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F.J. Haydn
Arianna a Naxos
and works by
W.A. Mozart & Ludwig van Beethoven

David DQ Lee, contre-ténor / countertenor
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, piano

ACD2 2326

ATMA Classique takes great pleasure in presenting the first ever recording made by Korean countertenor David DQ Lee, now living in Montreal.   Considered to be one of the leading countertenors of his generation, David DQ Lee is graced with an ample, powerful voice, and a very expressive artistry of song, as so eloquently revealed in this program.   In addition to Italian melodies by Mozart and Beethoven, David DQ Lee performs Haydn's dramatic cantata for voice and piano titled Arianna a Naxos.   Composed in 1789, the storyline relates how Theseus abandoned Arianna on the desert island of Naxos.   The work became very popular - indeed, it was Rossini's favourite vocal work by Haydn - and the illustrious castrato Pacchiarotti performed it in London in the year 1791, with the composer on pianoforte.   Several arie antiche (ancient airs) set to different affective registers, and which have come to define Italian vocal art of the 17th and 18th centuries for generations of singers, complete the program of countertenor David DQ Lee's debut recording, with a piano accompaniment by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director of the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  1 ] Ecco quel fiero istante WoO 124       0:53

      Quatre ariettes italiennes opus 82
      Four Italian Ariettas
  2 ] n° 3 Che fa il mio bene?       1:48
  3 ] n° 2 T'intendo, si mio cor       3:32
  4 ] n° 4 Che fa il mio bene?       2:35
  5 ] n° 1 Dimmi, ben mio, che m'ami       2:01

  6 ] In questa tomba oscura WoO 133       3:44

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
       Arianna a Naxos Hob. XXVI b.2       20:25
  7 ] [Recitativo] (Adagio Sostenuto)
       Teseo mio ben, ove sei tu?       6:58
  8 ] Aria (Largo) Dove sei, mio bel tesoro?       5:02
  9 ] Recitativo Ma, a chi parlo?       4:21
10] Aria ([Larghetto] - Presto)
       Ah che morir vorrei       4:04


Giuseppe Sarti (1729-1802)
11] Lungi dal caro bene       3:39

Antonio Caldara (1670-1736)
12] Selve amiche       3:33

Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739)
13] II mio bel foco -Quella fiamma che m'accende       4:15

Domenico Sarro (1679-1744)
14] Sen corre I'agnelletta       3:28

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
15] Lascia cn'io pianga       4:28

Antonio Lotti (v. 1667-1740)
16] Pur dicesti o bocca bella       3:42

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
17] Ridente la calma K. 152 (K. 210a)       3:34

Nicola Porpora (1686-1768)
18] Alto Giove       5:12

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