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El Maestro Farinelli

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Pablo Heras-Casado, one of the most exciting conductors of his generation (Die Welt), makes his Archiv Produktion debut performing instrumental and vocal music associated with Farinelli, the legendary 18th-century castrato who served as impresario and court musician to the kings of Spain.

As one of the label s Archiv Ambassadors Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied conducting career: He has encompassed the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically-informed performance and cutting-edge contemporary scores, and has already developed a special rapport with a number of soloists, orchestras and opera houses.

Now he returns to his core repertoire and musical heritage.

Farinelli the most admired of all castrato singers was a legend already during his life. From 1724 to 1734 he achieved extraordinary success in many northern Italian cities incl. Venice, Milan, Florence, Parma and Turino, before he signed a contract in London with the company of the composer Porpora (Porpora was at that time Handel's competitor, Handel failed to secure Farinelli.)

Farinelli decided to break his contract in 1737, as he was called by the queen of Spain to help cure the debilitating depression of Philip V. It became his responsibility to serenade the king every night an obligation he apparently maintained until the king s death in 1746.

This new album with works of Baroque composers like Hasse, Porpora and Jomelli represents a fine selection of pieces, which Farinelli presented during his time as concert master/conductor in Madrid and Aranjuez. El Maestro Farinelli features eight world premier recordings, including some arias sung by Bejun Mehta, the best countertenor in the world (Süddeutsche Zeitung).

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Overture to La festa cinese
  2. Overture to Carlo il calvo
  3. Allegro
  4. Andante sempre
  5. Allegro
  6. Tempestad grande
  7. Allegro assai
  8. Andante moderato
  9. Allegro
  10. Baile de las máscaras
  11. Overture to La dicha en la desgracia y vida campestre
  12. Alto Giove
  13. Seguidillas
  14. Seguidillas
  15. Seguidillas
  16. Canción
  17. Seguidillas
  18. Seguidillas
  19. Periodical Overture
  20. Overture to Armida


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Concerto Koln
  • Conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado
  • Composer: Johann Adolph Hasse, Nicola Porpora, Niccolò Jommelli
  • Audio CD (May 27, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Archiv
  • ASIN: B00IK6XLHK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A well planned sampler of less often recorded composers and performances thoroughly lively and spontaneous. Bejun Mehta's cameo performances leaves the listener wanting more. And the Fandangos while not novel, certainly occasion for repeated listening.
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A masterwork!total gem of a disc--playable at all times in all places--from gentle to dramatic with a range of voices and pieces suitable to an evening home completely immersed, as an accompaniment to making supper, as an enjoyable background music to fast-paced retail shopping in my place of business. I bought it due to the singer Behjun Mehta's presence on it and he is in fine form on some familiar tracks. Love it! I look forward to the time to read the liner notes....
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Not my favorite, but I intend to keep listening until I become more familiar with it.
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