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PRIMA DONNA

Karina Gauvin, soprano
Arion Orchestre Baroque
Alaxander Weimann,
harpsichord & direction


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• Canadian superstar soprano Karina Gauvin pays tribute to baroque diva Anna Maria Strada del Pò, singing rarities by Vinci, Vivaldi and some of the greatest Handel arie di bravura.   Like Strada del Pò in her prime, Miss Gauvin sings this repertoire with powerful expression and brilliant technique, in particular, the trills for which Strada del Pò was renowned.   More than thirteen opera roles were created by Handel for Strada del Pò (including Sosarme, Orlando, and Alcina). Strada del Pò's talent and style may have influenced the composerís work as much as he contributed to the vocal and dramatic development of the prima donna in the first decades of the 18th century.

• Karina Gauvin has impressed audiences and critics the world over with her luscious timbre, profound musicality and wide vocal range.   The Globe and Mail calls her “one of the dream sopranos of our time.”   The Sunday Times in London also wrote: “Her glinting soprano, bright-edged yet deliciously rounded and sensual, is used with rare understanding for character…”

• Arion Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1981, is Quebec's only early music orchestra performing on period instruments and is one of the most renowned early music ensembles in North America.   Conductor Alexander Weimann has traveled the world as member of Tragicomedia, as guest of Freiburger Barockorchester, Gesualdo Consort, Tafelmusik, and as music director of Les Voix Baroques and Le Nouvel Opéra.   As guest conductor, he has led the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy and the symphony orchestras in Halifax and Victoria.   He is currently music director of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Victoria (B.C.).

  1. Scherza in mar [Adelaide • Lotario HWV 26] George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)     [5:23]
  2. No, non potra [Angelica • Orlando HWV 31] George Frideric Handel     [3:51]
  3. Verdi piante [Angelica • Orlando HWV 31] George Frideric Handel     [6:33]
  4. Tortorella se rimira [Ermione • Astianatte] Leonardo Vinci (1696-1730)     [4:35]
  5. Il-Adagio [Concerto grosso op.3 no.1 HWV 312] George Frideric Handel     [4:02]
  6. Dite pace [Elmira • Sosarme HWV 30] George Frideric Handel     [5:25]
  7. Addio caro [Rosanne • La Verità in Cimento, RV739] Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)     [3:46]
  8. Da te parto [Emilia • Flavio HWV 16] George Frideric Handel     [5:10]
  9. Ouverture [Lotario HWV 26] George Frideric Handel     [4:04]
10. Ah Ruggiero crudel [Alcina • Alcina HWV 34] George Frideric Handel     [ 2:34 ]
11. Ombre pallide [Alcina • Alcina HWV 34] George Frideric Handel     [6:05]
12. Si, san quella [Alcina • Alcina HWV 34] George Frideric Handel     [7:12]
13. Il-Adagio [Concerto grosso op. 6 no 8 HWV 326] George Frideric Handel     [1:23]
14. Ah mio cor [Alcina • Alcina HWV 34] George Frideric Handel     [10:30]
15. Care selve [Meleagro • Atalanta HWV 35] George Frideric Handel     [3:31]



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