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Stradella: Cantata Per Il Santissimo Natale, Sinfonias / Casazza, Miatello, Calvi, Abbondanza, La Magnifica Comunita


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93367   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Roberto AbbondanzaCaterina CalviRoberto LoreggianIsabella Longo,   ... 
Conductor:  Enrico Casazza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A contemporary of Buxtehude and Lully Antonio Stradella (1644-1682) remained in Italy his entire life. He benefited from important patrons in Rome, including Christina of Sweden. Here in the mid-seventeenth century, with the theatres being closed for over a decade, the cantata was at its height.

Like many of the contemporary cantatas this particular Cantata for Christmas Eve was intended for performances at the palaces of the nobility. Only a hand full of musicians are needed for this charmingly intimate piece: three voices, 2 violins and basso continuo.

On this record three instrumental sinfonias have been added. They are small-scaled too. In fact they are sonatas for one or two instruments and basso continuo.
Read more Together they offer a varied view on Stradella, who is in fact considered responsible for the birth of the concerto grosso.

Performed by La Magnifica Comunità with singers Cristina Miatello, Caterina Calvi and Roberto Abbondanza.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Cantata per il Santissimo Natale by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Roberto Abbondanza (Bass), Caterina Calvi (Alto), Roberto Loreggian (Organ),
Isabella Longo (Violin), Cristina Miatello (Soprano), Isabella Longo (Viola),
Francesco Ferrarini (Cello), Enrico Casazza (Violin)
Conductor:  Enrico Casazza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1665; Rome, Italy 
Notes: 
Cantata per il Santissimo Natale:
1. Si apra al rio ogni labro
2. Di giubilo cotanto
3. Ritornello I
4. Oh di notte felice
5. Ritornello II
6. Con insoliti e chiari splendori
7. Se la gregge mansueta
8. Temer più non lice
9. Or miratre il grande tonante
10. All'ignudo redentor
11. Con quel gel
13. Mentre ingemmano il suo viso
14. E non si spezza tant'amore
15. Ritornello III
16. O gran bontà del Regnator dell'etra
 
2.
Sinfonia in A major by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ), Enrico Casazza (Violin), Francesco Ferrarini (Cello),
Isabella Longo (Violin), Isabella Longo (Viola)
Conductor:  Enrico Casazza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Sinfonia in F major by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ), Enrico Casazza (Violin), Francesco Ferrarini (Cello),
Isabella Longo (Viola), Isabella Longo (Violin)
Conductor:  Enrico Casazza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Length: 11 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4.
Sinfonia no 2 by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Enrico Casazza (Violin), Isabella Longo (Violin), Roberto Loreggian (Organ),
Isabella Longo (Viola), Francesco Ferrarini (Cello)
Conductor:  Enrico Casazza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Length: 7 Minutes 18 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Moving and Meditative June 12, 2012 By Anthony G. (Valley Stream, NY) See All My Reviews "Suddenly we are induced by this music to be mesmerized and to be transported to celestial realms. Every praise for the Magnifica Comunita which plays all of its music with feeling and reverence and sublime artistry." Report Abuse
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