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The Other Cleopatra: Queen of Armenia (24/96 FLAC)

The Other Cleopatra: Queen of Armenia (24/96 FLAC)

The Other Cleopatra: Queen of Armenia (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Johann Adolph Hasse, Antonio Vivaldi, Christoph Willibald von Gluck
Performer: Isabel Bayrakdarian
Orchestra: Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Delos
Release: 2020
Size: 1.13 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Johann Adolph Hasse
Tigrane (Excerpts):
01. Vuoi chi’io t’oda?
02. E’i parte… O Dio
03. Che gran pena
04. Strappami pure il seno
05. Del suo duol
06. Degli’ Elisi alle Campagne
07. Parte, parte Tigrane
08. Presso a l’onde
09. Overture

Antonio Vivaldi
Il Tigrane, RV 740 (Excerpts):
10. Lasciatemi in riposo
11. Qui mentre mormorando
12. Squarciami pure il seno
13. Lascierà l’amata

Christoph Willibald von Gluck
Il Tigrane (Excerpts):
14. Nero turbo il ciel imbruna
15. Priva del caro bene
16. Presso l’onda

Yes, there was another Cleopatra! She was married to Tigranes the Great, King of Armenia, and together they created an Armenia that reached from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean.

The resplendent and regal voice of soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian is perfectly suited to the role of Cleopatra. Bayrakdarian shines in arias from three rarely heard operas about King Tigranes and his queen. Bayrakdarian’s multi-hued voice relates the passion, drama, and fervor of the love story of Tigranes and Cleopatra.

Bayrakdarian sparkles in five arias from Il Tigrane by Baroque master Johann Adolph Hasse, famous in his day as one of the foremost composers of opera. Arias by Vivaldi and Gluck add further excitement to the album. Vivaldi, known primarily for his instrumental music, stands out as an opera composer, while Gluck, in an early opera, already shows his mastery of the form.

Bayrakdarian is supported by the GRAMMY®-nominated team of Constantine Orbelian — “the singer’s dream collaborator” (Opera News) — and his marvelous Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, as well as GRAMMY®-nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour!

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