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Recorded Dec 21- 23 1997, Chiesa parrocchiale di Collegara, Modena, Italy
Barbara Zanichelli, Emanuela Galli, Lavinia Bertotti (sopranos), Roberto Balconi (countertenor) & Carlo Lepore (bass)
Orchestra Barocca della Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano, Enrico Gatti
Susanne Rydén (soprano) & Claudio Astronio (organ, harpsichord & conductor)
In every case, Stradella displays an unerring insight into the texts (some of which he may have written himself), flawlessly marrying them to music moving fluidly between simply recitative, arioso... — More…
Silvia Piccollo (Ester), Elisa Franzetti (Speranza Celeste), Vicky Norrington (Mardocheo), Matteo Armanino (Assuero), Debora Parodi (Un’ebrea), Francesco Lambertini (Testo prima parte) & Francesca Rota (Testo seconda parte)
Il Concento, Luca Franco Ferrari
Meritorious music includes the stile antico Hebrew chorus conveying lamentation of impending doom ('Armati sol d'oltraggio'), the bullying bass Aman's sarcastic instruction for the Hebrews to... — More…
Monica Piccinini (soprano), Roberto Abbondanza (baritone), Alda Caiello (soprano), Elisabetta Pallucchi (mezzo soprano), Filippo Farinelli (piano)
The set's star is its pianist, Filippo Farinelli, whose playing is impeccably lapidary and pointillistic throughout. The singing can be variable...Even so, this is a hugely important issue, despite... — More…