Editors’ Notes Countertenor Jakub Orliński’s second album—the title of which translates into English as Faces of Love—paints a portrait of the Baroque male lover in all his madness, rage, despair, and delight. But this is no regular Baroque album: There are treasures by lesser-known composers to be discovered alongside the Handel and Scarlatti, including arias by Predieri, Matteis, and Boretti, plus no less than eight world premieres: the ravishing, tender Hasse that closes the album is a miniature miracle. Orliński’s voice, velvety and rich, versatile and nimble, is perfect for this seductive music, while Il Pomo d’Oro, utterly alert, follow him every step of the way with playing of boundless energy and drive.

SONG
La Calisto, Act 2: "Erme e solinghe cime ... Lucidissima face" (Endimione)
1
3:39
 
Eliogabalo, Act 3: "Chi scherza con Amor" (Eliogabalo)
2
2:57
 
Claudio Cesare, Act 2: Sinfonia
3
1:04
 
Claudio Cesare, Act 2: "Crudo amor, non hai pietà" (Claudio)
4
1:17
 
La Nemica d'Amore fatta amante, Pt. 1: Sinfonia
5
3:14
 
La costanza non gradita nel doppio amore d'Aminta: "Infelice mia costanza" (Aminta)
6
5:17
 
Il Pirro e Demetrio, Act 2: "Fra gl'assalti di Cupido" (Pirro)
7
2:04
 
Agrippina, HWV 6, Act 2: "Otton qual portentoso fulmine" (Ottone)
8
1:03
 
Agrippina, HWV 6, Act 2: "Voi che udite" (Ottone)
9
4:51
 
Nerone, Act 1: "Che m'ami ti prega" (Nerone)
10
4:32
 
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11, Act 2: "Pena tiranna" (Dardano)
11
5:40
 
Muzio Scevola, HWV 13, Act 3: "Spera, che tra le care gioie" (Muzio)
12
3:58
 
Orlando, HWV 31, Act 2: "Ah stigie larve! ... Vaghe pupille" (Orlando)
13
7:20
 
Scipione il giovane, Act 3: "Dovrian quest'occhi piangere" (Scipione)
14
4:37
 
Ballo dei Bagatellieri
15
7:10
 
Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena, Act 4: "Odio, vendetta, amore" (Fernando)
16
4:09
 
Scipione il giovane, Act 1: "Finche salvo è l'amor suo" (Scipione)
17
6:20
 
Orfeo: "Sempre a si vaghi rai" (Orfeo)
18
7:14
 

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