Anima Aeterna

“Anima Aeterna means ‘eternal soul’, which for me means nature. Something so strong and durable … Something so vital, wild and dangerous, yet also so calm, mesmerizing and healing.”

Jakub Józef Orliński

Artists:

Jakub Józef Orliński

Fatma Said

Il pomo d’oro

Francesco Cort

Packaging: 1CD Digipack + 1 LP Vinyl

Release date: 29 October 2021

Digipack: 0190296743900 – SHRM: 0190296743870 – LP: 0190296743863

Anima Aeterna is an adventurous album of sacred arias and motets from the 18th century, following in the vein of Anima Sacra, which in 2018 announced Jakub Józef Orliński’s arrival as a recording artist and, as Gramophone magazine wrote, “a voice with a big future”.

The new album includes several world premiere recordings and the Polish-born countertenor is again joined by the instrumentalists of Il pomo d’oro – conducted here by Francesco Corti.  Fatma Said also joins Orliński, after making a big impression on him with her debut recording El Nour. Together, they recorded the motet ‘Laetatus sum’ by the Bohemian composer Jan Dismas Zelenka.

“Anima Aeterna is intended as a continuation of Anima Sacra,” says Jakub Józef Orliński. “It offers a kind of dialogue, starting a conversation between the two programmes. I’ve always wanted my solo albums to be artistic statements and to present ideas, telling smaller and bigger stories, and to make connections and arguments through their programmes.”

To conceive and devise this second Anima, Orliński again worked with the multi-faceted musician and musicologist Yannis François. In addition to Zelenka (also represented by a virtuosic solo motet, ‘Barbara dira effera’, composed for the famous castrato Domenico Annibali) and Manna, it offers works by Handel, Fux and two composers who, like Manna, are ‘rediscoveries’: Francisco António de Almeida and Bartolomeo Nucci. Yannis François believes that the aria by Nucci, from an oratorio on the story of David and Goliath, constitutes the Tuscan composer’s first appearance in the entire recorded catalogue.

The LP edition of Anima Aeterna features an additional track – and another world premiere recording: ‘Gratias agimus tibi’ by the Neapolitan composer Davide Perez.

“this album is not so much about the religious side of the works on the programme as about the emotions they contain,” continues Orliński, “and about the different instruments and voices they present. You can find compositions with totally different orchestrations”

“All of this shows even more of the shades and colours to be heard in in sacred music of baroque era, and, most importantly, how they can touch people’s souls, even today. Anima Aeterna means ‘eternal soul’, which for me means nature. Something so strong and durable … Something so vital, wild and dangerous, yet also so calm, mesmerizing and healing.”

TRACKLIST CD & DIGITAL – ANIMA AETERNA

1-3. Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679 – 1745)

Barbara dira effera ZWV 164

1. Barbara, dira, effera

2. Vicit leo de tribu Juda

3. Alleluia

4. Johann Joseph Fux (1660-1741) from La Fonte della Salute Op.23

Non t’amo per il ciel (Il peccator contrito) 8’29

5-10. Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679 – 1745)

Laetatus sum ZWV 90

5. Laetatus sum (Allegro assai)

6. Illuc enim (Allegro assai)

7. Rogate (Andante)

8. Fiat pax (Larghetto)

9. Gloria (Adagio)

10. Sicut erat (Allegro assai)

11. Francisco António de Almeida (1702-1755) from La Giuditta (Roma, 1726)

Giusto Dio (Ozia)

12. Bartolomeo NUCCI (fl. 1717-1749) from Il Davide Trionfante

Un giusto furore che m’arde nel core (David)

13-17. Gennaro MANNA (1715–1779)

Laudate Pueri, laudate Dominum (David)

13. Laudate Pueri, laudate Dominum

14. Quis sicut Dominus

15. Suscitans a terra inopem

16. Gloria

17. Sicut erat in principio – Amen

18. George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759)

Antiphon in D minor: Alleluja, Amen HWV 269 (*with organ only)

World premiere recordings: 12, 13 – 17 (Track no. 5/SIDE B – LP Vinyl)

TRACKLIST LP VINYL – ANIMA AETERNA

SIDE A

1. Bartolomeo NUCCI (fl. 1717-1749) from Il Davide Trionfante

Un giusto furore che m’arde nel core (David)

2. Francisco António de Almeida (1702-1755) from La Giuditta (Roma, 1726)

Giusto Dio (Ozia)

3. Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679 – 1745)

Barbara dira effera ZWV 164

I. Barbara dira effera

SIDE B

1-2 Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679 – 1745)

Barbara dira effera ZWV 164

1. II. Vicit leo de tribu Juda

2. III. Alleluia

3. Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679 – 1745)

Laetatus sum ZWV 90

III. Rogate (Andante)

4. Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679 – 1745)

Laetatus sum ZWV 90

IV. Fiat pax (Larghetto)

5. Davide Perez (1711-1778) from Messa a 5 voci

Gratias agimus tibi *word premiere recording – only in LP Vinyl album

6. Johann Joseph Fux (1660-1741) from La Fonte della Salute (Vienna, 1716)

Non t’amo per il ciel

Artists:

Jakub Józef Orliński countertenor (except track no. 6)

Fatma Said soprano (CD: tracks no. 5-7, 9-10 / LP: track no. 3)

Il pomo d’oro & choir (13-17)

Francesco Corti, conductor & continuo (13-18)