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Limelight – The French countertenor makes love not war in the battle of Baroque singers

2013-03-28, Limelight, by
Live review: Philippe Jaroussky, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, “Limelight,” the Classical Music and Arts Website, March 28, 2013

Philippe Jaroussky, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra City Recital Hall, Angel Place, March 15

With typical Gallic gallantry, then, Jaroussky neatly summed up the symmetry of the evening’s dual homage to two duelling voices of the Baroque: Carestini, the star attraction of Handel’s opera company in London, and the showman Farinelli singing in his mentor Porpora’s corner. Handel’s music may have won out in terms of modern-day popularity and enduring genius but, as Jaroussky and the Brandenburgs demonstrate, there is plenty of beauty and virtuosity to be found in the Italian composer’s work. His Alto giove, sung by Jaroussky in his typically sweet, focused tone, was a moment of profound stillness and pathos in an active program.

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