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Avanti l'Opera: An A-Z of Italian Baroque Overtures - works by Ariosti, Leo, Bononcini, Caldara, Pollarolo, Scarlatti, Pasquini et al. / Charivari Agréable, Ng

Album Summary

>Ariosti, Attilio : Vespasiano
>Vinci, Leonardo : Catone in Utica
>Bononcini, Giovanni : Cefalo
>Caldara, Antonio : L'Olimpiade
>Pollarolo, Carlo Francesco : La Proserpine
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : La Statira
>Bononcini, Giovanni : Turno Aricino
>Bononcini, Giovanni : Il trionfo di Camilla
>Bernabei, Giuseppe Antonio : L'Ascanio
>Pasquini, Bernardo : L'Idalma
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Zenobia
>Ziani, Pietro Andrea : Il Talamo
>Pollarolo, Carlo Francesco : Gl'inganni felici
>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Il Totila
>Steffani, Agostino : La lotta d'Alcide con Acheloo
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : La caduta di Decemviri
>Cont, Francesco Bartolomeo : Il Trionfo della fama
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

International Record Review, March 2015
An inspired piece of programming...played by Charivari Agreable...with a disarming naturalness and elegance.

Charivari Agréable perform a collection of overtures from the Italian Baroque Opera, best described by director Kah-Ming Ng as “lucidly crafted for the purpose of turning heads”. In a decadent era when the theatregoers’ antics were often as intriguing as the on-stage performances, these works were composed to thrill, beguile and engage a distracted audience. Charivari Agréable represent ‘a new and very exciting phase of the early music revival, one that enriches the existing repertory and can bring us ever closer to the spirit of the original music.’ (Gramophone)

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This collection of 17 Baroque opera overtures is a musical treat. They are quite short, averaging about 3 minutes each. 13 composers are represented: Tomaso Albinoni, Attlio Ariosti, Giovanni Bononcini (3 overtures), Antonio Caldara, Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, Giovanni Legrenzi, Leonardo Leo, Carlo Francesco Pollarolo (2), Alessandro Scarlatti (2), Agostino Steffani, and Pietro Andrea Ziani - an A-Z collection missing just a few letters. While all the overtures are enjoyable. Listen to just a few at a time. The performances are quite lovely, energetic. Program notes recreate a typical night in the theater.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013).



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Works Details

>Ariosti, Attilio : Vespasiano :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Vinci, Leonardo : Catone in Utica :: Overture
  • Performer: Will Russell (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1728

>Bononcini, Giovanni : Cefalo :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1702

>Caldara, Antonio : L'Olimpiade :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733

>Pollarolo, Carlo Francesco : La Proserpine :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : La Statira :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Bononcini, Giovanni : Turno Aricino :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Bononcini, Giovanni : Il trionfo di Camilla :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1696

>Bernabei, Giuseppe Antonio : L'Ascanio :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1686

>Pasquini, Bernardo : L'Idalma :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1680

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Zenobia :: Overture
  • Performer: Simon Desbruslais (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1694

>Ziani, Pietro Andrea : Il Talamo :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Pollarolo, Carlo Francesco : Gl'inganni felici :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1696

>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Il Totila :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Steffani, Agostino : La lotta d'Alcide con Acheloo :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : La caduta di Decemviri :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1697

>Cont, Francesco Bartolomeo : Il Trionfo della fama :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Notes: St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (09/10/2013-09/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta