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Ferita d'Amore - Music of Castaldi, Bellerofonte / Evangelina Mascardi


Release Date: 01/10/2011 
Label:  Arcana   Catalog #: 368   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bellerofonte Castaldi
Performer:  Marco Beasley
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fragrant, intimate, life-affirming, poetical, utterly lyrical.

Anyone seeking sanctuary from the stresses of modern life could do much worse than listen to Bellerofonte Castaldi's beautiful music and be wafted back to a time long before mobile phones, cars, pop stars and billions of people all competing with each other for attention and the planet's resources. This recital provides an hour's worth of direct nourishment for the soul and the senses.
 
Most of the pieces are for theorbo solo or theorbo and theorbino duet, all of these coming from Castaldi's 1622 collection, Capricci a due Stromenti. The two items for voice and theorbo, the first of which does not appear until the second half of
Read more the recital, come from his 1623 publication, Il Primo Mazzetto di Fiori Musicalmente Colti dal Giardino Bellerofonteo ('The First Bouquet of Flowers Musically Gathered from the Bellerofontean Garden'). That garden metaphor is apt: Castaldi's pieces are the musical equivalent of warm evening sunshine under blue skies: fragrant, intimate, life-affirming, poetical, utterly lyrical: this is John Dowland without the melancholia!
 
The CD title Ferita d'Amore (literally 'Wound of Love', but less prosaically expressed along the lines of 'Love Hurts') comes from a galliard that appears in the recital. The musicians and track-list group the pieces into three sets, reflecting the love-related sub-themes of joy, contemplation and devotion, but there is no obvious discontinuity in the music itself.
 
Castaldi was more than a friend to Monteverdi. He was in fact a genuine Renaissance Man: lute virtuoso, poet, engraver, satirist, swordsman, rider, all-round maverick. His highly original music has received relatively little attention to date, and this Arcana release is already one of the most important CD monographs, along with a partly overlapping Toccata Classics disc released a couple of years ago and Alpha's very first release, a song-based recital by Guillemette Laurens, a decade earlier (001).
 
Argentina-born Italian lutenist Evangelina Mascardi has made many recordings for various labels and has worked with Ensemble 415 and the Ricercar Consort, among others. Her performance here is ideal: thoughtful, warm, expressive, winning. Though she does not get star billing like Mascardi, the contribution of Mónica Pustilnik, Argentinean despite her surname, is considerable. The rarely heard theorbino, or tiorbino, is, as the name suggests, a small theorbo pitched an octave higher, and adds a colour all of its own to the music of Castaldi, who is said to have invented it and was thus the first - and possibly last! - composer to write for it. Naples-born Marco Beasley is something of a specialist in early Italian Baroque repertoire, and brings a wealth of experience to his two songs. Although his folk-style interpretation may not have the same wide appeal as Mascardi's theorbo, it arguably lends the music greater authenticity and sits very well with its intimate tone.
 
The recording is of the highest quality. The church at San Rocco was rebuilt during Castaldi's lifetime, completed a year before his death. Small font aside, the lavish booklet is attractively designed, replete with lengthy quadrilingual notes, photos and sung texts. The only omission, and a rather surprising one at that, are biographies of the performers. Note-writer David Dolata gets one, even the parish church gets one, but not the musicians!
 
-- Byzantion, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Capricci a 2 stromenti cioè tiorba e tiorbino e per sonar solo: La follia by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1622; Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Capricci a 2 stromenti cioè tiorba e tiorbino e per sonar solo: Capriccio detto bischizzoso by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1622 
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Capricci a 2 stromenti cioè tiorba e tiorbino e per sonar solo: Lusinghevole passegio by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1622; Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Furiosa, for theorbo by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
5.
Capricci a 2 stromenti cioè tiorba e tiorbino e per sonar solo: Fantasticheria detta gioviale by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1622; Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6.
Cecchina, for theorbo by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
7.
Capricci a 2 stromenti cioè tiorba e tiorbino e per sonar solo: Florida corrente by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1622; Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
8.
Arpesca, for theorbo by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
9.
Capriccio detto cerimonioso, for theorbo by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
10.
Dunque Clorida, for theorbo by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Performer:  Marco Beasley ()
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 9 Minutes 12 Secs. 
11.
Capricci a 2 stromenti cioè tiorba e tiorbino e per sonar solo: Ferita d'amore by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1622; Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
12.
Capricci a 2 stromenti cioè tiorba e tiorbino e per sonar solo: Capriccio detto svegliatoio by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1622; Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
13.
Tasteggio Soave by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1622; Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
14.
Capricci a 2 stromenti: Sonata no 1 for Theorbo "Sonate forastiere in habito tiorbesco" by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1622; Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
15.
Vissi allor noiosa vita (I lived then a tedious life) by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Performer:  Marco Beasley ()
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
16.
Capricci a 2 stromenti cioè tiorba e tiorbino e per sonar solo: Mascherina Canzone by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1622; Italy 
Venue:  Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Rocco, Miasino 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 

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