Counter Tenor Franco Fagioli makes his Pentatone debut with Anime Immortali (Immortal Souls), together with the Kammerorchester Basel conducted by Daniel Bard. The album explores the music that Mozart composed for castratos.
Ranging from opera to sacred music and culminating in Exsultate, jubilate, the recorded works share a sublime and profound character, demonstrating Mozart’s strong connection to the castrato voice. With this album, Fagioli finally returns to the composer that inflamed his desire to become a musician during his youth.
Special thanks to Freundeskreis Kammerorchester Basel & Clariant Foundation for the generous support of the album production.
Immortal Souls is exclusively available in Stereo DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64 and DXD at NativeDSD. It is also available in Stereo FLAC 24/192 and FLAC 24/96. This is a Stereo DSD Exclusive, Not Available on SACD release.
Franco Fagioli, Counter Tenor
Daniel Bard, Concert Master
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 00:47:10
Renaud Loranger (Pentatone) & Marcel Falk (Kammerorchester Basel)
Special thanks to Freundeskreis Kammerorchester Basel & Clariant Foundation for the generous support of the album production
|Original Recording Format|
This album was recorded at the Don Bosco, Paul Sacher Saal in Basel, Switzerland, from October 3-9, 2020
|Release Date||April 14, 2023|
Fagioli’s lyrical singing, whether in the motet’s slow central aria or Sesto’s solos from La clemenza di Tito, has a luxurious, almost feminine sweetness that remains just the right side of indulgence. (…) Fagioli proves equally accomplished in the vertiginous leaps of Cecilio’s aria of tender farewell ‘Ah se a morir’. If his coloratura in Exsultate’s final ‘Alleluja’ can be aggressively driven, his flamboyant virtuosity is never in doubt.
Here is an contemporary example of recordings still being made in PCM 96kHz in 2020 and released in 2023.
While not everyone may enjoy countertenors, these are wonderful arias from great Mozart operas and exquisite choral music. And Franco Fagioli is stellar. He sings with tremendously communicative phrasing and inflection, excellent clarity, and genuine emotional intensity.
The playing by Kammerorchester Basel is alert and lively, and the recording quality is very, very nice.
And when the music is from Mozart’s Lucio Silla, La clemenza di Tito, Exsultate jubilate, among other works, how can you go wrong!?!
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