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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.

Antonio Florio, Cappella de' Turchini - Vinci: Li Zite 'ngalera (1999)

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Antonio Florio, Cappella de' Turchini - Vinci: Li Zite 'ngalera (1999)

Antonio Florio, Cappella de' Turchini - Vinci: Li Zite 'ngalera (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 764 Mb | Total time: 54:34+77:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | # OPS 30-212/213 | Recorded: 1999

Ce Vinci-là est un maître de l'opera buffa napolitain et, pour le Carnaval de 1722, excelle à emmener ces «Fiancés en galère» sur les flots de la pétulance dialectale et macaronique la plus débridée. Musique de lumière et de bonne humeur, nouvelle réussite de la série «Tesori di Napoli» que mène Antonio Florio, avec la verve irrésistible de toute son équipe chantante et violinante.

Bernward Lohr, Musica Alta Ripa - Agostino Steffani: Orlando generoso (2009)

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Bernward Lohr, Musica Alta Ripa - Agostino Steffani: Orlando generoso (2009)

Bernward Lohr, Musica Alta Ripa - Agostino Steffani: Orlando generoso (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 694 Mb | Total time: 65:31+55:42+41:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 309 1566-2 | Recorded: 2008

Agostino Steffani (1654-1728) was the most important composer ever to be appointed by the Duchy of Hannover. At the end of the 17th century this noble family embarked on a cultural offensive with the objective of having Duke Ernst August become a prince elector. To this end, the Welph dynasty obtained the services of Steffani, a master choice in itself as his works are still performed to this day in the majestic gardens of Princess Caroline of Monaco and her husband, the current Ernst August of Hannover.

Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Alessandro Scarlatti: Davidis pugna et victoria (2009)

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Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Alessandro Scarlatti: Davidis pugna et victoria (2009)

Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Alessandro Scarlatti: Davidis pugna et victoria (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 64:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67714 | Recorded: 2008

The banning of opera performances during Lent in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Rome meant that composers had to turn their attention to biblical subjects. However there is no sense that either composer or librettist felt at all limited in their subject matter, judging from the extraordinarily inventive oratorios that were produced during this time. Scarlatti’s work tells the dramatic story of David and Goliath. Whilst the biblical account relays the story in a few sentences, the anonymous librettist of Davidis pugna et victoria expands upon these to create an extensive libretto, with the characters fully developed and explored.

Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Vivaldi: Ottone in villa (2010)

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Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Vivaldi: Ottone in villa (2010)

Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Vivaldi: Ottone in villa (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 644 Mb | Total time: 135:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP30493 | Recorded: 2010

Vivaldi's first opera, Ottone in Villa (loosely, Ottone's Vacation), is something of an anomaly in the composer's output of largely tragic, heroic works: a pastoral comedy. Written in 1713 when the composer was 35, Ottone demonstrates Vivaldi's instinctive grasp of the operatic form and his gifts for characterization and dramatic development. Naïve continues its admirable series, The Vivaldi Edition, with this outstanding recording of the opera, a real gem. Giovanni Antonini leads Il Giardino Armonico, which plays with gleaming transparency. The performance is wonderfully lively and the opera's dancing energy is conveyed with high spirits and humor. Vivaldi is not a composer usually associated with comedy, so Ottone surprises with its wealth of delightful, sly wit.

Antonio Florio, Capella de' Turchini - Giovanni Paisiello: Pulcinella vendicato (2002)

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Antonio Florio, Capella de' Turchini - Giovanni Paisiello: Pulcinella vendicato (2002)

Antonio Florio, Capella de' Turchini - Giovanni Paisiello: Pulcinella vendicato (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 394 Mb | Total time: 78:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | # OP 30205 | Recorded: 2001

Très jeune, Giovanni Paisiello connut un grand succès, aussi bien en Italie qu'à l'étranger. Il est surtout réputé pour son Barbier de Séville (1782) d'après Beaumarchais, déjà, qui influença bien évidemment Rossini et aussi Mozart pour ses Noces de Figaro. Ludwig van Beethoven lui-même utilisera une aria La Molinara "Nel cor piu non mi sento" pour composer une de ses oeuvres. Un autre opéra, créé en 1789, connut un renouveau récent grâce à la superbe interprétation du rôle-titre par Cecilia Bartoli : Nina, ossia la Pazza per Amore.

Dorothee Oberlinger, Ensemble 1700 - Giovanni Battista Bononcini: Polifemo (2020)

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Dorothee Oberlinger, Ensemble 1700 - Giovanni Battista Bononcini: Polifemo (2020)

Dorothee Oberlinger, Ensemble 1700, Roberta Mameli, Liliya Gaysina, Joao Fernandes, Helena Rasker, Bruno De Sa, Roberta Invernizzi & Maria Ladurner - Giovanni Battista Bononcini: Polifemo (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 427 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 224 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:35:01
Classical, Opera | Label: deutsche harmonia mundi

The serenata Polifemo opens with an overture for which Bononcini adopts the formal model of the two-part French ouverture in which a slower section with dotted rhythms is followed by a quicker section often involving fugal textures. Bononcini combines his French model with the Italian concerto principle with its multiple choirs of instruments: here the wind ensemble alternates in the quick section with the strings. Although it is in only one act, Polifemo is made up of no fewer than twenty musical numbers: seventeen arias, two duets and one chorus. With a single exception, these numbers are cast in da capo form. Some have no instrumental prelude, whereas eight end with a postlude described as a “ritornello”, with elaborately worked-out parts for the instrumentalists. These postludes presumably allowed preparations to be made for the following action.

Antonio Florio, Capella de' Turchini - Niccolò Jommelli: Don Trastullo (2001)

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Antonio Florio, Capella de' Turchini - Niccolò Jommelli: Don Trastullo (2001)

Antonio Florio, Capella de' Turchini - Niccolò Jommelli: Don Trastullo (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 59:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opuss 111 | OP 30280 | Recorded: 2000

Even in these circumspect times‚ the ambitious ‘Tesori di Napoli’ series continues unearthing works whose merit is one thing‚ but whose significance for future generations is a fascinating sideshow. Niccolò Jommelli‚ if not exactly a household name‚ was an established Neopolitan mid18th century ‘master’ whose reputation was founded on operatic successes in several major centres – enough to secure him a fine eulogy from Dr Burney in 1770. For the uninitiated (and knowing only the odd cantata and vespers settings‚ I count myself such)‚ the fluid tonal progression of the recitatives in Jommelli’s comic ‘intermezzo’‚ Don Trastullo‚ has da PonteMozart resonating with illuminating prescience.

Antonio Florio, Cappella della Pietà de’Turchini - Napoli-Madrid: Vinci - Cantate e Intermezzi (2007)

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Antonio Florio, Cappella della Pietà de’Turchini - Napoli-Madrid: Vinci - Cantate e Intermezzi (2007)

Antonio Florio, Cappella della Pietà de’Turchini - Napoli-Madrid: Vinci - Cantate e Intermezzi (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 71:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP 30274 | Recorded: 2001

For more than two centuries Naples was a province of Spain, and after this ended in 1707 the remarkable cross-fertilisation of culture between them did not stop. Much of the Italian music featured here has been edited from sources in Spanish collections. The vast bulk of it is devoted to Leonardo Vinci (one of the most celebrated Italian opera composers of the 1720s). Only one short piece tacked onto the end is actually Spanish: a colourful fandango from José de Nebra's zarzuela Vendado es amor,no es ciego (1744) in which three singers mockingly compare the squabbling goddesses of classical antiquity to bickering mothers-in-law.

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.

Antonio Florio, La Cappella de’ Turchini - Giuseppe Cavallo: Il Giudizio Universale (2000)

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Antonio Florio, La Cappella de’ Turchini - Giuseppe Cavallo: Il Giudizio Universale (2000)

Antonio Florio, La Cappella de’ Turchini - Giuseppe Cavallo: Il Giudizio Universale (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 321 Mb | Total time: 55:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | # OPS 30-262 | Recorded: 1999

The priest Giuseppe Cavallo was Maestro di Canto of the Conservatorio de Santa Maria de Loreto from 1672 until his death in 1684. Otherwise, virtually nothing is known about the composer, and it is only due to the musical archive of the Oratorio di Napoli, a treasure trove of rare scores, that a handful of Cavallo's works survive, including Il Giudizio Universale. This sacred oratorio presents Christ and Saint Michael, a pair of angels, two mortals, and four souls–two damned, two blessed–and begins with Christ commanding the angels to bring on the Last Judgment. What follows is a finely crafted musical drama, except for the confusion caused when the otherwise immaculately presented album fails to reveal which of the seven singers (two sopranos, three tenors, and one bass) is singing which parts.

Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (2013)

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Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (2013)

Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 427 Mb | Total time: 45:10+45:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCD 921515 | Recorded: 2012

Fabio Bonizzoni returns with his long-awaited new recording of Handel’s 'Aci, Galatea e Polifemo'. Who better to team up with Bonizzoni, performing the role of the luckless shepherd Aci, than scintillating soprano Roberta Invernizzi. Her captivating contributions to Glossa's Handel series with La Risonanza as well as her 'I Viaggi di Faustina' have drawn powerful critical plaudits, including more than one disc of the Month.

Roberta Invernizzi, Ensemble Chiaroscuro - Cello Tales (2017)

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Roberta Invernizzi, Ensemble Chiaroscuro - Cello Tales (2017)

Roberta Invernizzi, Ensemble Chiaroscuro - Cello Tales (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 244 Mb | Total time: 65:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Concerto | 2101 | Recorded: 2009

The main theme of this work of the Ensemble Chiaroscuro follows closely that of the first disc (also produced by Concerto Classics, “Baroque Enchantment”): the proposal is to collect a series of pieces to form a sort of concert program, in order to tell a true story in music, hence the title “Cello Tales”. The listener will in fact be led, through the notes of Antonio Fantinuoli cello, in a journey of rediscovery of the great masters and pioneers of the leading instrument of this recording, unearthed by a careful research of ancient manuscripts done by the same artist.

Antonio Florio, Cappella de'Turchini - Vinci • Leo: L'Opera buffa napoletana (1997)

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Antonio Florio, Cappella de'Turchini - Vinci • Leo: L'Opera buffa napoletana (1997)

Antonio Florio, Cappella de'Turchini - Vinci • Leo: L'Opera buffa napoletana (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 403 Mb | Total time: 78:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OPS 30-184 | Recorded: 1997

Everything is done with affection and great character as well as technical finesse. Such music demands innate timing, and these musicians, under Antonio Florio's direction, have it.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Floridante (2007)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Floridante (2007)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Floridante (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 857 Mb | Total time: 58.28+50.21+54.53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 477 6566 | Recorded: 2006

Handel wrote Floridante in 1722 for a London audience infatuated with Italian opera. The plot, like that of so many Baroque operas, was taken from ancient history and concerns romantic liaisons thrown into turmoil by political rivalries, in this case between Persia and Tyre. Handel wrote over 50 Italian operas, and it's remarkable that he was consistently able to summon such a high level of inventiveness and inspiration when faced repeatedly with librettos that must have come to look depressingly alike in the conventions of their labyrinthine plots.