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Scenes of Horror
Various composers

Laila Salome Fischer

Scenes of Horror

Format: CD
Label: Perfect Noise
UPC: 0719279934052
Catnr: PN 2306
Release date: 09 February 2024
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Label
Perfect Noise
UPC
0719279934052
Catalogue number
PN 2306
Release date
09 February 2024

"The energy and the variety of colors, the whole creative imagination that emanates from Il Giratempo’s playing (...)"

Pizzicato, 14-2-2024
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About the album

Baroque opera librettists seem to have found an impish satisfaction in thoroughly putting the heroes of their stories through the wringer before they meet their more or less glorious end or, with a bit of luck, live to celebrate the opera’s happy ending. The creativity with which they maneuver their own characters into horrifying scenarios knows no bounds. Popular subjects include fighting terrible monsters, marching into seemingly hopeless battles, various forms of murder, intricate entanglements that can only lead to disaster, lifelong imprisonment, the occasional suicide... and, of course, the full Baroque-opera bounty of creative death sentences. Our poor heroes and heroines are alternately thrown to the lions (e.g. Salustia), burnt at the stake (e.g. Croesus), set adrift in the middle of the Mediterranean on a boat with no sails (e.g. Poppea), beheaded (e.g. Tito Manlio) and so on...
These scenes of horror are not only thrilling and sundry from a literary standpoint – their musical compositions are equally so.

Fear and trembling are never, but never presented in a single, monotonous tone color! Our characters often go through an
emotional rollercoaster: from deepest despair to sorrow and anger, from flight to fight, from love and longing to sheer insanity. Truly, a painters box full of affects, inviting composers to go wild with musical expression. “Scenes of Horror” is a baroque cabinet of grotesqueries featuring music by Georg Friedrich Handel, Attilio Ariosti, Antonio Vivaldi and Carl Heinrich Graun. As you may imagine, the Baroque librettists were not the only ones who derived sadistic pleasure from seeing their characters suffer. We also found a devilish delight in sending Laila Salome Fischer through this program’s series of nightmares.
Es scheint den Opern-Librettisten der Barockzeit ein diebisches Vergnügen zu bereiten, ihre Heldenfiguren ordentlich in die Mangel zu nehmen, bevor diese mal mehr, mal weniger ruhmreich das Zeitliche segnen oder mit etwas Glück das Happy End der Oper feiern dürfen. Der Kreativität, mit der man die eigenen Figuren in grauenvolle
Schreckens-Szenarien manövriert, sind kaum Grenzen gesetzt. Beliebte Sujets sind der Kampf gegen schreckliche Ungeheuer, der Zug in die scheinbar aussichtslose Schlacht, Morde auf verschiedenste Arten, komplizierte Verstrickungen, die nur im Desaster enden können, lebenslange Inhaftierung … und natürlich hagelt es in der Barockoper kreative Todesurteile: Unsere armen Heldinnen und Helden werden wahlweise den Löwen zum Fraß vorgeworfen (z.B. Salustia), auf dem Scheiterhaufen verbrannt (z.B. Croesus), auf einem Boot ohne Segel im Mittelmeer ausgesetzt (z.B. Poppea), enthauptet (z.B. Tito Manlio) und so weiter…
Doch nicht nur die literarischen Horror-Szenen sind hochspannend und abwechslungsreich, ihre Vertonungen sind es ebenso: Mitnichten kommen Angst und Schrecken in der immer selben Klangfarbe daher! Oft durchleben unsere Figuren ein Wechselbad der
Gefühle, von schierer Verzweiflung, Trauer und Wut, Angst und Kampfeslust, über Liebe und Sehnsucht bis hin zum abgrundtiefen Wahnsinn. Eine wahre Spielwiese der Affekte also, die zum musikalischen Austoben einlädt. „Scenes of Horror“ ist eine Art barockes Gruselkabinett mit Musik von Georg Friedrich Händel, Attilio Ariosti, Antonio Vivaldi und Carl Heinrich Graun. Wie Sie sich vorstellen können, hatten nicht nur die barocken Librettisten sadistische Freude daran, ihre Figuren leiden zu lassen: Auch uns war es ein schelmisches Vergnügen, Laila Salome Fischer durch dieses Programm und damit von einem Albtraum in den nächsten zu jagen.

Artist(s)

Laila Salome Fischer (mezzo soprano)

Mezzo-soprano Laila Salome Fischer débuted at the Beethovenfest in Bonn and the Berlioz Festival in France in 2021 with performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Jordi Savall. Further performances brought her to the Philharmonie de Paris and the Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona. The following December, she performed in concerts of Mozart’s Requiem, also conducted by Jordi Savall, in Lyon, Paris, Barcelona and at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, among others. Fischer began her career in the children’s studio of the Komische Oper Berlin and began professional studies at the Julius-Stern-Institut der UdK Berlin at the age of eleven. She sang the role of Clothilde in the Echo Klassik-winning CD production of Hans Werner Henze’s opera Pollicino at age twelve....
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Mezzo-soprano Laila Salome Fischer débuted at the Beethovenfest in Bonn and the Berlioz Festival in France in 2021 with performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Jordi Savall. Further performances brought her to the Philharmonie de Paris and the Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona. The following December, she performed in concerts of Mozart’s Requiem, also conducted by Jordi Savall, in Lyon, Paris, Barcelona and at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, among others. Fischer began her career in the children’s studio of the Komische Oper Berlin and began professional studies at the Julius-Stern-Institut der UdK Berlin at the age of eleven. She sang the role of Clothilde in the Echo Klassik-winning CD production of Hans Werner Henze’s opera Pollicino at age twelve. After completing her schooling, she studied singing at the UdK Berlin. She has won fellowships from the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb and the episcopal scholarship foundation Cusanuswerk.
Fischer sang her first opera roles at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Musikfestspiele Potsdam and other stages while still at university. She has appeared at the Bregenzer Festspiele and in concerts at the Staatsoper and Komische Oper Berlin, with the Dresdner Philharmoniker, at the Bachfest in Leipzig and the Händelfestspiele in Halle and Göttingen, and has worked with conductors Jacques Lacombe, Thomas Guggeis, Sergio Azzolini and Jordi Savall, among others. From 2019 to 2022 she was a soloist at the Staatsoperette Dresden, where she sang the roles of Hänsel, Fragoletto (Les Brigands) and Josepha Vogelhuber, among others. As of 2022/2023, she is engaged as a soloist at the Theater Lübeck, where she has sung roles such as Cherubino, Suzuki, Orlofsky and Nancy (Albert Herring). Upcoming appearances include concerts at the Herrenchiemsee Festival, with the Wiener Musikverein, Concerto Köln, ensemble reflektor and Il Giratempo.

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Cornelia Osterwald (harpsichord)

Antje Thierbach (baroque oboe)

Mayumi Hirasaki (baroque violin)

Antonio de Sarlo (baroque violin)

Dóra Szilágyi (baroque violin)

Zsuzsanna Czentnár (baroque violin)

Justyna Skatulnik (baroque violin)

Lorena Padrón Ortiz (baroque violin)

Adrian Cygan (violoncello)

Sophia Scheifler (double bass)

Vanessa Heinisch (lute)

How many times have orchestra musicians longingly said “We really should …” during the coffee break? Lutenist Vanessa Heinisch took those aspirations to heart and founded Il Giratempo in 2017, with whom she and her favorite colleagues – and their favorite colleagues – bring the projects of their dreams to life. “Il Giratempo” – the time traveler – won’t take you back to bygone centuries. The ensemble aims to shake up the present day with its treasure trove from the past. Within a short time, the new ensemble has appeared at many prestigious festivals, including the Händelfestspielen in Göttingen and Halle, where they turned Handel’s opera inside out in 2023 with a chamber version of Agrippina featuring jazz trumpet player Pascal Klewer,...
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How many times have orchestra musicians longingly said “We really should …” during the coffee break? Lutenist Vanessa Heinisch took those aspirations to heart and founded Il Giratempo in 2017, with whom she and her favorite colleagues – and their favorite colleagues – bring the projects of their dreams to life.
“Il Giratempo” – the time traveler – won’t take you back to bygone centuries. The ensemble aims to shake up the present day with its treasure trove from the past. Within a short time, the new ensemble has appeared at many prestigious festivals, including the Händelfestspielen in Göttingen and Halle, where they turned Handel’s opera inside out in 2023 with a chamber version of Agrippina featuring jazz trumpet player Pascal Klewer, delighting both audience and critics.
As a coalition of colleagues and friends chosen from Germany’s leading baroque ensembles, Il Giratempo combines historical performance practice with innovative programs and concepts – in chamber formation or as an orchestra. Cooperations with musicians from other musical genres inspire the ensemble to see early music in a modern light.
Together with the label Perfect Noise, the ensemble has already produced two CDs that document their dynamic endeavors: “Witches, Queens & Heroines”, Handel arias with Margriet Buchberger (soprano) and the crossover album “Talkin´about Barbara – 17th Century Jazz”, music from Barbara Strozzi’s world with Laila Salome Fischer (mezzo- soprano) und Magnus Mehl (saxophone). And the next chapters are already being written...

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Makiko Kurabayashi (baroque bassoon)

Sergio Sanchez (baroque oboe)

Composer(s)

Georg Friedrich Händel

Georg Frideric Handel was a composer from the Baroque period. Handel wrote primarily music-dramatic works: 42 operas, 29 oratorios, more than 120 cantatas, trios and duets, which comes to a total amount of almost 2000 arias! Furthermore, he composed English, Italian and Latin sacred music, serenades and odes. Among his instrumental music are several organ concertos, concerti grossi, overtures, oboe sonatas and violinsonates, along with many solo works for harpsichord and organ.  Together with Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in the same year (1685), Handel is viewed as one of the greatest composers of his time. He was extremely prolific and wrote in total more than 610 works, many of which are still performed today.  Compared to his contemporaries Bach, Telemann...
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Georg Frideric Handel was a composer from the Baroque period. Handel wrote primarily music-dramatic works: 42 operas, 29 oratorios, more than 120 cantatas, trios and duets, which comes to a total amount of almost 2000 arias! Furthermore, he composed English, Italian and Latin sacred music, serenades and odes. Among his instrumental music are several organ concertos, concerti grossi, overtures, oboe sonatas and violinsonates, along with many solo works for harpsichord and organ.

Together with Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in the same year (1685), Handel is viewed as one of the greatest composers of his time. He was extremely prolific and wrote in total more than 610 works, many of which are still performed today.

Compared to his contemporaries Bach, Telemann and Scarlatti, Handel was by far the most cosmopolitan. When Handel was a child, his father, who was a surgeon at the court of Saxe-Weissenfels, imagined a juridical career for him. But his musical talents did not go unnoticed at the court, which forced the father to let him study music. In Hamburg, Handel befriended Mattheson. Together they visited Buxtehude, the greatest organ player of his time, in 1703 (two years before Bach did). At that time, Handel was already an excellent musician, but it wasn't until his stay in Italy - the land of opera - that his talents and skills truly started to flourish. Back in Germany, he received a position at the court of Hannover, where the noblemen had a connection to the British throne. Thanks to these connections, Handel decided to move to London, after which a puzzling history of intrigues and political games started. For example, it is unclear what the exact political message of his famous Water Music is, which was composed for a boat ride on the river Thames by King George. Initially, Handel focused on Italian opera during his stay in London, but from the 1730s onwards he started composing English spoken oratorios, with the celebrated Messiah at its peak.


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Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some...
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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons.
Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some success with expensive stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. After meeting the Emperor Charles VI, Vivaldi moved to Vienna, hoping for preferment. However, the Emperor died soon after Vivaldi's arrival, and Vivaldi himself died less than a year later in poverty.

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Press

The energy and the variety of colors, the whole creative imagination that emanates from Il Giratempo’s playing (...)
Pizzicato, 14-2-2024

There is a lot of refinement in the Il Giratempo ensemble. Hear the bass explode in an instrumental piece of Handel. In Vivaldi's well-known concerto La notte, recorder player Max Volbers paints the ominous night while pulling all the stops.
De Volkskrant, 25-1-2024

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01.
Scenes of Horror, Scenes of Woe from Jephta
04:10
(Georg Friedrich Händel) Laila Salome Fischer, Max Volbers, Makiko Kurabayashi, Vanessa Heinisch, Dóra Szilágyi, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Antonio de Sarlo, Mayumi Hirasaki, Justyna Skatulnik, Sophia Scheifler, Adrian Cygan, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Annette Hartmann, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Ensemble Il Giratempo
02.
1. Allegro from Sinfonia from L´Olimpiade
02:03
(Georg Friedrich Händel) Mayumi Hirasaki, Antonio de Sarlo, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Dóra Szilágyi, Justyna Skatulnik, Sophia Scheifler, Adrian Cygan, Annette Hartmann, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Max Volbers, Makiko Kurabayashi, Vanessa Heinisch, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Ensemble Il Giratempo
03.
2. Andante from Sinfonia from L´Olimpiade
02:17
(Antonio Vivaldi) Mayumi Hirasaki, Antonio de Sarlo, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Dóra Szilágyi, Justyna Skatulnik, Sophia Scheifler, Adrian Cygan, Annette Hartmann, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Vanessa Heinisch, Makiko Kurabayashi, Max Volbers, Ensemble Il Giratempo
04.
3. Allegro from Sinfonia from L´Olimpiade
01:10
(Antonio Vivaldi) Mayumi Hirasaki, Antonio de Sarlo, Dóra Szilágyi, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Justyna Skatulnik, Sophia Scheifler, Adrian Cygan, Annette Hartmann, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Cornelia Osterwald, Vanessa Heinisch, Max Volbers, Makiko Kurabayashi, Ensemble Il Giratempo
05.
Scherza infida in grembo al drudo from Ariodante
08:58
(Georg Friedrich Händel) Mayumi Hirasaki, Antonio de Sarlo, Adrian Cygan, Sophia Scheifler, Justyna Skatulnik, Dóra Szilágyi, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Annette Hartmann, Cornelia Osterwald, Vanessa Heinisch, Makiko Kurabayashi, Max Volbers, Laila Salome Fischer, Ensemble Il Giratempo
06.
Recit Qual orribil destino from MOntezuma
04:59
(Carl Heinrich Graun) Vanessa Heinisch, Makiko Kurabayashi, Max Volbers, Laila Salome Fischer, Mayumi Hirasaki, Antonio de Sarlo, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Dóra Szilágyi, Justyna Skatulnik, Sophia Scheifler, Annette Hartmann, Adrian Cygan, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Ensemble Il Giratempo
07.
Aria Ah, d'inflessibil sorte from Montezuma
02:13
(Carl Heinrich Graun) Dóra Szilágyi, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Antonio de Sarlo, Mayumi Hirasaki, Justyna Skatulnik, Sophia Scheifler, Adrian Cygan, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Annette Hartmann, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Vanessa Heinisch, Makiko Kurabayashi, Max Volbers, Laila Salome Fischer, Ensemble Il Giratempo
08.
Recit Ma qual rumore from Montezuma
00:47
(Carl Heinrich Graun) Mayumi Hirasaki, Antonio de Sarlo, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Dóra Szilágyi, Justyna Skatulnik, Adrian Cygan, Sophia Scheifler, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Annette Hartmann, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Vanessa Heinisch, Makiko Kurabayashi, Max Volbers, Laila Salome Fischer, Ensemble Il Giratempo
09.
Aria Sì, corona, i tuoi trofei from Montezuma
03:02
(Carl Heinrich Graun) Mayumi Hirasaki, Antonio de Sarlo, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Sophia Scheifler, Justyna Skatulnik, Dóra Szilágyi, Adrian Cygan, Annette Hartmann, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Vanessa Heinisch, Makiko Kurabayashi, Laila Salome Fischer, Max Volbers, Ensemble Il Giratempo
10.
Concerto 'La Notte' G minor RV 439: Largo
02:00
(Antonio Vivaldi) Max Volbers, Antonio de Sarlo, Mayumi Hirasaki, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Sophia Scheifler, Justyna Skatulnik, Dóra Szilágyi, Adrian Cygan, Annette Hartmann, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Makiko Kurabayashi, Vanessa Heinisch, Cornelia Osterwald, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Ensemble Il Giratempo
11.
Concerto 'La Notte' G minor RV 439: Fantasmi (Presto – Largo)
01:50
(Antonio Vivaldi) Max Volbers, Antonio de Sarlo, Mayumi Hirasaki, Dóra Szilágyi, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Justyna Skatulnik, Sophia Scheifler, Cornelia Osterwald, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Annette Hartmann, Adrian Cygan, Makiko Kurabayashi, Vanessa Heinisch, Ensemble Il Giratempo
12.
Concerto 'La Notte' G minor RV 439: Presto
01:02
(Antonio Vivaldi) Max Volbers, Mayumi Hirasaki, Antonio de Sarlo, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Adrian Cygan, Sophia Scheifler, Justyna Skatulnik, Dóra Szilágyi, Annette Hartmann, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Cornelia Osterwald, Vanessa Heinisch, Makiko Kurabayashi, Ensemble Il Giratempo
13.
Concerto 'La Notte' G minor RV 439: Il Sonno (Largo)
01:43
(Antonio Vivaldi) Max Volbers, Mayumi Hirasaki, Antonio de Sarlo, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Dóra Szilágyi, Sophia Scheifler, Justyna Skatulnik, Adrian Cygan, Annette Hartmann, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Cornelia Osterwald, Vanessa Heinisch, Makiko Kurabayashi, Ensemble Il Giratempo
14.
Concerto 'La Notte' G minor RV 439: Allegro
01:57
(Antonio Vivaldi) Adrian Cygan, Annette Hartmann, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Cornelia Osterwald, Vanessa Heinisch, Makiko Kurabayashi, Sophia Scheifler, Justyna Skatulnik, Dóra Szilágyi, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Antonio de Sarlo, Mayumi Hirasaki, Max Volbers, Ensemble Il Giratempo
15.
Questi ceppi, e quest' orrore from La fede ne' tradimenti
05:56
(Attilio Ariosti) Laila Salome Fischer, Max Volbers, Makiko Kurabayashi, Vanessa Heinisch, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Annette Hartmann, Adrian Cygan, Sophia Scheifler, Justyna Skatulnik, Dóra Szilágyi, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Antonio de Sarlo, Mayumi Hirasaki, Ensemble Il Giratempo
16.
Sta nell'Ircana from Alcina
05:55
(Georg Friedrich Händel) Laila Salome Fischer, Max Volbers, Makiko Kurabayashi, Vanessa Heinisch, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Annette Hartmann, Adrian Cygan, Sophia Scheifler, Justyna Skatulnik, Dóra Szilágyi, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Antonio de Sarlo, Mayumi Hirasaki, Antje Thierbach, Sergio Sanchez, Erwin Wieringa, Miroslav Rovenský, Ensemble Il Giratempo
17.
Recitativo accompagnato Where shall I fly from Hercules
06:48
(Georg Friedrich Händel) Laila Salome Fischer, Max Volbers, Makiko Kurabayashi, Vanessa Heinisch, Lorena Padrón Ortiz, Priscilla Rodriguez Cabaleiro, Annette Hartmann, Adrian Cygan, Sophia Scheifler, Justyna Skatulnik, Dóra Szilágyi, Zsuzsanna Czentnár, Antonio de Sarlo, Mayumi Hirasaki, Ensemble Il Giratempo
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