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Stradella: Amanti Olŕ, Olŕ!, Etc / Velardi, Et Al

Release Date: 10/17/2006 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 728   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Riccardo RistoriMario CecchettiGianluca Belfiori DoroRosita Frisani,   ... 
Conductor:  Esteban Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alessandro Stradella Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Both works receive their premiere recordings with this release. Practically all the Italian composers of the seventeenth century wrote rpodigious numbers of cantatas. One of the leading and most versatile composers of the age, however, Alessandro Stradella left a significant mark on composition despite the fact that he was only forty-three when he died, in part due to his tumultuous and dramatic lifestyle! The music of Stradella is often light-hearted and tuneful. A natural flow of affecting melodies, a constant freshness of invention and an impressive number of sophisticated compositional techniques constitute the principal merits of his cantatas, and now these two jewels of the baroque period can be enjoyed after their long and Read more unjustified period of neglect. The substantial cantata 'Amanti, olŕ, olŕ! was written in 1665 in Rome in response to a commission from Princess Marina Mancini Colonna. This is a large-scale, well-constructed composition in which various allegorical figures engage in learned discussions similar to those that were taking place in the most cultivated and refined circles of contemporary Roman society. The alternation of recitatives and arias is handled with assurance, while the division of the orchestra into concerto grosso and concertino is particularly impressive. The vocal lines for the singers are very comfortable, eschewing the unbridled virtuosity Stradella so often required of them. In 'Chi resiste al Dio bendata' the meaning of the words is always respected although the use of decoration and virtuosic writing is greater than in 'Amanti'; the interpretation of the text always takes precedence over embellishment. Since 1990 the Alessandro Stradella Consort has dedicated most of its activity to the revival and re-evaluation of the works of Alessandro Stradella, and Chandos is delighted to add the group to the Chaconne label. 'Conductor Estevan Verlardi elecits superb dramatic playing from his orchestra.' - Opera News Read less

Works on This Recording

Amanti, olŕ! "L'accademia d'Amore" by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Riccardo Ristori (Bass), Mario Cecchetti (Tenor), Gianluca Belfiori Doro (Countertenor),
Rosita Frisani (Soprano), Cristiana Presutti (Soprano), Anna Chierichetti (Soprano),
Makoto Sakurada (Tenor)
Conductor:  Esteban Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alessandro Stradella Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Chi resiste al dio bendato by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Rosita Frisani (Soprano), Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Riccardo Ristori (Bass)
Conductor:  Esteban Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alessandro Stradella Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 

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