74a) :: Venga pur, minacci e frema
  • Performer: David Daniels (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: Composition written: 1770.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1770

>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera :: Eccomi alfine in Babilonia...Ah, quel giorno
  • Performer: Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Michael Hofstetter
  • Ensemble: Geneva Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1823.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1823

>Britten, Benjamin : A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64 :: Welcome, wanderer... I know a bank where the wild thyme bl
  • Performer: James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1960

>Purcell, Henry : Music for a while
  • Performers: David Daniels (Countertenor); Craig Ogden (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1692

>Purcell, Henry : Bid the virtues
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Christopher Robson (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Gustav Leonhardt
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor, BWV 232 :: Agnus Dei
  • Performer: Charles Brett (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Ensemble: Collegium Vocale
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Arietta da Camera (6) for voice & piano :: Malinconia, ninfa gentile
  • Performers: David Daniels (Countertenor); Craig Ogden (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo :: Ahimè! Dove trascorsi?...Che faro senz
  • Performer: David Daniels (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: David Daniels (Countertenor); Craig Ogden (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Schubert, Franz : Nacht und Träume, D 827
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); David Daniels (Countertenor)
  • Notes: Composition written: ?1825.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1825

>Buisson, Du : Plainte sur la mort de Monsieur Lambert
  • Performer: Gérard Lesne (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Gérard Lesne
  • Ensemble: Il Seminario Musicale
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Berlioz, Hector : Les nuits d'été, Op. 7, song cycle :: Sur les lagunes
  • Performer: David Daniels (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: John Nelson
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 09/1841

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana :: Olim lacus colueram
  • Performer: James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Derek Ragin (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Moses Hogan
  • Ensemble: Moses Hogan Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Rossini, Gioachino : Duetto buffo di due gatti (cat duet)
  • Performers: Rockwell Blake (Tenor); Gérard Lesne (Countertenor); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1816

>Gérard Lesne (1956 - ) : Maladresse, song
  • Performer: Gérard Lesne (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
  • Performers: David Daniels (Countertenor); Craig Ogden (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century

>Martini, Jean-Paul-Gilles : Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: David Daniels (Countertenor); Craig Ogden (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1775

>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite messe solennelle, for soloists, 2 pianos, harmonium & choir :: Crucifixus [Bonus Track]
  • Performer: Alessandro Moreschi (Castrato)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1863