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Conversazioni I: Cantatas from a Cardinal's Court / Andrew Radley, countertenor

Audio Samples

  1. Conversazioni I — Clori, mia bella Clori: Sinfonia. Largo - Allegro - Minuet $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Conversazioni I — Clori, mia bella Clori: Recitativo $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Conversazioni I — Clori, mia bella Clori: Aria Larghetta $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Conversazioni I — Clori, mia bella Clori: Recitativo $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Conversazioni I — Clori, mia bella Clori: Aria $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Conversazioni I — Clori, mia bella Clori: Recitativo $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Conversazioni I — Clori, mia bella Clori: Aria $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Conversazioni I — Senza il core del mio bene: Aria Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Conversazioni I — Senza il core del mio bene: Recitativo $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Conversazioni I — Senza il core del mio bene: Aria Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Conversazioni I — Clori vezzosa, e bella: Recitativo $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Conversazioni I — Clori vezzosa, e bella: Aria Andante Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Conversazioni I — Clori vezzosa, e bella: Recitativo $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Conversazioni I — Clori vezzosa, e bella: Aria Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Conversazioni I — Toccata in G Minor, HWV 586 $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Conversazioni I — Capriccio in G Minor, HWV 483 $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Conversazioni I — Sonata in G Minor, K 30: Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Conversazioni I — Vedendo Amor, HWV 175: Recitativo $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Conversazioni I — Vedendo Amor, HWV 175: Aria $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Conversazioni I — Vedendo Amor, HWV 175: Recitativo $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Conversazioni I — Vedendo Amor, HWV 175: Aria Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Conversazioni I — Vedendo Amor, HWV 175: Recitativo $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Conversazioni I — Vedendo Amor, HWV 175: Aria Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Conversazioni I — Vedendo Amor, HWV 175: Recitativo $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Conversazioni I — Sonata in D Minor, K. 9 $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Conversazioni I — Sonata in D Major , K. 430 $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Conversazioni I — Mi Papita il cor, HWV 132c: Recitativo $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Conversazioni I — Mi Papita il cor, HWV 132c: Arioso Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Conversazioni I — Mi Papita il cor, HWV 132c: Recitativo $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Conversazioni I — Mi Papita il cor, HWV 132c: Aria Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Conversazioni I — Mi Papita il cor, HWV 132c: Recitativo $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Conversazioni I — Mi Papita il cor, HWV 132c: Aria Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Caldara, Antonio : Clori mia bella clori, cantata for voice & orchestra
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Senza il core del mio bene (2 versions), solo cantata for voice & continuo in E minor (or C minor)
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Clori vezzosa e bella, chamber cantata for alto & continuo
>Handel, George Frideric : Toccata for Harpsichord in G minor
>Handel, George Frideric : Capriccio in G minor, HWV 483
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 30/L 499 "The Cat's Fugue"
>Handel, George Frideric : Vedendo Amor, cantata, for alto & continuo, HWV 175
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 430/L 463
>Handel, George Frideric : Mi palpita il cor, cantata, HWV 132
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In the late 17th century, all roads really did lead to Rome for the aspiring musician. There, wealthy aristocrats-turned-priests and Catholic nobility from across Europe vied for cultural status through artistic patronage. In particular, the young Pietro Ottoboni (1667 - 1740) reigned supreme among patrons of music, supporting Caldara and Albinoni, Alessandro Scarlatti and his son Domenico, and Handel, all of whom inspired and were inspired by one another. Musical gatherings of the time - called conversazione - often featured dramatic cantatas as well as virtuoso instrumental showpieces such as the works featured on this album. Recalling this fertile musical era, rising star countertenor Andrew Radley with Julian Perkins and his London-based period instrument ensemble Sounds Baroque, dispatch these entertaining vocal works with aplomb, interspersed with virtuosic harpsichord works performed to perfection by Perkins. With this, the first in a series of conversazione recordings, Sounds Baroque celebrates the passion, theatricality, and sheer variety of music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Classic FM Magazine
There's a seductive tonal warmth (sometimes too seductive) to his voice. The countertenor does let loose the cutting edge of Handel's Mi palpita il cor...It's hearting to discover yet another group of young musicians, fuelled by intellectual curiosity and a corporate commitment to excellence, with enterprise and genuine flair. Roll on Conversazione II.

Gramophone Magazine
Andrew Radley demonstrates tender story-telling skills during the soft "Camminando lei pian piano"...In gentle arias [his] singing has affectionate intimacy and delicacy (such as Caldara's lovely last aria, "Parto mio ben costante"). I look forward to Volume 2.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009).



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Works Details

>Caldara, Antonio : Clori mia bella clori, cantata for voice & orchestra
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Senza il core del mio bene (2 versions), solo cantata for voice & continuo in E minor (or C minor)
  • Performer: Andrew Radley
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1752

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Clori vezzosa e bella, chamber cantata for alto & continuo
  • Performer: Andrew Radley
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Toccata for Harpsichord in G minor
  • Performer: Julian Perkins (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1715

>Handel, George Frideric : Capriccio in G minor, HWV 483
  • Performer: Julian Perkins (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720-1721

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 30/L 499 "The Cat's Fugue"
  • Performer: Julian Perkins (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Vedendo Amor, cantata, for alto & continuo, HWV 175
  • Performer: Andrew Radley
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1708

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413
  • Performer: Julian Perkins (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 430/L 463
  • Performer: Julian Perkins (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Handel, George Frideric : Mi palpita il cor, cantata, HWV 132
  • Performer: Andrew Radley
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710