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Neapolitan Concertos for Various Instruments / Obregon, La Ritirata


Release Date: 01/19/2018 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 923106  
Composer:  Nicolo PorporaFrancesco ManciniGiovanni Battista PergolesiNicola Fiorenza,   ... 
Performer:  Josetxu ObregónTamar LaloDaniel OyarzabalIgnacio Prego,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ritirata
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Neapolitan Baroque, especially in the first half of the eighteenth century, was a vibrant and vital time for instrumental music, as Josetxu Obregón and La Ritirata now demonstrate with their new recording of six concertos from that era. The Neapolitan school – which owed so much in its formation to Francesco Provenzale – flourished in the hands of Francesco Mancini, Nicola Porpora, Nicola Fiorenza, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Alessandro Scarlatti, all represented with concertos on this new Glossa recording. The four major conservatories in the city created an astonishingly productive and innovative environment for musicians – students and their teachers alike. The composers here all studied or worked in the conservatories or Read more at the Cappella Real. The Neapolitan concerto had its own structure at this time, which was quite different to that found in the Venice of Vivaldi, and there was a constant competitive spirit for soloists to demonstrate their virtuosity. As they showed with their earlier Glossa recording of Il Spiritillo Brando, the members of La Ritirata are more than a match for their Neapolitan predecessors in both stylishness and technique. The soloists gathered by Josetxu Obregón represent some of the leading musical lights in Spain today: violinist Hiro Kurosaki (in a Fiorenza concerto), recorder-player Tamar Lalo (Scarlatti and Mancini), harpsichordists Ignacio Prego and Daniel Oyarzabal (Pergolesi) and not least, Obregón himself who is the cello soloist in works by Fiorenza and Porpora. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonia for Cello, Violins and Basso Continuo in C Major by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Josetxu Obregón (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ritirata
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
2.
Concerto for Flute no 13 in G minor by Francesco Mancini
Performer:  Tamar Lalo (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ritirata
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
3.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Daniel Oyarzabal (Harpsichord), Ignacio Prego (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ritirata
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
4.
Concerto for Cello in D Major by Nicola Fiorenza
Performer:  Josetxu Obregón (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ritirata
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
5.
Concerto for Recorder, 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in C Major by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Tamar Lalo (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ritirata
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
6.
Concerto for Violin in D Major by Nicola Fiorenza
Performer:  Hiro Kurosaki (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ritirata
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 

Customer Reviews

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 Neapolitan music of light and shade January 29, 2018 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "The composers represented on this disc are roughly Bach and Handel's contemporaries (Nicola Porpora and Francesco Mancini), or come from the generation before (Alessandro Scarlatti) or after (Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Nicola Fiorenza). They all share a common heritage and a peculiarly brilliant and lyrical style intensified by a sophisticated system of conservatories with high musical standards for both vocal and instrumental music. Josetxu Obregon has created a varied and at times inspired program for the fine players of La Ritirata. The featured soloists are all excellent: Tamar Lalo (recorder), Hiro Kurosaki (violin), Ignacio Prego and Daniel Oyarzabal (harpischords), with his own cello solo rounding up this distinguished group of musicians. The standout works are, unsurprisingly, by Pergolesi (a spritely work featuring two harpsichords), and Alessandro Scarlatti (a recorder concerto on the Telemann level if not quite in the Bach/Handel range). Naples is a city of light and shade; melancholy is never far away, even in the midst of its gaiety. Thanks to Glossa for such a compelling album." Report Abuse
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