Nicola Porpora

Martin Haselbock, Wiener Akademie - Nicola Porpora: Il Gedeone (1999)

Martin Haselböck, Wiener Akademie - Nicola Porpora: Il Gedeone (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 482 Mb | Total time: 111:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 615-2 | Recorded: 1998

With a libretto based on the Old Testament account of Gideon and his non-violent triumph over the Midianites, the Neapolitan composer Nicola Porpora (1686-1768) produced a score which, though far from consistent, has moments of great beauty. Among them are Gideon’s aria ‘Cadranno i lupi’; a sublime Sinfonia at the opening of Part Two; a couple of fine choruses and, above all, beautifully wrought recitatives. These apart, don’t expect a forgotten masterpiece. This performance – the first in modern times – boasts competent and well-matched soloists. Countertenor Kai Wessel as the eponymous hero gives a poised and musical account, though his voice could benefit from a weightier lower register. Male soprano Jörg Waschinski produces an ethereal, emasculated sound that is, perhaps, as close as we can come to that of the original soprano castrato who sang the part of Gideon’s enemy, Oreb. (Pity the man – he ends up losing his head, not to mention his unmentionables.) But most impressive is soprano Linda Perillo (Gideon’s wife, Sichemi) whose singing is by turns agile, sensuous and dramatic. Martin Haselböck draws some silvery string playing from the Vienna Academy, and if his shaping of the oratorio can lack momentum, at least he avoids the aggressively hard-driven style of some period performances.
-Kate Bolton
Juan Bautista Otero, Real Compania Opera de Camara - Nicola Porpora: Orlando (2005)

Juan Bautista Otero, Real Compañía Ópera de Cámara - Nicola Porpora: Orlando (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 546 Mb | Total time: 125:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K617 | # K617177/2 | Recorded: 2005

'Orlando' is an operatic masterpiece by the Neapolitan Composer Nicola Porpora (1686-1768) who left an indelible mark on the 18th century and the careers of its greatest masters, from Hasse, Jommelli and Handel to Joseph Haydn, who was his pupil in Vienna. Against the background of the old Carolingian epic, the valiant knight Roland is transformed here into a lover before becoming 'Orlando furioso' in this encounter of three mythical figures: Ariosto, Metastasio and Porpora. The gamut runs from epic to tragedy in this vibrant, crackling performance under the inspired direction of Juan Bautista Otero.
Philippe Jaroussky, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Arias for Farinelli by Nicola Porpora [2013]

Philippe Jaroussky - Arias for Farinelli by Nicola Porpora [2013]
Classical | Erato 50999 9341302 2 | TT: 71.11 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Cover | 313 Mb

Italian composer Nicola Porpora is mainly a footnote in the history books these days, noted as Haydn's teacher, but in his day he was a rival to Handel and wrote a good deal of music for the celebrated castrato Carlo Broschi, aka, Farinelli. That music is sampled here by the startlingly soprano-like French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, and listeners are likely to feel that it's been unjustly neglected. Jaroussky sounds great, his creamy voice sailing through the mostly tuneful pieces. There are also a few big showpieces of the sort that Renée Fleming and others have recorded on their Baroque aria albums. Jaroussky is not quite as powerful here, but there are some real finds in the music like the gripping soprano-and-trumpet cadenza in "Nell'attendere il mio bene," from Polifemo (track 8). All the way through the music is like that: it's recognizably part of the same world as Handel's arias, but it's full of original touches unrelated to Handel. Porpora's most famous piece, the atmospheric "Alto giove" (again from the opera Polifemo) is here, as are a couple of duets in which Jaroussky is joined by no less than Cecilia Bartoli. These fall easily into the classification of rare treat. Throw in sensitive accompaniment from the Venice Baroque Orchestra and conductor Andrea Marcon for an extremely worthwhile Baroque aria recital. (James Manheim)
Jerome Correas, Les Paladins - Nicola Porpora: Lecons de Tenebres (2008)

Jérôme Corréas, Les Paladins - Nicola Porpora: Leçons de Ténèbres (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 311 Mb | Total time: 66:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arion | # ARN48690 | Recorded: 2004

«A most famous composer in London at the time of Haendel and a great protagonist of the Ospedali musicali in Venice, Nicola Antonio Porpora (1686-1768) is nevertheless forgotten gloomily of our musical culture. To the rare discographic recordings dedicated to his music, we can add this one, conducted magnificently by Jérôme Correas. (…) Correas interpretation is sensitive, vivid and it stands like a mirror of Porpora's vocal vuirtuosity ; this exaggerated virtuosity is here a natural and vital component of the score, fostering an atmosphere of fervent mysticism (…) that arouse emotions.»
Massimo R.Zegna, Amadeus
Nicola Porpora - Il Gedeone - Wiener Akademie - Martin Haselbock

Nicola Porpora - Il Gedeone - Wiener Akademie - Martin Haselbock
EAC RIP | APE + CUE + LOG | NO COVER | 2CD 433 Mb
Classical | CPO 999 615-2
Nicola Porpora - Notturni per i Defunti - Piccinini - Basso - Demicheli - La Stagione Armonica - Dolce & Tempesta

Nicola Porpora - Notturni per i Defunti - Piccinini - Basso - Demicheli - La Stagione Armonica - Dolce & Tempesta
EAC RIP | APE + CUE + LOG | NO COVER | 302 Mb
Classical | Fuga Libera FUG526
Nicola Porpora - Vepres Venitiennes - Poulenard - Laurens - Andrieu - Les Passions

Nicola Porpora - Vepres Venitiennes - Poulenard - Laurens - Andrieu - Les Passions
EAC RIP | APE + CUE + LOG | NO COVER | 392 Mb
Classical | Ligia Digital Lidi0202185-07
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - Nicola Porpora - Stabat Mater - Salve Regina - Antonio Florio

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - Nicola Porpora - Stabat Mater - Salve Regina - Antonio Florio
EAC RIP | APE + CUE + LOG | NO COVER | 279 Mb
Classical | Eloquentia / Harmonia Mundi

Nicola Porpora - Sonate XII Di Violino E Basso  Music

Posted by alekhno at June 3, 2009
Nicola Porpora - Sonate XII Di Violino E Basso

Nicola Porpora - 12 Violin Sonatas, 1754
Classical | EAC Rip | Flac, CUE, NO LOG | 2 CD | Covers | 700 Mb | rs.com | 1998
Giovanni Guglielmo, Piero Bosna, Andrea Coen
Italian Baroque: The Instrumental Edition - Marino, Nardini, Pergolesi, Porpora,  Platti [2016]

Italian Baroque: The Instrumental Edition - Marino, Nardini, Pergolesi, Porpora, Platti [2016]
Classical | Brilliant Classics 95430 | TT: 66.28+68.40+60.40+56.36+63.23+65.38 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 1.98 Gb

A celebration of instrumental Baroque splendour! This set present an anthology of Italian Baroque composers, featuring their instrumental output. Obviously the famous composers have their fair share: Vivaldi, Albinoni, Locatelli, Corelli, but also lesser known composers are featured: Barsanti, Bassani, Veracini, Nardini, Stradella, Vitali, Mancini, Platti, Legrenze and many more, over 30 composers! Performances by leading ensembles specialized in the Historically Informed Performance Practice: L'Arte dell'Arco/Federico Guglielmo, Ensemble Cordia/Stefano Veggetti, Violini Capricciosi/Igor Ruhadze, MusicaAmphion/Pieter Jan Belder and many more. A treasure trove of solo concertos, concerti grossi, sinfonias, overtures, trio sonatas and solo sonatas from the Golden Era of the Italian Baroque, era of joy, passion and brilliance!