Polifemo: Arias By Handel, Bononcini, Alberti

Luigi De Donato; Collegium 1704; Vaclav Luks

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Format: CD

Cat No: ACC24392

Release Date:  17 May 2024

Label:  Accent

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  4015023243927

Genres:  Classical  Opera  

  • Description

    Polyphemus, a cyclops of ancient Greek legend with one eye and three fingers on each hand, became a central figure in many myths and in their musical settings by Baroque composers.

    This son of Poseidon, a giant of insurmountable strength, appears in many fables, the best known of which are his encounters Odysseus during the hero's homeward journey and with Theseus, who kills Polyphemus.

    The Italian bass Luigi De Donato has the right voice and temperament to represent the ideal embodiment of Polyphemus, and together with Collegium 1704 under the baton of Vaclav Luks he breathes life into ancient Greek legends. This new recording features arias from Handel, Porpora, Alberti and Bononcini. He is a multitalented musician and singer and has distinguished himself as one of the foremost interpreters of the repertoire of the 17th and 18th century working with leading conductors and Baroque ensembles.

    "Luigi De Donato is accompanied by the excellent Collegium 1704, a wonderfully flexible Czech ensemble on period instruments, skillfully conducted by Vaclav Luks" – Pizzicato ****

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. GF Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo
      • 2. Domenico Alberti: La Galatea
      • 4. Giovanni Bononcini: Polifemo
      • 8. Antonio Cesti: Cantata: Amante gigante
      • 9. Antonio Caldara: Sinfonia in C major
      • 12. Johann Georg Schurer: La Galatea
      • 17. Nicola Porpora: Polifemo
      • 18. GF Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo