Lea Desandre, Nathalie Perez, Chantal Santon Jeffery, Opera Fuoco and David Stern – Berenice, che fai ? (2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Lea Desandre, Nathalie Pérez, Chantal Santon Jeffery, Opera Fuoco and David Stern – Berenice, che fai ? (2017) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:34 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Classical
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Around the Franco-Italian mezzo soprano Lea Desandre – who made her big début with William Christie in the Jardins des voix, then won the “Lyrical Revelation” prize in the Victoires de la musique in 2017 – the sopranos Nathalie Pérez and Chantal Santon-Jeffery have concocted a programme that takes in many different lyrical incarnations of Berenice of Egypt and her misadventures with the King, Antigono Gonatas, through the prism of Metastasio’s Antigone, which has been set to music by well over thirty composers, some focusing more on Antigone, others on Berenice. We will hear little-known airs like those of Haydn, Mozart, Johann Christian Bach and Hasse: the principle virtue of this album is that it allows us to discover these rarities, which often call for virtuoso vocal talents, and so are perfect for the voices of the three singers presented here. A rarity among rarities, we will also find a stunning air from Marianna von Martinez who held a musical salon in Vienna which received visits from… Haydn and Mozart.

Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)
Scena di Berenice, Hob.XXIVa:10
1 Recitativo “Berenice, che fai” 07:45
2 Aria “Non partir bell’idol moi” 05:09
Johann Christian Bach (1735 – 1982)
Catone in Utica, W. G2, Act III, Scène 2
3 Aria “Confusa, smarrita” 07:27
Mariana Martinez (1744 – 1812)
Scena di Berenice
4 Recitativo “Berenice, che fai” 04:43
5 Aria “Non partir bell’idol moi” 07:57
Antonio Mazzoni (1717 – 1785)
6 Recitativo “Berenice, che fai” 04:08
7 Aria “Non partir bell’idol moi” 04:00
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
A Berenice, K. 70/61c
8 Recitativo “A Berenice” 02:28
9 Aria “Sol nascente” 09:37
Johann Adolf Hasse (1699 – 1783)
Antigono “Sinfonia”
10 I. Allegro di molto 02:13
11 II. Andantino 02:59
12 III. Allegro di molto 01:17
Antigono “Scena di Berenice”
13 Recitativo “Berenice, che fai” 03:37
14 Aria “Non partir bell’idol moi” 05:14

Chantal Santon, soprano
Natalie Perez, soprano
Lea Desandre, mezzo-soprano
Adèle Charvet, mezzo-soprano
Orchestre d’OPERA FUOCO
David Stern, direction