G.F. Handel (1685-1759)
G.F. Handel was a German baroque composer, organist, harpsichordist, and violinist. He is most well known today for works such as his Messiah, Water Music, and Royal Fireworks Music.
Here is a soprano aria from called Fiamma bella from a Cantata by Handel entitled Aminta e Fillide. The aria is sung by Catalan soprano Nuria Rial. Enjoy!
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Antonio Vivaldi was an Italian composer and violin virtuoso. He is known by music lovers today for his four violin concertos, ‘The Four Seasons.’ Vivaldi composed 550 concertos. 230 of Vivaldi’s concertos are for the violin. Vivaldi also composed other works for instruments including 40 violin sonatas, 9 cello sonatas, 10 flute sonatas, 27 trio sonatas, and 22 chamber concertos. He also composed sacred vocal music and secular vocal music including around 50 operas (20 operas survive).
This recording is of an aria “Sovente il sole” from an opera by Vivaldi entitled Andromeda liberata. It is sung by Philippe Jaroussky (a French countertenor) and Ensemble Matheus under the direction of Jean-Christophe Spinosi.
Radu Marian is a male soprano. His voice never broke during puberty.
Here is a recording of Radu Marian singing a soprano aria called Lascia Ch’io Pianga by G.F. Handel. What you hear in this recording is Radu Marian’s natural singing voice. Enjoy!
Dmitry Bortniansky (1751-1825)
Dmitry Bortniansky was a Ukrainian-Russian composer. He studied music in Italy. His first operas were performed in Italy. Bortniansky worked as the Kappellmeister (Chapel master) at the court of St. Petersburg.
Bortniansky wrote operas, cantatas, instrumental works, Russian sacred music, and Russian secular music.
Here are two arias from Dmitry Bortniansky’s 3 act opera Alcide. Each aria lasts about 4 minutes. The remaining minutes on each recording are silent.
Johann Joseph Fux (1660-1741)
Johann Joseph Fux was an Austrian composer, music theorist, organist to three emperors at the Imperial Court in Vienna, and important pedagogue during the late baroque period (1660-1741). He is most well known as the author of a treatise on counterpoint entitled Gradus ad Parnassum. Fux composed sacred music, instrumental pieces, oratorios, and a few operas.
Emilia’s aria is from an opera by Fux entitled Julo Ascanio. In this recording it is sung by Radu Marian who is a “natural castrato.” His voice did not break during puberty, so what you hear in this recording is his natural singing voice.