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Marcello: Arianna / Bressau, Academia De Li Musici, Et Al


Release Date: 07/25/2000 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 656   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benedetto Marcello
Performer:  Anna ChierichettiGloria BanditelliMirko GuadagniniSergio Foresti,   ... 
Conductor:  Filippo Maria Bressan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athestis ChorusAcademia de li Musici
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Any recording of an opera by Benedetto Marcello will, for many, bring to mind his literary satire, IL TEATRO ALLA MODA, subtitled "a safe and easy method of properly composing and producing Italian operas according to modern practice." Within its pages, no one involved in the creation of opera-librettist, composer, singers, impresario-is spared. In one passage, the composer is admonished to "oblige the impresario to provide a great number of violins, oboes, horns, etc., preferring to let him economize on double basses, for these should not be used except in the preliminary tuning."
This fine debut recording of Marcello's 'Arianna,' using a recent critical edition by Alessandro Borin, is attentive to the underlying message of Marcello's
Read more satire: beware of artistic compromise. The style of the work-an introductory orchestral sinfonia, followed by alternating recitatives and da capo arias, along with an occasional chorus-will be recognized by listeners familiar with the vocal works of Alessandro Scarlatti or Handel. Although the work in its entirety is unlikely to become part of the standard operatic repertoire, a spare, lovely aria entitled "Come mai puoi vedermi piangere" ("How can you see me weeping"), laden with prolonged appoggiaturas and accompanied by inspired writing for two flutes, may become a favorite concert aria. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Arianna by Benedetto Marcello
Performer:  Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Gloria Banditelli (Alto), Mirko Guadagnini (Tenor),
Sergio Foresti (Bass), Antonio Abete (Bass)
Conductor:  Filippo Maria Bressan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athestis Chorus,  Academia de li Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1999 
Venue:  Philharmonic Theater, Verona, Italy 
Length: 183 Minutes 55 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Arianna (Ariadne): Sinfonia: Presto -
Arianna (Ariadne): Sinfonia: Largo -
Arianna (Ariadne): Sinfonia: Presto
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 1: Chorus: Su, nocchieri sciogliamo le vele (Come, sailors, unfurl the sails) (Sailors)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 1: Recitative: Fedra, il tempo quest'e (Phaedra, the time has come) (Theseus, Phaedra)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 1: Aria: So quanto piangerai (I know how much you'll weep) (Phaedra)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 2: Recitative: Qual mai gran pena (How great a burden) (Theseus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 2: Aria: Se ad appagar volesse il cielo (If heaven were to act upon) (Theseus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 3: Chorus: Ebbre bessaridi (Merry Bassarids) (Satyrs, Bassarids and Fauns)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scenes 4 and 5: Recitative: Qual suono strepitoso (What tumultuous noise) (Ariadne, Bacchus, Silenus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scenes 4 and 5: Aria: Re de' venti (King of the winds) (Bacchus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scenes 4 and 5: Accompanied recitative: Ah, che veggo? (What is happening?) (Ariadne, Bacchus, Silenus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scenes 4 and 5: Aria: E piu tenace di vischio (More tenacious than birdlime) (Silenus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 6: Recitative: Miseri noi! (We are lost) (Theseus, Phaedra)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 7: Recitative: No, scellerato! (No, villain!) (Ariadne, Phaedra, Theseus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 7: Aria: Incauta farfalletta (The careless moth) (Ariadne)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 8: Recitative: O mio rossor (I am so ashamed) (Phaedra, Theseus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 8: Aria: Se vier non poss'io (If I cannot live) (Phaedra)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 9: Recitative: Teseo non dubitar (Theseus, do not vacillate) (Bacchus, Theseus, Silenus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 9: Aria: O quante volte sentito avrai (How often must you have heard) (Theseus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 10: Recitative: Come si presto divenisti amante? (How did you fall in love so quickly?) (Silenus, Bacchus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 11: Recitative: Vieni Arianna (Come, Ariadne) (Bacchus, Ariadne, Silenus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 11: Aria: Tra gli astri splendera (Among the stars your beauty) (Bacchus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 12: Aria: Nel paese dove il sol esce fuora (In the land where the sun first rises) (Silenus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 12: Aria: Ma gia scoperti d'Amor i crud'inganni (Now that I have discovered love's cruel deceptions) (Ariadne)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part I: Scene 12: Chorus: Viva il forte, viva il grande (Hail to the strong, hail to the great) (Bacchus' Followers)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part II: Scene 1: Recitative: Invan mi fuggi (You cannot escape me) (Ariadne, Phaedra)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part II: Scene 1: Aria: Non e colpa del mio core (My heart cannot be blamed) (Phaedra)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part II: Scene 2: Recitative: (Theseus, Ariadne)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part II: Scene 2: Aria: Come mai puoi vedermi piangere ... ? (How can you see me weeping ... ?) (Ariadne)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part II: Scene 3: Recitative: E questa la vendetta ... ? (Is this the revenge ... ?) (Bacchus, Silenus, Ariadne, Theseus
Arianna (Ariadne): Part II: Scene 3: Aria: Conosco il mio fallo (I know myself to be at fault) (Theseus)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part II: Scene 4: Recitative: Possibile, Arianna ... ? (Is it possible, Ariadne) (Bacchus, Ariadne)
Arianna (Ariadne): Part II: Scene 4: Aria: Spero di vendicarmi (I hope to avenge myself) (Ariadne)

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