2020-11-13, Pizzicato, by Remy Franck
Philippe Jaroussky, now 42 years old and with greying hair, sings arias from oratorios. After the Pope’s banishment of the opera shortly after 1700, the oratorio was in some cases only a hidden substitute for the opera and correspondingly dramatic. Jaroussky brings these dramas to life with the audibly matured dramatic force, which he has developed over the years. He is assisted in this by a voice which, without losing its beguiling purity, has become even more virtuoso and also more colourful. But the French countertenor also has the sensitivity to reproduce the spirituality of individual programme sections perfectly and to touch the listener deeply.
And so we admire on this CD an immensely versatile voice that makes every aria characteristic. […]
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