Beauty of the Baroque ()

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Soprano Danielle de Niese gives her boundless energy to this album of all-Baroque arias. Her warm sound and rich timbre are her hallmarks, along with her lively stage presence, as those who have seen her performances can attest. These qualities are unmistakably evident here. In "Let the bright Seraphim" the music never sags or lags anywhere, for she feels it. Sometimes, however, de Niese gets overdramatic when it is not necessary. "Come again" shows that her emotions are genuine and not manufactured, but the excess becomes ...

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  1. Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  2. What if I never speed?, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
  3. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Act 1. Aria. Ombra mai fu
  4. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Act 3. Air. Let the bright Seraphim
  5. Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Act 3. Thy hand, Belinda ... When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament)
  6. Acis and Galatea, oratorio, HWV 49: Air. Heart, the seat of soft delight
  7. L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Act 3. Duet. Pur ti miro
  8. Quel sguardo sdegnosetto, madrigal for soprano (from Scherzi musicali), SV 247/1
  9. Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Act 2. Duet. Io t'abbraccio
  10. The Triumph of Time and Truth, oratorio, HWV 71: Act 3. Guardian angels, oh, protect me
  11. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: Duet. Stabat Mater dolorosa
  12. Cantata No. 202, "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten" ("Wedding Cantata"), BWV 202 (BC G41): Aria. Sich üben im Lieben
  13. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt" ("Hunt Cantata"), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Aria. Schafe können sicher weiden
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Beauty of the Baroque
2012, Decca

UPC: 028947822608

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