Opera Arias – Carnevale 1729 with Ann Hallenberg
Pentatone 2-SACDs PTC 5186678 @ £24.25*
Gramophone Editor’s Choice (Awards 2017 issue) “Arias from each role might as well have been tailor-made for Hallenberg’s pinpoint virtuosity and lyricism, communicative use of language, idiomatic embellishment, intelligently sculpted phrasing (limpid, gentle or turbulent as the music demands) and astute theatrical characterisation.”
The Sunday Times, CD of the Week, 2 July 2017 “Her range, with astonishing evenness of tone and voluptuous colouring, extends from contralto to soprano, and her sublime artistry keeps the attention…Her technical bravura leaves one almost breathless…Hallenberg’s alchemy turns this accomplished music to 24-carat gold.”
BBC Radio 3, Record Review, CD of the Week, 8 July 2017
The critically acclaimed II porno d’oro is an Italian baroque ensemble founded in 2012 with a special focus on opera with authentic performances on period instruments. They have recorded 15 albums including the world premiere recording of Leonardo Leo’s Cantone in Utica.
Ann Hallenberg is a much in demand Swedish mezzo-soprano and has recorded over 40 CDs, her solo CD Agrippina winning the award for best operatic recital at the International Opera Awards in May 2016.
The baroque violinist and conductor Stefano Montanan’ is a much sought after guest conductor with both modern and period orchestras. He is regarded as one of the finest baroque violin virtuosos of his generation. His recording of Corelli’s Violin Sonatas op.5 won a Diapason d’Or and he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording o Purcells’ O Solitude with Andreas Scholl for Decca.
Pentatone Classics 2SACDs PTC5186678 @ £24.25*