Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Christopher Purves, Laurent Naouri, Francesco Cavalli|
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
Emmanuelle Haïm follows her acclaimed 2006 recording of Monteverdi's Combattimento with an unusual and inventive program on the theme of the lamento, a literary and dramatic form that found its 17th-century musical archety... more »
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Emmanuelle Haïm follows her acclaimed 2006 recording of Monteverdi's Combattimento with an unusual and inventive program on the theme of the lamento, a literary and dramatic form that found its 17th-century musical archetype in Monteverdi's celebrated Lamento d'Arianna. Emmanuelle Haïm has taken great care in choosing nine of today's top soloists to perform these demanding works. Superstars Natalie Dessay and Rolando Villazón both appear in typically stunning form, while countertenor sensation Philippe Jaroussky and the fast-rising American mezzo Joyce DiDonato (recently signed exclusively to EMI/Virgin Classics) show why they are among opera's hottest up-and-comers. Véronique Gens, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Topi Lehtipuu, Laurent Naouri, Christopher Purves, and Simon Wall round out the star-studded cast!
Quite a mixed bag..
Stephen Jackson | Texas, USA | 03/18/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This album is well engineered from an acoustic standpoint, and there are some outstanding moments. However, like several of the other reviewers, I was puzzled over some of the choices. Certainly Gens, Jaroussky and a few others sing well in this style and acquit themselves admirably of the demands. There are however other tracks that are simply mortifying from a stylistic viewpoint. That said, some of the non-baroque singers do a fantastic job of interpreting the pieces with fire, interest, and passion that is often lacking from purists. While I cannot advocate this recording as an outstanding example of vocal style in the baroque, there are some excellent voices and interesting choices. Additionally, it sounds at times as if cathedral level reverb was added to some tracks and not others. Perhaps there were multiple recording spaces used? It is imminently distracting in the Lamento Della Ninfa."
An assortment that lacks central attraction.
Abel | Hong Kong | 02/19/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"It is difficult to go through the entire album. The listener gets lost somewhere after the 3rd or 4th track.
The singings are generally quite fine, though immediately you'd recognise that not all the illustrious big names are baroque experts.
The worst part is that the central theme is not immediately evident - it is too broad, too generalised for the well-trained ears of the conoisseur listeners. For the relative newbies, the choices are puzzling, since not all the singers manages to sing in authentic baroque style."
How Wrong-headed Can She Get?
Giordano Bruno | Wherever I am, I am. | 02/25/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Emmanuelle Haim must be considering a run for vice-president of the USA! She's that far into outer space. This is a monstrously frustrating CD. Haim succeeds in making Rolando Villazon, Joyce DiDonato, Topi Lehtipuu, Laurent Naouri, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux all sound ridiculous, clueless, anachronistically vulgar. Since those people are all magnificent voices, it's quite an accomplishment.
I'm only reviewing this atrocity in order to recommend another CD titled "Lamento", performed by Magdalena Kozena with Reinhard Goebel's superlative ensemble."