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Cavalli: La Didone / Biondi, Mcfadden, Staveland

Cavalli / Mcfadden / Staveland / Custer / De Liso
Release Date: 09/25/2007 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 33537  
Composer:  Pier Francesco Cavalli
Performer:  Donatella LombardiMaria Grazia SchiavoJordi DomènechIsabel Alvarez,   ... 
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Claron McFadden; Magnus Staveland; Jordi Domènech; Manuela Custer; Marina De Liso; Donatella Lombardi; Isabel Álvarez; Antonio Lozano; Gian Luca Zoccatelli; Filippo Morace; Maria Grazia Schiavo; Roberto Abbondanza

Orchestra Europa Galante/Fabio Bondi

Direction, Sets and Costumes by Facoltà di Design e Arti dell’Università IUAV di Venezia
Combined Laboratories directed by Carlo Majer

NTSC All Region
Sound: LPCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 173 mins.
Subtitled in Italian, English, German, French & Spanish

Preceded by a solemn prologue in which Iride admonishes mortals that they
Read more should not offend the gods, the story of Cavalli's Didone comes to life thanks to numerous solo passages of highly varied character and structure, designed both for simple basso continuo support and for a more complex instrumental accompaniment, for five real parts which enjoy some independent moments and which create a diversion from the action or blend in with it in a wholly logical way, intensifying it in a studied, evocative manner. The tragic story of the Carthaginian queen is thus unfolded with extreme attention in a framework that had already been adopted by Monteverdi, of whom Cavalli is considered a worthy successor. In this case it is enlivened and, we might say, given a more popular, direct appeal as it aims to communicate with a public that is gradually expanding. The composer is sincere when he states: "My spirit has always been far from the printing press: I have preferred to allow my weaknesses to run where fortune takes them with the pen rather than the press." He identifies with the torment of Didone and with the "force of nature" (Prunières) that is his and the brilliance of some of his solutions, he creates one of the most tragic, tormented operas of the entire seventeenth century. - (2 DVDs)
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Works on This Recording

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La Didone by Pier Francesco Cavalli
Performer:  Donatella Lombardi (Soprano), Maria Grazia Schiavo (Soprano), Jordi Domènech (Countertenor),
Isabel Alvarez (Soprano), Marina De Liso (Mezzo Soprano), Claron McFadden (Soprano),
Magnus Staveland (Tenor), Manuela Custer (Mezzo Soprano), Filippo Morace (Baritone),
Roberto Abbondanza (Baritone)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 

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