Arias for Farinelli - Ren Jacobs (obbligatto vocals); Vivica Genaux (mezzo-soprano); Akademie fr Alte Musik, Berlin; Ren Jacobs (conductor)

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  1. Orfeo, opera: Dall'amor pi 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 pi 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 ... Read More