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Brutto a Romani: Cantatas for solo Bass by Antonio Caldara and Alessandro Stradella / Mauro Borgioni, bass; Francesco Baroni, harpsichord

Notes & Reviews:

Although the majority of Italian Chamber Cantatas were composed for soprano or contralto, that does not necessarily mean the composer left the other vocal registers completely ignored. Especially in Italy, there must have always been excellent bass singers (just think of the extremely demanding games that occurred in some of the vocal works Handel composed during his stay in Italy), which have inspired the composition of bass cantatas. Here Mauro Borgioni presents some works of Alessandro Stradella and Antonio Caldara, characterized not only by virtuosity, but also by operatic drama.

Although the majority of the Italian Chamber Cantatas were composed for soprano or contralto, that does not necessarily mean that the composer had left the other vocal registers completely ignored. Especially in Italy, there must have always been excellent bass singers (just think of the extremely demanding games that occurred in some of Handels vocal works he composed during his stay in Italy), which have inspired the composition of bass cantatas. Here Mauro Borgioni presents some works of Alessandro Stradella and Antonio Caldara, which are characterized not only by virtuosity, but also by operatic drama.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The performance of these miniature music dramas is very good. Borgioni is an agile and lyrical bass who navigates the passagework deftly with clear enunciation and effectively unfolds the story. Baroni plays with elegance and brio. The recorded sound is clear, with an unusually high output level.



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