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La Prima Diva: Arias for Faustina Bordoni - early 18th century works by Sarro, Torri, Caldara, Bononcini, Handel, Hasse / Agata Bienkowska, mz

Album Summary

>Sarro, Domenico : Didone Abbandonata
>Torri, Pietro : Griselda
>Caldara, Antonio : Venceslao
>Sarro, Domenico : Astinatte
>Sarro, Domenico : Partenope
>Bononcini, Giovanni : Griselda
>Handel, George Frideric : Alessandro
>Hasse, Johann A. : Viriate
>Hasse, Johann A. : Ciro riconosciuto
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Venetian Faustina Bordoni (1697-1871) was one of the most acclaimed celebrities in the forerunner of a star system that appeared in the world of Italian opera and thrilled the whole of Europe during the 18th century. One of the great bel canto voices coupled with a marvelous dramatic talent, her 35-year career from 1716-1751, intersected with most of the composers of two or three generations in all the major European opera centers.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Bienkowska has no difficulty in striking all the right notes, zipping along thru the most awkward of intervals, coloratura passages, and wide range. All this good. The orchestral accompaniments are also racy, with extraordinary trumpet obbligatos by Moritz Gorg.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy (02/2013).



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>Sarro, Domenico : Didone Abbandonata :: Sinfonia
  • Performer: Ira Hochman (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ira Hochman
  • Ensemble: Barockwerk Hamburg
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Torri, Pietro : Griselda :: Se amori ascolterò
  • Performers: Agata Bienkowska (Mezzo Soprano); Ira Hochman (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ira Hochman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Caldara, Antonio : Venceslao :: Egra e languente
  • Performers: Agata Bienkowska (Mezzo Soprano); Ira Hochman (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ira Hochman
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Sarro, Domenico : Astinatte :: Sinfonia
  • Performer: Ira Hochman (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ira Hochman
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Sarro, Domenico : Partenope :: Per abbattere il mio core
  • Performers: Agata Bienkowska (Mezzo Soprano); Ira Hochman (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ira Hochman
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1722-1723

>Sarro, Domenico : Partenope :: Begl'occhi del mio ben, dormite in pace
  • Performers: Agata Bienkowska (Mezzo Soprano); Ira Hochman (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ira Hochman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1722-1723

>Bononcini, Giovanni : Griselda :: Sinfonia
  • Performer: Ira Hochman (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ira Hochman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1722

>Handel, George Frideric : Alessandro :: Alla sua gabbia d'oro
  • Performers: Agata Bienkowska (Mezzo Soprano); Ira Hochman (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ira Hochman
  • Notes: Composition written: 1726.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1726

>Hasse, Johann A. : Viriate :: Sì, quei ferri
  • Performers: Agata Bienkowska (Mezzo Soprano); Ira Hochman (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ira Hochman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Hasse, Johann A. : Ciro riconosciuto :: Non sdegnarti
  • Performers: Agata Bienkowska (Mezzo Soprano); Ira Hochman (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ira Hochman
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1751