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Arias for Farinelli - René Jacobs (obbligatto vocals); Vivica Genaux (mezzo-soprano); Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin; René Jacobs (conductor)
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  1. Orfeo, opera: Dall'amor piů sventurato
  2. Idaspe, opera: Ombra fedele anch'io
  3. Idaspe, opera: Qual guerriero in campo armato
  4. Adriano in Siria, opera: Mancare, Dio, mi sento
  5. Concerto a 4, for voice & chamber ensemble in C minor
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  1. Orfeo, opera: Dall'amor piů sventurato
  2. Idaspe, opera: Ombra fedele anch'io
  3. Idaspe, opera: Qual guerriero in campo armato
  4. Adriano in Siria, opera: Mancare, Dio, mi sento
  5. Concerto a 4, for voice & chamber ensemble in C minor
  6. Polifemo, opera: Oh volesser gli Dei... Dolci freschi aurette (added aria in Artaserse by Johann Adolf Hasse)
  7. Polifemo, opera: Or la nube procellosa
  8. Artaserse, opera: Per questo dolce ampleso
  9. Merope, opera: Quell'usignolo
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Recording an album of arias written expressly for Farinelli, one of the most legendary castratos of the eighteenth century, is brave; his name invokes a world of superhuman vocal feats, remarkable pathos, and a uniquely strong and brilliant tone that, for obvious reasons, cannot be replicated by modern singers. But that clearly does not scare Vivica Genaux who, along with René Jacobs and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, dives into Farinelli's repertory as if it were her very own. She reveals a voice capable of dizzying ...