Heroes from the Shadows: Handel Arias (CD)

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Natalie Stutzmann, Orfeo 55

Nathalie Stutzmann (contralto & conductor),


Orfeo 55


Contralto & conductor Nathalie Stutzmann is an exciting new signing, having left Deutsche Grammophon/Universal to join the Erato roster. Considered to be one of the most outstanding musical personalities of our time, she has parallel careers as both a contralto and an orchestra conductor. She sings regularly with the world’s greatest conductors and orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle, Vienna Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, the LSO and Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She currently is in residence with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP).


In 2009, Nathalie Stutzmann founded her own chamber orchestra, Orfeo 55, playing on both baroque and modern instruments, with which she tours extensively and partners her on this new release. The orchestras’ repertoire reflects the breadth of Nathalie’s own, performing not only music from the Baroque period, but also works by composers in the 20th century such as Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg. This album focuses on Handel’s contralto arias, wonderful music from some of his best-loved operas, but rarely heard independently of full performances. With this release Nathalie Stutzmann gives light to these heroes usually in the shadows, giving these characters and this wonderful music a new perspective – making them the stars of this album.


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Poro, re dell'Indie, HWV28: Sinfonia

Dover, giustizia, amor (from Ariodante)

Pena tiranna (from Amadigi)

Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor)

Son contenta di morire (Radamisto)

Son nata a lagrimar (from Giulio Cesare)

Son qual stanco pellegrino (from Arianna in Creta)

Se fiera belva ha cinto (from Rodelinda)

Voi, che udite il mio lamento (from Agrippina)

Par che mi nasca in seno (from Tamerlano)

Son contenta di morire (Radamisto)

Senti, bell'idol mio (from Silla)

L'aure che spira (from Giulio Cesare)

world premiere recording of the version for Cornelia

Amadigi di Gaula: Ballo di poston e pastorelle

Io seguo sol fiero (from Partenope)

Non so se sia la speme (from Serse)

Serse: Sinfonia

Scipione: Sinfonia

Partenope: Sinfonia

Orlando: Sinfonia


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Gramophone Magazine

November 2014

“Stutzmann's dark, smooth contralto is always a pleasure to hear but her expressive intensity, athletic virtuosity and emotional intelligence make it a valuable instrument indeed...it is hard to imagine anyone bringing more depth and nobility to Handel's heart-rending slow arias of hopeless love.”

Sunday Times

2nd November 2014

“Alceste’s Son qual stanco Pellegrino, and Irene’s Par che mi nasca from Tamerlano in its rare version with clarinets are highlights, but the entire disc is collectible.”

The Guardian

13th November 2014


“Not everyone, I suspect, shares my enthusiasm for Stutzmann’s dark, androgynous voice. But there’s no mistaking either her musicianship or her commitment here, while Orfeo 55, clearly a force to be reckoned with, play superbly for her.”


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