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Francesca Aspromonte, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Maria & Maddalena (2021)

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Francesca Aspromonte, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Maria & Maddalena (2021)

Francesca Aspromonte, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Maria & Maddalena: Lulier, Bononcini, Caldara, Perti, Handel, A. Scarlatti (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 62:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC5186867 | Recorded: 2020

On her second PENTATONE album Maria & Maddalena, star soprano Francesca Aspromonte explores the Two Marys in oratorios by Lulier, Bononcini, Leopoldo I d’Asburgo, Caldara, Perti, Handel and Scarlatti, partly in new editions, documenting the extremely bloom of the genre in the years around 1700. She performs these works together with violinist Boris Begelman as well as the seasoned players of I Barocchisti under the baton of the eminent Diego Fasolis. Traditionally seen as two feminine opposites, with far-reaching moral implications, Aspromonte brings the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene together as two beautiful and strong women who turned their lives upside down by making the choice to dedicate themselves completely to an ideal. Her interpretation of these exceptional pieces explores all the emotions of the Two Marys, constituting a fascinating and profoundly moving portrait of what it means to be a woman.

Kristen Watson, Musicians of the Old Post Road - Roman Handel (2012)

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Kristen Watson, Musicians of the Old Post Road - Roman Handel (2012)

Kristen Watson, Musicians of the Old Post Road - Roman Handel: Cantatas and instrumental works by Handel, Bononcini, Corelli, Gasparini, Lulier (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 63:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Centaur | # CRC 3246 | Recorded: 2011

Works by the young Handel and his colleagues at the court of Benedetto Pamphili, including world premiere recordings of cantatas by Lulier and Bononcini, along with a flute concerto by Gasparini. This recording features soprano Kristen Watson.

Chanterelle Ensemble - Antonio and Giovanni Bononcini: Sonatas and Cantatas (2003)

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Chanterelle Ensemble - Antonio and Giovanni Bononcini: Sonatas and Cantatas (2003)

Chanterelle Ensemble - Antonio and Giovanni Bononcini: Sonatas and Cantatas (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 329 Mb | Total time: 62:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Centaur | # CRC 2630 | Recorded: 2002

Giovanni went on to become a big star in London writing Italian operas but he and his younger brother came from Bologna, known for its famous cellist-composers Vitali, Jacchini and Domenico Gabrieli. These mostly early pieces for cello or gamba demonstrate their aptitude for these instruments while the aria Impar was one of the standard audition pieces of every aspiring soprano during the early 1700s.

Cristina Miatello, Guido Morini, Andrea Fossà - Alessandro Scarlatti, Giovanni Bononcini: Andate, o miei sospiri (1992)

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Cristina Miatello, Guido Morini, Andrea Fossà - Alessandro Scarlatti, Giovanni Bononcini: Andate, o miei sospiri (1992)

Cristina Miatello, Guido Morini, Andrea Fossà - Alessandro Scarlatti, Giovanni Bononcini: Andate, o miei sospiri - Cantate da Camera (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 381 Mb | Total time: 74:39 | Scans included
Classical | Tactus | TC660002 | Recorded: 1989

Lamenti e patetici sospiri di innamorati infelici sono gli eterni temi della cantata italiana; un piccolo dramma lirico-narrativo che ogni autore cerca di rinnovare con raffinate varianti stilistiche.

Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti [5CDs] (2008)

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Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti [5CDs] (2008)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.44 Gb | Total time: 05:25:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 0946 3 95153 2 5 | Recorded: 1990-1998

The cantata, to some extent, is a development from the madrigal that appeared in Italy at the start of the seventeenth century. While the madrigal was refined and delicate, the cantata evolved because composers felt the need to introduce a dramatic narrative element into vocal chamber music and thusly the music took a lighter, wittier turn.
Scarlatti is considered as one if the initiators, and also one of the reformers of this genre, whose outlines he established. In his cantatas for a single solo voice and continuo, Scarlatti treats the latter as a true partner of the voice.

Eva Zaïcik, Le Consort - Royal Handel (2020)

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Eva Zaïcik, Le Consort - Royal Handel (2020)

Eva Zaïcik, Le Consort - Royal Handel (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 64:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # ALPHA 662 | Recorded: 2020

The Royal Handel of the title of this Alpha release does not refer to music for the king specifically but to the Royal Academy of Music. Founded in 1719, this opera organization gave Handel his first major post in Britain when he was appointed the music director. He traveled back to Italy, returning to London with the singers and instrumentalists who would bring his music to life over the next two decades. He had rivals whom he eclipsed, Giovanni Bononcini and Attilio Ariosti, and they are represented on the program; it's striking how Handelian their music sounds in this context, even if the Handel arias have greater breadth.

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - 1600: Bononcini, Castello, dall'Abaco, Frescobaldi, Gabrieli, Legrenzi (2011)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - 1600: Bononcini, Castello, dall'Abaco, Frescobaldi, Gabrieli, Legrenzi (2011)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - 1600: Bononcini, Castello, dall'Abaco, Frescobaldi, Gabrieli, Legrenzi, de Macque, Marini (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 359 Mb | Total time: 66:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP30531 | Recorded: 2011

The programme chosen for this CD by the eminent early music specialist Rinaldo Alessandrini and performed by members of his hand-picked ensemble Concerto Italiano illustrate most of the forms that instrumental music adopted in the course of the seventeenth century. Amongst the composers featured are Giovanni Gabrieli, Frescobaldi, Zanetti, and Torelli, as well as lesser known figures of the period including Giovanni de Macque, Evaristo dall’Abaco, and Giovanni Bononcini.

Peter Van Heyghen, Les Muffatti - Giovanni Bononcini: San Nicola di Bari (2008)

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Peter Van Heyghen, Les Muffatti - Giovanni Bononcini: San Nicola di Bari (2008)

Peter Van Heyghen, Les Muffatti - Giovanni Bononcini: San Nicola di Bari (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 425 Mb | Total time: 81:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ramée | # RAM 0806 | Recorded: 2007

Within the vast repertoire of the Baroque oratorio, San Nicola di Bari is unique in two ways. It is the only composition to treat a scene from Saint Nicholas' life, and the only one that emerged from the long and successful collaboration between the librettist Silvio Stampiglia and the composer Giovanni Bononcini. Ramée hopes that this recording of Bononcini's most successful oratorio will awaken some curiosity about the many other masterpieces of a composer who has, unfortunately and undeservedly, dwelled too long in the shadows.

L'Yriade, Cyril Auvity - Giovanni Bononcini: Barbara ninfa ingrata - Cantatas (2010)

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L'Yriade, Cyril Auvity - Giovanni Bononcini: Barbara ninfa ingrata - Cantatas (2010)

L'Yriade, Cyril Auvity - Giovanni Bononcini: Barbara ninfa ingrata - Cantatas (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 323 Mb | Total time: 64:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ramée | # RAM 1006 | Recorded: 2009

Amongst several contemporaries of Scarlatti who devoted themselves to the solo cantata, one of the most prolific was influential globetrotter Giovanni Bononcini, who wrote up to 283. During the first quarter of the 18th century, Bononcini's cantatas represented the principal trend of this genre. In these works, a fluent and effective technique is combined with a real gift for the composition of melodies. These lamenti are the central element of Bononcini's dramatic works; his genius is perfectly adapted to tender and pathetic emotions. Another important aspect of his music is the magnificent use of the text. In 1789, Charles Burney called Bononcini "the most prolific cantatas composer" and claimed that Bononcini's recitatives were universally perceived as the best of their time. Now, Cyril Auvity and his ensemble L'Yriade offer an enthusiastic and totally committed interpretation of some of Bononcini's cantatas, revealing the extreme force of those magical works.

Yasunori Imamura, Fons Musicæ - Giovanni Bononcini: Luci Barbare - Cantatas, Duets, Sonatas (2000)

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Yasunori Imamura, Fons Musicæ - Giovanni Bononcini: Luci Barbare - Cantatas, Duets, Sonatas (2000)

Yasunori Imamura, Fons Musicæ - Giovanni Bononcini: Luci Barbare - Cantatas, Duets, Sonatas (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 300 Mb | Total time: 61:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Etcetera Records | # KTC 1202 | Recorded: 1999

Bononcini was a contemporary of Handel and for the few years he stayed in London the two men were - presumably - friendly rivals, as both had operas staged in turn (together with a few other composers) at the newly formed Royal Academy of Music. Bononcini was an exponent of the Arcadian style of Italian opera, Handel the high dramatic. It is very much that pastoral, Arcadian approach that is on display in the music on this CD.

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.

Gabriele Palomba, La Venexiana - Giovanni Bononcini: La Conversione di Maddalena (2020)

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Gabriele Palomba, La Venexiana - Giovanni Bononcini: La Conversione di Maddalena (2020)

Gabriele Palomba, La Venexiana - Giovanni Bononcini: La Conversione di Maddalena (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 522 Mb | Total time: 50:06+55:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCD 920944 | Recorded: 2019

Giovanni Bononcini composed the four-part oratorio La Conversione di Maddalena for the Habsburg emperor Leopold I in 1701. The musician from Modena, at the time at the apex of his European fame, had at his disposal the best forces of the Imperial Chapel: four singers (two sopranos, a contralto and a bass) of top rate and an instrumental ensemble, limited to strings but adequately consistent to articulate a concert dialectic with tutti-concertino, including soloist pages for the violin, the cello and the viola da gamba.

Lucy Crowe, Mary Bevan, Bridget Cunningham, London Early Opera - Handel's Queens: Cuzzoni & Faustina (2019)

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Lucy Crowe, Mary Bevan, Bridget Cunningham, London Early Opera - Handel's Queens: Cuzzoni & Faustina (2019)

Lucy Crowe, Mary Bevan, Bridget Cunningham, London Early Opera - Handel's Queens: Cuzzoni & Faustina (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 638 Mb | Total time: 127:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Classics | SIGCD579 | Recorded: 2019

Handels Queens features some of the most exquisite pieces of music written by G.F. Handel and his contemporaries for the two finest singers of the eighteenth century, Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni. Often wrongfully framed as rivals, these dazzling new recordings with Mary Bevan and Lucy Crowe reveal the distinctive yet versatile talent of the Italian vocalists. Led by London Early Opera Director, Bridget Cunningham, Handels Queens serves an example of the groups dedication to imaginative programming and outstanding period performance, placing them at the forefront of baroque research.

Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra - George Frideric Handel, Giovanni Bononcini: Muzio Scevola (1992)

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Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra - George Frideric Handel, Giovanni Bononcini: Muzio Scevola (1992)

Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra - George Frideric Handel, Giovanni Bononcini: Muzio Scevola (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 535 Mb | Total time: 58:08+57:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Newport Classic | NPD 85540 | Recorded: 1991

Muzio Scevola ("Mucius Scaevola", HWV 13) is an opera seria in three acts about Gaius Mucius Scaevola. The Italian-language libretto was by Paolo Antonio Rolli, adapted from a text by Silvio Stampiglia. The music for the first act was composed by Filippo Amadei, the second act by Giovanni Bononcini, and the third by George Frideric Handel. Collaborations of groups of composers were common in the 18th century, though this is the only one done in London. Bononcini had written the music for two earlier treatments of this story on his own, works dating from 1695 and 1710. The opera's initial run of performances began at the King's Theatre in London on 15 April 1721. A part of the second act and the third part composed by Händel is documented on the production of new port Classic being here.

Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney - GIovanni Battista Bononcini: Amore doppio (1996)

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Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney - GIovanni Battista Bononcini: Amore doppio (1996)

Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney - GIovanni Battista Bononcini: Amore doppio (1996)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 436 Mb | Total time: 59:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: New Classical Adventure | 9606820-210 | Recorded: 1996

Amore Doppio, or to give it its full title, "La costanza non gradita nel doppio amor d'Aminta" is a serenata from 1694 for three voices by Giovanni Battista Bononcini. The piece involves a dialogue between the shepherd Aminta and his two loves, the nymphs Filki and Dori. Torn between desire for both and unable to choose, he finally ends up with neither.