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Limelight Magazine – Ombra mai fu (Philippe Jaroussky, Artaserse)

2019-07-08, Limelight Magazine, by Will Yeoman

“But best, by far, are those ravishing lamenti for which Cavalli was renowned. One of the finest examples is Uscitemi dal cor, lacrime amare. Here, Jaroussky sings with the utmost delicacy and warmth.” […]

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Limelight Magazine – CD/DVD Reviews – Partenope

2016-03-23, Limelight Magazine, by Clive Paget

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky makes a fine Arsace, judging the character arc to perfection and singing with great depth of feeling in arias like Ch’ Io parta? Si crudele and Ma quai note di mesti lamenti.


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Norman Lebrecht – Album of the Week

2015-03-02, sinfinimusic.com, Norman Lebrecht

A childlike tone in Fauré’s ‘Prison’ is followed by Debussy’s stone-faced ‘Mandoline’, only to melt in the white ice of Chausson’s moon. Three versions of Claire de lune are exquisitely differentiated. ‘The long sobs of the autumn violins’ convey for once the exact musical nuances of the poet’s intention. From one poem to the next, the pleasure intensifies.

Source/Read more: Sinfini Music

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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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Arts Hub – Review, Philippe Jaroussky

2013-03-18, Arts Hub, by Heather Leviston

[…] While retaining beauty and clarity, which are hallmarks of his sound, greater power and substance were immediately evident. His astonishing flexibility was as thrilling as ever.

[…] Superb breath control led to some ravishing sustained notes and this, coupled with his impressive range and agility, made for a compelling musical experience.

Jaroussky’s mastery of the vocal technique demanded by the highly florid Porpora arias before and after interval was, if anything, even more impressive, particularly in ‘Alto Giove’. Beginning with a most beautifully controlled ‘messa di voce’ and ornamented for maximum emotional impact, his singing of this aria was totally seductive. It is hard to imagine a more perfect interpretation. The capacity audience was ecstatic.

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Sydney Morning Herald – Philippe Jaroussky and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

2013-09-18, Sydney Morning Herald, by Clive O’Connell

Opening its 2013 season, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra under Paul Dyer scored a winner in guest Philippe Jaroussky, the French countertenor who knows no fear.

Sunday evening’s program gave this intelligent artist plenty of room to show his craft […]

Unlike many of his peers, Jaroussky projects with consistency across his range, from a powerful bass register to solid upper notes that are sustained without apparent effort. Thanks to this evenness of production, he carries off each rapidly ornate flourish, required by both composers, with an unexpected ability to make lavishly applied ornamentation seem relevant.

Above all, this artist conveys an emotional depth that carries his audience along with him, from the gripping energy of Handel’s Agitato de fiere tempeste to the lyrical curvaceousness of Porpora’s Dal-l’amor piu sventurato, a deftly sustained scene that showed Jaroussky at his best. In sum, his music-making is convincing, every phrase moulded into a coherent construct.

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Australian Stage – Philippe Jaroussky | Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

2013-03-18, Australian Stage, by Daniela Kaleva

One would think that the 2013 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix was the main event in Melbourne last week but early music fans will tell you otherwise. It has been early music week at the Melbourne Recital Centre! […] Jaroussky’s voice was everything one would have expected to hear live and more. He started with a florid ‘tempesta aria’ – a vivacious rendition of Handel’s Agitato da fiere tempeste from the pasticcio Oreste. This was immediately followed by a slower number from Handel’s opera Arianna in Creta which allowed Jaroussky to display his sustained legato singing and his pure, shimmering and rich timbre.

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The Culture Concept Circle – Philippe Jaroussky & Brandenburg Baroque – Sublime Sounds

2013-03-18, The Culture Concept Circle

The concert proved that Jaroussky is a superstar in the world of contemporary classical music, as indeed were the composers in their time. There is no doubt in my mind he will join into their legendary status as he brings their music alive again once more, making it relevant and vital for a new age.

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Limelight magazine – Philippe Jaroussky: Natural High

2013-03-05, Limelight magazine

That’s a long break! Won’t it be difficult to return to singing?

“Of course, singing is my passion; it’s not only my job. But there is a lot of sacrifice and a lot of stress. That’s why I need this break, and I’m sure I will be very happy to sing again. But it’s true that when you are not allowed to do something, you want to do it. You want to have fun with friends, have parties, to smoke, to drink – why not? That’s what I’m doing now!” [laughs]

Philippe Jaroussky and The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra – YouTube

Source/Read more: “Limelight,” March 2013, interview by Melissa Lesnie