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Che Puro Ciel: The Rise of Classical Opera - arias by Gluck, Bach, Mozart, Hasse & Traetta / Bejun Mehta, countertenor

Album Summary

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ascanio in Alba
>Traetta, Tommaso : Antigona
>Hasse, Johann A. : Il trionfo di Clelia
>Bach, Johann Christian : Artaserse
>Traetta, Tommaso : Ifigenia in Tauride
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Ezio
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mitridate
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In the famous Preface to Alceste, Christoph Willibald Gluck and his librettist Ranieri de' Calzabigi advanced a proposal for a new direction in opera. They spoke of moving beyond Baroque forms, of striving for a new naturalism. They wanted, in Calzabigi's lovely phrase, to "liberate the language of the heart." Taken from the height of this Reform period, the arias on this disc reveal composers exploring and experimenting, at struggle and at play, as they create the new forms that bring to opera the noble simplicity of the Classical era. The remarkable countertenor Bejun Mehta is the featured soloist, accompanied by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin led by René Jacobs.

The Scotsman
Bejun Mehta is a phenomenon among today's countertenors... [with] extraordinary range and versatility... he explores a universe of color and emotion, and demonstrates the sheer effortlessness of his delivery...

The Guardian, 14th November 2013
Mehta shows how [coloratura passages] can have real expressive point and dramatic purpose, while his purity of line in quiet passages is ravishing...RenT Jacobs's meticulous accompaniments with the Akademie fnr Alte Musik add the finishing touches.

CD Review, 16th November 2013
A well-chosen showcase, Mehta's dramatic instincts are effectively deployed, and the accompaniments in the recitatives are handled with all the fluency we've come to expect from Jacobs complete Mozart opera recordings.

Financial Times, 21st December 2013
If you have an ear for the tragic passions beneath the music's formal contours, you will succumb to its expressive grace, especially with interpreters as persuasive as Mehta and the Akademie fnr Alte Musik Berlin under RenT Jacobs.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
Jacobs and Bejun Mehta unleash the primal energies buried in magnificent yet largely forgotten operas...Jacobs's abrupt tempo twists, the instrumentalists' boldness and the chorus's power make such ensemble sections as electrifying as Mehta's solos. This is a daring and important retelling of the story of Classical opera.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2014
Always acutely alive to text and dramatic situation...Mehta's dramatic involvement elevates some rather routine invention in the items by the teenage Mozart...The most enjoyable, intelligently planned countertenor recital to have come my way in years.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (04/2013).



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Works Details

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Act 2, Scene 3. Aria. Che puro ciel!
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Coro. Vieni a' regni del riposo
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ascanio in Alba :: Act 1, Scene 2. Recitativo. Perché tacer degg'io?
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1771.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1771

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ascanio in Alba :: Aria. Cara, lontano ancora
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1771.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1771

>Traetta, Tommaso : Antigona :: Act 3, Scene 5. Aria. Ah, se lo vedi piangere
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1772

>Hasse, Johann A. : Il trionfo di Clelia :: Act 2, Scene 2. Aria. Dei di Roma, ah perdonate!
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1762.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1762

>Bach, Johann Christian : Artaserse :: Act 1, Scene 15. Recitativo accompagnato. No, che non ha la sorte
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1760.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1760

>Bach, Johann Christian : Artaserse :: Aria. Vo solcando un mar crudele
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1760.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1760

>Traetta, Tommaso : Ifigenia in Tauride :: Act 2, Scene 4. Dormi Oreste!
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1763

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Ezio :: Act 1, Scene 3. Aria. Pensa a serbarmi, o cara
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ascanio in Alba :: Act 1, Scene 5. Aria. Ah, di sì nobil alma
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1771.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1771

>Traetta, Tommaso : Antigona :: Act 2, Scene 2. Aria. Ah, sì, da te dipende
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1772

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Ezio :: Act 3, Scene 3. Aria. Se il fulmine sospendi
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mitridate :: Act 3, Scene 9. Recitativo accompagnato. Vadasi...
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1770.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1770

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mitridate :: Aria. Già dagli occhi il velo è tolto
  • Performer: Bejun Mehta
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1770.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1770