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Harmonia Mundi  

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Reviewer: John W. Barker

This is the latest in the series that Christie, with the help of Paul Agnew, has worked up to present the young singers who are studying with him. It was recorded at a public concert in March of 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. The emphasis this time is on theatrical music with Italian texts. Without an explicit demarcation, the program was clearly divided into a first part, devoted to composers from the late Renaissance through the Baroque eras, and a second half presenting composers of the classical period. The selections begin with two late dramatic madrigals by Adriano Banchieri (1568-1634) and Orazio Vecchi (1550-1605). Later there is another madrigal by Giaches de Wert (1535- 96). There are two groups of selections from a cantata by Alessandro Stradella (1639-82). Then come arias from Baroque operas. The prototypical model from Handel’s Trionfo del Tempo is balanced by the famous mad scene from his Orlando. Against that is set a parallel solo from Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso. There are arias from two other Vivaldi operas, Ottone in Villa and Tigrane. These selections deal with the joys or havoc that love can bring. The program’s second half deals mostly with troubles and arguments between singers and their agents or impresarios, in stage works. Thus we have excerpts from L’impressario delle Canarie by Domenico Sarro (1679- 1744), and two from La Cantarina by Haydn. There is also a scene from L’impressario in Angustie by Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801). The final ensemble is from Haydn’s Orlando Paladino. There are six young singers here, in both solos and ensembles. I hesitate to single out any one, because they are all so good—already accomplished vocalists, full of theatrical spirit. Christie’s mentorship has burnished their high quality, and he accompanies them with a pool of 23 instrumentalists in bright and crisp performances. While this program offers consistent pleasure, it might also be sampled selectively, especially for the rarity of some of its material. The booklet is extensive and excellent, with full texts and translations.

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