Franco Fagioli's new Handel CD [DGG]

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Franco Fagioli's new Handel CD [DGG]

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The Argentinian/Spanish countertenor Franco Fagioli is among the four or five best countertenors currently before the public. I have collected whatever solo CDs have been released and a few of his complete operas, always with amazement. Such a wondrously beautiful voice or music originally sung by castratoi in Handel's day. He loved the voice and what it could do. Now comes Fagioli in his first all-Handel release of countertenors from Handel's Oreste, Serse, Rinaldo, Imeneo, Il Pastor Fido, Rodelinda, Giulio Cesare, Ariodante, and Partenope. What a marvelous way to open an all-Handel recital with "Agitato da fiere tempeste" (Oreste)! These are all virtuoso-type arias imbued with a huge range, enormous gynmastics, trills and cadences of the voice. The low voice is reminiscent of the contralto range. However, "perfection" is the key word in the offerings on this disc. They were all very carefully selected by Mr. Fagioli. Serses aria "Crude furie degl'orridi abissi" has to be heard to believed.

In a stunning recording quality-wise, Fagioli is backed by concertmaster/conductor Zefira Valova and a group called Il Pomo d'Oro, all top-of-the-line musicians. The inlay tells us more ... "Franco Fagioli, 'an utterly beguiling interpreter ... his vocal athleticism is staggering.' presents his long-awaited first solo Handel album. The countertenor has programmed highlights from repertoire that has already won him international acclaim, including the title roles of Giulio Cesare, Ariodante and Serse,, and Bertarido in Rodelinda. Fagioli,, who here also samples lesser-known operas, is partnered by his trusted collaborators, the 'fantastic period-instrument ensemble.'"
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Re: Franco Fagioli's new Handel CD [DGG]

Post by maestrob » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:12 am

I find it difficult to keep up with all the happenings in the Baroque performance world these days, so thanks for the tip, Lance! This is one I'll definitely look into!

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Re: Franco Fagioli's new Handel CD [DGG]

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:58 pm

Lance, as dear as you are to us as our irreplaceable moderator, will you please stop posting suggestions that involve only album covers when there is YouTube available? This is one of many possible selections.

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Re: Franco Fagioli's new Handel CD [DGG]

Post by maestrob » Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:32 pm

Thank you for that, John. I had already ordered the disc: your posting only increased my anticipation. :)

I don't know if it's true for Lance, but I post album covers with the idea in mind of promoting CD sales to our readers. The thing is, I've not learned how to post youtube selections: although I've tried on numerous occasions, only the link appears. Frankly speaking, I find that owning a complete CD or DVD is preferable to taking a chance that a favorite selection will forever appear on youtube, where they come and go at whim. Thus speaks a luddite collector of physical media. 😉

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