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.

Freakishly good, with a musical assurance and richness of tone that are almost superhuman – Financial Times

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

This is totally extraordinary. For the sheer joy in performing, this CD would be hard to beat – Cathedral Music Magazine

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Aksel Rykkvin treble

Nigel Short conductor

RELEASE DATE: 02/09/2016
BARCODE: 635212043523

1. Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen Johann Sebastian Bach

2. Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, BWV 68: Mein gläubiges Herze Johann Sebastian Bach

3. Joshua, HWV 64: Happy, oh thrice happy we George Frideric Handel

Alcina, HWV 34

George Frideric Handel

4. Chi m’insegna il caro padre?

5. Barbara! io ben lo so

6. Rinaldo, HWV 7: Lascia ch’io pianga George Frideric Handel

7. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Ich folge Dir gleichfalls Johann Sebastian Bach

8. Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74: Eternal Source of Light Divine George Frideric Handel

9. Bist du bei mir, BWV 508 Johann Sebastian Bach

Messiah, HWV 56

George Frideric Handel

10. How beautiful are the feet of Him that bringeth glad tidings of salvation

11. Thou art gone up on high

12. Samson, HWV 57: Let the bright Seraphim in burning row George Frideric Handel

13. Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: Quia Respexit Johann Sebastian Bach

14. Der zufriedengestellte Äolus, Zerreißet, zersprenget, zertrümmert die Gruft, BWV 205: Angenehmer Zephyrus Johann Sebastian Bach

15. Joshua, HWV 64: Oh! Had I Jubal’s lyre George Frideric Handel

16. Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Voi, che sapete che cosa e amor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

17. Marriage of Figaro, K. 492: Aria: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

18. Exsultate jubilate, K. 165: Alleluia Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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