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Three Baroque Tenors / Ian Bostridge

Audio Samples

>Cont, Francesco Bartolomeo : Don Chisciotte
>     Qui sto appeso
>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules
>     Where congeal'd the northern streams
>     From celestial seats descending
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Arsilda
>     La tiranna e avversa sorte
>Gasparini, Francesco : Il Bajazet
>     Forte e lieto a morte andrei
>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano
>     Forte e lieto
>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Rosamond
>     Rise, Glory, rise
>Caldara, Antonio : Joaz
>     Lo so, lo so
>Handel, George Frideric : Poro
>     D'un Barbaro scortese
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Marco Attilo Regolo
>     Se non sa qual vento
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>     Scorta siate a passi miei
>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Atenaide
>     Ti stringo in quest'amplesso
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ipermestra
>     Sazierò col morir mio
>Boyce, William : Solomon
>     Softly rise, O southern breeze
>Galliard, Johann Ernest : With Early Horn Salute the Morn, song

Album Summary

>Cont, Francesco Bartolomeo : Don Chisciotte
>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Arsilda
>Gasparini, Francesco : Il Bajazet
>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano
>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Rosamond
>Caldara, Antonio : Joaz
>Handel, George Frideric : Poro
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Marco Attilo Regolo
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Atenaide
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ipermestra
>Boyce, William : Solomon
>Galliard, Johann Ernest : With Early Horn Salute the Morn, song
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

John Beard, Francesco Borosini, Annibale Fabri: these three men helped to revolutionized music in the 18th century. Their voices moved the greatest composers of the time to increasingly write for tenors, a move from the Castrati, which had dominated opera since 1600. Now, three centuries since this trio's brilliance encouraged a surge of new repertoire for the vocal range, world renowned tenor Ian Bostridge celebrates their legacy with his stunning new release, Three Baroque Tenors. Three Baroque Tenors is a recording that is as fascinating as it is magnificent. It is an overdue homage to this neglected musical evolution and the men who inspired it. It illustrates both Bostridge's gift for interpreting repertoire from this period, as previously heard on his Great Handel recording, and his skills as a historian.

"I was totally disarmed by this CD. Ian Bostridge is at his most vivid, expressive and delicately ornamental in homage to three baroque singers...Bostridge avoids that wearying tendency to fizz the music up breathlessly, opting instead for clean edges and eloquence. The English Concert, conducted by Bernard Labadie, add real verve." -The Observer

"It's a rich collection, imaginatively adumbrating the talents of three master-singers of different vocal types and weights united by superior technique and musicianship." -BBC Music Magazine

"He's a graceful performer and a superb word-painter: he sings the word 'sweet' in different arias with surprising varieties of meaning...accompaniments are lively and stylish." -Classic FM

"Fabri evidently had the breath controlled for extended runs on one syllable: Here Bostridge is first-rate, whether slow, as in Vivaldi's Arsilda, or in the vigorous roulades of Poro...The English Concert provides excellent support, with a lovely bassoon obbligato from Alberto Grazzi in the air by Boyce." -Gramophone

"His smooth, supple voice is well able to deal with the multiple styles, the virtuosity, and even the baritone-register passages that one might have anticipated his light tone struggling to do justice to. His superb diction means that you don't miss a word, his ornamentation is elegant and precise, and texts are intelligently interpreted." -BBC

"Bostridge has the vocal flexibility needed...[Rise, glory, rise] is simply magnificent, with trumpet triumphng in martial bravura...this enjoyable selection may be an eye-opener for those who do not associate Bostridge with this type of music or with such technical agility” -International Record Review

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Jonathan Gunthorpe, Sophie Daneman, Benjamin Hulett, Madeleine Shaw (vocals).

Recording information: Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London, Engl.



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Works Details

>Cont, Francesco Bartolomeo : Don Chisciotte :: Qui sto appeso
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1719

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: Where congeal'd the northern streams
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules :: From celestial seats descending
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Arsilda :: La tiranna e avversa sorte
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 10/18/1716

>Gasparini, Francesco : Il Bajazet :: Forte e lieto a morte andrei
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano :: Forte e lieto
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Notes: Composition written: 1724.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Rosamond :: Rise, Glory, rise
  • Performers: Mark Bennett (Trumpet); Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Caldara, Antonio : Joaz :: Lo so, lo so
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Handel, George Frideric : Poro :: D'un Barbaro scortese
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1731

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Marco Attilo Regolo :: Se non sa qual vento
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Scorta siate a passi miei
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Atenaide :: Ti stringo in quest'amplesso
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 12/29/1729

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Ipermestra :: Sazierò col morir mio
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 01/25/1727

>Boyce, William : Solomon :: Softly rise, O southern breeze
  • Performers: Alberto Grazzi (Bassoon); Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1742

>Galliard, Johann Ernest : With Early Horn Salute the Morn, song
  • Performers: Andrew Clarke (Horn); Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque