Ditte Andersen / Ann Hallenberg / Wolfgang Katschner / Lautten Compagney

Mia vita mio bene

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Danish soprano Ditte Andersen and Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg were heard to stunning effect in Spedidam's splendid 2006 recording of Gluck's Aristeo and Bauci e Filemone with the ensemble Les Talens Lyriques under Christophe Rousset. Here they tackle another obscure corner of the Baroque: cantatas and operatic arias discovered in the libraries of the palaces at Meinungen and Sonderhausen, many of which were previously unknown. The Italian composers represented include a few who are well known, but they are predominantly obscure -- Antonio Caldara, Giovanni Battista Bononcini, as well as his brother Antonio, Francesco Gasparini, Giovanni Battista Alveri, Giuseppe Maria Andrea di Orlandini, Attilio Ariosti, Giovanni Porta, and Tommaso Bernardo Gaffi. The music, most of which dates from the first half of the eighteenth century is characteristic of the floridly expressive late Baroque. Andersen and Hallenberg have the technique to handle its most outrageous demands -- dazzlingly precise and secure coloratura; creamy, full-bodied legato; remarkable breath control; and a beautiful sense of phrasing. There is not a weak moment on the disc, but Andersen is especially impressive in Gasparini's "Penso, ma mi confondo," as is Hallenberg in Orlandini's "Della face chè mi in fiamma," and in Antonio Bononcini's "O men cruda." The repertoire doesn't offer them many opportunities to sing together, but when they do, as in Caldara's "Non d'altro riposo nel sonno m'appago" and Giovanni Battista Bononcini's "Stretto in lacci ed in catene," they blend beautifully. Lautten Compagny Berlin, led by Wolfgang Katschner, offers colorful, idiomatic support. The sound is clean, present, and warm.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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3:15 Amazon
Nigella e tirsi, pastorale for 2 voices & orchestra
2
0:46 Amazon
3
5:38 Amazon
4
0:37 Amazon
5
7:03 Amazon
6
1:25 Amazon
7
4:50 Amazon
Mia vita, mio bene, cantata for voice & orchestra
8
2:48 Amazon
9
0:28 Amazon
10
2:23 Amazon
11
1:08 Amazon
12
2:42 Amazon
13
3:16 Amazon
14
2:37 Amazon
Che ti fece mai quest'alma, cantata
15
2:35 Amazon
Tigrane rè d'Armenia, opera
16
1:19 Amazon
17
4:36 Amazon
18
3:42 Amazon
Udite o Cieli, cantata for voice & orchestra
19
1:00 Amazon
20
7:11 Amazon
21
0:47 Amazon
22
4:18 Amazon
Ditemi che cos'è, cantata for voice & orchestra
23
1:29 Amazon
24
0:22 Amazon
25
1:13 Amazon
26
0:53 Amazon
27
1:30 Amazon
28
1:19 Amazon
29
1:46 Amazon
30
0:25 Amazon
Gelosia Madre d'Amore, cantata for 2 voices & orchestra
31
4:54 Amazon
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