Philippe Jaroussky

Passion

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Passion is a greatest-hits album by countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, with all the selections, if the publicity is to be believed, chosen by the singer himself from performances over the late 20 years (he has already released one such collection). It might be objected that three CDs are a lot for such a project, aimed at least in part at listeners new to the artist involved. However, this just shows why Jaroussky has been at the top of the countertenor heap for so long: his genius resides largely in how many different things he can do well. He's hard to beat in muscular castrato arias from Handel like "Furibondo spira il vento," from Partenope, HWV 27. Yet looking at Jaroussky's output as a whole, one thing that stands out is the presence of arias from the next stage of opera, less athletic and more melodic. Jaroussky's sweet spot perhaps lies in the likes of Porpora, Gluck, Pergolesi, and the later Vivaldi, all represented here. This is not the end of it: Jaroussky is a charismatic and emotionally committed interpreter of 17th century opera, and as if to say that he really can do anything, he includes here selections from his performances of Romantic music, some of them hitherto unreleased, and none of them remotely close to typical countertenor repertory. The temporal span extends forward to John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Oh My Love, which closes out the program. Opinions will vary about these, but the fact that Jaroussky avoids a totally bizarre sound says a lot. The bottom line: this is a collection that does justice to one of the great singers of our time.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Filiae maestae Jerusalem, RV 638
1 06:30 Amazon
L'Ormindo
2 03:22 Amazon
Olimpiade
3 04:10 Amazon
Arianna e Teseo
4 05:48 Amazon
Semiramide riconosciuta
5 08:00 Amazon
Giustino, RV 717
6 05:12 Amazon
Xerse
7 03:22 Amazon
Niobe, regina di Tebe
8 04:54 Amazon
Gli amori d'Apollo e di Dafne
9 04:24 Amazon
Stabat Mater, RV 621
10 03:07 Amazon
11 03:32 Amazon
Confitebor tibi Domine, P. 66
12 03:58 Amazon
Erismena
13 05:49 Amazon
Stabat Mater, P. 77
14 03:44 Amazon
Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, RV 629
15 05:08 Amazon
Nisi Dominus, RV 608
16 05:09 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 04:04 Amazon
Welcome to all the pleasures (Ode for St Cecilia's Day), Z. 339
2 04:46 Amazon
3 05:23 Amazon
Radamisto, HWV12
4 06:12 Amazon
Partenope, HWV 27
5 04:03 Amazon
6 04:09 Amazon
Serse, HWV 40
7 04:13 Amazon
Flavio, re de' Longobardi, HWV 16
8 05:20 Amazon
Cantata "Ich habe genug", BWV 82
9 07:31 Amazon
10 02:22 Amazon
Cantata "Jesus liegt in letzten Zügen", TWV 1: 983
11 05:00 Amazon
L'Orfeo, SV 318
12 02:56 Amazon
Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30
13 03:54 Amazon
14 04:27 Amazon
15 03:58 Amazon
Fisch-Ton-Kan, D. 23
16 02:38 Amazon
17 03:29 Amazon
18 05:45 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Polifemo
1 02:55 Amazon
Stabat Mater, P. 77
2 04:31 Amazon
L'Orfeo
3 02:21 Amazon
Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17
4 08:06 Amazon
5 03:10 Amazon
Faramondo, HWV 39
6 05:55 Amazon
Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30
7 05:04 Amazon
Tirsi e Fileno
8 07:01 Amazon
Niobe, regina di Tebe
9 02:16 Amazon
Eritrea
10 02:33 Amazon
Magnificat in D major, BWV 243
11 03:26 Amazon
L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308
12 04:13 Amazon
13 03:46 Amazon
14 03:13 Amazon
15 05:16 Amazon
16 02:49 Amazon
17 02:54 Amazon
18 03:15 Amazon
19 02:34 Amazon
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