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Alessandro Scarlatti: Arias & Duets from the opera L'Emireno (Naples, 1697) / Alice Barciani, soprano; Alex Potter, countertenor

Album Summary

>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Trio Sonatas (4), for 2 violins & continuo, Op. 8
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Penelope la Casta
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In the year 2009 Daniela Dolci discovered an interesting opera with obbligato cornet arias in the Austrian National Library that had been listed as a work by Giacomo Perti; with her ensemble Musica Fiorita, she gave concertante performances of the arias of the protagonists Rosinda and Emireno. After this, it turned out that not Perti, but Alessandro Scarlatti is the composer of this opera. The opera, premiered in Naples in 1697, is set in the city of Memphis in an idealised Egypt. The plot - as is usual for operas of this period - is quite intricate and complicated. Various love relationships and hardships connect the protagonists, with the conflict over the Egyptian throne being argued out at the same time. The arias are musically appealing, especially due to the use of a cornet (played by Bork-Frithjof Smith with virtuosity and beauty of tone). This instrument had in fact been long out of fashion at the time when the opera was composed, but its timbre is ideal for highly emotional, expressive passages. The countertenor Alex Potter interprets the female protagonist Rosinda in a lyrical, elegiac manner, whilst the soprano Alice Borciani lends brilliance to the role of Emireno with her flawless high range. The recording includes all the arias of these two figures, supplemented by another aria with obbligato cornett that was indeed composed by Perti, as well as several instrumental sonatas of Giovanni Legrenzi.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012).



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>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Trio Sonatas (4), for 2 violins & continuo, Op. 8
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno :: Recitativo & Aria. Pene, catene
  • Performer: Alice Borciani (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno :: Aria. Non pianger solo dolce usignuolo
  • Performer: Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Trio Sonatas (4), for 2 violins & continuo, Op. 8
  • Performer: Alice Borciani (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno :: Aria. Se il mio bel sole cieco mi vuole
  • Performer: Alice Borciani (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno :: Duetto. Già sai che pianta è quella
  • Performers: Alice Borciani (Soprano); Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno :: Aria. Va scherzando
  • Performers: Alice Borciani (Soprano); Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Trio Sonatas (4), for 2 violins & continuo, Op. 8
  • Performer: Alice Borciani (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno :: Recitativo & Aria. Senti, senti ch'io moro
  • Performer: Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Penelope la Casta :: Aria. Va scherzando
  • Performer: Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno :: Recitativo & Aria. Chi dice che l'amor
  • Performer: Alice Borciani (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno :: Aria. Labbra gradite
  • Performer: Alice Borciani (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno :: Recitativo & Aria. Povere mie catene
  • Performer: Alice Borciani (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno :: Recitativo & Aria. Vieni, ferma ò gelosia
  • Performer: Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno :: Aria. Fieri numi
  • Performer: Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Trio Sonatas (4), for 2 violins & continuo, Op. 8
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno :: Recitativo & Aria. Il non chiedo
  • Performer: Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno :: Aria. Si, si fedel ti sarò
  • Performer: Alice Borciani (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : L'Emireno :: Aria. Delitia è la mia pena
  • Performer: Alex Potter (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Daniela Dolci
  • Ensemble: Musica Fiorita
  • Notes: Adullam Chapel, Basel, Switzerland (06/03/2012-06/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque