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Terradellas: Artaserse, Merope - Excerpts / Schiavo, Demicheli

Terradellas / Schiavo / Dolce & Tempesta / Demiche
Release Date: 06/09/2009 
Label:  Fuga Libera   Catalog #: 551   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Stefano DemichelliMaria Grazia Schiavo
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



TERRADELLAS Sesostri, re d’Egitto: Sinfonia; Solitudini amene . . . Spiega omai le placid’ali; Qual sventura è la mia . . . Se perde l’usignolo; Fra l’ombre del timore; Tremate, sì tremate. Merope: Sinfonia; Dono d’amica sorte; Dove si vide mai; Ah scellerato! . . . Un empio m’accusa. Artaserse: L’onda dal mar divisa; Per quel paterno amplesso. Qué trágico espectáculo Read more class="BULLET12b">• Stefano Domichelli (hpd, cond); Maria Grazia Schiavo (sop); Dolce & Tempesta (period instruments) FUGA LIBERA 551 (66:04 Text and Translation)


At about the same time as Domenico Scarlatti was making his first visit to the Iberian Peninsula, the Catalan Domènec Terradellas (1713–1751) was beginning his musical studies in Barcelona, where he was born. While Scarlatti eventually would settle in Spain, Terradellas was drawn in the opposite direction to Naples, the operatic capital of Europe (and Scarlatti’s hometown). In 1732, with the help of an expatriate Catalonian nobleman, Terradellas enrolled in one of the leading Neapolitan conservatories. He made his debut in 1736 with a Biblical opera, Giovanni riconosciuto da’ suoi fratelli in Egitto , written to a libretto of Metastasio. Terradellas later moved to Rome, where he was offered an administrative position in the Spanish parish of Rome. His best known opera, Merope , was composed and produced there in 1743. Terradellas’s growing reputation as an operatic composer took him in due course to several important operatic centers (Venice, Turin, Florence, and London), and in 1746 he settled in the English capital. But London didn’t work out, either—he returned to Italy, where he continued to produce operas. All the while, Terradellas seems to have been quite a networker, having forged ties with Metastasio, Handel, Charles Burney, the publisher Walsh, and even the young Gluck. His final opera, Sesostri, re d’Egitto , was staged in Rome in 1751. One month after the premiere he was dead; the circumstances of his death remain a mystery. Several rumors sprang up immediately, including one that he had been poisoned by the composer Jomelli (later disproven).


Maria Grazia Schiavo is the star of this CD, and she makes a good impression. She uses her light, clear, agile soprano to good advantage, and invests the music with a good deal of fiery temperament (the title of the CD is “¡Furor!”). About my only reservation concerns the extreme high notes—high C and above—which abound in this music. They are certainly within Schiavo’s range, but there is always an accompanying element of strain, as if she really has to work at producing them. The tone sounds a bit strangled—a voice teacher might say that the tone comes from too far down in the throat. I longed for the upper register ease of an Emma Kirkby or a Joan Sutherland, for example. Both the orchestra and its director are new to me, but they play like demons and match Schiavo in every twist and turn.


In short, an excellent and exciting cross section of the music of a heretofore neglected Catalonian/Neapolitan composer. As far as I can determine, this is only the second time that the music of Terradellas has appeared on CD. There is a complete recording of Artaserse on the RCOC Records label from Barcelona (reviewed in 33:2), which I have not heard. Did I mention that the recorded sound is excellent? The presentation, in the typical three-fold glossy paper wallet that has become so popular with European labels, is first class. Recommended.


FANFARE: Christopher Brodersen
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Works on This Recording

1.
Seostri re d'Egitto, opera: Sinfonia. Allegro by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1751 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
Seostri re d'Egitto, opera: Sinfonia. Larghetto by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1751 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3.
Seostri re d'Egitto, opera: Sinfonia. Spiritoso by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1751 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
4.
La Merope, opera: Dono d'amica sorte non cura il mio valore by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Maria Grazia Schiavo (), Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1743 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
Seostri re d'Egitto, opera: Solitudini amene - Spiega omai le placid'ali by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Maria Grazia Schiavo (), Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1751 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
La Merope, opera: Dove si vide mai di me più sventurata by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord), Maria Grazia Schiavo ()
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1743 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
7.
Artaserse, opera: Per quel paterno amplesso by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord), Maria Grazia Schiavo ()
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1744 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
8.
La Merope, opera: Ah scellerato! - Un empio m'accusa by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord), Maria Grazia Schiavo ()
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1743 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
9.
Artaserse, opera: L'onda dal mar divisa by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord), Maria Grazia Schiavo ()
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1744 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
10.
La Merope, opera: Sinfonia. (Allegro con brio) by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1743 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
11.
La Merope, opera: Sinfonia. Larghetto by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1743 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
12.
La Merope, opera: Sinfonia. Allegro by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1743 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
13.
Qué trágico espectáculo, cantata for voice, strings & continuo by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Maria Grazia Schiavo (), Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 7 Minutes 16 Secs. 
14.
Seostri re d'Egitto, opera: Qual sventura è la mia - Se perde l'usignolo by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord), Maria Grazia Schiavo ()
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1751 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 8 Minutes 49 Secs. 
15.
Seostri re d'Egitto, opera: Fra l'ombre del timore by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Maria Grazia Schiavo (), Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1751 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
16.
Seostri re d'Egitto, opera: Tremate, sì tremate, mostri di crudeltà by Domingo Terradellas
Performer:  Maria Grazia Schiavo (), Stefano Demichelli (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Stefano Demichelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dolce & Tempesta
Written: 1751 
Date of Recording: 08/2008 
Venue:  Mondovì, Sala Ghislieri 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sesostri re d'Egitto: Sinfonia: I. Allegro
Sesostri re d'Egitto: Sinfonia: II. Larghetto
Sesostri re d'Egitto: Sinfonia: III. Spiritoso
Merope: Dono d'amica sorte non cura il mio valore
Sesostri re d'Egitto: Recitative: Solitudini amene - Aria: Spiega omai le placid'ali
Merope: Dove si vide mai di me più sventurata
Astarto: Per quel paterno amplesso
Merope: Recitative: Ah scellerato! - Aria: Un empio m'accusa
Astarto: L'onda dal mar divisa
Merope: Sinfonia: I. Allegro con brio
Merope: Sinfonia: II. Larghetto
Merope: Sinfonia: III. Allegro
Que tragico espectaculo
Sesostri re d'Egitto: Recitative: Qual sventura e la mia – Aria: Se perde l'usignolo
Sesostri re d'Egitto: Fra l'ombre del timore
Sesostri re d'Egitto: Tremate, si tremate, mostri di crudelta

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