As a singer, conductor, teacher and scientist, René Jacobs is no doubt one of the most impressive personalities of today’s early music world. With countless opera performances and concerts, but also with an extensive discography of more than 250 recordings, he has thrilled a large audience. At the beginning of his career, in the 1970’s and 80’s, Jacobs caused sensation mainly as a singer: he belonged to the first generation of male altos in Europe, in a time when countertenors were still considered exotic in many places. On the occasion of Jacobs’ 70th birthday, Accent now issues a 5-CD box with the recordings made for the Belgian label at this early stage of his career, with repertoire ranging from early Baroque to Romanticism, from Purcell and Telemann to Gluck and Rossini.
René Jacobs: The Countertenor - The Accent Recordings 1978-1982:
1.CD Ariette e Cavatine - Donizetti: Voga, voga, il vento tace; Era l'orca che i cieli lente, lente; Cavatina "Ah! rammenta, o bella Irene"; Bellini: Ariettas "Dolente immangine di fille mia"; "Quando vera quel di"; "Vaga luna, che inargenti"; Schubert: Da voi, cari lumi; Guarda che bianca luna; Rossini: Szene & Cavatine aus Tancredi "Tu che accendi"; Beethoven: Beato quei che fido amor; In questa tomba oscura; T'intendo, si, mio cor
2.CD Deutsche Kirchenkantaten & Arien - Buxtehude: Aria „Muss der Tod denn nun doch trennen“; Kantate „Jubilate Domino“; JC Bach: Aria „Ach, dass ich Wassers g’nug hätte“; Telemann: Kantaten „Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht“ & „Ihr Völker, hört“
3.CD Purcell: Songs and Elegies (Tis nature's voice; Musick for a while; Retir'd from any mortal's sight; Since from my dear Astrea's sight; Pious Celinda goes to prayers; Incassum, Lesbia; Ah! Cruel nymph; The fatal hour comes on a peace; As amoret and thirisis lay; Sweeter than roses; I lov'd fair Celia; Youg thirisis' fate)
4./5.CD Gluck: Orpheus & Eurydike (Wiener Fassung 1762 in italienischer Sprache)