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Porpora: Or Si M'avveggio, Oh Amore, Credimi Pur Che T'amo, Etc / Fedi, Ipata, Auser Musici


Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67621   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Elena Cecchi Fedi
Conductor:  Carlo Ipata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auser Musici
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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PORPORA Credimi pur che t’amo. Già la notte s’avvicina, “La pesca.” Or che d’orrido Verno. 1 Or sì m’avveggio, o Amore Elena Cecchi Fedi (sop); Carlo Ipata (fl, 1 cond); Auser Musici (period instruments) HYPERION 67621 (55:20 Text and Translation)


Nicola Porpora is probably best Read more remembered today as a one-time operatic rival of Handel in London. As resident composer of the Opera of the Nobility, which was established to compete with Handel’s company, Porpora contributed five operas and other vocal works over a period of three years. The London public did not have enough patrons to support two companies in such an expensive enterprise, and both companies went bankrupt. Porpora was important not only as a composer of operas, cantatas, and other vocal works but also as a teacher of singing and composition. Among his singing pupils were the great castrati Farinelli and Caffarelli. Joseph Haydn acknowledged his debt to Porpora, who taught him the “true foundations of composition.”


Porpora wrote more than 130 cantatas. The four chosen for this recording conform to what we have come to expect of secular Baroque cantatas from other masters such as Handel. The cantatas generally deal with love, hopeful or disappointed, of characters in an idealized pastoral setting. In form, the works alternate recitatives and arias. Two of the works on this recording also have an introductory sinfonia. All four works are melodic, and the vocal writing is frequently quite florid.


Elena Cecchi Fedi sails easily through this often-difficult music. She has technique to spare for the demands Porpora places on her. She does not have, however, the temperament to differentiate much between the moods of the characters in these works, though Porpora can take some of the blame for this. Still, what she does, she does very well.


Auser Musici is a small ensemble, five strings, theorbo, and harpsichord. Its conductor, Carlo Ipata, doubles on flute in Or che d’orrido Verno . I suspect that some of these cantatas were written for a chamber orchestra, but they sound very good as played here one-to-a-part. Some of the recitatives are accompanied by theorbo rather than harpsichord, which may be inauthentic (as it certainly would be for Handel).


In sum, these are very good performances of some extremely attractive music. My only disappointment is in the shortness of the program. There is room on the disc for another cantata or two. These works are not available elsewhere. Anyone who enjoys Handel’s secular cantatas will surely enjoy these works of his sometime rival.


FANFARE: Ron Salemi
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Works on This Recording

1.
Or sì m'avveggio, oh Amore by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Elena Cecchi Fedi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Ipata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auser Musici
Period: Baroque 
Length: 11 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Credimi pur che t'amo by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Elena Cecchi Fedi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Ipata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auser Musici
Period: Baroque 
Length: 12 Minutes 34 Secs. 
3.
Già la notte s'avvicina 'La pesca' by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Elena Cecchi Fedi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Ipata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auser Musici
Period: Baroque 
Length: 10 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4.
Or che d'orrido verno by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Elena Cecchi Fedi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Ipata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auser Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Length: 17 Minutes 15 Secs. 

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