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Porpora: Cantatas / Laura Maria Martorana


Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94311   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Maria Laura Martorana
Conductor:  Alberto Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Behind all great students is a great teacher. This is true of Haydn, Scarlatti and Pergolesi, who, among others, were all taught by the celebrated Nicola Porpora. As a professor of singing and composition, Porpora gave lessons in his native Italy and across Europe. A distinguished composer in his own right, his extensive knowledge of vocal technique allowed him to compose cantatas as well as a host of operas, all of which were considered masterpieces in their own day.

Most of Porpora’s cantatas – veritable masterclasses of vocal composition – are found in the 1735 collection, published in London and dedicated to Frederic, Prince of Wales. This disc, however, also presents three of an unknown date; while Venticel che tra la
Read more frondi and Il Vulcano can be traced back to Porpora’s time in Venice (the former in particular contains similarities to his Venetian sacred music), Il Ritiro is likely to be the most modern, carefully reconstructed from a collation of various possible manuscripts. At any rate, these cantatas are a testimony to the composer’s reputation as one of the most important and influential musicians of the 18th century.

Coloratura soprano Maria Laura Martorana has received many awards over the years, including the prestigious ‘Singer of the Year’ prize at the 1996 Festival of Martina in Italy. She has participated in the recording of numerous operas, and sang the role of Cleonilla in the 2008 recording of Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa for Brilliant Classics. Joining Martorana on this disc is the internationally renowned ensemble, I Virtuosi Italiani.

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Recorded April 2012, Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy.
• Includes booklet notes on each of the pieces and a biography of the composer.
• Maria Laura Martorana has also recorded Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa for Brilliant Classics (94105). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Il Vulcano by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Maria Laura Martorana (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
2.
Il Sogno by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Maria Laura Martorana (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
3.
Venticel che trà le frondi by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Maria Laura Martorana (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1730 
4.
Il Nome by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Maria Laura Martorana (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
5.
Il Ritiro by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Maria Laura Martorana (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani

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