Currently I’m in the ABC Sydney recording studio making a new recording of stunning baroque duets with mezzo Fiona Campbell, American countertenor David Walker and the Ironwood Chamber Ensemble. The label is called Vexations – a new venture with Lyle Chan, Ken Nielsen and myself.
I’m here listening to the take of the gorgeous death scene from Cavalli’s L’Ormindo. You may remember Fiona & David singing this in Pinchgut’s production of L’Ormindo last December. Sadly, ABC Classics was unable to record L’Ormindo (and we hope they will record this year’s L’anima del filosofo!), so it’s such a treat to hear Cavalli’s amazing music and beautiful instrumentation, again. Other duets being recorded are by Handel, Monteverdi and Steffani. One Handel work – Caro Autor – and a Steffani - La Liberta Contenta – will be world premiere recordings.
You will not have to wait to long until this new recording is available - we want to get it produced as soon as we can! More news in the coming Pinchgut newsletters.
photos: Fiona, Neal Peres da Costa, David Walker; Lyle Chan & Bob Scott in the recording booth; Simon Martyn-Ellis on lute as superman