Light Divine: Baroque Music for Treble and Ensemble (CD)

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Aksel Rykkvin, Mark Bennett, Lazar Miletic Ensemble

The prodigious Norwegian treble Aksel Rykkvin returns to disc on Signum with a new disc of Baroque works, accompanying the MIN Ensemble under conductor and trumpeter Mark Bennett and their artistic director Lazar Miletic.

Featuring both instrumental pieces and excerpts from operas and other works by Handel, Rameau, Albinoni and Rittler, this disc further documents Aksel’s unique talent as a performer.

Praise for Aksel’s previous release (Aksel! SIGCD435) and performances: “A mature, musical performer [...] an accomplished and adult disc” Gramophone “A remarkable performance - pure,confident, technically perfect and hauntingly beautiful” Classic FM

“Freakishly good, with a musical assurance and richness of tone that are almost superhuman” Financial Times

“A superb debut ... Exceptionally polished performances” BBC Music Magazine

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The Guardian

"The pieces were all written for soprano, but they suit young Rykkvin’s pure tone and mature musicianship to perfection. A month after the recording, his voice broke and that ethereal sound was lost for ever – but it is now frozen on disc for all time."

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  1. Concerto in F, HWV 331 Geroge Frideric Handel, Arr. Mark Bennett
  2. Eternal Source of Light Divine, HWV 74 Geroge Frideric Handel
  3. Passacaille from Sonata in G, Op. 5, No. 5, HWV 399 Geroge Frideric Handel, Arr. Mark Bennett
  4. What Passion Cannot Music Raise, HWV 76 Geroge Frideric Handel
  5. Alla caccia (Diane cacciatrice), HWV 79 Geroge Frideric Handel, Arr. Mark Bennett
  6. Vien con nuova Orribil guerra, from La Statira Tomaso Albinoni
  7. Ciaccona à 7 Philipp Jakob Rittler
  8. Ritournelle, from Hippolyte et Aricie Jean-Philippe Rameau, Arr. Aareskjold/Bennett
  9. Entrée d’Abaris, from Les Boréades Jean-Philippe Rameau
  10. Tristes apprêts, from Castor et Pollux Jean-Philippe Rameau, Arr. Aareskjold/Bennett
  11. Ballet figure and Air, from Zorastre Jean-Philippe Rameau, Arr. Mark Bennett
  12. Orage, from Platée Jean-Philippe Rameau, Arr. Aareskjold/Bennett
  13. Je ne sais quel ennui me presse, from Nais Jean-Philippe Rameau
  14. Chaconne, from Les Indes Galantes Jean-Philippe Rameau, Arr. Mark Bennett