Sparkling performances of Cavalli Opera Arias from Jaroussky

Ombra mai fu – Francesco Cavalli Opera Arias

Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor), Artaserse

This is a hugely enjoyable collection of opera arias by the seventeenth-century Italian composer Francesco Cavalli sweetly sung by the forty year old French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky.

This disc provides just over an hour’s worth of musical pleasure as Jaroussky shows us that he has lost none of his vocal suppleness nor his beautiful silvery tone. The arias are interspersed with a number of Sinfonias from Cavalli operas admirably performed by members of the prestigious baroque ensemble Artaserse. Jaroussky is joined by the soprano Emöke Baráth for a couple of arias from Elena and Eritrea.

This is a wonderful programme of fine singing and music making that will give lasting listening pleasure to lovers of baroque opera and the counter-tenor voice. For fans of Philippe Jaroussky this will be an essential addition to the growing collection of fine discs from this award-winning baroque singer. Vinyl fans should note that Warner have also made this release available on an LP.

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