Nicola Porpora: Cantatas for Soprano / Maria Laura Martorana, coloratura soprano; I Virtuosi Italiani

Album Summary

>Porpora, Nicola : Il Vulcano, cantata for voice & strings
>Porpora, Nicola : Il Sogno, cantata for voice & continuo, Op. 1/2
>Porpora, Nicola : Venticel che tra le frondi, cantata for voice & strings
>Porpora, Nicola : Il Nome, cantata for voice & continuo, Op. 1/5
>Porpora, Nicola : Il Ritiro, cantata for solo voice, strings & continuo
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

At any rate, these cantatas are a testimony to the composer's reputation as one of the most important and influential musicians of the 18th century. Coloratura soprano Maria Laura Martorana has received many awards over the years, including the prestigious 'Singer of the Year' prize at the 1996 Festival of Martina in Italy.


Works:

Il Vulcano by Nicolo Porpora

Performer: Maria Laura Martorana (Soprano)
Conductor: Alberto Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Virtuosi Italiani



American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Martorana is obviously gifted addition to Italy's vocal scene and to the roster of Baroque-music specialists. She has a bright upper range. The cantatas test her ability to project those ranges, often in sharp jumps from one to another. And her choice of these rare compositions as a set of display vehicles testifies to her admirable enterprise.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Rossa of Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy (04/2012).



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Works Details

>Porpora, Nicola : Il Vulcano, cantata for voice & strings
  • Conductor: Alberto Martini
  • Ensemble: I Virtuosi Italiani
  • Running Time: 15 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1730

>Porpora, Nicola : Il Sogno, cantata for voice & continuo, Op. 1/2
  • Performer: Maria Martorana (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alberto Martini
  • Ensemble: I Virtuosi Italiani
  • Running Time: 13 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1735

>Porpora, Nicola : Venticel che trà le frondi, cantata for voice & strings
  • Performer: Maria Martorana (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alberto Martini
  • Ensemble: I Virtuosi Italiani
  • Running Time: 12 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1730

>Porpora, Nicola : Il Nome, cantata for voice & continuo, Op. 1/5
  • Performer: Maria Martorana (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alberto Martini
  • Ensemble: I Virtuosi Italiani
  • Running Time: 11 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1735

>Porpora, Nicola : Il Ritiro, cantata for solo voice, strings & continuo
  • Conductor: Alberto Martini
  • Ensemble: I Virtuosi Italiani
  • Running Time: 16 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio