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Mozart – Salieri

Arno Raunig singt Kastratenarien
Arno Raunig singt Kastratenarien
May 15, 2017
Arno Raunig Barrock
Arno Argos Raunig. Barrock
May 15, 2017

Mozart Salieri
Arno Raunig (Arno Argos)

1990

Arno Argos Raunig — countertenor
Amadeus Ensemble Wien Dirigent: Walter Kobera
Motetten und Arien Divertimento DIV 31013, wiederveröffentlicht von Campion Records als CAMEO 2003 momentan nicht lieferbar

Mozart/Salieri Castrato Arias and Motets
An interesting disc in that it pairs the so-called 'rivals' Mozart and Salieri in a genre where they are little known, that is the castrato aria. Arno Raunig is a suitably schooled interpreter and he gives well drilled performances of all works on offer with sympathetic accompaniment by Kobera and his Viennese orchestra. 'Il padre adoratao' from 'Idamante' is certainly rare Mozart and one cannot help but admire the vocal syncopations that permeate Raunig's singing of the proceedings. On the contrary, Sextus' famous aria from 'La Clemenza di Tito' is slightly too thin for my liking although one cannot be so preposterous as to fault such a difficult piece when it is sung with musicality and feeling. The disc follows a similar pattern with three arias and a motet by each composer. One cannot discount Salieri, especially in the beautiful 'Perdermi' from 'Aspasia' which contains much wanton passion and heinous thoughts as is the inflamingly erotic 'Lungi da te' from 'Armida', surely this opera deserves a revival? Of the two motets, I refrain to single out my favourite although it will suffice to say that 'Fremat Thyrannus' was infinitely more welcome than the dreary 'Exsultate Jubilate'. Campion secure a somewhat bassy recording in a fine acoustic and the booklet contains copious notes on the 'sopranist' tradition together with an explanation of this somewhat controversial term. Worth investigating.

Gerald Fenech

Mozart/Salieri Castrato Arias and Motets
Former soloist in the Vienna Boys’ Choir, Arno Raunig has kept and developed his soprano voice with an easy range shown here up to top C. These recordings were made in 1989 since when he has created an unforgettable impression in Schnittke’s Faust opera (RCA, 7/96). An exceptional technique further distinguishes him, as does a fast vibrato: all are well sampled in Salieri’s fine cantata, Fremat Tyrannus.

www.gramophone.co.uk

Arno Raunig is a suitably schooled interpreter and he gives well drilled performances of all works on offer with sympathetic accompaniment by Kobera and his Viennese orchestra.

MusicWeb International, February 2000

 

Mozart Salieri Arno Argos Raunig

  1. Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus

    ”Exsultate, jubilate” motette KV. 165
  2. Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus

    ”Il padre adorato” Arie des Idamante aus ”Idomeneo” KV. 366
  3. Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus

    ”Cara, Iontano ancora” Arie des Ascanio aus ”Ascanio in Alba” KV.111
  4. Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus

    ”Parto, ma tu ben mio” Arie des Sextus aus ”La clemenza di Tito” KV.621
  5. Salieri Antonio

    ”Fermat Thyrannus” Motette
  6. Salieri Antonio

    ”Perdermi ?” Arie der Aspasia aus ”Axur, Re d'ormus”
  7. Salieri Antonio

    ”Lungi da te” Arie des Rinaldo aus ”Armida”
  8. Salieri Antonio

    ”A fulminas m'invita” Szene des Hannibal aus ”Anibale”
 
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