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The World of the Castrati: The Voice of Angels

Audio Samples

>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'Orfeo
>     Hor mentre i canti alterno
>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione
>     Duetto "Dolci chiodi"
>     Ho un non so che
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>     Dall'ondoso periglio ...Aure, deh, per pietà
>Caldara, Antonio : La Passione di Gesu Cristo Signor
>     Giacche mi tremi
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La fida ninfa
>     Destin nemico... Destin avaro
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Bajazet
>     Sopsa son disprezzata
>     Spesso tra vaghe rose
>     Anche il mar par che sommerga
>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante
>     [Excerpt]
>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina
>     Mi lusinga il dolce affetto
>Handel, George Frideric : Serse
>     Crude furie
>     Frondi Tenere...Ombra mai fu
>     Frondi Tenere...Ombra mai fu
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Clemenza di Tito
>     Deh, per questante istante solo
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Giustino
>     Vedrò con mio diletto
>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto, re di Tessaglia
>     Se l'arco avessi, e i strali
>     Quivi tra questi solitari orrori...Ah, sì, morrò
>Handel, George Frideric : Fernando, re di Castiglia
>     In mille dolci modi
>Hasse, Johann A. : La clemenza di Tito
>     Se mai senti
>Handel, George Frideric : Faramondo
>     Ritorna pur, ritorna...Voglio che sia l'indegno
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice
>     Che faro senza Euridice
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mitridate, Re di Punto
>     Venga pur, minacci e frema
>Bach, Johann Christian : Ebben, si vada & Io, ti lascio, transcription of recitative & aria for voice & orchestra (after Mort
>Rossini, Gioachino : Aureliano in Palmira
>     Dolci silvestri... Perché mai luci apprimo

Album Summary

>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'Orfeo
>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>Caldara, Antonio : La Passione di Gesu Cristo Signor
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La fida ninfa
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Bajazet
>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante
>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina
>Handel, George Frideric : Serse
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Clemenza di Tito
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Giustino
>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto, re di Tessaglia
>Handel, George Frideric : Fernando, re di Castiglia
>Hasse, Johann A. : La clemenza di Tito
>Handel, George Frideric : Faramondo
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mitridate, Re di Punto
>Bach, Johann Christian : Ebben, si vada & Io, ti lascio, transcription of recitative & aria for voice & orchestra (after Mort
>Rossini, Gioachino : Aureliano in Palmira
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The extraordinary adulation accorded to castrati during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is still today one of the most fascinating phenomena in the history of music. During this golden age of the castrato, these male singers endowed with high voices that combined incredible refinement, amazing power and superhuman virtuosity took the musical world by storm. The whole of Europe was overcome by infatuation for these vocal prodigies. In the absence of the castrati themselves, the singers of today face the formidable challenge of reviving their repertoire. In this double album, the greatest vocal artists of the present day offer their own vision of the singing of their legendary predecessors. Both male and female singers now undertake the task of bringing back to life the wondrous voices of their androgynous forebears, in music that is by turns unsettling, deeply moving and of a dizzying virtuosity. The World of Castrati features some of the greatest singers today including Natalie Dessay, Philippe Jaroussky, Kate Royal, Max Emanuel Cencic, Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, Vivica Genaux, and many more.



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>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'Orfeo :: Hor mentre i canti alterno
  • Performers: Giovanni Magli (Voice); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1607

>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione :: Duetto "Dolci chiodi"
  • Performers: Kate Royal (Voice); Sonia Prina (Violin); Pipo (Castrato); Pasqualino (Castrato)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : La Resurrezione :: Ho un non so che
  • Performers: Kate Royal (Voice); Sonia Prina (Violin); Pipo (Castrato); Pasqualino (Castrato)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1708

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Dall'ondoso periglio ...Aure, deh, per pietà
  • Performers: Stephanie Blythe (Mezzo Soprano); Senesino (Castrato)
  • Conductor: John Nelson
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Caldara, Antonio : La Passione di Gesú Cristo Signor :: Giacche mi tremi
  • Performers: Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano); Gaetano Orsini (Voice)
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1730

>Vivaldi, Antonio : La fida ninfa :: Destin nemico... Destin avaro
  • Performers: Vivica Genaux (Mezzo Soprano); Giuseppe Valentini (Voice)
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 01/06/1732

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Bajazet :: Sopsa son disprezzata
  • Performers: Vivica Genaux (Mezzo Soprano); Giovanni Manzoli (Voice); Farinelli Manzoli (Voice); Pietro Morigi (Voice)
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Bajazet :: Spesso tra vaghe rose
  • Performers: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano); Giovanni Manzoli (Voice); Farinelli Manzoli (Voice); Pietro Morigi (Voice)
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Bajazet :: Anche il mar par che sommerga
  • Performers: Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano); Giovanni Manzoli (Voice); Farinelli Manzoli (Voice); Pietro Morigi (Voice)
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Ariodante :: [Excerpt]
  • Notes: Composition written: 1734.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto
  • Performers: Giovanni Carestini (Voice); Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Serse :: Crude furie
  • Performers: Cafarelli (Castrato); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Serse :: Frondi Tenere...Ombra mai fu
  • Performers: Cafarelli (Castrato); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Clemenza di Tito :: Deh, per questante istante solo
  • Performers: Domenico Bedini (Voice); Véronique Gens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ivor Bolton
  • Notes: Composition written: 1791.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Giustino :: Vedrò con mio diletto
  • Performer: Giovanni Ossi (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jean-Christophe Spinosi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Matheus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto, re di Tessaglia :: Se l'arco avessi, e i strali
  • Performers: Antonio Baldi (Voice); James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1727.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto, re di Tessaglia :: Quivi tra questi solitari orrori...Ah, sì, morrò
  • Performers: René Jacobs (Countertenor); Senesino (Castrato)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1727.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Fernando, re di Castiglia :: In mille dolci modi
  • Performers: Lawrence Zazzo (Countertenor); Senesino (Castrato)
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1732.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Hasse, Johann A. : La clemenza di Tito :: Se mai senti
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Giovanni Carestini (Voice)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 17th Century

>Handel, George Frideric : Faramondo :: Ritorna pur, ritorna...Voglio che sia l'indegno
  • Performers: Max Cencic (Countertenor); Cafarelli (Castrato)
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1737.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1737

>Handel, George Frideric : Serse :: Frondi Tenere...Ombra mai fu
  • Performers: Cafarelli (Castrato); Gérard Lesne (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Che faro senza Euridice
  • Performers: Gaetano Guadagni (Voice); David Daniels (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mitridate, Re di Punto :: Venga pur, minacci e frema
  • Performers: David Daniels (Countertenor); Giuseppe Cicognani (Voice)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Notes: Composition written: 1770.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1770

>Bach, Johann Christian : Ebben, si vada & Io, ti lascio, transcription of recitative & aria for voice & orchestra (after Mort
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Markus Deuter (Oboe); Frédéric Rivoal (Fortepiano); Giusto Tenducci (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jérémie Rhorer
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 08/1778

>Rossini, Gioachino : Aureliano in Palmira :: Dolci silvestri... Perché mai luci apprimo
  • Performers: Max Cencic (Countertenor); Giovanni Velluti (Voice)
  • Conductor: Michael Hoffstetter
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1813