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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Cavalli: La virtu de strali d'Amore (2011/2008)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Cavalli: La virtu de strali d'Amore (2011/2008)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Cavalli: La virtù de strali d'Amore (2011/2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 2.83+6.21 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 150 min
Classical | Naxos | Sub.: English, Italiano

La virtù de’ strali d’Amore was the first of ten operas Cavalli wrote with librettist Giovanni Faustini. Set in Cyprus, the plot involves enchanted and pastoral elements, love and its thwarting, the counterpointing of Man and God, sorcery, revelation and ultimate resolution, all accomplished in a brilliant series of scenes. A follower of Monteverdi, Cavalli reveals the influence of the older man but also his own pronounced independence. Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante have become one of the most admired partnerships in the history of baroque music performance.

Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca - Giovanni Legrenzi: La morte del cor penitente (1996)

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Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca - Giovanni Legrenzi: La morte del cor penitente (1996)

Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca - Giovanni Legrenzi: La morte del cor penitente (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 343 Mb | Total time: 66:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Divox | # CDX 79504 | Recorded: 1995

In 1996, the complete recording of the oratorio La morte del cor penitente (The Death of the Penitent Heart), composed around 1671, by the Northern Italian Early-Music ensemble Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca was a special event: for the first time, the Italian composer Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690) an important creator of sacred and chamber music – was introduced with a voluminous work. At the same time, the recording, which went on to win several awards, also marked the beginning of the career of the Sonatori around Andrea Marcon, now long famous. Legrenzi was a master of baroque musical rhetoric: expressive harmonies and melodic elegance transformed the libretto by an unknown author, which illustrates its theme with numerous metaphors, into a sensuous pleasure.

Diego Fasolis, Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca, Coro della Radio Svizzera - Carissimi: Jonas, Dives malus, Beatus Vir (1998)

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Diego Fasolis, Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca, Coro della Radio Svizzera - Carissimi: Jonas, Dives malus, Beatus Vir (1998)

Diego Fasolis, Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca, Coro della Radio Svizzera - Giacomo Carissimi: Jonas, Dives malus, Beatus Vir (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 292 Mb | Total time: 65:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arts | # 47513-2 | Recorded: 1995, 1996

'Jonas' and 'Dives Malus' are particularly showy examples of the "sacred oratorios" with Latin texts chiefly taken from the Bible, which were extremely popular among the Italian aristocracy, both secular and clerical, throughout the 17th Century. Such musical theater pieces were the Counter-reformation's answer to the opera and secular oratorio, usually based on tales from Graeco-Roman sources, beloved of the Humanists. If any difference in the music is to be heard, it is that the sacred oratorios are more purely aesthetic and intellectual, while the secular oratorio is more easily comprehended by the untrained listener.

Pino De Vittorio, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - Il Canto della Sirena: Cantate napoletane dell’età barocca (2011)

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Pino De Vittorio, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - Il Canto della Sirena: Cantate napoletane dell’età barocca (2011)

Pino De Vittorio, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - Il Canto della Sirena: Cantate napoletane dell’età barocca (2011)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0.97 Gb | Total time: 73:59+74:56+62:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 922603. 3 | Recorded: 1991, 1994, 1996

During the early 1990s Antonio Florio (together with Dinko Fabris) was making substantial discoveries in the field of Baroque repertory from Naples for performance and recording, and now that Florio and I Turchini are making new recordings for Glossa (Caresana’s Tenebrae and L’Adoratione de’ Maggi), we are delighted to be bringing back into circulation some of those earlier ground-breaking recordings, signed by Roberto Meo and Sigrid Lee, focusing here – with Il Canto della Sirena – on Neapolitan chamber cantatas from the 17th and early 18th centuries.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 70:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Symphonia | # SY 94133 | Recorded: 1994

Founded in Amsterdam in 1979 by Alan Curtis, one of the most acclaimed specialists in the interpretation of pre-romantic music, Il Complesso Barocco, has become a renowned international baroque orchestra with a focus on Italian Baroque opera and oratorio. Their rich discography was for a time devoted to the late madrigal repertory, and the film director Werner Herzog chose the ensemble as protagonists for his film Morte a cinque voci (Prix Italia 1996 and Premio Rembrandt, Amsterdam 1996) dedicated to the composer Carlo Gesualdo.

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.