de Janeiro -
remarkable music company directed by Myrian
Dauelsberg in Rio could not have done better, when
choosing Phillippe Jaroussky to start its 2017
season. In the concert performed in April 19 at
Rio Municipal Theater, there were
unforgettable moments of elegance and emotions
that succeeded, astonishing the audience with
the refinement and technique of the french
"A sound closer to the sky," one say about the
countertenor art. Jaroussky (photo right) has
special preference for perverse protagonists that
demand a devilish virtuosity, than angelic roles. It's amazing how much he has sung already. In addition to a dozen solo albums, he
collaborated on five opera recordings and nine
arias albums, snatching almost every record
has an extraterrestrial
beauty, reaching perfection in his execution style, in his safety, breathing and breath.
Each performance of the French countertenor was
a celebration. It was delirious, moving and
unforgettable. Those who attended the concert, left the
Municipal Theater blessed.
Georg Friedrich Händel was born in Halle an der
Saale, Germany, on February 23, 1685. He began
his musical career in Hamburg as a violinist and
later conductor of the local opera. He left for
England and in 1726, became a British Citizen,
serving King George I. He had great facility to
compose, as proof his vast production, which
comprises more than 600 works, many of them of
great proportions, among them dozens of operas ,
oratorios and instrumental music. His fame in
life was enormous both as a composer and as an
instrumentalist, and more than once was called "divine"
by his contemporaries. His music became known in
many parts of the world, was of particular
importance to the formation of modern British
musical culture, and since the mid-twentieth
century has been regained with growing interest.
In January 2015, violinist Julien Chauvin
founded a new set of instruments with the goal
of reviving a famous eighteenth-century
orchestra at the Olympique Concert de la Loge,
founded in 1783. Most of his musicians were
Freemasons. Today Le Concert de la Loge
accompanies Philippe Jaroussky on his triumphant
artistic journey around the world.
The concert, entirely devoted to Händel's works,
began with the opening of Radamisto, the
composer's first opera, to the Royal Academy of
Music in 1720.
Next we had the opera "Flavio Re de'Longobardi",
composed in 1723, the 4th scene of the 1st act:
the recitative "Son pur felice" and the aria
"Bel pleased". Striking presence of Jaroussky,
moments of happiness and joy, with instants of
pure ecstasy, difficulties and dexterity.
followed from the opera "Siroe, Re di Persia",
12th composition for the Academy, premiered in
1728, with 7 representations: "Son stanco"
recitative and "Deggio morire oh stelle!" -
Philippe expresses the disappointments of the
hero. I am weary of unrighteous deities. The
stars are witnesses of their desire to die ...Melancholy,
extreme skill and the serenity of an intense
Soon after, the Concert of La Loge, gave us an
exquisite version of the Concerto Grosso op. 6
nº 1 in Sol Maior, by Händel. The most famous of
the series. A rhythmic opening adage followed by
vibrant joy. Another adage of Italian flavor and
two more brief cheerful movements.
Jaroussky returns to sing of the opera "Imeneo"
- "Se potessero i sospir miei" - if his cries
could end his sufferings. Sore moments and ease
of vocalization. Händel began to write this
opera in September of 1738 and only finished in
1740. Imeneo is the god of the celebration of
The countertenor then showed all his dramatic
work with the recitative "Vieni d'empietà" and
the aria "Vile, se mi dai morte", from the opera
"Radamisto". Resistance and toughness. What a
colossal effort, skill and art. A triumph that
ended the first part of the program.
In the second part, Jaroussky sang the
recitative "Che mi chiama alla gloria" and the
aria "Se parla nel mio cor", from the opera "Giustino",
premiered on February 16, 1737, at the Covent
Garden Theater in London. Moments of splendor
and euphoria. Vocalizes electrifying and firm.
And the program was in an emotional and strong
growing. Two moments of the opera "Ptolemy, Re
d'Egitto", which was the 13th and last
opera composed for the Royal Academy. It premiered on
April 30, 1728, at the King Theater in London
and had 7 performances. "Inumano fratel",
recitative and "Stille amare", aria. Philippe
seemed to be at the edge of his art. What a
rush, what voracity. Sublime and fantastic.
Again the presence of Le Concerto de la Loge,
with Water Music, excerpts. In the original,
it is integrated by 3 suites in total of 20
movements, almost all of dances. Composed in
1717 to accompany a feast of King George I on
the River Thames. Another flawless performance of the
orchestra. Cheerful and country, with a unique
freshness. Bravos for the musicians.
And again an intense and intimate Jaroussky
appears in a masterly interpretation of the aria
"Ombra cara", of the opera "Radamisto". A song
in praise the soul of the dead wife. Sad and
solemn, moments of reflection and slow agony.
Superb the presence of the singer. Commotion in
the audience. A lesson in bel canto.
Closing the program two more moments of the
opera "Flavio, Re de'Longobardi" - The
recitative "Privarmi ancora!" and the aria "Rompo
i lacci" - ("Still depriving myself" and "I break
the bonds"). Despair and revolt. Philippe
Jaroussky, with dismay and fury, gave a
demonstration of what talent and obstinacy they
achieve. The public stood, applauded in the
fullness that human warmth enshrines. Bravos to
the singer who knows how to value his immense
art and who responded to the appeals of the
audience, sang in the three extras the famous
arias - "Lascia ch'io pianga", opera Rinaldo,
and "Si, la voglio e la ottero", and "Ombra mai
fù", both of the opera Xerxes.
Unspeakable moments. Eternal memories for all who had the
happiness of watching that concert.
Text: Lauro Gomes (contact)
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