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Romano Vettori, Accademia di Musica Antica - Francesco Cavalli: Musiche sacre concertate (2004)

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Romano Vettori, Accademia di Musica Antica - Francesco Cavalli: Musiche sacre concertate (2004)

Romano Vettori, Accademia di Musica Antica - Francesco Cavalli: Musiche sacre concertate (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 65:54 | Scans included
Classical | Fonè | 031 SACD | Recorded: 2002

Francesco Cavalli was an important musical figure in 17th Century Venice. As a student of, and later, successor to Claudio Monteverdi, he was the leader of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. He also served as head of the Venetian operatic school and was very highly regarded as a composer of religious and operatic music in his day. Unfortunately, he was reluctant to have his compositions published, and therefore, is virtually unknown to modern audiences.

Mike Fentross, Ensemble La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: La Rosinda (2010)

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Mike Fentross, Ensemble La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: La Rosinda (2010)

Mike Fentross, Ensemble La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: La Rosinda (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 850 Mb | Total time: 168:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ludi Musici | # LM005 | Recorded: 2008

The booklet for this release tells us that it is not only a world premiere recording but that La Rosinda has been revived on only one other occasion since the 17th century. Baroque opera enthusiasts should be circling, then, for this is a work in which Cavalli’s skills as an opera composer who can mix fluidity of text with just enough lyricism to make musical drama that is both compelling and attractive are clearly displayed.

Alarius Ensemble, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Virtuoso Violin Music of the 17th Century (1998)

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Alarius Ensemble, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Virtuoso Violin Music of the 17th Century (1998)

Alarius Ensemble, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Virtuoso Violin Music of the 17th Century (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 335 Mb | Total time: 62:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 3984-21801-2 | Recorded: 1968

The works of the early Baroque Italian composers featured on this CD all make some kind of use of the new virtuoso violin technique. Thus they enable us to understand how, as a result of untold experiments, a technique that was specifically suited to the violin gradually began to emerge.

Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Passions: Venezia 1600-1750 (2019)

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Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Passions: Venezia 1600-1750 (2019)

Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Passions: Venezia 1600-1750 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 75:33 | Scans included
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HMM 902632 | Recorded: 2018

The transition between the Renaissance and the Baroque eras did not mark one sudden change of forms or styles, nor did it signal the end of what Claudio Monteverdi called the prima pratica, or the primary practice of Renaissance polyphony. However, a new emphasis on powerful emotional expressions became a central feature of what he dubbed the seconda pratica, which came to the fore with the development of opera, most notably in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in 1607. Composers paid special attention to the innovations in the music of Venice, which eventually spread throughout Europe in the 17th and early 18th centuries, and such figures as Monteverdi, Antonio Lotti, and Antonio Caldara, long associated with the city, became exemplars of the new Venetian style, in both secular and sacred music.

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Italy (2012)

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London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Italy (2012)

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Italy (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 391 Mb | Total time: 68:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-1795 | Recorded: 2010

This release is part of an eight-disc series by the small historical-instrument ensemble London Baroque, covering the entire history of the trio sonata in four countries (Italy, Germany, France, and England) over two centuries (17th and 18th). The series is more aimed at those with a strong interest in Baroque instrumental music than at general listeners, but several of them have been attractive for anyone, and this album falls into that group. It might well have come first in a chronological series, for it includes the very first works that might be called trio sonatas, the Sonata a tre of Giovanni Cima, published in 1610, and the Sonata a tre secuondo tono, from 1621.

Mike Fentross, La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: L'Ipermestra (2019)

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Mike Fentross, La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: L'Ipermestra (2019)

Mike Fentross, La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: L'Ipermestra (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 820 Mb | Total time: 61:18+57:22+47:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Challenge Classics | # CC 72774 | Recorded: 2006

Working in 17th-century Venice soon after the worlds first public opera houses opened there, composer Francesco Cavalli had no tradition to follow. He gave his fertile imagination free rein, tinkering with the brand-new art form to create the lively Venetian style of opera, with its melodious arias, sprightly dance rhythms, free-wheeling mythological or historical plots and generous dollops of comedy. Like most of Cavallis operas, Ilpermestra wasnt performed between the late 17th century and recent years. Ilpermestra was written on the occasion of the birth of King Philip IV of Spains first son in 1658. It was one of the most magnificent operas to have ever been staged. This is the world premiere recording of the opera, made after a live stage performance in Utrecht in 2006.

Sébastien Daucé, Ensemble Correspondances - Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs - Carnets de voyage d'Italie (2020)

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Sébastien Daucé, Ensemble Correspondances - Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs - Carnets de voyage d'Italie (2020)

Sébastien Daucé, Ensemble Correspondances - Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs - Carnets de voyage d'Italie (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 374 Mb | Total time: 79:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM 902640 | Recorded: 2019

An Italian travel diary. Paris, 1665: a young composer leaves the Saint-Michel district to embark on a journey to Rome. The journey promises to be a long one, its stopovers rich in encounters for Charpentier. On this new recording, Sébastien Daucé invites us on an imaginary recreation of that voyage of initiation, from Cremona (Merula) to Rome (Beretta), by way of Venice (Cavalli) and Bologna (Cazzati). A journey in space, but also in time, through the sources of inspiration of a composer whose future works were to recall the colours of Italy – as the magnificent Mass for four choirs testifies.

Jakub Józef Orliński, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - Facce d'Amore (2019)

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Jakub Józef Orliński, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - Facce d'Amore (2019)

Jakub Józef Orliński, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - Facce d'Amore (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 422 Mb | Total time: 76:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 9029542338 | Recorded: 2019

Facce d’amore, ‘Faces of love’ follows Jakub Józef Orliński’s first solo album, Anima Sacra, which moved Gramophone magazine to announce that “This is a voice with a big future.” It brings a switch from the sacred to the personal and passionate. As the Polish-born, New York-trained countertenor says, the programme – which includes eight world premiere recordings – comprises “operatic arias that tell a story, showing a musical picture of a male lover in the baroque era – not only the positive side, like joyful or reciprocated love, but also anger or even madness.” Spanning some 85 years of the baroque period, the arias on Facce d’amore are by Handel, Cavalli, Alessandro Scarlatti, Bononcini, Conti, Hasse, Orlandini, Predieri and Matteis. Orliński is again partnered by the instrumentalists of Il Pomo d’Oro and their Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.

Andrea Marcon, Orchestra Barocca di Venezia - Francesco Cavalli: L'Orione (2001)

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Andrea Marcon, Orchestra Barocca di Venezia - Francesco Cavalli: L'Orione (2001)

Andrea Marcon, Orchestra Barocca di Venezia - Francesco Cavalli: L'Orione (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 816 Mb | Total time: 53:35+43:37+58:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mondo Musica | MFON 22249 | Recorded: 1998

Cavalli composed more than 40 operas. Less than a dozen have been recorded. L'Orione an opera in three acts and a prologue is about No. 27 and was first heard in Milan in 1653 to celebrate the election of Ferdinand IV as King of the Romans. This September 27, 1998 performance (in a new critical edition by Andrea Marcon derived from the manuscript in the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice) in Venice is the first in the modem era. The plot is derived from the ancient Greek legend of the giant Orion told in Ovid's Fasti, rewritten in Natale Conte's Mythologiae, and finally dramatized in Francesco Meloslo's libretto for Cavalli. The libretto takes the opportunity for humor, using the plight of the blind Orion to make fun of the gods, as was common in so many Venetian librettos of the time.

Roberto Solci, Orchestra barocca I Concertanti - Francesco Cavalli: Eliogabalo (2005)

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Roberto Solci, Orchestra barocca I Concertanti - Francesco Cavalli: Eliogabalo (2005)

Roberto Solci, Orchestra barocca I Concertanti - Francesco Cavalli: Eliogabalo (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 790 Mb | Total time: 72:14+72:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Recording Arts | # R2CD 70-01 | Recorded: 1999

Eliogabalo (Heliogabalus) is an opera by the Italian composer Francesco Cavalli based on the life of the Roman emperor Heliogabalus. The author of the original libretto is unknown but it was probably reworked by Aurelio Aureli [it]. The opera was composed in 1667 and was intended to be premiered during the Venetian Carnival season of 1668. In fact, it was never staged and was replaced by another opera of the same name by Giovanni Antonio Boretti, perhaps because Cavalli's style was considered too old-fashioned. Eliogabalo was first performed in 1999, in Crema, Italy.

Antonio Greco, OIDI Festival Baroque Ensemble - Francesco Cavalli, Alessandro Stradella: ll Novello Giasone (2014)

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Antonio Greco, OIDI Festival Baroque Ensemble - Francesco Cavalli, Alessandro Stradella: ll Novello Giasone (2014)

Antonio Greco, OIDI Festival Baroque Ensemble - Francesco Cavalli, Alessandro Stradella: ll Novello Giasone (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 743 Mb | Total time: 70:52+49:56+47:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni ‎| # GB2464/66 | Recorded: 2011

Cavalli/Stradella's "Il Novello Giasone" was revived for the Valle d'Itria Festival in 2011 and provides us with an illuminating example of the workings of Italian baroque opera on the cusp between the first and second generation of the great composers in the genre during the mid 17th century.

Palladian Ensemble - An Excess of Pleasure. The Winged Lion (2008)

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Palladian Ensemble - An Excess of Pleasure. The Winged Lion (2008)

Palladian Ensemble - An Excess of Pleasure. The Winged Lion (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 589 Mb | Total time: 66:03+65:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | CKD 321 | Recorded: 1992, 1993

Some of the connections with Venice may be a little tenuous, and this particular Winged Lion even circles over Spain clutching a Venetian guitar. The Palladian Ensemble's debut disc was called An Excess of Pleasure; the sequal offers nothing less! From two gutsy Vivaldi concertos via the dashing caprice of Santiago de Murcia's La Jota to a canzon by Cavalli which discharges itself in a haunting echo of Monteverdi's Lamento della Ninfa, the programme continually surprises and enchants. The playing too.

Antonio Florio, Cappella de’ Turchini - Cavalli: Statira, Principessa di Persia (2004)

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Antonio Florio, Cappella de’ Turchini - Cavalli: Statira, Principessa di Persia (2004)

Antonio Florio, Cappella de’ Turchini - Cavalli: Statira, Principessa di Persia (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 662 Mb | Total time: 70:49+67:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP 30382 | Recorded: 2003

In this very appealing perfomance, Roberta Ivernizzi is in lovely form as Statira, shaping her music with with expressive detail and Dionisia di Vico brings a clarion mezzo with pungent low notes to Cloridaspe's music…Antonio Florio leads the able period-instrument ensemble Capella de'Turchini with style and verve.

Françoise Lasserre, Akademia - Cavalli: Requiem, Antiennes a la Vierge (1993)

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Françoise Lasserre, Akademia - Cavalli: Requiem, Antiennes a la Vierge (1993)

Françoise Lasserre, Akademia - Cavalli: Requiem, Antiennes a la Vierge (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 278 Mb | Total time: 51:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pierre Verany | PV793052 | Recorded: 1993

Francesco Cavalli’s musical production is dominated by his forty or so operas (some of which are still of doubtful authenticity). Cavalli’s apparent nonchalance no doubt helped to foster the legend of a person who seemed to be constantly hesitating between the security of a post at St Mark’s and the attraction of melodrama. Moreover, his functions as singer and organist in Venice did not stipulate that he was to compose religious music; his priveleged position at the basilica, which was synonymous with social success, nevertheless encouraged him to leave his mark. When he was appointed maestro di cappella on Rovetta’s death, he devoted himself to enriching a corpus of new music destined for the repertory of St Mark’s.

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.