Opera Today – Philippe Jaroussky and Ensemble Artaserse at the Wigmore Hall

2017-11-28, Opera Today, by Claire Seymour ‘His master’s masterpiece, the work of heaven’: ‘a common fountain’ from which flow ‘pure silver drops’. At the risk of effulgent hyperbole, I’d suggest that Antonio’s image of the blessed governance and purifying power of the French court – in the opening scene of Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi – […]

Philippe Jaroussky, classical review: the countertenor presents Handel for the 21st century

2017-11-27, The Evening Standard, by Barry Millington Jaroussky’s sweet, sensual tone is a far cry from the chaste Anglican sound of the English tradition. His compass is wide, and though the top is not particularly powerful, there is little sense of strain. Above all, his singing is extraordinarily expressive, with impeccably cultivated vocal production.  […] […]

Bachtrack – Baroque drama: Philippe Jaroussky’s Handel at Wigmore Hall

2017-11-27, Bachtrack, by Kevin W Ng However, there are few things more sublime that Jaroussky in lyrical Handel. In “Se potessero i sospir’ miei” from Imeneo (cleverly reworked by Handel from one of David’s arias from Saul), Jaroussky brought a charming lilt to the vocal line, ornamenting the da capo with graceful runs and sublime high […]

The Guardian – Cecilia Bartoli/Philippe Jaroussky review – poise, virtuosity and vocal fireworks

2017-06-26, The Guardian, by Tim Ashley ‘I am Music,” Cecilia Bartoli sang at the start of this beautiful concert, in which she joined Philippe Jaroussky and the Ensemble Artaserse – the period band he co-founded in 2002 – for a recital of 17th-century Italian arias, duets and instrumental works. […] Above all, their voices blended […]

Gramophone – Introducing Gramophone’s April 2017 issue

2017-03-?, Gramophone In the April issue of Gramophone Lindsay Kemp talks to Philippe Jaroussky and his countertenor colleagues about the exciting opportunities that lie ahead, now that the countertenor is an accepted voice in the modern musical world. In addition, Harriet Smith meets with virtuosic pianist Marc-André Hamelin as he prepares to release his new […]

Gramophone – Gramophone recommends: outstanding recent countertenor recordings

  2017-03-37, Gramophone, by n. N. “Porpora Farinelli Arias Philippe Jaroussky counterten Venice Baroque Orchestra / Andrea Marcon (Erato) ‘Jaroussky’s rapid passagework in quick heroic arias is precise (the spectacular ‘Nell’attendere il mio bene’ from Polifemo) and Cecilia Bartoli pops up for a couple of love duets but the outstanding moments are slow arias that […]

The Guardian – Monteverdi, Sartorio, Rossi: La storia di Orfeo CD review – glorious Jaroussky

2017-26-03 The Guardian, by Nicholas Kenyon “The presiding genius is countertenor Philippe Jaroussky who sings gloriously (though he is arguably not best suited to Monteverdi’s high tenor hero in his lavish Possente spirto). Jaroussky is well matched by Emöke Baráth’s crystal-clear soprano. Sartorio’s post-Cavalli idiom is sweetly melodic; I was much more taken by the […]