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Arias by Bach, Handel and Mozart

 Aksel Rykkvin
 Nigel Short
 Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment

Norwegian boy-soprano Aksel Rykkvin has quickly built a reputation as a rare talent, combining an intelligent musicality with a beautifully resonant treble voice. On his debut recording he is accompanied by The Orchestra of the Age on Enlightenment under Nigel Short (leader of award-winning chamber choir Tenebrae), in a selection of arias by Mozart, Handel and JS Bach. Many of the arias performed are considered too technically demanding for boy singers in the present day – in particular Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate which was composed for the castrato Venunzio Rauzzini, and several of Bach’s Cantatas which were written at a time when singers often maintained their treble voices until the ages of 16 or 17.



What people are saying


"Freakishly good, with a musical assurance and richness of tone that are almost superhuman."


Financial Times, 2016



"Widely praised for his richness of tone and instinctive, innate musicality." BBC Music Magazine

"It's a remarkable performance - pure, technically perfect and hauntingly beautiful." Classic FM

Aksel Rykkvin treble

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Nigel Short conductor


Release date: 2nd Sep 2016
Order code: SIGCD435
Barcode: 635212043523

1.Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen LandenJohann Sebastian Bach4:14
2.Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, BWV 68: Mein gläubiges HerzeJohann Sebastian Bach3:44
3.Joshua, HWV 64: Happy, oh thrice happy weGeorge Frideric Handel3:00
4.Alcina, HWV 34: Chi m'insegna il caro padre?George Frideric Handel3:11
5.Alcina, HWV 34: Barbara! io ben lo soGeorge Frideric Handel3:01
6.Rinaldo, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io piangaGeorge Frideric Handel4:14
7.St. John Passion, BWV 245: Ich folge Dir gleichfallsJohann Sebastian Bach3:25
8.Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74: Eternal Source of Light DivineGeorge Frideric Handel3:17
9.Bist du bei mir, BWV 508Johann Sebastian Bach2:18
10.Messiah, HWV 56: How beautiful are the feet of Him that bringeth glad tidings of salvationGeorge Frideric Handel2:13
11.Messiah, HWV 56: Thou art gone up on highGeorge Frideric Handel2:58
12.Samson, HWV 57: Let the bright Seraphim in burning rowGeorge Frideric Handel5:11
13.Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: Quia RespexitJohann Sebastian Bach2:44
14.Der zufriedengestellte Äolus, Zerreißet, zersprenget, zertrümmert die Gruft, BWV 205: Angenehmer ZephyrusJohann Sebastian Bach4:12
15.Joshua, HWV 64: Oh! Had I Jubal's lyreGeorge Frideric Handel2:44
16.Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Voi, che sapete che cosa e amorWolfgang Amadeus Mozart2:46
17.Marriage of Figaro, K. 492: Aria: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccioWolfgang Amadeus Mozart2:39
18.Exsultate jubilate, K. 165: AlleluiaWolfgang Amadeus Mozart2:28