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Kai Wessel, David Blunden - Benedetto Marcello: Cassandra (2010)

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Kai Wessel, David Blunden - Benedetto Marcello: Cassandra (2010)

Kai Wessel, David Blunden - Benedetto Marcello: Cassandra; Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto c-moll after B. Marcello, BWV 981 (2010)
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Classical | Label: Aeon | AECD 1087 | Recorded: 2009

The Venetian poet Antonio Conti received from Marcello the commission for a dramatic text that allows a quick succession of events, rather than the usual succession of recitative and arias.
Cassandra plunges us into Homer’s Trojan War, with its namesake prophetess who has the gift of predicting the future, but whom no one believes. The many [25] extant copies of this cantata, here given its world première recording, testify to the impact it had in its own time. Charles Burney reports a performance in Venice in 1770 at which the cantata was impressively interpreted by a bass, but almost all the manuscripts are headed by ‘Cantata per Alto’. The range of the vocal part stretches more than three octaves, which explains the difficulty in finding an interpreter able to sing it: it may be that Cassandra was sung by a bass performing as an ‘altus’. Following the practice of the time, Kaï Wessel and David Blunden have taken the liberty of improvising interludes at a few points where the action shifts between vision and oracle – in concert these also provide brief moments of rest for the voice.

Performer:
Kai Wessel, contreténor
David Blunden, clavecin

Track List:
Benedetto Marcello – Cassandra (Cantata per Alto)
01. Odi, o Troja, Cassandra!
02. Sotto il piè de' soldati, e de' cavalli
03. Nell'aureo Talamo
04. Mà il furibondo Greco
05. Ahi spettacolo mesto
06. E suonan le contrade ampie di Troja
07. Altri pianti e lamenti
08. O come incalza colui che ferì Marte!
09. O misero! non sai
10. Ove mi fugo mai, dove mi celo?
11. Alla corrente del Xanto sbalza
12. O Priamo, egli è tuo sangue!
13. Vieni ò sposa
14. Ei cade sulla polve
15. Va tutto in pianto, ed in tumulto Troja
16. Chi nell'Abisso mi sotterra?
Johann Sebastian Bach - Concerto c-moll after B.Marcello, BWV 981
17. I. Adagio
18. II. Vivave
19. III. Adagio
20. IV. Prestissimo


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