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Stradella: Arias / Ryden, Hilz, Oro, Astronio, Harmonices Mundi


Release Date: 11/15/2011 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94258  
Composer:  Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne RydénMartin OroLisandro AbadieAlessandro Palmeri
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



STRADELLA Arias. Toccata in a Claudio Astronio, cond; Susanne Rydén (sop); Martin Oro (ct); LIsandro Abadie (bar); Harmonices Mundi (period instruments) BRILLIANT 94258 (2 CDs: 129:53 Text and Translation)


The story I have read about Alessandro Stradella involves his involvement with various plots in Rome during his early years, so much so that assassins were sent to seek him out. They found him conducting music in a church, but they made the mistake of stopping to Read more listen. So profoundly moved were they that they stated something to the effect that anyone who was capable of such heavenly music deserved to live. And so instead of having to fight his way out of the predicament and possibly dying in the attempt, Stradella was allowed to go into exile to Venice. Where, of course, he promptly seduced the mistress of Count Alvise Contarini, thus honing his personal skills developed at the court of the notorious Queen Christina of Sweden at the Colonna Palace, where he had been apprenticed for some time. The tale may well be apocryphal, but it nonetheless serves as a wonderful reason behind the aspects of love that abound on this disc.


Many of his 300 or so works are centered on the subject of love, to no one’s surprise. These two discs contain no fewer than 36 solo arias, prefaced by one of his rarer moments of instrumental composition, a keyboard toccata. This is a complex contrapuntal work that is reminiscent of either Froberger or Frescobaldi, with generous sequences, echo effects, and imitation throughout. Had this been written by Johann Sebastian Bach it would be in the repertoire of every harpsichordist, but Stradella’s main interests lay in the realm of vocal music. The arias themselves all reflect his careful attention to the sentiments expressed in the poetry. He is not afraid to use musical devices to outline the often lyrical (and sometimes downright erotic) texts, such as turning to minor mode suddenly without warning, as he does in “Quanto è bella,” or using a basso ostinato to reflect the continuous rolling of thoughts in “Pensier ostinato.” In “Non fia mai” he exploits the dexterity of the line as if casting aside caution as the textual lover does when confronted with infidelity. Several of the arias were intended as insertions to operas by Cavalli, including “Dormite, occhi,” in which a lovely solo violin puts Giasone to sleep, while a tortuous harmony pervades the aria “Mio cor, che se fa?” This collection proves beyond a doubt that Stradella’s reputation for outlining a poetic text was entirely justified.


The ensemble Harmonices Mundi has proven itself a worthy interpreter of Stradella’s music. Soprano Susanne Rydén finely deflects the pitch at the appropriate moments of grief and anguish, making the harmony quite pungent with almost quarter-tone dissonance. Martin Oro’s fruity countertenor handles the lines with ease, while Lisandro Abadie has a virile, powerful bass. The various accompaniments are well chosen, from guitar, theorbo, or lute, while the violins enter as excellent counterpoint to the voice in those arias that are operatically derived. In short, this is an excellent rendition of these works, and I recommend it highly.


FANFARE: Bertil van Boer
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Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata in A minor by Alessandro Stradella
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
2.
È pazzia l’innamorarsi by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
3.
Mio cor, che si fa? by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
4.
Che mi giovan le vittorie by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
5.
‘Fedeltà!’ sinché spirto in petto avrò by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
6.
Adorata libertà, dal mio core non partite by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
7.
Parti, fuggi dal mio seno by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
8.
Il mio core per voi, luci belle by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
9.
Pria di scior quel dolce nodo by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
10.
Begl'occhi, il vostro piangere by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
11.
Se di gioie m'alletta il sereno by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
12.
Cara e dolce libertà by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
13.
Deh, frenate i furori by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
14.
Non fia mai, ah no, ch'io speri by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
15.
S'Amor m'annoda il piede by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
16.
Le luci vezzose volgetemi, o Clori by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
17.
Quanto è bella la mia stella by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
18.
Ogni sguardo che tu scocchi by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
19.
Chi mi disse che Amor dà tormento by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
20.
Pensier ostinato by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
21.
Al rigor di due tiranni by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
22.
Da Filinda aver chi può by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
23.
Speranze smarrite by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
24.
Il mio cor ch'è infelicissimo by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
25.
Dell'ardore ch'il core distempra by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
26.
Chi vuol libero il suo piè by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
27.
Delizie, contenti by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
28.
Chi non porta amor nel petto by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
29.
Chi avesse visto un core by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
30.
Dormite, occhi, dormite, aria for voice, 2 violins & continuo by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1671 
31.
Deh, vola, o desio by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
32.
Avete torto, occhi miei cari by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
33.
Ti lascerò e a poco a poco by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
34.
Torna, Amor, dammi il mio bene by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
35.
Destatevi, o sensi, risvegliati, onore by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
36.
Avrò pur d'aspettar più? by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi
37.
Bel tempo, addio, son fatto amante by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Susanne Rydén (Soprano), Martin Oro (Countertenor), Lisandro Abadie (Baritone),
Alessandro Palmeri (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi

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