Stutzmann, Nathalie

Heroes from the Shadows

5 Oct 2014

Barcode: 0825646231775

Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
Other participants: Philippe Jaroussky, Orfeo 55

Heroes from the Shadows makes stars of the unfairly overlooked roles – from Arsamene to Zenobia – who sing Handel’s hidden operatic jewels: Cornelia from Giulio Cesare (‘Son nata’ in duet with star countertenor Philippe Jaroussky as her guest), Dardano’s stately ‘Pena tiranna’ from Amadigi di Gaula, and the sublime, intimate ‘Senti, bell’idol mio’ sung by Claudio in Silla. Stutzmann conducts her superb musicians playing on Baroque instruments, while singing some of Handel’s most virtuosic arias, all with a rare mastery of both arts – neither one in the shadow of the other. “From early on in my career, I’ve had the fortune of being invited to play the star roles for contralto in these great Handel operas – be it Caesar, Orlando, Radamisto or others,” she explains. “But I dreamed of the tantalising possibilities of immersing myself in the shadows of these works; shedding light on this repertoire of second or even third-tier background roles, often forgotten by audiences as they leave the theatre, but who captivated them for a few minutes from the edges of the main action. They’re a little like the actors that pop up in films, whose names we know and whose voices we recognise but we struggle to recall their names…”

"A conductor as well as a singer, the French contralto Nathalie Stutzmann founded her own chamber ensemble, Orfeo 55, in 2009. Their first album together for Erato is this splendid Handel recital... There’s no mistaking either her musicianship or her commitment here, while Orfeo 55, clearly a force to be reckoned with, play superbly for her. " -The Guardian

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
Handel: Giulio Cesare, HWV 17, Act 1: "Son nata/nato a lagrimar" (Cornelia, Sesto)  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
01 Handel: Poro, HWV 28, Act 3: Sinfonia  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
02 Handel: Ariodante, HWV 33, Act 3: "Dover, giustizia, amor" (Polinesso)  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
03 Handel: Orlando, HWV 31, Act 3: Sinfonia  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
04 Handel: Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11, Act 2: "Pena tiranna" (Dardano)  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
05 Handel: Alessandro, HWV 21, Act 3: "Sarò qual vento" (Cleone)  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
06 Handel: Serse, HWV 40, Act 1: "Non so se sia la speme" (Arsamene)  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
07 Handel: Partenope, HWV 27, Act 3: Sinfonia  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
08 Handel: Radamisto, HWV 12, Act 1: "Son contenta di morire" (Zenobia)  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
09 Handel: Agrippina, HWV 6, Act 2: "Voi che udite il mio lamento" (Ottone)  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
10 Handel: Tamerlano, HWV 18, Act 2: "Par che mi nasca in seno" (Irene)  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
11 Handel: Scipione, HWV 20, Act 3: Sinfonia  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
12 Handel: Giulio Cesare, HWV 17, Act 2 "L'aure che spira" (Cornelia)  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
13 Handel: Serse, HWV 40, Act 3: Sinfonia  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
14 Handel: Giulio Cesare, HWV 17, Act 1: "Son nata/nato a lagrimar" (Cornelia, Sesto)  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
15 Handel: Arianna in Creta, HWV 32, Act 2: "Son qual stanco pellegrino" (Alceste)  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
16 Handel: Rodelinda, HWV 19, Act 3: "Se fiera belva ha cinto" (Bertarido)  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
17 Handel: Silla, HWV 10, Act 1: "Senti, bell'idol mio" (Claudio)  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
18 Handel: Partenope, HWV 27, Act 1: "Io seguo sol fiero" (Rosmira)  - Nathalie Stutzmann 
19 Handel: Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11, Act 3: Ballo di pastori e pastorelle  - Nathalie Stutzmann 

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