Daniela Barcellona Pergolesi Opera Arias
Daniela Barcellona
Pergolesi Opera Arias
Concerto de’ Cavalieri
Marcello Di Lisa
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 2012
This album is amazing!
I do not know how else to start this post but repeating you the same thing I have repeated to myself while I listened to Pergolesi Opera Arias. I think I was captured by the same frenzy that took our ancestors when they listened to the great interpreters of their times, for whom these same arias were written, because the magnificent mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona here proves once again to be a first rate artist. It seems that Pergolesi’s ardous writing is a joke for her, considering the confidence she displays facing the difficulties of the arias, and she is so comfortable even with frenetic tempos to take our breath away. Beyond this, Barcelona is also a sensitive and elegant interpreter, which does not consider done her job after working on technique, but she always gives sense to her singing, peculiarity which, for this repertoire, is perhaps even more difficult to find than a technically skilled performer. Therefore, she deserves all my admiration.
I also appreciated that, devoting an album to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Barcelona gives us the opportunity to hear arias that do not belong to a repertoire that we can listen to every day, and even if some of the operas from which these arias were taken are actually recorded, not always the singers’ voices are equally authoritative and charismatic than hers. The arias present in this CD are all from serious works by Pergolesi, written between 1732 and 1735: L’olimpiade, Il prigionier superbo, La Salustia and Adriano in Siria, each introduced by the respective sinfonia avanti l’opera. It’s a great opportunity to get close and love this repertoire.