Favorite Work of October 2016
Every month a member of the Carus team introduces his/her favorite work, whether it be a choral piece, a CD, a songbook or an instrumental work. The recommendation for October 2016 was contributed by Miriam Wolf .
Franco Fagioli. Canzone e Cantate
Whichever music magazine you open right now, the countertenor Franco Fagioli is the singer everyone is talking about. Things are going really well for the simpatico Argentinian countertenor with Italian-Spanish roots. He is currently singing in Paris in the title role of Francesco Cavalli's opera “Eliogabalo” at the Opéra national. The first night was in mid-September. And of course there will be a lot of press interest in his new CD, due to be released at the end of this month.
For Carus, Franco Fagioli recorded a CD in 2010 – “Canzone e Cantate” (Carus 83.361) – with vocal works by Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, and from Handel to Paisiello – a solo CD I have often returned to listen to. This isn't operatic repertoire, but cantatas and chamber music vocal works, written for social music-making in a small circle. And Fagioli impresses. Partly, of course, with his tremendous lightness and mastery in parts often with crazy coloratura passages – how could it be otherwise? But it's also in the simple, serene passages which can move so greatly in their intimacy, such as the wonderful Handel aria “Care luci, che l'alba rendete” from the cantata “Aure soavi e liete”. Franco Fagioli is always completely absorbed in the music. Simply marvellous!
With Luca Pianca on the lute, Marco Frezzato on the cello and Jörg Halubek on the harpsichord, he is accompanied by three extremely sensitive instrumentalists who also perform solo on some tracks on the CD. A successful combination. It's also worth looking at the short film clips made during the production.
And incidentally, Franco Fagioli can also be heard as Teseo in the title role in the Carus recording of Handel's third London opera (Carus 83.437), a live recording of a production at the Stuttgart Staatsoper conducted by Konrad Junghänel. Definitely worth hearing!
Miriam Wolf has worked at Carus since 2012. She is responsible for Public relations at and also Management Assistance.