CAESARE, GIULIO A Baroque Hero. Works by Handel, Bianchi, Geminiano Giacomelli, Niccolo Piccinni, Carlo Francesco Pollarolo etc. Raffaele Pe, La Lira di Orfeo, Luca Giardin. Glossa
Giulio Caesare: A Baroque Hero
1 George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Va tacito e nascosto (Giulio Cesare in Egitto)
2 Francesco BIANCHI (1752-1810) Saprò d’ogn’alma audace (La morte di Cesare)
3 Geminiano GIACOMELLI (1692-1740) Il cor che sdegnato (Cesare in Egitto)
4 Niccolò PICCINNI (1728-1800) Spargi omai ti dolce oblio (Cesare in Egitto)
5 Carlo Francesco POLLAROLO (c1653-1723) Sdegnoso turbine (Giulio Cesare in Egitto)
6 George Frideric HANDEL Son nata a lagrimar (Giulio Cesare in Egitto)
7 Niccolò PICCINNI Tergi le belle lagrime (Cesare in Egitto)
8 Geminiano GIACOMELLI Bella tel dica amore (Cesare in Egitto)
9 Carlo Francesco POLLAROLO Non temer!
10 George Frideric HANDEL Al lampo dell’armi (Giulio Cesare in Egitto)
11 Francesco BIANCHI Rasserena i mesti rai (La morte di Cesare)
12 George Frideric HANDEL Scherza infida (Ariodante)
Raffaele Pe, La Lira di Orfeo, Luca Giardini
In Baroque opera the dramatic figure of Gaius Julius Caesar received a considerable amount of attention from librettists and composers alike, and not just from G.F. Handel working with Nicola Francesco Haym. With Giulio Cesare, a Baroque hero, Raffaele Pe creates a full recital devoted to the Ancient Roman warrior and Dictator of the Republic, drawn from operas spanning the length of the Eighteenth Century.
With refined musicality and artistry the countertenor Pe (who has appeared on a number of recent recordings on Glossa, including the A due alti disc with La Venexiana) approaches roles demonstrating contrasting personality traits of the Caesar who was capable not only of heroic acts but also of compassion, of amorous exhilaration, of physical and emotional fragility. The sweep of the eighteenth century encompassed by these compositions also embraced the onstage heyday of the castratos: including Felice Salimbeni, Senesino, Cusanino, Sciroletto and Gasparo Pacchiarotti - demanding from Raffaele Pe great agility in covering both contralto and soprano castrato tessituras.
Alongside excerpts from Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto there are arias from works which Pe has been working on to provide modern performing scores together with scholar Valentina Anzani (who provides a historic survey of Caesar in Baroque opera in the accompanying essay), such as by Carlo Francesco Pollarolo, Niccolò Piccinni, Geminano Giacomelli and Francesco Bianchi.
Pe, who will be taking the role of Goffredo in Handel’s Rinaldo in the new touring Opera Lombardia production this season, is accompanied here by La Lira di Orfeo directed by Luca Giardini (a long-year member of Fabio Biondi’s Europa Galante), in this their debut recording.
|Release Period||October 2018|