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.
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).
Valer Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Recreation - Mozart: Castrato Arias (2015)

Valer Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Recreation - Mozart: Castrato Arias (2015)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 223 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 120 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Oehms | Catalog Number: 1814

With opera arias of Hasse, he has become the shooting star amongst countertenors; Valer Sabadus appeared in Mozart roles for the Styriarte in December 2013. The Salzburg master wrote for some of the greatest castrati of his time: Rauzzini, Consoli, Bedini. The young interpreter must therefore sing up into the heights of the soprano range; he succeeds in this wonderfully, as he also does in the exploration of profound feelings. His mentor Michael Hofstetter is on the podium, adding the orchestra‘s pulsing Mozartian vitality to this flawlessly beautiful singing.
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Laudate Pueri - Hofstetter, Neumeyer Consort, Ensemble Barock Vokal, Mainz (2012)

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Laudate Pueri - Hofstetter, Neumeyer Consort, Ensemble Barock Vokal, Mainz (2012)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 270 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Oehms | Catalog Number: 831

This release features Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, performed by two countertenors for the rst time, recreating the ethereal nature of the work. “The vocal lines come to life thanks to the typical manners of the castrati” Dr. Karl Böhmer.

BBC - Castrato (2006)  

Posted by Polik88 at April 20, 2012
BBC - Castrato (2006)

BBC - Castrato (2006)
PDTV | English | AVI/XVID 25.000 fps 1620 Kbps | 672x384 | MP3 136 Kbps 48.0 khz | 59mn 1s | 747 MB
Genre: Documentary

Castrati were the undisputed superstars of 18th-century musical culture, driving crowds wild with their intoxicatingly androgynous virtuoso voices.

Handel - Radamisto - Margraf (Sung in German)  

Posted by ArlegZ at Jan. 4, 2011
Handel - Radamisto - Margraf (Sung in German)

Handel - Radamisto (Margraf), HWV 12
Classical | EAC | Flac+Cue+Log+Scans | CD1: 49’03, CD2: 69’17, CD3: 58’44 | 894.81 MB
Released: November 17, 1998 | Label: Berlin Classics

'Radamisto' was the first opera Handel composed for the Royal Academy, his first operatic venture in London, being produced for the first time in 1719; it was revived and revised in 1720, 1721 and 1728. This Berlin Classics recording, dating from 1962, presents an adaptation of the 1721 version, which drops a minor character, Fraarte. More importantly, in addition to the use of modern instruments and a chorus (in general Handel's chorus was assembled from the soloists–opera in eighteenth century London was a commercial venture so personnel was kept to a minimum), the libretto is translated into German and all the castrato roles are transposed down into either tenor or bass registers. The result, while nothing Handel would have recognized, is in keeping with the spirit of free adaptation that reigned in 18th-century opera. As such it is reasonably well done if a bit heavy for contemporary tastes. The German language sits heavily on the music and renders the coloratura a weightier tone than is expected in this music. For an alternative, listeners are directed to Nicholas McGegan's recording of the 1720 version on Harmonia Mundi with period instruments and the original vocal ranges, albeit with countertenors instead of the missing castrati.
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Mozart - Arias for Male Soprano (Michael Maniaci)  

Posted by ArlegZ at Oct. 29, 2010
Mozart - Arias for Male Soprano (Michael Maniaci)

Mozart - Arias for Male Soprano (Michael Maniaci)
Classical | EAC | APE, CUE, LOG | Scans | 246,25 MB
Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque | Released: 2010 | Label: Telarc

Michael Maniaci is a male soprano, which is a voice category unfamiliar to many lovers of classical vocal music. Unlike a countertenor, his voice sits naturally in the soprano register. His voice is really all about the fact that his vocal chords experienced fewer changes than what most young men experience when going through puberty. There are very few male sopranos, and Mr. Manicaci is without question the best male soprano in our midst. Thus we have here a singer who perhaps comes closer to giving us at least some idea of what the famous castrati sounded like more than anyone else today. He can sing high C's with ease and the voice here displays great agility and brio. I've listened to this album multiple times, and the more I hear it the more amazing I find it. The first time I heard it I was impressed with this his obvious joy, passion, and real sense of theater. This young male soprano's voice is gorgeous, but Michael Maniaci also understands that there is theater in this music and we can *hear* that in his singing..

Lele Battista - Nuove Esperienze Sul Vuoto (2010)  

Posted by edi1967 at Sept. 12, 2010
Lele Battista - Nuove Esperienze Sul Vuoto (2010)

Lele Battista - Nuove Esperienze Sul Vuoto (2010)
Mp3 | 320 Kbps | 1CD | 12 Tracks | Covers scans + Booklet | 108 Mb
Genre: Pop Rock | Label: Mescal Universal

Nuove esperienze sul vuoto è il nuovo disco del cantautore milanese Lele Battista che giunge a distanza di quattro anni dal precedente Le ombre, ed è un nuovo capitolo di onde interiori che vanno ad infrangersi dolcemente sulla parola che supera i propri limiti fisiologici per espandersi, catturare e ubriacare di dolcezza agrette quelle citazioni individuali che ci tengono legati alla terraferma, castrati per l’altimetro dell’infinito…
Paisiello - Le Due Contesse/ Il Duello Comico (Giuliano Carella)

Paisiello - Le Due Contesse/ Il Duello Comico (Giuliano Carella)
Classical | 3 CD | EAC | FLAC+CUE+LOG+SCANS | 707.66 MB
Released: 2003 | Label: Dynamic

The "Comedy for music" Le due contesse, first staged at the Teatro Valle in Rome in the Carnival season of 1776, marks the first encounter of Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816) and the Arcadian Roman poet Giuseppe Petrosellini, who at the time had already made something of a name for himself as a versifier, having provided one or more librettos for such prestigious musicians as Piccinni, Anfossi, Mozart and Guglielmi. In accordance with the usage of the day, which forbad the presence of women on stage, the opera was sung by male performers, castrati that is, and its success was so rapid that from the very first performances it won extraordinary fortune in all the major opera houses in Europe. Moreover, the character of the "Contessina di Belcolore" attracted the attention of no few singers of the time, starting with the famous Anna Morichelli Bosello, who was later to link her name to peerless performances of Paisiello's works.