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Porpora:porpora Arias CD (2009)

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A beautiful voice

on 9/24/2009

Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin has a pretty voice and good Baroque technique—nice trills, ornaments, and coloratura, seamless register breaks, and a pleasing tone. She has that Kathy Battle sweetness about her. I’d be interested in hearing her sing the standard rep—roles like Blondchen, Linda di Chamounix, Adina, etc. For my taste, Porpora’s music is less than exciting. It is pleasant enough and displays the singer’s virtuosic technique, but it all sounds alike. If you get really riled up about Handel, however, you might love it.

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Brava Karina!

by Jim D. on 12/20/2009

I've heard Karina Gauvin as soloist in several works (including a lovely Mozart Requiem), and looked forward to this album of arias by Nicolo Porpora, in his time a major opera composer. He may not have Handel's gift of instantly memorable melody, but his music falls easily on the ear, and calls for the soloist to display virtuoso technique in a variety of emotions (the majority of them less than happy). Gauvin’s tone seems a bit darker than I remember, but she still spins out a warm lyric line, and in coloratura passages, she avoids the extremes of Fleming’s smudginess and Bartoli’s machine-gunning. Il Complesso Barocco provide elegant support on period instruments, and go solo in one overture. Texts are included, with the booklet notes filling in details of the operas' plots and original productions.

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Label Atma Records/naxos
SKU 211558254
UPC 722056259026
UPC 14 00722056259026
Format CD
Release Date 8/25/2009
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Author Il Complesso Barocco
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Artist Il Complesso Barocco
Music Format Compact Disc

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