VON OTTER, ANNE SOPHIE Sogno Barocco. Baroque Dream. Monteverdi, Cavalli, Provenzale, Rossi. Sandrine Piau, Cappella Mediterranea / Leonardo Garcia Alarcon. Naive

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ANNE SOPHIE VON OTTER

Sogno Barocco / Baroque Dream

MONTEVERDI:

Si dolce è 'l tormento, L’Incoronazione di Poppea - Pur ti miro, Signor, oggi rinasco, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria - Di misera Regina

CAVALLI:

Elena (Venezia, 1659), La Calisto - Vivo per te, Dolcissimi baci, Doriclea – Lamento

PROVENZALE:

Squarciato appena havea

ROSSI:

Lamento de la Regina di Suecia

Following the best-seller 'Love Songs' with Brad Mehldau and a new recording of Berlioz’s 'Les Nuits d’été' with Marc Minkowski, 'Sogno Barocco' is the third project from eclectic Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter on naïve, which she toured 2010-11.

Dedicated to early Italian opera protagonists such as Poppea, Penelope, Diana and Helena, this clever programme gathers baroque hit duets such as “Si Dolce è’l tormento” or “Pur ti miro” and the previously unreleased Provenzale cantata or Rossi’s Lamento of the Swedish Queen . . .

This delicate and subtle series of baroque jewels is performed with an amazing cast, starring French soprano Sandrine Piau, in 3 breathtaking duets, and baroque rising-star conductor Leonardo García Alarcón, one of the current darlings of Italian baroque.

This new release is offered with a 76-page booklet including complete sung texts and essays by Von Otter, Alarcón and musicologist Vincent Borel. It also includes 3 instrumental pieces by Cavalli in world premiere recordings.

Concert review:

“Throughout her career, the Swedish mezzo has charted a wide repertory, and in this rangy baroque selection she traversed three countries with effortless fluency. The operatic extracts showed her transferring with ease her skills at melding music and drama from a theatrical context to the concert platform...In each instance, Von Otter's use of the sounds of the text to reinforce meaning was masterly.

The strangest item on the programme was a sizable cantata attributed to the 17th-century Neapolitan composer Francesco Provenzale, which parodies a lament for King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden with overemphatic gestures and sudden ironic interpolations from coarse popular songs; the effect is a bit like Mahlerian baroque. Von Otter entered into its weird duality of spirit with abandon, attacking various percussion instruments to help her bump and grind her way through the dance sections.

Directed by Leonardo García Alarcón, the ensemble Cappella Mediterranea was never less than supportive...Von Otter herself remained in elegant command – not only of her voice and platform manner, but of the audience, too.” The Guardian

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