2013-09 featured press

Musikwoche – Kritik – Porpora Arias Philippe Jaroussky

2013-09, Musikwoche, by Birgit Schlinger

Nachdem der Kontratenor Philippe Jaroussky bereits ein Soloalbum dem Castraten Carestini gewidmet hat (2008), war die Zeit nun reif für eine Begegnung mit dem berühmtesten Barocksänger: Denn mit “Farinelli – Porpora Arias” zeigt der französische Sänger einmal mehr mit seinem großen Stimmvolumen und Tonumfang, mit seinem farbenreichen Ausdruck und persönlichen Nuancierungen, dass er vollkommen zu Recht als derzeit bester Vertreter seines Faches gilt.

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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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2013-03-18 featured press

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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2013-03-17 featured press

The Berkshire Review – Philippe Jaroussky Sings Handel and Porpora Arias with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, plus Locatelli’s L’Arte del Violino in Sydney

2013-03-17, The Berkshire Review, an international journal for the arts, by Andrew Miller

Like the best pianists or heroic singers — or dancers —, but something perhaps taken for granted with singers, one is never aware and never thinks about how he is making his sound and he always sings in character; the voice doesn’t come from his chest — it doesn’t really seem to come from his head either. But, paradoxically, his airy, even ethereal tone seems unconstrained, and even modest, his presence is distinctive and vivid rather than penetrating, is musical and theatrical by nature, rather than solid or forceful. This seems especially the case in the slow, grave arias and the slow powerful ones of mixed emotions like Handel’s Mi lusinga a dolce affetto from Alcina or Alto Giove from Polifemo.

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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

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The Culture Concept Circle – Philippe Jaroussky – Sings Like an Angel & Rocks the Baroque

2013-02-21, The Culture Concept Circle, by Carolyn McDowall

Philippe Jaroussky | Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Get Set to Rock the Baroque!

Paul Dyer, leader of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, which plays on period instruments, believes the award winning Jaroussky ‘… is one of today’s superstars of the opera world’. Judging from the rave reviews Jaroussky receives wherever he is in the world he certainly has a voice to cherish.

It is perfectly attuned to singing with the tone of an angel. It also has the added bonus of the thrilling ‘coloratura’ technique, with its runs, trills, leaps and virtuoso singing, a feat not often equaled in the world of male voices.

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2012-12-18 featured press

Seronet – L’égalité fait le plein!

2012-12-18, Seronet, by Mathieu Brancourt

[…] Un bouquet de diversité !
Aux avant-postes, les politiques ont sorti leur plus belle écharpe et se cramponnent à leur banderole. Toute la famille gauche est là. On se met à rêver, on cherche la mèche du courageux Franck Riester, seul député (UMP) ouvertement homosexuel et on trouve… David-Xavier Weiss ! Il fut un temps le proche collaborateur du sénateur Roger Karouchi et son ami. Mais quand même, ce sont les personnalités associatives qui devancent sur le macadam les huiles politiques. Le rappel que la société civile a toujours eu un temps d’avance sur la question. Parmi la foule, d’aucuns ne manquent de crier leur fierté de n’être que ce qu’ils sont, de revendiquer les droits tant attendus. Pour son fils, son père, ses amis ou soi-même. Même Dave et Philippe Jaroussky sont présents et veulent pousser la mélodie du bonheur. Car oui, les LGBT en ont assez. Le débat sur l’engagement 31 de François Hollande a réveillé et révélé une homophobie ordinaire que beaucoup pensaient révolue. Le temps du PaCS que les moins de 20 ans ne peuvent pas connaître. Depuis plusieurs mois, les propos homophobes et amalgames douteux (re)fleurissent dans la classe politique et religieuse. Au lieu d’en pleurer, les défenseurs du mariage pour tous se moquent gentiment des “trous du culte” qui rient au nez des revendications d’égalité : “l’UMP n’a t-il pas deux papas ?”, clament deux jolies mariées, fraichement vêtues de robes bustier. […]

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