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Porpora

Magazine article Gramophone

Porpora

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Porpora

'Il maestro' Carlo il Calvo--Spesso di nubi cinto. Didone abbandonata--Gia si desta la tempesta. Ericlea-Torbido intorno al core. Ezio--Se tu la reggi al volo. Meride e Selinunte--Con alma intrepida. Polifemo--Alto giove. Semiramide riconosciuta--Il pastor se torna aprile; Vorrei spiegar l'affanno. Il ritiro--A voi ritorno campagne amene. Il verbo in carne--Distillatevi o cieli. Vulcano--Non lascia chi t'ama tanto Franco Fagioli counterten Academia Montis Regalis / Alessandro De Marchi Naive [F] V5369 (80' * DDD)

Partnered ably by Academia Montis Regalis, Franco Fagioli sings with fulsome bravado and technical virtuosity in vibrant performances of 12 selections drawn from six different operas (for both male and female characters), a Christmas oratorio and two secular cantatas, all dating from between 1725 and 1748. Dramatic contexts, dates and cities are lacking from the skin-deep booklet, so it is unexplained which of Porpora's two different versions of Semiramide riconosciuta (1729 Venice or 1739 Naples) has yielded a couple of arias, but I'm glad to have heard the title-heroine's beguiling 'Il pastor se torna aprile', in which pastoral recorders and horns softly illustrate Metastasio's double simile. …

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