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Enchanted Forest

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Who are todays sopranos that possess every quality demanded for stardom individual beauty of voice, perfect technique, interpretive originality, and genuine charisma and character? Anna Prohaska definitely belongs on that list...

Singing Baroque arias by Cavalli, Handel, Monteverdi, Morley, Purcell, and Vivaldi Anna Prohaska vividly brings life to all the fairy-like characters who inhabit this extraordinary music.

For Anna Prohaska, a vocal score is a canvas, and one on which she paints and crafts every note with her distinct, colour-saturated tone.

For her GAS release Sirene on DG, Anna has just received an ECHO KLASSIK award in the Newcomer of the Year (vocal) category.

Favoured by such maestri as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, and Pierre Boulez Anna Prohaska, with Enchanted Forest, demonstrates a mature mastery of coloratura and cantilena singing.

1. Alma oppressa (Licori)
2. Combattuta da più venti (Calisto)
3. Hornpipe in D minor The Fairy Queen Z 629
4. Mark how readily each pliant string
5. Felicissima quest alma (Dafne)
6. Come in ciel benigna stella (Dafne)
7. Curtain Tune Timon of Athens Z 632
8. Furie terribili! (Armida)
9. Tornami a vagheggiar (Morgana)
10. Hornpipe in G minor The Fairy Queen
11. The Plaint: O let me weep
12. See, even Night herself is here (Night)
13. Restino imbalsamate (Calisto)
14. O piu d ogni ricchezza (Dafne)
15. Lamento della ninfa

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Arcangelo
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Composer: Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell, Francesco Cavalli, Claudio Monteverdi
  • Audio CD (March 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Archiv
  • ASIN: B00AATJCLY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Midgley on July 5, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I must admit I was dubious about this programme to begin with. Intrigued by the selection of music, I was then put off by the visual nonsense of the cover and booklet, depicting the singer as a mascara-enhanced forest nymph tangled up in sinuously theatrical tree branches, with a booklet essay in somewhat similar vein. Even a first hearing of the sounds therein didn't entirely dispel my scepticism. But then the enchantment began to work and, gradually, I was won over.

"A wide-ranging baroque programme set in the dream-world of myth and fairy-tale" runs the cover blurb - and, this being the baroque, it goes almost without saying that this dream world also brings with it a generous sampling of the trials, delights, mysteries and sorrows of love. In fact this is a varied and well-arranged programme of baroque theatre music by Handel, Purcell, Cavalli, Monteverdi and Vivaldi. As I was saying, it took me a while to warm to the style of Anna Prohaska and of Jonathan Cohen's Arcangelo ensemble. But in fact the singer has a lovely, light, agile voice, and expresses with striking conviction the emotions and the enchantment in these pieces. Her high notes and embellishments are a delight, and she sounds splendid in the lower range also. She doesn't always articulate her words clearly, but that's not the end of the world because all the texts and translations are supplied. The Handel arias, such as "Tornami a vagheggiar" from "Alcina" (track 9), are splendidly done, and so are the extracts from that masterpiece of baroque enchantment, Purcell's "The Fairy Queen". I don't believe I've ever heard the lines "He's gone, he's gone, his loss deplore, and I shall never see him more" - from the Plaint: O let me weep (11) - delivered with more deeply affecting sorrow than here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Gallagher on December 11, 2013
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We saw a short documentary on Anna Prohaska on German Tv. We were very impressed with her singing, her expressiveness and the interesting repertoire. This is a great introduction to her talents and to the neglected repertoire of Baroque Opera.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 17, 2013
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Having had the benefit of Mr. Midgley's very comprehensive review, there is actually no need for another.
My own two cents are that musically this is a top rate album - the singer as well as the small baroque ensemble both did an outstanding job. No intonation quibble, no tempi problem, wonderfully balanced ensemble work and terrific instrumental output. Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen are breathtaking throughout
The atmosphere is also well set by all parties concerned. The opening aria of Vivaldi is sung with a keen sense of mystery. Anna Prohaska also pours out the lines of Purcell and Cavalli's ariosos with impeccable understanding and style. What is lacking is a less than desirable articulation, or may be, it is intentional given the nature of the 'mysterious' contents?
When Prohaska turns to Handel, however, the sensitivity of her singing gives way to athleticism. The Alcina aria, so well known and sung by so many top singers (most recently Patricia Petibon in another solo album also by DG), is more showmanship than enchantment.
All in all, Anna and Cohen succeed admirably in this daring programme of HIP, though the result is not perfection yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hjordis Smith on February 10, 2014
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Anna Prohaska has a bright beautiful soprano voice. This CD shows very well what she is capable of. Don't know the orchestra or the conductor but the playing was beautiful. Look forward to hearing her in Mozart roles, she is the best Zerlina I have heard.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kay on December 14, 2013
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I bought this CD because I heard one song on a classical radio station. I really like the CD but I wish she had included something to showcase her in another type of song.
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