Counter-tenor Franco Fagioli makes his Pentatone debut with Anime Immortali, together with the Kammerorchester Basel, exploring the music that Mozart composed for castratos. Ranging from opera to sacred music and culminating in Exsultate, jubilate, the recorded works share a sublime and profound character, demonstrating Mozart’s strong connection to the castrato voice. With this album, Fagioli finally returns to the composer that inflamed his desire to become a musician during his youth.
Franco Fagioli is one of today’s most esteemed countertenors, and makes his Pentatone debut. The Kammerorchester Basel returns to the label after a recording of Haydn’s Stabat Mater (2023) with René Jacobs.
“Fagioli’s lyrical singing, whether in the motet’s slow central aria or Sesto’s solos from La clemenza di Tito, has a luxurious, almost feminine sweetness that remains just the right side of indulgence.”
Release Date: April 14, 2023