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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.

Silvia Frigato, Sara Mingardo, Gambe di Legno - Al Cielo: Duetti da Camera di Benedetto Marcello (2012)

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Silvia Frigato, Sara Mingardo, Gambe di Legno - Al Cielo: Duetti da Camera di Benedetto Marcello (2012)

Silvia Frigato, Sara Mingardo, Gambe di Legno - Al Cielo: Duetti da Camera di Benedetto Marcello (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 443 Mb | Total time: 77:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Fra Bernardo | # fb 1210192 | Recorded: 2012

Before the early 20th century, any list of significant Western composers would have included Benedetto Marcello. Through his advocacy of a return to the proportional values and simplicity of ancient Roman civilization, he helped set the stage for the Classical era in Western music, soon to unseat the aesthetic norms of the Baroque in which he lived.

Andrea Bacchetti - Benedetto Marcello: Piano Sonatas (2011)

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Andrea Bacchetti - Benedetto Marcello: Piano Sonatas (2011)

Andrea Bacchetti - Benedetto Marcello: Piano Sonatas (2011)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Sony/RCA Red Seal | # 88697814662 | Time: 00:55:26

Andrea Bacchetti follows his album of sonatas by Baldassarre Galuppi with another little-performed 18th century Venetian, Benedetto Marcello, whose work has a surprisingly modern character. The "Sonata III", for instance, opens with a sequence in which the right hand plays the same note 48 times in rapid succession, while the left cycles quadruplets around it – the kind of gambit you'd expect from a Cage or Feldman, but hardly from a contemporary of Vivaldi. Marcello is said to have once fallen into a grave that opened beneath him, a trauma perhaps responsible for the austere, near-spiritual logic of pieces such as the "Sonata V", where the absence of frills prefigures the enigmatic miniatures of Erik Satie.

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."

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)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 340 Mb | Total time: 66:44 | Scans included
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.

Laura Farabollini, Chiara Minali - Benedetto Marcello: Complete Sonatas for Organ and Harpsichord (2018)

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Laura Farabollini, Chiara Minali - Benedetto Marcello: Complete Sonatas for Organ and Harpsichord (2018)

Laura Farabollini, Chiara Minali - Benedetto Marcello: Complete Sonatas for Organ and Harpsichord (2018)
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Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | 95277 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

The epitome of a Renaissance man, Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739) won success and acclaim as a poet, writer, musician, lawyer, judge, administrator and philologist. Though his keyboard sonatas have appeared on several recorded collections of the Italian Baroque, they have rarely been presented in a comprehensive manner. In doing so, this album celebrates the personal even idiosyncratic style of a composer whose technical accomplishment facilitates rather than stifling his creative voice. The 12 Sonatas were later published as Op.3. They date from early in Marcellos career, and are mostly cast in three and four brief movements, though the first and last of them, in D minor and C minor respectively, feature more extended forms.

Alison Balsom - The Sound of Alison Balsom (2013)

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Alison Balsom - The Sound of Alison Balsom (2013)

Alison Balsom - The Sound of Alison Balsom (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 374 Mb | Total time: 77:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 0 19162 2 | Recorded: 2002-2012

Among the most exciting classical musicians of our time, Alison Balsom was first inspired by Dizzy Gillespie to become a virtuosic trumpet soloist. 'I've spent my whole life trying to show how versatile the trumpet can be,' she says. 'It's only limited by your imagination.' In this selection from her award-winning albums, she plays gems from the Baroque repertoire on both natural and valved instruments.

Alison Balsom, Jonathan Morton, Scottish Ensemble - Italian Concertos: Vivaldi, Marcello, Albinoni, Tartini, Cimarosa (2010)

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Alison Balsom, Jonathan Morton, Scottish Ensemble - Italian Concertos: Vivaldi, Marcello, Albinoni, Tartini, Cimarosa (2010)

Alison Balsom, Jonathan Morton, Scottish Ensemble - Italian Concertos: Vivaldi, Marcello, Albinoni, Tartini, Cimarosa (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 289 Mb | Total time: 61:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Records | 4 56094 2 | Recorded: 2009

Trumpet Star, Alison Balsom, Transforms The Traditional Italian Baroque Concerto In This New EMI Classics Release Following the popular and critical international success of her Haydn and Hummel concertos recording, Alison Balsom has recorded a program of Italian Baroque concertos. In this new recording, Balsom, plays various popular concertos originally composed for the violin or oboe by Vivaldi, Tartini, B. Marcello, Albinoni and Cimarosa, accompanied by the Scottish Ensemble. This collection provides an apt vehicle for the award-winning trumpeter's characteristic brilliance and grace.Alison Balsom, an exclusive EMI Classics recording artist, studied trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music, the Paris Conservatoire, and with Håkan Hardenberger.

Xavier Sabata, Markellos Chryssikos, Latinitas nostra - I Dilettanti (2014)

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Xavier Sabata, Markellos Chryssikos, Latinitas nostra - I Dilettanti (2014)

Xavier Sabata, Markellos Chryssikos, Latinitas nostra - I Dilettanti (2014)
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Classical | Label: Aparté | AP093 | Recorded: 2013

Music is the very soul of Venice. In every square, street, and canal, singing is to be heard, wrote Goldoni. Musical dilettantes were non-professionals who played for their own pleasure and enjoyment, to entertain themselves. This programme is devoted to a number of composers who, without being professionals, left their own very personal mark on the history of music. After Bad Guys , his first album for Aparté (2013), Xavier Sabata presents I Dilettanti , accompanied by the lively ensemble Latinitas Nostras. This recording, made in the singer s native Spain, bears witness to the sincere friendship between these artists, brought together by a passion for music, and to their dilettante spirit.

Magdalena Kožená, Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Il Giardino dei sospir (2019)

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Magdalena Kožená, Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Il Giardino dei sospir (2019)

Magdalena Kožená, Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Il Giardino dei sospir (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 410 Mb | Total time: 81:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | PTC 5186 725 | Recorded: 2018

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená hasn't often sung Baroque music. Thus, it is all the more impressive that when she does, she devises really innovative programs with unusual music. Her enthusiasm for the project may be gauged by her comment here: "I could hardly imagine more passionate, savage, uninhibited yet loving and caressing companions for these desperate heroines than Vaclav Luks and the musicians of Collegium 1704." She's right about the musicians, yet the real spotlight is on Kožená herself. The program consists of secular cantatas from the first half of the 18th century; this genre has been neglected amidst the general rediscovery of Baroque opera.

Maurice André - Great Trumpet Concertos [6CDs] (2016)

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Maurice André - Great Trumpet Concertos [6CDs] (2016)

Maurice André - Great Trumpet Concertos [6CDs] (2016)
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Classical | Label: Erato | # 0190295974947 | Recorded: 1963-1980

“Indisputably the most consummate artist in the history of the classical trumpet,” was how Gramophone described Maurice André, a musician characterised by both brilliance and refinement. These six CDs, which give pride of place to music from the 18th and 20th centuries, complement some of the most popular concertos ever written for trumpet with an enticing and fascinating selection of rarely-heard works.

Christoph Hammer, Neue Hofkapelle München - Benedetto Marcello: Joaz (2008)

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Christoph Hammer, Neue Hofkapelle München - Benedetto Marcello: Joaz (2008)

Christoph Hammer, Neue Hofkapelle München - Benedetto Marcello: Joaz (2008)
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Classical | Label: ORF | # SACD3035 | Recorded: 2008

Franz Szabo schrieb über diese Aufführung: »… Was Christoph Hammer und seine ›Neue Hofkapelle München‹ am Abend des Pfingstsonntags […] im Kolomanisaal darbrachten, kann man schlichtwegs nur als sensationell bezeichnen. Benedotto Marcellos Oratorium ›Joaz‹ bescherte zweieinhalb Stunden hochdramatischer, intelligenter, spannender und differenzierter Barockmusik, deren Schönheit alle Anwesenden restlos in ihren Bann schlug. […] Der österreichische Tenor Daniel Johannsen überzeugte als stimmprächtiger und wortdeutlicher böser Berater mit aufflackernd schlechtem Gewissen. […] Kaum zu glauben und ein weiterer Beweis für die höchste Qualität dieses Ensembles, daß die Künstler nur wenige Tage an der Erprobung des Stückes arbeiten konnten. […] Beruhigend zu wissen, dass dieses Oratorium zum oftmaligen Nachhören vom ORF aufgenommen wurde.«

Paolo Faldi, Camerata Accademica - Benedetto e Alessandro Marcello: Arianna abbandonata & other Cantatas (2019)

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Paolo Faldi, Camerata Accademica - Benedetto e Alessandro Marcello: Arianna abbandonata & other Cantatas (2019)

Paolo Faldi, Camerata Accademica - Benedetto e Alessandro Marcello: Arianna abbandonata & other Cantatas (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 375 Mb | Total time: 70:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Elegia | # 19075 | Recorded: 2019

The brothers Marcello, Alessandro and the more famous Benedetto, were born into an illustrious patrician family in Venice in 1684 and 1686 respectively. The eldest, with his eclectic talent, proved to be attracted to both the arts and the sciences from an early age; the youngest, better known as the “prince of sacred music”, was about to study the violin very young. According to legend, still children, Alessandro mocked him for his lack of talent in front of the princess of Brunswick, which made him swear to devote himself to musical studies in a zealous manner.

Philippe Jaroussky - Passion Jaroussky [3CDs] (2019)

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Philippe Jaroussky - Passion Jaroussky [3CDs] (2019)

Philippe Jaroussky - Passion Jaroussky [3CDs] (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,97 Gb | Total time: 76:19+80:21+75:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029537555 | Recorded: 2000

Passion Jaroussky marks 20 years since Philippe Jaroussky made his professional debut and commenced his rapid ascent to stardom. As the French countertenor says, “Even after all these years, my passion for music is undimmed.” Ranging musically from the 16th to the 21st century, the triple album comprises both new recordings and highlights from recent albums, and it also showcases Jaroussky’s collaborations with a host of major singers – from the worlds of both classical music and pop – instrumentalists, conductors and orchestras.

Sabrina Frey - Accademia dell'Arcadia - Roma 1710: A. Scarlatti, Sieber, Corelli, Valentini, G. Bononcini, B. Marcello (2015)

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Sabrina Frey  - Accademia dell'Arcadia - Roma 1710: A. Scarlatti,  Sieber, Corelli, Valentini, G. Bononcini, B. Marcello (2015)

Sabrina Frey - Accademia dell'Arcadia - Roma 1710: A. Scarlatti, Sieber, Corelli, Valentini, G. Bononcini, B. Marcello (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 389 Mb | Total time: 72:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: TYXArt | # TXA15063 | Recorded: 2014

A delightfull combination of well chosen program materials and expert recording techniques. Sabrina Frey and her companion musicians are top notch performers that serve a concert with well worked ensemble and group interplay.
I found the playing of Sabrina Frey most interesting. She commands her recorder with consumate skill. The works played (including 2 premières) are by Scarlatti, Sieber, Corelli, Valentini, Bononcini, and Marcello. Masters of the baroque form.