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Che puro ciel: reforming the modern opera (Mozart, Gluck, Traetta…)

Bejun Mehta, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs

Excerpt:Mozart. Ascanio in Alba - Aria Cara, lontano ancora

In the famous Preface to Alceste (1767), Christoph Willibald Gluck and his librettist Ranieri de' Calzabigi posited a new direction for opera. They spoke of moving beyond Baroque forms, of striving for a new naturalism in opera. They wanted, in Calzabigi's lovely phrase, to liberate the language of the heart. Taken from the height of this Reform period, the arias on this disc reveal composers exploring and experimenting, at struggle and at play, as they create the forms that bring to opera the noble simplicity of the Classical era.

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CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK [1714-1787] Orfeo ed Euridice · Aria Che puro ciel! (6'06) · Coro Vieni a' regni del riposo (1'46)WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART [1756-1791] Ascanio in Alba · Recitativo Perché tacer degg'io? (4'33) · Aria Cara, lontano ancora (5'01)TOMMASO TRAETTA · Aria Ah, se lo vedi piangere (3'17)JOHANN ADOLF HASSE [1699-1783] · Aria Dei di Roma, ah perdonate! (4'32)JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH [1735-1782] Artaserse · Recitativo accompagnato No, che non ha la sorte (1'58) · Aria Vo solcando un mar crudele (6'45)TOMMASO TRAETTA · Dormi Oreste! (7'47)CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK ·Aria Pensa a serbarmi, o cara (5'07)WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Mitridate · Aria Ah di sì nobil alma (3'42) · Aria Ah, sì, da te dipende (5'00) · Aria Se il fulmine sospendi (3'27) · Recitativo accompagnato Vadasi... (1'23) · Aria Già dagli occhi il velo è tolto  (9'19)

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