O Mia Vita

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Label: Fra Bernardo
Catalog: FB21227603


On the occasion of René Jacobs' 75th birthday, fra bernardo commemorates the beginning of the Belgian star's career with a double album. Internationally extremely successful as a conductor, the celebrated countertenor René Jacobs almost fell into oblivion. This is a pity, because Jacobs set standards with his singing, which could be a model for those who struggle with the art of singing, especially today. Text declamation, drawing from it tempo and phrasing, feeling for musical flow are characteristics of René's art. These qualities, which only a few of his guild have to show, are also audible in the live recording of a concert from Innsbruck in 1980. Together with Judith Nelson, William Christie, Konrad Junghänel and Wieland Kuijken, René Jacobs takes up the cudgels for Antonio Cesti, whose operas once caused a sensation in Vienna and Venice. Bonus tracks complete the birthday album: countertenors Alfred Deller (accompanied by Gustav Leonhardt), Lawrence Zazzo, Gérard Lesne, Michael Chance and Philippe Jaroussky sing Handel, Caldara, Stradella and Durante.

Price: $43.98