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La Bella Piu Bella: Songs from Early Baroque Italy

Romano / Ferrari / Invernizzi / Marchitelli
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 922902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giulio RomanoBenedetto FerrariAlessandro PiccininiGiulio Caccini,   ... 
Performer:  Craig MarchitelliRoberta Invernizzi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



LA BELLA PIÙ BELLA Roberta Invernizzi (s); Craig Marchitelli (archlute, thb) GLOSSA 922902 (77:11 Text and Translation)


ROMANO Strana armonia d’amore. FERRARI Son ruinato, appassionato. PICCININI Toccata V. Aria di Sarabanda. CACCINI Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Dolcissimo sospiro. Dalla porta d’Oriente. Torna, deh torna. KAPSBERGER Ciaccona. Toccata VI. Ninna nanna. ROSSI La bella più bella. A qual dardo. CARISSIMI Piangete, aure, piangete. STROZZI Udite amanti. Mi fa rider la speranza. CASTALDI Tasteggio soave. MERULA Folle è ben che si crede. D’INDIA Cruda Amarilli. Intenerite voi, lagrime mie. MONTEVERDI Ecco di dolci raggi. Eri già tutta mia. Voglio di vita uscir


My first encounter with soprano Roberta Invernizzi was on a Glossa compilation of Italian Baroque music, made about 12 years ago, that was generally a feature for tenor Pini de Vittorio. If anything, her powers of expression—and her ability to manipulate the voice like an instrument—have only grown better and more assured since then. She is, literally, a jaw-dropping Baroque soprano. Quick turns, vocal slurs, “spotted flute” technique, trills, all are in her vocal arsenal, and she is also an expressive singer with emotion to spare. Indeed, the more I hear her the more I like her; she can vary her timbre, add or subtract vibrato at will, and completely draw you in to the intensity of her interpretations. She is like Nella Anfuso (from her prime, the 1980s) with a more attractive timbre.


It also doesn’t hurt that most of this music is simply wonderful, a cross between classical Baroque and Italian folk or popular music of its time. There isn’t a bad track on the disc, and especially in a piece like Caccini’s Dalla porta d’Oriente, with its infectious tune and foot-stomping rhythm, both Invernizzi and archlutist Marchitelli (who, by the way, is also an excellent musician) get into the music so well that you can’t help but smile. I should point out, for those who don’t know, that the toccatas, chaconne, Tasteggio soave, and Aria di Sarabanda on this disc are instrumentals featuring only Marchitelli’s playing.


What is especially gratifying in listening to Invernizzi is that she lavishes the same focus and energy on each and every song in this collection, no matter how humble or exalted it may be. When the music deepens, for instance in Tarquinio Merula’s eloquent song Folle è ben che si crede or the three Monteverdi pieces that end this disc, so does Invernizzi’s artistry. As I said at the outset of this review, she is just plain stunning from start to finish.


One could go on and on in praise of this magnificent singer. Let me just opine that she is the sine qua non of Baroque sopranos and leave it at that.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Strana armonia d'amore (Strange harmony of Love)! by Giulio Romano
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2.
Son ruinato, appassionato by Benedetto Ferrari
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
Toccata No. 5 for lute (from Intavolatura di liuto, Book 2) by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Le nuove musiche: Dolcissimo sospiro by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
Nuove musiche e nuova maniera de scriverle: Dalla porta d'oriente by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6.
Torna deh torna by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1614 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
7.
Chaconne for Chitarrone by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi (), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Craig Marchitelli (Archlute)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
8.
La bella piů bella by Luigi Rossi
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
9.
Piangete, aure, piangete by Giacomo Carissimi
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 24 Secs. 
10.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Toccata 6 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
11.
A qual dardo il cor se deve by Luigi Rossi
Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi (), Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
12.
Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2: Udite, amanti by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi (), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Craig Marchitelli (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
13.
Mi fŕ rider la speranza, for voice & continuo, Op. 7 by Barbara Strozzi
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1659 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
14.
Capricci a 2 stromenti cioč tiorba e tiorbino e per sonar solo: Tasteggio soave by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Roberta Invernizzi (), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1622; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
15.
Folle e ben che si crede by Tarquinio Merula
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
16.
Cruda Amarilli, song by Sigismondo D'India
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
17.
Le musiche, book 1: Intenerite voi, lagrime mie by Sigismondo D'India
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Roberta Invernizzi (), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
18.
Aria di Saravanda by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
19.
Ecco di dolci raggi, madrigal for tenor (from Scherzi musicali), SV 249/1 by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi (), Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1632; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
20.
Scherzi musicali, volume 2: Eri giŕ tutta mia by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1632; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
21.
Voglio di vita uscir by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
22.
Ninna nanna, villanella for voice & continuo by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Craig Marchitelli (Archlute), Craig Marchitelli (Theorbo), Roberta Invernizzi ()
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 02/2012 
Venue:  Oratorio di Santa Croce, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 

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