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Stradella: Lagrime e sospiri / Chenier, Jeffery, Galilei Consort


Release Date: 10/20/2017 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 297  
Composer:  Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Chantal Santon Jeffery
Conductor:  Benjamin Chenier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Galilei Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The life of Stradella, murdered on a Genoese piazza at the age of forty-two on the orders of a jealous rival in love, has achieved mythical status and inspired several novels and operas featuring Stradella the adventurer, the rebel and above all Stradella the Don Juan, whose amorous escapades, from abducting a novice from a convent in Florence to a flight across Italy with the high-born fiancee of a senator, were never a hindrance to his flourishing musical career. It is easy to imagine that Stradella’s hectic life provided the inspiration for the captivating female figures who abound in his output, exalted by technically redoubtable vocal writing, as exuberant and virtuosic as
Read more it can sometimes be sober and ethereal, and supported by remarkably skilled recitatives, a genuine verbal theatre that offers the singer infinite scope for expression. From the demonic Salome to Ariadne, the model wife turned into a Fury by despair; from Pelagia, the repentant sinner who ends her days living in a cave disguised as a man, to Susanna, the very image of innocence and purity, this programme presents a series of portraits of women whom Chantal Santon embodies in their turn with all her artistry, her intimate knowledge of this repertory and her sense of theatre.

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REVIEW:

Anyone looking for a quick introduction to Stradella's music should find more than enough incentive here to search out more, while those already familiar will take pleasure in the dramatic scope of these fine performances.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Moro per amore: Excerpts by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Chantal Santon Jeffery (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Chenier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Galilei Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
2.
San Giovanni Battista: Overture by Alessandro Stradella
Conductor:  Benjamin Chenier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Galilei Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
3.
San Giovanni Battista: Queste lagrime e sospiri by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Chantal Santon Jeffery (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Chenier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Galilei Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
4.
Le gare dell'amor eroico: Overture by Alessandro Stradella
Conductor:  Benjamin Chenier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Galilei Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
5.
La forza dell'amor paterno: Excerpts by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Chantal Santon Jeffery (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Chenier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Galilei Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
6.
Santa Pelagia: Excerpts by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Chantal Santon Jeffery (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Chenier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Galilei Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
7.
La Susanna: Excerpts by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Chantal Santon Jeffery (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Chenier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Galilei Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 

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