Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor & Apollo’s Fire, Baroque orchestra

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | 8:00 pm

Reynolds Industries Theater


The natural countertenor voice is so rare that a wealth of great music for it goes underperformed. Enter France’s Philippe Jaroussky, the world’s leading countertenor, who performs this neglected repertory with a “mellow, evenly toned, wide-ranging” voice (BBC Music Magazine) of sparkling color and extraordinary purity.

For this spectacular concert, Jaroussky is joined by Apollo’s Fire, the preeminent Baroque orchestra in the United States, which dignifies the emotional character of 18th-century music with incisive finesse. With Vivaldi’s beloved Concerto for Four Violins anchoring seven arias by Vivaldi and Handel, the program brims with all the fiery virtuosity and human drama Baroque opera has to offer, revivified by classical music’s most viable young pop star.

Program

HANDEL: “Disperato il mar turbato” from Oreste
HANDEL: “Con l’ali di costanza” from Ariodante
VIVALDI: Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor
VIVALDI: “Se in ogni guardo” from Orlando Finto Pazzo
VIVALDI: “Se mai senti spirarti sul volto” from Catone in Utica
VIVALDI/SORRELL: La Folia (“Madness”)
VIVALDI: “Vedro con mio diletto” from Giustino
VIVALDI: “Nel profondo” from Orlando Furioso

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