Farinelli Archive

BROSCHI, PORPORA & HANDEL: “Farinelli – A Portrait – Live in Bergen” – Anne Hallenberg/ Les Talens Lyriques/ Christophe Rousset – Aparte

BROSCHI, PORPORA & HANDEL: “Farinelli – A Portrait – Live in Bergen” – Anne Hallenberg/ Les Talens Lyriques/ Christophe Rousset – Aparte

BROSCHI, PORPORA & HANDEL: “Farinelli – A Portrait – Live in Bergen” – Anne Hallenberg/ Les Talens Lyriques/ Christophe Rousset – Aparte 117, 79:40 (2/17/17) ****: Most famous arias of the legendary castrato Farinelli sung by fine mezzo-soprano with two Handel arias as encores. Carlo Broschi, known to posterity as Farinelli, was a late and certainly the most illustrious castrato of the 18th century. His career was ably chronicled by Charles Burney, whose writings on the musical culture of his time are the equivalent of our New York Times’ Arts section. According to Burney, Farinelli’s debut was a mythical moment, the arrival of a god on a cloud of artistic conquest. Rome, 1722, was the setting for a memorable contest in which the “power of his lungs” bested the virtuosity of a reputed trumpet player while a partisan audience swooned in acclamation. From this moment, the career of Farinelli was launched. Conquests of all the operatic centers of Italy ensued. Foreign capitals beckoned as well; first Vienna, and then the musical capital of the world, London. Burney described the wonder of his reception: “The band did not follow him, but were all gaping with wonder, as if thunder struck…unable to keep […]