Notes and Editorial Reviews
Amongst several contemporaries of Scarlatti who devoted themselves to the solo cantata, one of the most prolific is the influential globetrotter Giovanni Bononcini, who wrote up to 283. During the first quarter of the 18th century Bononcini's cantatas represent the principal trend of this genre. In these works, a fluent and effective technique is combined with a real gift for the composition of melodies. These lamenti are the central element of Bononcini's dramatic works. His genius is perfectly adapted to tender and pathetic emotions. His melodies, rich and sweet, are written in a very personal style. Another important aspect of his music is the magnificent use of the text. In 1789 already, Charles Burney calls Bononcini "the most prolific cantatas composer" and claims that Bononcini's recitatives are universally perceived as the best of their time, with the perfect genius of the Italian language. Cyril Auvity and his ensemble l'Yriade offer us an enthusiastic and totally committed interpretation of some of Bononcini's cantatas, revealing the extreme force of those magical works.