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Peau d'âne - Générique
Michel Legrand
02:07
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Gianguir: Mi par sentir la bella
Geminiano Giacomelli, Ann Hallenberg, Il Pomo D'oro, Stefano Montanari
09:43
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Concert Movement in C minor Seibel 240: Vivace
Johann David Heinichen, Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel
03:04
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Carlo il Calvo, Act II Scene XIV: Spesso di nubi cinto
Nicola Porpora, Academia Montis Regalis, Alessandro De Marchi
07:50
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Il Giustino, RV 717, Act II, Scene 13: Ho nel petto un cor sì forte (Giustino)
Antonio Vivaldi, Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone, Delphine Galou
06:37
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Handel: Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act 2: No. 10, Chorus, "Wretched lovers!"
George Frideric Handel, William Christie
04:21
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Arianna: Come mai puoi vedermi piangere
Benedetto Marcello, Patricia Petibon, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon
05:13
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Semiramide riconosciuta: In braccio a mille furie
Nicola Porpora, Ann Hallenberg, Il Pomo D'oro, Stefano Montanari
03:04
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Zaïs: Overture - Live
Jean-Philippe Rameau, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski
05:47
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Didone abbandonata, Act III Scene XIII: Già si desta la tempesta
Nicola Porpora, Academia Montis Regalis, Alessandro De Marchi
03:53
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The Cook, the Thief, his Wife & her Lover (Film score, 1989): Memorial
Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman Band
11:21
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Fago: Il faraone sommerso: "Forz'è pur nel proprio sangue" (Messo)
Francesco Nicola Fago, Philippe Jaroussky
06:20
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Muzio Scevola, HWV 13: Ma come amar?
George Frideric Handel, Sandrine Piau, Gloria Banditelli, Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi
04:55
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Concerto for Violin and Strings in D Major, RV 212a: I. Allegro
Antonio Vivaldi, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Il Pomo D'oro
07:01
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Bassoon Concerto in A Minor, RV 498: II. Larghetto
Antonio Vivaldi, Sergio Azzolini, L'Onda Armonica
04:46
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Handel: Ariodante, HWV 33, Act 2 Scene 3: No. 23, Aria, "Scherza infida! in grembo al drudo" (Ariodante)
George Frideric Handel, Ian Bostridge, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Harry Bicket
10:22
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Acte 2, sc 8: "Scoglio d'immora fronte…" (Berenice aria)
George Frideric Handel, Christophe Rousset, Sandrine Piau, Derek Lee Ragin, Guy Flechter, Olivier Lalouette, Les Talens Lyriques, Doris Lamprecht, Vanda Tabery
05:01
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Henrico Leone: Chaconne
Agostino Steffani, I Barrochisti, Diego Fasolis
03:07
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Gioseffo che interpreta i sogni: "Libertà cara e gradita"
Antonio Caldara, La Gioia Armonica, Jurgen Banholzer
08:12
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Handel: Organ Concerto No. 5 in G Minor, HWV 310 (from "6 Organ Concertos", Op. 7): II. Andante larghetto e staccato
George Frideric Handel, Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
04:35
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La Resurrezione (1708), HWV 47 - Original Version / Parte Seconda: Aria: "Ecco il sol, ch'esce dal mar" (S. Giovanni)
George Frideric Handel, John Mark Ainsley, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski
04:59
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Santa Francesca Romana: "Si piangete pupille dolente"
Antonio Caldara, Cecilia Bartoli, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski
07:35
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Catone in Utica, Act I: Aria "Cervo in bosco" (Arbace) - Live
Leonardo Leo, Ann Hallenberg, Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset
06:13
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Lady In The Red Hat - 2004 Digital Remaster
Michael Nyman
04:18
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Handel : Alcina : Act 2 "Ah! mio cor!" [Alcina]
George Frideric Handel, William Christie, Alain Joubert & Arnaud Moral, Les Arts Florissants
12:43
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Hercules, HWV 60 / Act 2: Chorus: "Jealousy! Infernal pest"
George Frideric Handel, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir
05:50
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Caldara: Euristeo, Act III: "Sotto un faggio o lungo un rio" (Erginda)
Antonio Caldara, Nathalie Stutzmann, Orfeo 55
08:52
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Concerto a cinque No. 2, Op. 9: II. Adagio
Tomaso Albinoni, Paul Dombrecht, Il Fondamento
03:59
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Ottone, HWV 15 / Act 2: "Notte cara"
George Frideric Handel, Ann Hallenberg, Anna Starushkevych, Il Pomo D'oro, George Petrou
04:25
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Vinci: Artaserse, Act 1: "Vo solcando un mar crudel" (Arbace)
Leonardo Vinci, Diego Fasolis, Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cenčić, Franco Fagioli, Valer Barna-Sabadus, I Barocchisti, Yuriy Mynenko, Daniel Behle, Concerto Köln
06:51

Sung Baroque

Baroque passion, star castrati, vocal pyrotechnics, theatrical storms and strong emotions from Venice to Rome, and from paradise to hell.

Everything (re)starts with the film Peau d’Âne (Donkeyskin) with its medieval fluorescence and its pop art style. Striking images, similar to those in Peter Greenway’s Murders in an English Garden. Each of these baroque films is accompanied by irresistible soundtracks recorded by Michel Legrand, a student of Nadia Boulanger and subsequently Michael Nymann who’d revisited Purcell’s glamorous ostinatos in the early 1980s.

Baroque music is marked by its sometimes frenzied, sometimes languid rhythms, by chiaroscuro and shimmer. This is thanks to the colour produced by instruments from the period, where violins were strung with guts, and oboes and bassoons were lovingly crafted. But the king of these instruments was the voice, especially the artificial and fascinating voice of the legendary castrati. Countertenor Franco Fagioli has all the range of a mature man’s voice, as well as the tones of a child’s. At what a price came the original castrati’s voice! The sweet hell of music...  

This voice that carries beyond gender marries with everything. From the psaltery, which arrived from the East via Venice and which so fascinated Vivaldi and Caldara; to the bassoon or the chalumeau, very much in use in Bohemia, a land of incomparable instrumentalists who made their reputations in the Vienna of the Hapsbergs. Each and every one served the excess of passions and no one captured this spirit better than Handel. The lifeblood of baroque passion flows from him. Love, hatred, jealousy and despair are pushed to their extreme.

In the 17th and 18th centuries people danced brightly and fiercely, everywhere and often. The theatre was greatly loved especially the news style of performance, the opera. It was the cinema of the age, full of storms, stage effects and hits for the pop stars of the day. Vinci’s “Artaserse”, which closes this playlist, remains the ultimate example. Close your eyes: in Naples a star is born...

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