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Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini - Antonio Maria Bononcini: Messa; Stabat Mater (2012)

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Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini - Antonio Maria Bononcini: Messa; Stabat Mater (2012)

Antonio Maria Bononcini: Messa; Stabat Mater (2012)
Concerto Italiano, conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 372 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Naive | # OP 30537 | Time: 01:19:56

This disc is a tour de force, a world premiere recording of stunning music splendidly performed. The unjustly obscure Antonio Maria Bononcini was appointed late in life to be maestro di cappella in Modena, a post which allowed him to pour his store of invention into two grand sacred works, a Mass and a Stabat Mater. Conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini engages deeply with the composer’s imagination, opening up his dense counterpoint and delicately binding together his vocal and obbligato lines. The musical rhetoric of the Concerto Italiano is spellbinding, particularly when band and singers heighten gestures to surge powerfully towards a passage’s final cadence. However heated their delivery becomes – and the Stabat Mater does sizzle – the artists never rush. This is particularly crucial for bringing out Bononcini’s modulations and textures, which, because they shift rapidly, need space to breathe.

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, D.Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

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George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, D.Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, D. Scarlatti, A. Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 645 Mb | Total time: 141:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 443 868-2 | Recorded: 1966, 1973, 1977, 1978

This anthology of devotional music from 18th-century Venice and Naples offers an interesting and varied programme. Best known is Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, but the settings by Domenico Scarlatti and Bononcini stand well in comparison. The motets by Lotti, Caldara and Alessandro Scarlatti are real discoveries; Norrington’s performances of the latter are particularly fine. Guest’s Pergolesi suffers from a focus of sound which makes the interpretation seem somewhat generalised. However, all these performances give pleasure, while the music is melodically fresh and rhythmically vital.

Sandro Volta, Orchestra dell’Opera Barocca di Guastalla - Antonio Maria Bononcini: La Decollazione di S.Giovanni Battista(2003)

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Sandro Volta, Orchestra dell’Opera Barocca di Guastalla - Antonio Maria Bononcini: La Decollazione di S.Giovanni Battista(2003)

Sandro Volta, Orchestra dell’Opera Barocca di Guastalla - Antonio Maria Bononcini: La Decollazione di S.Giovanni Battista (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 64:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Tactus | # TC 675201 | Recorded: 1998

The oratorio La decollazione di S. Giovanni Battista by Antonio Maria Bononcini is a worthy representative of the little-known tradition of oratorios in the Italian language composed at the Hapsburg court, a tradition which was quite widespread between the second half of the seventeenth and the first three decades of the eighteenth centuries. This genre, now considered to be an appendix of the opera, played instead a significant role in the religious-musical events of the imperial court, where Italian culture in general and the language itself represented more than mere aesthetic models.

Philippe Jaroussky, Artaserse - La vanità del Mondo: Oratorio Arias (2020)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Artaserse - La vanità del Mondo: Oratorio Arias (2020)

Philippe Jaroussky, Artaserse - La vanità del Mondo: Oratorio Arias (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 356 Mb | Total time: 73:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029517929 | Recorded: 2020

Philippe Jaroussky brings his musical and dramatic powers to a programme of music from Italian oratorios of the baroque era, including five arias in world premiere recordings. La vanità del mondo, takes it's name from an oratorio by Pietro Torri and among the other composers are Händel, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Hasse, Fago and Caldara. "I think composers of this period often give of their best when setting the great stories of the Old Testament," says Jaroussky. "And if oratorio stories are more static than opera, they allow for deeper reflection on the place of mankind in the universe. I think that resonates with particular intensity in 2020, a year of pandemic."

Gunar Letzbor, Radu Marian, Ars Antiqua Austria - Antonio Maria Bononcini: Cantate in Soprano (2005)

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Gunar Letzbor, Radu Marian, Ars Antiqua Austria - Antonio Maria Bononcini: Cantate in Soprano (2005)

Gunar Letzbor, Radu Marian, Ars Antiqua Austria - Antonio Maria Bononcini: Cantate in Soprano (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 59:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arcana | # A 335 | Recorded: 2004

Antonio Maria Bononcini (1677 - 1726) is the younger and lesser-known brother of Giovanni Bononcini (1670 - 1747). He was one of a number of Italian composers who were active at the imperial court in Vienna, and introduced the newest trends in Italian music to the Austrian capital. His brother also did belong to this group of composers, as well as Ziani and Ariosti. The chamber cantata was one of the genres these composers paid attention to as listening to cantatas was part of the entertainment at the court.

Roberta Invernizzi, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - I Viaggi di Faustina: Porpora, Vinci, Mancini, Sarro, Bononcini (2013)

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Roberta Invernizzi, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - I Viaggi di Faustina: Porpora, Vinci, Mancini, Sarro, Bononcini (2013)

Roberta Invernizzi, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - I Viaggi di Faustina: Porpora, Vinci, Mancini, Sarro, Bononcini (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 330 Mb | Total time: 66:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCD922606 | Recorded: 2012

With I Viaggi di Faustina Glossa is launching a new collection focusing on famous Italian singers from the 17th and 18th centuries, whose travels bear witness to the intense level of artistic activity then taking place in the major cities of Europe. Faustina Bordoni, the brilliant diva with whom we begin this series pursued her career mainly in Naples (the principal focus of this CD) and Venice, but also in cities such as Bologna, Parma, Dresden and London. These were cities hosting – with great success – operas by Johann Adolph Hasse (Bordoni’s husband), Nicola Popora, Leonardo Vinci, Francesco Mancini and Domenico Sarro; most of these composers are represented on this first selection of wonderful arias.

David Hansen, Allessandro de Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Rivals: Arias for Farinelli & Co. [2013]

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David Hansen, Allessandro de Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Rivals: Arias for Farinelli & Co. [2013]

David Hansen - Rivals: Arias for Farinelli & Co. [2013]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 76.36 | Scans | 455 Mb
Classical | Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88883744012 | Rec: 2013

Australian countertenor David Hansen became a hot new presence on the scene in the mid-2010s with a startlingly clear, powerful soprano voice. He's become enough of a phenomenon that skeptics have come out of the woodwork, pointing out flaws in his armor like the relative weakness of his middle register. It's true enough, and on Rivals there is a slight tend to wait for the big fast numbers while the more sedate scenes play out. But such cavils essentially miss the point. As the title suggests, Rivals: Arias for Farinelli & Co. explores not only music written for the 18th century castrato Farinelli (Carlo Broschi), which has been done before, but also for other singers of the time.

Andrzej Kosendiak, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra - Antonio Maria Bononcini: La decollazione di San Giovanni Battista (2019)

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Andrzej Kosendiak, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra - Antonio Maria Bononcini: La decollazione di San Giovanni Battista (2019)

Andrzej Kosendiak, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - Antonio Maria Bononcini: La decollazione di San Giovanni Battista (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 441 Mb | Total time: 46:06+45:24 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: CD Accord | # ACD256 | Recorded: 2018

Bononcini’s La decollazione was first performed during Lent of 1709 in the chapel of Emperor Joseph I in Vienna. The rather sober scoring of La decollazione for strings and continuo might be explained by the Lenten presentation, but the vocal and instrumental demands of the piece fully exploited the brilliance of the Viennese musicians, and their skill in opera. At the same time, Bononcini integrated his skills in counterpoint, normally associated with sacred music, throughout the work so that it presents as both worldly and spiritual.

Nuria Rial, Artemandoline - Sospiri d'Amanti (2015)

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Nuria Rial, Artemandoline - Sospiri d'Amanti (2015)

Núria Rial, Artemandoline - Sospiri d'Amanti (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 344 Mb | Total time: 70:24 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88843077892 | Recorded: 2014

An invitation to the intimate setting of an Austrian or Italian Court at the beginning of the XVIIIth century.
Contrasting voices and instruments performing as a solo or together will compete with charm and impetuosity to conjure up the vivacity and the beauty of the Italian music at the time. In the early years of the 18th century the mandolin was an integral part of the Baroque musical scene. As such, it is found in a hundred or so operas.