Castrati

Sacrificium: The Music of the Castrati (Cecilia Bartoli, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini) (Re-Up)

Sacrificium: The Music of the Castrati (Cecilia Bartoli, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini) - DVD5
Italiano | NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | LPCM Stereo; DTS, 5.1 | 60 min | 3.93 GB
Recorded at Palace of Caserta in 2009 | Released: 2010 | Label: DECCA | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

A beautiful scenic film by Olivier Simonnet. Filmed in high-definition widescreen. Cecilia Bartoli sings virtuoso arias from her Sacrificium album, on location in and around the spectacular baroque palace of Caserta in Southern Italy, just outside of Naples. This unique film shows Cecilia Bartoli in full costume singing a selection of showpiece arias written for the castrato stars of the Neapolitan school. Ravishing locations including the Court Theatre, the stunning Vestibule and the Palace Gardens. Arias include Handel's "Ombra mai fu" and Broschi's "Son qual nave"–previously only available in the deluxe version of the album. The film also showcases the leading Italian period ensemble Il Giardino Armonico under their director Giovanni Antonini. Special bonus features include an illustrated interview in which Cecilia Bartoli talks about the Sacrificium project, and a visual guide to the Palace, town and region of Caserta. (amazon.com)
Sopranos y Castrati en el Londres de Farinelli - "Caro dardo" (La Tempestad)

Sopranos y Castrati en el Londres de Farinelli: Scarlatti D., Porpora, Roseingrave, Veracini, Arne, Hasse, Handel - "Caro dardo" (La Tempestad)
Baroque | 1 CD | EAC | FLAC+CUE+LOG | Scans | TT 57’57 | 315.48 MB
La Tempestad, Xavier Sabata, Olalla Alemán
Released: 2007 | Label: Címbalo Producciones, S.L.
Farinelli, Il Castrato: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1994)

Farinelli, Il Castrato: Bande Originale Du Film (1994)
Ewa Mallas-Godlewska (soprano) & Derek Lee Ragin (countertenor)
Les Talens Lyriques, conducted by Christophe Rousset

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 268 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 81 Mb
Soundtrack, Score, Classical, Vocal | Label: Auvidis Travelling | # K 1005 | 01:00:42

Soundtrack to the film 'Farinelli', the 1994 biopic film about the life and career of Italian opera singer Farinelli, considered one of the greatest castrato singers of all time. It stars Stefano Dionisi as Farinelli and was directed by Belgian director Gérard Corbiau. Although Dionisi provided the speaking voice, Farinelli's singing voice was provided by a soprano, Ewa Malas-Godlewska and a countertenor, Derek Lee Ragin, who were recorded separately then digitally merged to recreate the sound of a castrato. Through the film the general public discovered a whole repertoire of works for a voice that can no longer be heard today. The soundtrack from the film became a bestseller, as we discovered with delight some beautiful pieces by Handel, Pergolesi, Hasse, Porpora and others, in a unique interpretation.
Tim Hecker - Love Streams (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Tim Hecker - Love Streams (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 42:55 minutes | 884 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Tim Hecker has revealed details of his latest album, and first record for 4AD. The Canadian composer will release Love Streams on April 8, 2016. Love Streams takes its cues from the avant-classical orchestration and extreme electronic processing of his previous full-length, 2013’s Virgins, but shaped into more melancholic, ultraviolet hues. Inspired by notions of 15th century choral scores (particularly those by Josquin des Prez), transposed to an artificial intelligence-era language of digital resonance and bright synths, the album was assembled gradually, with layers of studio-tracked keyboards, choir and woodwinds being woven into the mix, then molded and disfigured through complex programming. Like hearing some ancient strain of sacred music corrupted by encryption, Hecker admits to thinking about ideas like “liturgical aesthestics after Yeezus” and the “transcendental voice in the age of auto-tune”, during its creation.
Franco Fagioli - Arias for Caffarelli (Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo D’Oro) (2013)

Franco Fagioli - Arias for Caffarelli (Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo D’Oro) (2013)
Classical | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Tracks: 11 | Covers | 194.01 MB
Label: Naïve | Catalog N.: V5333 | TT - 77’18

Naples in 1750 was one of the ten biggest cities in the world, and it spawned two of the biggest musical stars of the era: the castrati Farinelli and the much lesser known Caffarelli, whose real name was Gaetano Majorano. This release consists of arias written for Caffarelli, and you might treasure it for the flamboyant, high-volume singing of countertenor Franco Fagioli, who arguably comes as close as any of his contemporaries to conveying what the high-powered sound of the castrati was like (in the understandable absence of the genuine article).

Christoph Willibald Gluck - Orfeo Ed Euridice (1982)  Music

Posted by frangarbla at Oct. 23, 2009
Christoph Willibald Gluck - Orfeo Ed Euridice (1982)

Christoph Willibald Gluck - Orfeo Ed Euridiceo
DbPowerAMP, FLAC (tracks, no cue) + MP3 (320@ CBR) | 560.04 Mb (FLAC) + 304.27 Mb (MP3) | 127 minutes | Full artwork and covers.
classical, opera | Erato Records, Recorded at Glyndebourne, Great Britain on June, 1982.

Orfeo ed Euridice (French version: Orphée et Eurydice; English translation: Orpheus and Eurydice; Spanish Translation: Orfeo y Eurídice) is an opera composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck based on the myth of Orpheus, set to a libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi. It belongs to the genre of the azione teatrale, meaning an opera on a mythological subject with choruses and dancing...
Max Emanuel Cencic - Arie Napoletane (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Max Emanuel Cencic - Arie Napoletane (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 75:21 minutes | 1.38 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Following the success of 2013’s solo album ROKOKO, Arie Napoletane is a brand new solo album for Decca’s prolific countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic. With repertoire not dissimilar to that on Cecilia Bartoli’s groundbreaking ‘Sacrificium’ album, Cencic sings arias by Porpora, Vinci and their contemporaries written for the superbly talented castrati of the day.

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 5, 2017
Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gioachino Rossini (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:15:21
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 5681

Countertenor performances of 19th century opera are a historical and, ultimately, true novelty. This said, for those who love the sound of the countertenor voice and want to give it a try, there are several factors that recommend this release by countertenor Franco Fagioli, with the small orchestra Armonia Atenea under George Petrou. First is that castrati were still around in Rossini's time, although on the decline, and the composer was reportedly intrigued by their voices. Second, Fagioli, unlike the vast majority of other countertenors, studied bel canto singing rather than Baroque repertory exclusively, and a certain distance present in the work of other countertenors is absent here. And third, and most important, is Fagioli's voice itself. Of the countertenors active today, he's the one with the range, the power, the attitude to make you suspend disbelief and think for a moment that you're actually listening to a castrato. He enters into the various Rossini roles represented on this recording, several of which were mezzo-soprano "pants" roles; this adds to the layers of identity-switching happening, and the parts hit Fagioli's vocal sweet spot. A bonus is that several of these are from Rossini opere serie that are little played or recorded.

Handel - Il Pastor Fido (Nicholas McGegan) [1994]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Feb. 24, 2017
Handel - Il Pastor Fido (Nicholas McGegan) [1994]

Handel - Il Pastor Fido (Nicholas McGegan) [1994]
Classical | Hungaroton 12912-13 | TT: 75.20+71.43 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 684 Mb

L'opera fu composta nel 1712 e andò in scena per la prima volta il 22 novembre dello stesso anno, sotto la direzione del compositore stesso, al Her Majesty's Theatre di Londra. L'accoglienza fu generalmente negativa, probabilmente a causa delle elevate aspettative che il pubblico nutriva in seguito al successo dell'opera Rinaldo. Un commentatore riporta che "la scenografia rappresentava unicamente l'Arcadia, i costumi erano vecchi e l'opera breve". I ruoli di Mirtillo e Silvio furono interpretati dai castrati Valeriano Pellegrini e Valentino Urbani. L'ouverture è in sei movimenti appare eccessivamente ampia per quei tempi: è verosimile pensare che fosse stata scritta come una suite orchestrale distinta dall'opera.

Rita Monaldi, Francesco Sorti - Mysterium  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by SSCN1926 at Dec. 9, 2016
Rita Monaldi, Francesco Sorti - Mysterium

Rita Monaldi, Francesco Sorti - Mysterium
Italian | Baldini&Castoldi | 2016 | EPUB | Pages 729 | ASIN: B01M68GSZ1 | 11.9 Mb