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The Best of Andreas Scholl ()

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This disc collects a great variety of performances recorded for the Decca label by German-born countertenor Andreas Scholl, who says that the high male voice in which he sings is something he produces naturally, not something he specially cultivates. He makes you believe it. The diverse program is logically organized, with Baroque arias of various kinds surrounding a central core of quieter material, and sonically Decca has made a convincing whole out of material with various producers and recording locales. So listeners in ...

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  1. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu
  2. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che farò senza Euridice?
  3. Salve Regina, antiphon for voice, double chorus, 2 recorders, flute, double strings & continuo in C minor, RV 616: Ad te clamamus
  4. Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Dove sei, amato bene?
  5. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: Stabat Mater
  6. Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), for voice, viola d'amore, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 608: Cum dederit dilectis suis somnum
  7. Destati, Lidia mia, chamber cantata: Lidia, il sonno sai cos'è?
  8. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Cara sposa
  9. Blow the Wind Southerly (Northumbrian Folk Song)
  10. The Salley Gardens (or Maids of Mourne Shore), traditional melody
  11. Arirang
  12. The Merchant of Venice, film score: How sweet the moonlight
  13. In darkness let me dwell, for voice, lute & bass viol (A Musicall Banquet)
  14. Amarilli mia bella, for voice & continuo (from Le nuove musiche)
  15. Ecco, che alfin ritorno, chamber cantata: La pietà che ancor non trova
  16. Il trionfo di Camilla, opera: Va per le vene il sangue
  17. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Aure, deh, per pietà
  18. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Al lampo dell'armi
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