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Roberta Invernizzi, Alberto Rasi, Accademia Strumentale Italiana - Dolcissimo sospiro (2005)

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Roberta Invernizzi, Alberto Rasi, Accademia Strumentale Italiana - Dolcissimo sospiro (2005)

Roberta Invernizzi, Alberto Rasi, Accademia Strumentale Italiana - Dolcissimo sospiro: Arie & Madrigale by Giulio Caccini with instrumental music of his time (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 270 Mb | Total time: 62:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Divox | # CDX-70202-6 | Recorded: 2003

Italian late Renaissance composer Giulio Caccini (1551-1618) was not only one of the most famous composers of his time but also an exceptionally gifted singer. "Dolcissimo sospiro" presents a fine selection of strophic arias and madrigals from Caccini's "Nuove Musiche". Singer of those "sweetest sigh", Roberta Invernizzi, is one of the most sought-after sopranos in the field of Early Music. The Accademia Strumentale Italiana, an ensemble specializing in Early Music, has performed extensively in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Germany and has been invited to several international festivals. This recording received the Midem Award for the Best Recording of Early Music in 2007.

Sergio Vartolo, Soloists of the Cappella Musicale di S. Petronio - Lamenti Barocchi (2011)

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Sergio Vartolo, Soloists of the Cappella Musicale di S. Petronio - Lamenti Barocchi (2011)

Sergio Vartolo, Soloists of the Cappella Musicale di S. Petronio - Lamenti Barocchi (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 885 Mb | Total time: 66:31+72:52+75:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.503241 | Recorded: 1995

The lament became a current and important feature of Italian Baroque monody, with its rhetorical and therefore dramatic connotations, generally set over a four-note descending bass line. The best known, though not the earliest, of these laments is probably Monteverdi's Lamento d'Arianna, a later version of which, with a sacred Latin text, was included in the composer's Selva morale e spirituale, published in Venice in 1641. In 1607 Monteverdi had provided the music for a favola in musica performed at the court of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga in Mantua, where the composer was maestro di cappella. Orfeo, with a libretto by Alessandro striggio, has a literary source in the Metamorphoses of Ovid. The success of Orfeo led to the creation of a new dramatic work, a tragedy in musica, in 1608, a deliberate attempt, as the pastoral Orfeo was not, to create a work that would in some way revive ancient Greek tragedy.

Maria Luisa Baldassari, Ensemble Les Nations - Giovanni Battista Bassani: Giona (2016)

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Maria Luisa Baldassari, Ensemble Les Nations - Giovanni Battista Bassani: Giona (2016)

Maria Luisa Baldassari, Ensemble Les Nations - Giovanni Battista Bassani: Giona (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 468 Mb | Total time: 88:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Tactus | # TC 640290 | Recorded: 2014

Les Nations is an ensemble specializing in the rediscovery of the oratorio musical form, from the Renaissance to the Baroque. In this production ""Les Nations is faced with an almost unknown author that, once again, proves he deserves a place amongst the greats. The few surviving works by Giovanni Battista Bassani, whose life remains mostly mysterious, testimony the incredible range and greatness of his musical writing. No exception is the Giona, the realization of which marked the debut of Bassani's oratorio at the court of Francesco II d'Este, Duke of Modena and Reggio, great lover of music, whose appointment had to be a great opportunity for the composer's artistic career, aware he could count both on an experienced and passionate client and almost unlimited resources.

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Stabat Mater: Motets to the Virgin Mary (2010)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Stabat Mater: Motets to the Virgin Mary (2010)

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Stabat Mater: Motets to the Virgin Mary (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 361 Mb | Total time: 71:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 693907 2 | Recorded: 2005

Unsurprisingly, it is in the music of the Baroque era – the heyday of the castrato – that French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky has captured the attention of music-lovers lovers around the world. The ethereal, but sensuous beauty of his voice, his virtuosity and his sense of style have brought him critical praise, a number of major awards – including, in 2008, Germany’s prestigious Echo-Klassik prize for Male Singer of the Year.

Ryland Angel, Les Folies Françoises - Totus Amore: Alessandro Scarlatti, Corelli, Bassani, Stradella (2006)

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Ryland Angel, Les Folies Françoises - Totus Amore: Alessandro Scarlatti, Corelli, Bassani, Stradella (2006)

Ryland Angel, Les Folies Françoises - Totus Amore: Alessandro Scarlatti, Corelli, Bassani, Stradella (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 343 Mb | Total time: 65:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deux-Elles | # DXL1054 | Recorded: 2005

…Fine motets by Stradella and Bassani make this disc worth investigation. …violinist Patrick Cohën-Akenine with his excellent bad Les Folies Françoises play with resonant warmth, particularly in two dynamically charged Corelli sonatas.
(Gramophone Magazine)