Handel, Vivaldi and the italian castrati
Jakub Józef Orliński Countertenor
Il Giardino d'Amore
Stefan Plewniak Conductor
How to captivate the public and the music critics at the age of thirty? By becoming an opera star in two seasons thanks to a countertenor voice and a breakdancer's physique! This is undoubtedly one of the fastest and most astonishing fame in classical music, highlighting the Baroque repertoire. For this new programme, Jakub Józef Orliński has chosen to work with his Polish compatriots of the Ensemble Il Giardino d'Amore, led from the violin by Stefan Plewniak. And the programme is an anthology of works by two 18th century masters: the Italian Vivaldi, and the German Handel.
He are arias from Handel's mature operas which sparked enthusiasm in London with the voices of the most famous Italian castrati: Tamerlano (1724, Andrea Paccini), Riccardo Primo (1726, Senesino), Tolomeo (1728, Senesino), Partenope (1730, Antonio Bernacchi). Orchestral pieces by Vivaldi intersperse Handel's arias, taken from his famous violin concertos admired throughout Europe already in the composer's lifetime. But Orlinski also performs an aria from Vivaldi's opera Giustino: it was first performed at the Carnival in Rome in 1724, but (since women could not sing in Rome) only by male performers, including seven castrati! (Handel used the same libretto for his own Giustino, premiered in London in 1737, with the castrato Gizziello in the title role).
There is no doubt that Orlinski wil excel in this display of virtuosity and sensitivity, the two exceptional qualities of the castrati!
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)
L’Olimpiade : Sinfonia - Allegro
Concerto pour violon RV 273 - Allegro
Tieteberga : "Sento In Seno"
Concerto pour violon RV 273 - Largo
Concerto pour violon RV 242 "Per Pisendel" - Allegro
Concerto pour violon RV 208, "Il Gorsso Mogul" - Allegro & Grave Recitativo
Chiaccona RV 222
Concerto pour violon RV 208, "Il Gorsso Mogul" - Allegro
Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685 – 1759)
Tamerlano : "A Dispetto D’un Volto Ingrat"
Partenope : "Furibondo Spira Il Vento" (air de Arsace)
Tolomeo : "Stille Amare"
Tolomeo : "Torna Sol Per Un Momento"
Riccardo Primo : "Agitato Da Fiere Tempeste"
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