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Pistocchi: Il Martirio Di San Adriano / Baroni, Compagnia De Musici

Pistocchi / Compagnia De Musici / Baroni
Release Date: 03/26/2013 
Label:  New Pan   Catalog #: 10282  
Composer:  Francesco Antonio Pistocchi
Conductor:  Francesco Baroni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Compagnia de Musici
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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During his lifetime, Francesco Antonio Pistocchi (1659-1726) was, as an alto castrato, a renowned singer who occasionally composed roles for himself in works of his own. This must have been the case in this oratorio ab out the martyrdom of Saint Hadrian: the role of Hadrian is sung by an alto. As rich in effects as it is in atmosphere, this oratorio appears to have been thoroughly successful in its time. In addition to Pistocchi's home city of Parma, his work also received contemporary performances in Venice and in Germany. In terms of content, the oratorio refers to the legend of Saint Hadrian: as a captain in the Roman army, Adriano is forced to persecute Christians. Their steadfastness converts him, however, leading him to his own Read more martyrdom. Standing by him is his wife Natalia, who had already converted to Christianity, whilst his good friend Claudio, on behalf of the Emperor Massimiano, tries to dissuade him from his new faith. Adriano is tortured and finally dies the death of a martyr. Read less

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Il Martirio di San Adriano by Francesco Antonio Pistocchi
Conductor:  Francesco Baroni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Compagnia de Musici

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