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Arias for Guadagni / Iestyn Davies, countertenor; Arcangelo

Audio Samples

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul, HWV 53
>     Act 1. Scene 5. O Lord, whose mercies numberless
>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora, HWV 68
>     Act 1. Scene 2. The raptur'd soul
>Handel, George Frideric : The Choice of Hercules, HWV 69
>     Yet, can I hear that dulcet lay
>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61
>     Act 3. Scene 3. Destructive war
>Hasse, Johann A. : Didone abbandonata
>     Act 1. Scene 19. Accompagnato. Ah che dissi!
>     Act 1. Scene 19. Aria. Se resto sul lido
>     Act 3. Scene 8. Fanfare & Recitative. Odi colà la frigia tromba?
>     Act 3. Scene 8. Aria. A trionfar mi chiama
>Smith, John Christopher : The Fairies
>     Say, lovely Dream!
>Arne, Thomas A. : Alfred
>     Act 2. Vengeance, O come inspire me!
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for orchestra in D major (Orchester-sinfonien no 1), H. 663, Wq. 183/1
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Telemaco
>     Act 2. Scene 3. Ah! non turbi il mio riposo
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice
>     Act 2. Scene 2. Ballo
>     Act 2. Scene 2. Arioso. Che puro ciel!
>     Act 3. Scene 1. Recitative. Ahimè! Dove trascorsi?
>     Act 3. Scene 1. Aria. Che farò senza Euridice?
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Ezio
>     Pensa a serbarmi, o cara

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul, HWV 53
>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora, HWV 68
>Handel, George Frideric : The Choice of Hercules, HWV 69
>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61
>Hasse, Johann A. : Didone abbandonata
>Smith, John Christopher : The Fairies
>Arne, Thomas A. : Alfred
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for orchestra in D major (Orchester-sinfonien no 1), H. 663, Wq. 183/1
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Telemaco
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Ezio
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

British countertenor Iestyn Davies is one of the fastest rising stars on the concert and opera circuit. Following his highly acclaimed recording of Porpora cantatas, he returns for a second solo album with a selection of arias written for Gaetano Guadagni - the first 'modern' castrato, famed all over Europe for the lyric purity of his voice and his powerful, naturalistic acting style. Not only did he enjoy a close artistic relationship with Handel, but Guadagni effectively created the role of Orpheus in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. For this recital, Davies is joined again by the renowned period-instrument band Arcangelo, directed by Jonathan Cohen.

Sunday Times
Davies sings them superlatively well.

The Guardian
Davies includes some of the showstoppers written for [Guadagni] by Handel and Arne, delivering them with wonderful finesse and flawless tone. Orfeo itself, however, lies awkwardly for a counter-tenor, and Davies is occasionally forced to sacrifice intensity for the sake of integrity of line. The orchestral playing, from Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen, is exquisite.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Full tests and translations, with admirable notes. No lover of 18th Century opera should miss this extraordinarily fine release.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2012
Through his effortless line, countertenor Iestyn Davies revivifies Guadagni's Orphic powers...Whether drawing out sustained notes or knitting together filigreed coloratura, he is a paragon of gallant taste: poised, cool, elegant...Jonathan Cohen and his ensemble Arcangelo capture the rapid, unexpected twists of the younger Bach's radical imagination...this [is] a refreshingly ambitious and superbly realised recording.

International Record Review, July/August 2012
I think that if I had to nominate a CD to represent Iestyn Davies this one would be my choice.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, Lo (08/10/2011-08/12/2011).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Saul, HWV 53 :: Act 1. Scene 5. O Lord, whose mercies numberless
  • Performers: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora, HWV 68 :: Act 1. Scene 2. The raptur'd soul
  • Performers: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : The Choice of Hercules, HWV 69 :: Yet, can I hear that dulcet lay
  • Performers: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1750

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Act 3. Scene 3. Destructive war
  • Performers: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744

>Hasse, Johann A. : Didone abbandonata :: Act 1. Scene 19. Accompagnato. Ah che dissi!
  • Performers: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Hasse, Johann A. : Didone abbandonata :: Act 1. Scene 19. Aria. Se resto sul lido
  • Performers: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Hasse, Johann A. : Didone abbandonata :: Act 3. Scene 8. Fanfare & Recitative. Odi colà la frigia tromba?
  • Performers: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Hasse, Johann A. : Didone abbandonata :: Act 3. Scene 8. Aria. A trionfar mi chiama
  • Performers: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Smith, John Christopher : The Fairies :: Say, lovely Dream!
  • Performers: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1755

>Arne, Thomas A. : Alfred :: Act 2. Vengeance, O come inspire me!
  • Performers: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for orchestra in D major (Orchester-sinfonien no 1), H. 663, Wq. 183/1
  • Performer: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1775-1776

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Telemaco :: Act 2. Scene 3. Ah! non turbi il mio riposo
  • Performers: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1765

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Scene 2. Ballo
  • Performer: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2. Scene 2. Arioso. Che puro ciel!
  • Performers: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 3. Scene 1. Recitative. Ahimè! Dove trascorsi?
  • Performers: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 3. Scene 1. Aria. Che farò senza Euridice?
  • Performers: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Ezio :: Pensa a serbarmi, o cara
  • Performers: Jonathan Cohen [Cello/Conductor/Keyboards] (Keyboards); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St. Silas The Martyr, St. Silas Place, Kentish Town, London, England (08/10/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta