Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Pacific Baroque Orchestra
Contents Bortnyansky: Ne me parlez point (from Le faucon) Dall’Oglio: Sinfonia Cossaca, I. Allegro Gluck: Enfin, il est en ma puissance (from Armide) Gluck: Ah! Si la liberté me doit être ravie (from Armide) Gluck: Oh ciel, quelle horrible menace (from Armide) Gluck: Gratioso (from Armide) Gluck: Le perfide Renaud me fuit (from Armide) Bortnyansky: Le Faucon: Overture Bortnyansky: Mi sorprende (from Alcide) Bortnyansky: In qual mar (from Alcide) Bortnyansky: Dei clementi (from Alcide) Fomin: Les cochers au relais: Overture Berezovsky: Mentre il cor (from Demofonte) Berezovsky: Aria of Timante “Misero Pargoletto” from “Il Demofonte”
“Nuits blanches” (White Nights) is a much-anticipated new recording by soprano Karina Gauvin, who stylishly animates the opera heroines of the 18th century Russian court. Musical life during the reign of Tsar Peter the Great was a rich blend of diverse styles and influences originating from all over Europe. The Tsar was known for his love of music, a tradition that was carried on by his successors, the Empresses Anne, Elizabeth, and Catherine II, who cultivated cosmopolitan tastes for all kinds of music, including opera. Karina Gauvin sings arias from rarely heard operas by Russian composers such as Dmitri Stepanovich Bortniansky (Alcide) and Maxim Sozontovich Berezovsky (Demofoonte), and German composer Christoph Willibald Gluck (Armide).