Stradella: La Circe - 1st and 2nd versions / Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort

Release Date: 4/16/2021
Label: Dynamic
Catalog Number: DYN-CDS7910.02
Performer: Cristina Fanelli, Anna Chierichetti, Francesco Toma...
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
Number of Discs: 2
Length: 111 Minutes

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Alessandro Stradella was a highly influential composer in his day, producing an abundance of masterpieces despite his dissolute and dramatically brief life. Written for the lavish celebrations marking Leopoldo de’ Medici being made a cardinal, La Circe is set near a fountain on the leafy slopes of Parnassus. It evokes the spirit of the sorceress Circe who, while searching for the grave of her son, is dazzled by a bright light – the presence of a Medici. Complete with echo effects and deliciously lyrical and expressive music, La Circe is both a fascinating enigma and a perfect example of aristocratic tastes in Baroque Rome. This double album release contains the unabridged version of La Circe I and the World Premiere Recording of La Circe II, and the booklet provides detailed notes. Played on period instruments.

 

REVIEW:

 

The recording presents two versions of the story of the sorceress Circe, described as an operetta. The two versions are quite different, which goes far beyond the usual adaptations of compositions to local requirements. The composition has an operatic feel with its virtuosically ornamented arias, frilly and pronounced ornamentations, interwoven duets and effective recitatives. In common formal schemes Stradella creates a great variety of expression, surprising turns as well as delightful shaping of affect.

 

Estevan Velardi and his original sound ensemble Alessandro Stradella Consort present, in addition to the two versions of Circe, a Sonata di Viole in D major and other samples from the chamber cantata oeuvre of the Italian composer: Soffro, misero, e taccio and the Prologue to La Dori.

 

Velardi is also responsible for the settings and instrumentation. He keeps his ensemble playing in a lively and tomboyish manner that can easily be imagined in the atmosphere of a feast in an Italian garden. While the cantata Soffro, misero, e taccio and the prologue still sound a bit anemic, the music unfolds its full liveliness in the Circes. At the same time, the ensemble plays very well the complicated gentle melodies and the sometimes bold harmonies for the 17th century.

Singing overall is exquisite. Leslie Visco as Circe is convincing in both cases with individual timbre, agile and focused voice, and fine articulation of the text. The clearly led, if restrained voices of Cristina Farinelli and Anna Chierichetti prove good mediators for the difficult balance between declamation and virtuosity. Tenor Franceso Toma and bass Giuseppe Naviglio provide euphony for the male voices.

Works on This Recording
1. Soffro, misero e taccio by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Cristina Fanelli (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
2. Aria: Dormi, Titone, addio! (Aurora) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Cristina Fanelli (Soprano), Francesco Toma (Tenor)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
Written: 1671 ;
3. Sorgi o vaga Aurora (Zeffiro, Euro) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Cristina Fanelli (Soprano), Francesco Toma (Tenor)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
Written: 1671 ;
4. Recitative: Oggi la bella Dori (Aurora) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Cristina Fanelli (Soprano), Francesco Toma (Tenor)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
Written: 1671 ;
5. Dileguatevi orrori, ombre sparite! (Zeffiro, Euro) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Cristina Fanelli (Soprano), Francesco Toma (Tenor)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
Written: 1671 ;
6. Trio: Alle gioie ai contenti (Aurora, Zeffiro, Euro) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Cristina Fanelli (Soprano), Francesco Toma (Tenor)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
Written: 1671 ;
7. Sinfonia by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
8. Recitative: Se desio curioso (Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
9. Recitative: Qui per dare a sé stesso, e regno e tomba (Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
10. Ma quale in queste arene (Circe, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
11. Aria: O de' regi alto germoglio (Circe, Algido, Zeffiro) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
12. Recitative: Chi parla, chi risponde? (Circe, Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
13. Aria: Vola Zeffiro (Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
14. Aria: Chi stupori cercando va (Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
15. Aria: Correrò, volarò (Zeffiro) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
16. Recitative: Ferma, ferma (Circe, Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
17. Aria: Ogni vasto desio (Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
18. Recitative: Se d'angusta camagna (Circe, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
19. Aria: Chi di voi mi porta a volo (Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
20. Recitative: Queste di fragil tempra (Algido, Zeffiro) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
21. Aria: Può ben divoto cor (Zeffiro) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
22. Recitative: Su, se, dunque, su, su (Zeffiro, Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
23. Arioso: O degl'eterni Elisi (Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
24. Recitative: Ond'io qual serva umile (Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
25. Aria: Ruscelletti, che traete (Circe, Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Baritone), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
26. I. Adagio - Allegro by Alessandro Stradella
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
27. II. Allegro by Alessandro Stradella
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
28. III. Adagio - Allegro by Alessandro Stradella
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
29. IV. Giga by Alessandro Stradella
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
30. Aria a 3: Bei ruscelli cristallini (Algido, Zeffiro, Ombra di Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
31. Trio: Non balena o sempre tuona (Ombra di Circe, Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
32. Duetto: D'un aere d'argento (Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
33. Aria: Né presuma d'ostinarsi (Ombra di Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
34. Trio: I sudor le cure istesse (Ombra di Circe, Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
35. Trio: Però chiari d'argentee spume (Ombra di Circe, Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
36. Recitative: Zeffiro, figlio de' vicini monti (Ombra di Circe, Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
37. Aria: Rimembranza che rimbomba (Ombra di Circe, Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
38. Recitative: Pur se per voi lasciate, amici Numi (Ombra di Circe, Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
39. Aria: Fiumicelli dal pie' d'argento (Zeffiro) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
40. Aria: Aura molle lusinghiera (Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
41. Trio: Ma son deboli catene (Ombra di Circe, Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
42. Trio: L'arte accresca i pregi nostri (Ombra di Circe, Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
43. Aria: In quel secolo primiero (Ombra di Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
44. Aria: Ma qual fior di novità (Ombra di Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
45. Aria: Ai magnanimi e sovrani Re toscani (Ombra di Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
46. Trio: E tributo gli venga offerto (Ombra di Circe, Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
47. Trio: Ai sovrani Re toscani (Ombra di Circe, Zeffiro, Algido) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
48. Trio: Quando ai liti odorati (Zeffiro, Algido, Ombra di Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
49. Trio: Zeffiretti de' verdi monti (Zeffiro, Algido, Ombra di Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
50. Recitative: Inclita gloria dell’augusta Flora (Zeffiro) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
51. Trio: Zeffiretti de'verdi monti (Zeffiro, Algido, Ombra di Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
52. Trio: Zeffiretti de'verdi monti (Zeffiro, Algido, Ombra di Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
53. Trio: Zeffiretti de'verdi monti (Zeffiro, Algido, Ombra di Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
54. Trio Madrigale: Se misura d'offerte pari (Zeffiro, Algido, Ombra di Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
55. Nobil animo (Zeffiro, Algido, Ombra di Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
56. Recitative: Tempo verrà che questo monte adorno (Ombra di Circe) by Alessandro Stradella
Performer: Anna Chierichetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Naviglio (Bass), Leslie Visco (Soprano)
Conductor: Estévan Velardi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort
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