Until it was revived in the late twentieth century, Handel's opera Faramondo was performed just eight times in London in 1738 and then fell into obscurity. According to the conventions of Italian opera of the period, men's roles were often written for women, in spite of the lack of dramatic realism, and the use of castrati was common, so higher voices strongly predominate. Handel wrote the title role, which would have gone to a castrato, usually a male alto, for Cafarelli, who had the range of a mezzo-soprano. This recording is exceptional in its use of countertenors in all the male roles, and it's intriguing to hear together the variety of voice types lumped together as "countertenors"; the singers here are distinctly males altos, mezzo sopranos and sopranos. The early twenty first century is blessed with an abundance of extraordinarily fine countertenors, and the singers on this recording are exceptional, with voices of great tonal fullness and purity, agility, and individuality.
«Quando il mondo ebbe inizio e Giano tornò ad avere l'aspetto di un dio, poco a poco, si narra, apparvero ovunque le fonti, i laghi, i fiumi, le valli e i monti coperti di boschi. Apparvero pesci nell'acqua, animali sui prati e nelle foreste, uccelli nell'aria. Solo in ultimo fece il suo ingresso l'essere umano. Forse fu in quel momento che Giano si guardò intorno e scelse la sua dimora, una collina coperta allora di querce e farnetti. …
"Push Comes to Shove" is the second album by the American hard rock band Jackyl, released in 1994. They still borrow heavily from AC/DC, but this time its not as blatant. The songs are a little more distinct, as opposed to the first, and the lyrics are more original.
The 1992 self-titled debut album went platinum and featured notable rock radio hits like "Down On Me," "When Will It Rain," "I Stand Alone" and, most notably, "The Lumberjack," during which vocalist Jesse James Dupree performed a chain-saw solo. Dupree's chain-saw escapades on album and in concert became one of many Jackyl trademarks. With the release of 'Jackyl' hit the road and barely left it since. Touring mates in those early days included Aerosmith, Kiss, ZZ Top, Ted Nugent and Damn Yankees.