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Ombra mai fu - Francesco Cavalli Opera Arias

Philippe Jaroussky, Artaserse

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Il Xerse, Act 1  
1
"Ombra mai fu" (Xerse)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
3:19
Statira, principessa di Persia, Act 2  
2
"All'armi, mio core" (Brimonte)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
3:05
L'Erismena, Act 2  
3
"Dove mi conducete? ... " (Idraspe)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
0:56
4
"Uscitemi dal cor, lacrime amare" (Idraspe)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
5:46
La Calisto, Act 1  
5
"Interprete mal buona... L'uomo è una dolce cosa" (Linfea / feat. Marie-Nicole Lemieux)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Marie-Nicole Lemieux; Artaserse
2:51
6
"Ninfa bella" (Il Satirino, Linfea / feat. Marie-Nicole Lemieux)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Marie-Nicole Lemieux; Artaserse
4:15
Eliogabalo, Act 1  
7
Sinfonia
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
1:59
Elena, Act 3  
8
"Ecco l'idolo mio ... Mio diletto, mio sospiro" (Menelao, Elena / feat. Emöke Baráth)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Emöke Baráth; Artaserse
3:34
Ercole amante, Act 1  
9
Sinfonia
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
0:54
Eliogabalo, Act 1  
10
"Io resto solo? ... Misero, così va" (Alessandro)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
3:27
L'Ormindo, Act 2  
11
"Che città" (Nerillo)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
3:19
Gli amori d'Apollo e di Dafne, Act 3  
12
"Ohimé, che miro?" (Apollo)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
0:52
13
"Misero Apollo" (Apollo)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
4:20
L'Orione  
14
Sinfonia
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
3:30
Eritrea, Act 1  
15
"O luci belle" (Laodicea, Theramene / feat. Emöke Baráth)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Emöke Baráth; Artaserse
2:29
Il Giasone, Act 1  
16
"Delizie, contenti" (Giasone)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
3:49
Doriclea  
17
Sinfonia
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
1:25
La Calisto, Act 2:  
18
"Erme, e solinghe cime ... Lucidissima face" (Endimione)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
3:26
La virtù de' strali d'Amore, Act 2  
19
"Alcun più di me felice non è" (Clarindo)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
1:02
Pompeo Magno, Act 2  
20
"Cieche tenebre" (Sesto)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
2:23
Il Xerse, Act 2  
21
"La bellezza è un don fugace" (Eumene)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
2:13
La virtù de' strali d'Amore, Act 1  
22
"Il diletto interrotto ... " (Erino)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
0:41
23
"Desia la verginella" (Erino)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
2:32
La virtù de' strali d'Amore, Act 3  
24
"Che pensi, mio core?" (Amore)
Francesco Cavalli; Philippe Jaroussky; Artaserse
2:55
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    65:02
“Beyond the great musical interest that Cavalli offers, his operas are notable for their richness and modernity, and for the diversity and complexity of their characters,” says countertenor Philippe Jaroussky. “Stage directors and opera houses are increasingly keen to stage his works. His operas are full of fantasy, craziness, humour and emotion. They offer a variety we don’t find in the opera seria of the 18th century.”

Francesco Cavalli (1602–76) is an important figure in the history of opera and his works, which first experienced a revival in the 1960s, have been growing in currency in recent years. The most prominent successor to Monteverdi, Cavalli was active in Venice at a time when opera was moving out of aristocratic palaces and into public theatres. Musically, his operas are notable for the fluid expression of their recitar cantando (“acting in song”), and dramatically for their variety of tone, combining noble, mythical or tragic drama with teasing or bawdy comedy.

When preparing this album, Ombra mai fù, Jaroussky was able to study the manuscripts of most of Cavalli’s 37 surviving operas. “I really wanted to use the album’s playing time to show all the variety and all the qualities of Cavalli’s music. It can sometimes appear disarmingly simple, but it has a very special and distinctive melodic and harmonic flavour. The album is designed to illustrate the contrasts in his operas as they move from one scene to the next, where a lamento might be directly followed by something very humorous.”
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