DiDonato, Joyce

Drama Queens

CD
5 Nov 2012

Barcode: 5099960265425

Composer: Händel, Hasse, Keiser, Haydn, Gluck
Other participants: Joyce DiDonato · Il Complesso Barocco · Alan Curtis

Crowned with a Grammy Award for her last album, Diva, Divo, Joyce DiDonato joins conductor Alan Curtis and Il complesso barocco for Drama Queens, an electrifying programme of royal arias from the 17th and 18th centuries, composed by figures as famous as Handel and Vivaldi and as little known as Orlandini and Porta. As DiDonato says: “High drama, profound emotion, fearless vocal writing, time-stopping passages, historical significance and real discovery ... What more could I ask for?”

“For me, this is my most exciting recording project to date,” says Joyce DiDonato,” because it is everything I deeply adore about the world of opera: high drama, profound emotion, fearless vocal writing, time-stopping passages, historical significance and real discovery. What more could I ask for?

“I wanted to return to this genre of music I love so deeply: the free, mysterious, profoundly moving world of Baroque opera, but to do it in the grandest fashion – from the throne of royalty! Each of the characters is a queen (or a sorceress, which equals queen in this fantastical world) ... Well, we have allowed one princess, because the aria is completely unknown and it is simply too beautiful to be left out: ‘Madre diletta, abbracciami’ by Giovanni Porta [c1675-1755].

The arias range in period from the dawn of opera, Monteverdi and Cesti, to lesser-known works by Gluck and Haydn. “We also include some little-known music by Reinhard Keiser [1674-1739], notably an aria with an amazing five-part accompaniment for solo bassoons, without strings,” adds Curtis. (Joyce DiDonato describes it as “an aria of jealousy, suspicion and torment with the bassoon and voice chasing each other.”)

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Da torbida procella: Berenice  - Joyce DiDonato/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis 
02 Madre diletta: Ifigenia in Aulide  - Joyce DiDonato/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis 
03 Ma quando tornerai: Alcina  - Joyce DiDonato/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis 
04 Lasciami piangere: Fredegunda  - Joyce DiDonato/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis 
05 Morte, col fiero aspetto: Antonio e Cleopatra  - Joyce DiDonato/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis 
06 Piangerò la sorte mia: Giulio Cesare in Egitto  - Joyce DiDonato/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis 
07 Intorno all'idol mio: Orontea  - Joyce DiDonato/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis 
08 Brilla nell'alma: Alessandro  - Joyce DiDonato/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis 
09 Geloso, sospetto: Octavia  - Joyce DiDonato/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis 
10 Disprezzata regina: L'incoronazione di Poppea  - Joyce DiDonato/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis 
11 Sposa, son disprezzata: Merope  - Joyce DiDonato/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis 
12 Col versar, barbaro, il sangue: Berenice  - Joyce DiDonato/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis 
13 Vedi, se t'amo... Odio, furor, dispetto: Armida  - Joyce DiDonato/Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis 


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