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Alessandro Stradella: San Giovanni Crisostomo, oratorio / Arianna Vendittelli, Matteo Bellotto, Filippo Mineccia, Luca Cervoni, Nora Tabbush. Ens. Mare Nostrum

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  1. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 1: Nel regio trono di Bisanzio assisa $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 1: Rei timori, perché a stuolo $0.99 on iTunes
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  15. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 1: Alme ree, turba mendace $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: Della vita il fragil legno $0.99 on iTunes
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  19. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: Su, tacete, tacete! $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: Chi col picciolo serpente $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: Non causi anco pensiero! $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: Tu che sei di verità $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: Ascolta, Eudosia, ascolta $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: Su, destati, o sdegno! $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: Crisostomo, deh, ascolta $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: Qual vago candore $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: Dal real trono lunge $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: È sì bella la luce del dì $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: Già placata ogni procella $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: Al tuo merto, alta reina $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: Vive Eudosia tra fasti $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Stradella — San Giovanni Crisostomo, Pt. 2: Giocondo nel mondo $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Stradella, Alessandro : San Giovanni Crisostomo, oratorio for 5 voices & continuo
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The reputation of San Giovanni Battista - by far Alessandro Stradella's best-known and most recorded work - has hitherto overshadowed the rest of his surviving oratorio output, amounting to a total of six works. Unlike that masterwork, San Giovanni Crisostomo (here released for the first time) was conceived for more intimate resources, but it expresses perfectly the modernity of the oratorio genre as it appeared in the second half of the seventeenth century. Sacred and moral themes are combined with political, social, and sometimes even erotic ones, while subject, libretto, and music interact with amazing boldness and freedom on many different levels. Masterfully Stradella presents the age-old conflict between lust for power and the vanity of life, using a wide variety of expressive means and a refined dramatic and psychological depiction of the two protagonists, St John Chrysostom and the empress Eudoxia.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The singers here are really good in their roles. Vendittelli makes a very lively villainess, with a lot of strong musical characterization. Bellotto sings it handsomely. Countertenor Mineccia sounds awfully feminine in the alto role of the Inviato. Tenor Cervoni is strongly assertive in his two functions, and the additional singers blend quite attractively. The surviving score gives only a continuo part for instrumentation, and here a crew of seven players offers a strong but flexible accompaniment. The sound is clear and unmannered. The booklet gives very illuminating notes and - blessings be on ye! - the full libretto and translations.

In sum, this is an enjoyable recording debut for this work, and lovers of Baroque music will find this a welcome event.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of San Giovanni Battista in Sacrofano (Rome) (09/06/2014-09/09/2014).



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Works Details

>Stradella, Alessandro : San Giovanni Crisostomo, oratorio for 5 voices & continuo
  • Performer: Nora Tabbush
  • Conductor: Andrea Carlo
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Nostrum
  • Notes: Church of San Giovanni Battista in Sacrofano (Rome) (09/06/2014-09/09/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque