THREE BAROQUE TENORS: BOSTRIDGE, IAN
"Fabri evidently had the breath controlled for extended runs on one syllable: Here Bostridge is first-rate, whether slow, as in Vivaldi's Arsilda, or in the vigorous roulades of Poro...The English Concert provides excellent support, with a lovely bassoon obbligato from Alberto Grazzi in the air by Boyce."
John Beard, Francesco Borosini, Annibale Fabri: these three men helped to revolutionized music in the 18th century. Their voices moved the greatest composers of the time to increasingly write for tenors, a move from the Castrati, which had dominated opera since 1600. Now, three centuries since this trio’s brilliance encouraged a surge of new repertoire for the vocal range, world renowned tenor Ian Bostridge celebrates their legacy with his stunning new release, Three Baroque Tenors.
This recording features works by the masters of the age, including six world premier recordings of arias by Caldara, Conti, Gasparini, Handel, Scarlatti and Vivaldi. The previously unrecorded Handel aria is ”Scorta siate a passi miei”, from the “Borosini” edition of his famous opera Giulio Cesare. In this version, Borosini sang the role of Sesto, which was traditionally performed by a castrato with different arias. Much of the repertoire selected by Bostridge has rarely been performed in modern times.
Three Baroque Tenors is a recording that is as fascinating as it is magnificent. It is an overdue homage to this neglected musical evolution and the men who inspired it.
Ian Bostridge: The Three Baroque Tenors
Ian Bostridge (tenor)
The English Consort, Bernard Labadie
Arne: Rise, Glory, Rise (Rosamond)
Boyce: Solomon: Softly rise, O southern breeze
Caldara: Joaz: Lo so, lo so: con periglio
Conti, F: Don Chisciotte: Qui sto appeso
Galliard: The Royal Chace: With early horn
Gasparini: Il Bajazet: Forte e lieto a morte andrei
Handel: Forte e lieto (from Tamerlano)
Handel: Giulio Cesare: Scorta siate a passi miei
Handel: Hercules: From celestial seats descending
Handel: Hercules: Where congeal'd the northern streams
Handel: Poro: D'un Barbaro scortese
Scarlatti, A: Marco Attilo Regolo: Se non sa qual vento
Vivaldi: Arsilda: La tiranna e avversa sorte