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Caccini: L'Euridice / Silvia Frigato; Furio Zanasi; Gianpaolo Fagotto; Luca Dordolo; Sara Mingardo. Concerto Italiano

Album Summary

>Caccini, Giulio : Euridice, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

More than four hundred years separate us from Caccini's Euridice, and it is this that constitutes the greatest obsta-cle to our understanding of this first dramatic event to combine text and music on a stage. Many things have happened in the past four centuries, events that distance us from the stylistic meaning of L'Euridice, making it almost incomprehensible. But there is a means that can put us back in touch with a primordial and primitive truth. Caccini, like Peri, contextualizes and makes concrete the necessity of individual and subjective expression, through the human voice. Both of them theorize, invent, and demand that theatrical imitation be made visible through the individual contribution of the performer. They theorize and demand passion [l'affetto] as the primary condition that legitimizes this new style - for it is a question of style even before that of a new kind of composition.' - Rinaldo Alessandrini

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
The recording is excellent. Clarity of text was important to composers of early opera. Music played a secondary role: to express and support the text. The performance brilliantly displays these qualities in period style. Brilliant sound. Brilliant singing.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
With its stylish Italian cast directed by Rinaldo Alessandrini...this is a precious recording...there are a few moments of slack ensemble, but the performance has a sense of dramatic spontaneity and a linearity often missing from more heavily edited versions. Sivlia Frigato is suitably dewy-voiced in the title-role.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
Frigato's contributions are sweetly endearing...Alessandrini and his continuo colleagues ensure the drama zips along at an intensive pace, although the battery of full-frontal plucking wears thin after a while.

Sunday Times, 16th March 2014
Alessandrini and his elite Italian Renaissance/baroque specialists...give as much weight to Rinuccini's words as to Caccini's notes, but the entire "complesso" shines in the exquisite and thrilling madrigalian choruses. A fabulous disc.

The Guardian, 20th March 2014
Wonderfully characterful singing...the story-telling power of the music is never compromised. It's a must for anyone curious about the beginnings of opera in the early 17th century.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Innsbrucker Festwochen Der Alten Musik, Austria (08/2013).


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Works Details

>Caccini, Giulio : Euridice, opera
  • Performers: Antonio Abete (Bass); Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord); Rinaldo Alessandrini (Organ); Matteo Bellotto (Bass); Mauro Borgioni; Luca Dordolo (Tenor); Gian Fagotto (Tenor); Silvia Frigato (Voice); Raffaele Giordani (Tenor); Monica Piccinini (Soprano); Marco Scavazza (Baritone); Anna Simbola (Voice); Furio Zanasi (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1600