Scenes Of Horror: Baroque Arias From The Shadows

Laila Salome Fischer, Il Giratempo, Max Volbers

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Format: CD

Cat No: PN2306

Release Date:  16 February 2024

Label:  Perfect Noise

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  0719279934052

Genres:  Classical  

  • Description

    Laila Salome Fischers debut album recorded in the splendid acoustics of the Johann Sebastian Bach Saal in Koethen.

    Baroque opera librettists seem to have found an impish satisfaction in thoroughly putting the heroes of their stories through the wringer before they meet their more or less glorious end or, with a bit of luck, live to celebrate the opera's happy ending. The creativity with which they maneuver their own characters into horrifying scenarios knows no bounds. Popular subjects include fighting terrible monsters, marching into seemingly hopeless battles, various forms of murder, intricate entanglements that can only lead to disaster, lifelong imprisonment, the occasional suicide... and, of course, the full Baroque-opera bounty of creative death sentences. Our poor heroes and heroines are alternately thrown to the lions (e.g. Salustia), burnt at the stake (e.g. Croesus), set adrift in the middle of the Mediterranean on a boat with no sails (e.g. Poppea), beheaded (e.g. Tito Manlio) and so on...
    These scenes of horror are not only thrilling and sundry from a literary standpoint - their musical compositions are equally so.

    Fear and trembling are never, but never presented in a single, monotonous tone color! Our characters often go through an emotional rollercoaster: from deepest despair to sorrow and anger, from flight to fight, from love and longing to sheer insanity. Truly, a painters box full of affects, inviting composers to go wild with musical expression. "Scenes of Horror" is a baroque cabinet of grotesqueries featuring music by Georg Friedrich Handel, Attilio Ariosti, Antonio Vivaldi and Carl Heinrich Graun. As you may imagine, the Baroque librettists were not the only ones who derived sadistic pleasure from seeing their characters suffer. We also found a devilish delight in sending Laila Salome Fischer through this program's series of nightmares.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Scenes of Horror, Scenes of Woe from Jephta
      • 2. 1. Allegro from Sinfonia from L'Olimpiade
      • 3. 2. Andante from Sinfonia from L'Olimpiade
      • 4. 3. Allegro from Sinfonia from L'Olimpiade
      • 5. Scherza infida in grembo al drudo from Ariodante
      • 6. Recit Qual orribil destino from Montezuma
      • 7. Aria Ah, d'inflessibil sorte from Montezuma
      • 8. Recit Ma qual rumore from Montezuma
      • 9. Aria Si, corona, i tuoi trofei from Montezuma
      • 10. Concerto 'La Notte' G minor RV 439 Largo
      • 11. Concerto 'La Notte' G minor RV 439 Fantasmi (Presto - Largo)
      • 12. Concerto 'La Notte' G minor RV 439 Presto
      • 13. Concerto 'La Notte' G minor RV 439 Il Sonno (Largo)
      • 14. Concerto 'La Notte' G minor RV 439 Allegro
      • 15. Questi ceppi, e quest' orrore from La fede ne' tradimenti
      • 16. Sta nell'Ircana from Alcina
      • 17. Recitativo accompagnato Where shall I fly from Hercules