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Gaffi: La Forza Del Divino Amore / Frigé, Foresti, Et Al


Release Date: 09/21/2004 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 710   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Tommaso Bernardo GaffiAlessandro Stradella
Performer:  Leona PeleskovaMarivì BlascoSergio Foresti
Conductor:  Antonio Frigé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pian e Forte Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bernardo Gaffi's 'La forza del divino amore' (The Power of Divine Love) is an intriguing rarity, and receives its premiere recording on the Chaconne label. It is an oratorio (for chamber forces with solo trumpet), one of eight by the composer which were popular in their day, and it is based on an episode in the life of St Teresa of Ávila. It is a beautiful score, performed by Ensemble 'Pian & Forte', a group formed in 1989 and dedicated to rediscovering and performing works of seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Ensemble is joined by three vocal soloists, renowned exponents of the music of this period. Bernardo Gaffi's 'La forza del divino amore' (The Power of Divine Love) is an intriguing rarity, and receives its premiere recording on the Chaconne label. It is an oratorio (for chamber forces with solo trumpet), one of eight by the composer which were popular in their day, and it is based on an episode in the life of St Teresa of Ávila. It is a beautiful score, performed by Ensemble 'Pian & Forte', a group formed in 1989 and dedicated to rediscovering and performing works of seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Ensemble is joined by three vocal soloists, renowned exponents of the music of this period. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La forza del divino amore by Tommaso Bernardo Gaffi
Performer:  Leona Peleskova (Soprano), Marivì Blasco (Soprano), Sergio Foresti (Bass)
Conductor:  Antonio Frigé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pian e Forte Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; Italy 
Language: Italian 
2.
Il barcheggio: Sinfonia no 1 by Alessandro Stradella
Conductor:  Antonio Frigé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pian e Forte Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1681; Italy 
3.
Il barcheggio: Sinfonia no 2 in D major -1st movement, Allegro by Alessandro Stradella
Conductor:  Antonio Frigé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pian e Forte Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1681; Italy 

Sound Samples

La forza del divino amore: Part I: Sinfonia: I. Spiritosa e staccata
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Sinfonia: II. [Andante]
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Sinfonia: III. Canzone
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Sinfonia: IV. [Presto]
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Aria: Gia suona la tromba (The trumpet is sounding) (Divine Love)
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Recitative: O voi che bramate (O you who are yearning) (St. Teresa)
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Aria: Debil seno che il ciel non armo (Frail breasts that heaven has not equipped for war) (St. Teresa)
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Aria: Su schiere guerriere (Come, warrior hosts) (Divine Love)
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Recitative: Rodrigo, oh Dio Rodrigo (Rodrigo, O God! Rodrigo) (St. Teresa)
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Aria: Senza indugio ecco il mio piede (See, I am prepared to leave at once) (Rodrigo)
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Recitative: Andiam, che troppo tardi (Let us depart, for we have spent too long) (Rodrigo)
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Aria: Su schiere guerriere (Come, warrior hosts) (Divine Love)
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Recitative: L'acciaro Amor vi da (Love is your armour) (Divine Love) - Duet: Si mora per Giesu (To die for Jesus' sake) (St Teresa and Rodrigo)
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Aria: Piaceri terreni (Earthly pleasures) (St. Teresa)
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Recitative: Spine produca pur, sia di tormenti (Let it be thorny, paved with torments) (St Teresa) - Se per cammin spinoso (If by ...)
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Duet: Su dunque assalite (So come then, assail us) (St. Teresa, Rodrigo)
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Recitative: Scatenatevi pure a cento, cento (Loose yourselves upon me in your hundreds) (St Teresa) - Assalitemi o pene a mille a mille (Assail me, O pains, in your thousands) (Rodrigo)
La forza del divino amore: Part I: Duet: Andiamo, andiamo, si, si (Let us depart, yes, yes) (St. Teresa, Rodrigo)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Recitative: Per solitaria via (Along solitary roads) (Divine Love)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Duet: O quanto soavi (O how sweetly) (St. Teresa, Rodrigo)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Aria: Per farne sperare (To bring us hope) (Rodrigo)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Recitative: Oh quanto lieta hor fuori (Oh how happily, freed) (St Teresa) - Ricchezze, vanita, vi fugge il piede (Riches, vanities, I flee from you) (Rodrigo)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Duet: Van piacer / Gioie terrene (Vain pleasures / Earthly joys) (St. Teresa, Rodrigo)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Recitative: Gia dier prove bastanti (Now have they given proof enough) (Divine Love)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Aria: Alme fide il pie volgete (Faithful souls, turn back) (Divine Love)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Recitative: Per te su queste arene (It was at your behest I came) (St Teresa) - Io di martiri, e pene (I, desiring martyrdom and suffering) (Rodrigo) - Dunque consenti che di tormenti (So grant that with suffering) (St Teresa) - Dunque ne strazij
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Aria: Cola nell'Africa (To Africa) (Rodrigo)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Recitative: Basta, basta non piu (Enough, enough, say no more) (Divine Love)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Aria: Che posso dir io (What can I say) (St. Teresa)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Recitative: Frena il pianto Teresa, il grato odore (Restrain your tears, Teresa, the sweet scent) (Divine Love)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Aria: Ei non vuol che ti tolgan la vita (He does not want cruel torments) (Divine Love)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Recitative: Ecco, ecco l'arco aurato (Behold, Behold the golden bow) (Divine Love)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Aria: Deh pieta, Signor merce (Oh, have pity on me, Lord, have mercy!) (St. Teresa)
La forza del divino amore: Part II: Finale: A intrecciar le corone odorose (To weave sweet-scented garlands) (All)

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