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Attilio Ariosti (1666-1729): London - Arias for Alto from the composer's stage works / Filippo Mineccia, countertenor; Ensemble Odyssee, Friggi

Album Summary

>Ariosti, Attilio : Vespasiano
>Ariosti, Attilio : I gloriosi presagi del Scipione Africano, serenata
>Ariosti, Attilio : Caio Marzio Coriolano
>Ariosti, Attilio : Dario
>Ariosti, Attilio : Tito Manlio
>Ariosti, Attilio : La profezia d'Eliseo nell'assedio di Samaria
>Ariosti, Attilio : La madre dei Maccabei
>Ariosti, Attilio : La madre de' Maccabei
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

With his London album for Glossa, Florentine countertenor Filippo Mineccia has constructed a compelling survey of arias written for the European stage by the colourful and much-travelled Attilio Ariosti. Mineccia has quickly become one of the exciting young talents revelling in the vocal demands called for from opera seria, whether in live performance - he has been much in demand for roles in Handel; or on record - he appeared as Tamerlano on the recent Gasparini Bajazet on Glossa release and has also recorded with the likes of Antonio Florio and Alan Curtis. For a composer who has received little attention on record, Ariosti was remarkably successful in his own time: whether as a composer, a performer or a diplomat (and he was a monk too) he was sought after in the courts of Mantua, Berlin, Vienna and Paris before he made his way to London in 1716. There he wrote for singers such as Senesino and Cuzzoni and went on to become one of the three leading composers at the Royal Academy alongside Handel and Giovanni Bononcini. Filippo Mineccia's recital includes arias written for divos such as Senesino taken from drammi per musica - such as the highly successful Caio Marzio Coriolano, Vespasiano and Tito Manlio which are strongly represented on this recording. Although formed as recently as 2010 Andrea Friggi's Ensemble Odyssee has also quickly established itself with its dynamic interpretations of Italian music from across the eighteenth century. Friggi also provides us, in the booklet essay, with an insight into the chequered life and compositional variety of Attilio Ariosti.

Sunday Times, 24/01/2016
Here's a new star in the making... this new album of arias, mostly written in London by Handel's Royal Academy colleague Ariosti, reveals a voice of sensual beauty, especially in [the] languorous arias... [Mineccia's] virtuosity in the bravura numbers is breathtaking.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2016
Mineccia's falsetto occasionally hoots when pressed under increased velocity, and his low notes are not always smoothly incorporated into florid phrases, but he more than makes up for minor blemishes by never producing anything less than total theatrical conviction - and his soft singing in Servilia's lovely pastoral 'Aure care' (from Tito Manlio) suggests that he is rapidly maturing into an expressive and versatile artist.

Early Music Review, 14th January 2016
Mineccia sings with much richness of tone and enviable accuracy in his runs; perhaps a little more light and shade could have been brought to the interpretations, but the music comes across strongly enough. Ensemble Odyssee give stylish and extremely lively orchestral support.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: De Hoop, Diemen, The Netherlands (01/2015).



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Works Details

>Ariosti, Attilio : Vespasiano :: Sorga pur l'oppressa Roma
  • Performers: David Alonso (Violin); Nadine Henrichs (Violin); Filippo Mineccia; Alon Portal (Violone)
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Ariosti, Attilio : I gloriosi presagi del Scipione Africano, serenata
  • Performers: Carina Cosgrave (Violone); Filippo Mineccia
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1704

>Ariosti, Attilio : Caio Marzio Coriolano :: Perdonate, o cari amori
  • Performers: David Alonso (Violin); Nadine Henrichs (Violin); Filippo Mineccia; Alon Portal (Violone)
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1723

>Ariosti, Attilio : Vespasiano :: Premerà soglio di morte
  • Performers: Carina Cosgrave (Violone); Filippo Mineccia
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Ariosti, Attilio : Caio Marzio Coriolano :: Ouverture
  • Performers: Carina Cosgrave (Violone); Anna Stegmann (Alto Recorder); Anna Stegmann (Basset Recorder)
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1723

>Ariosti, Attilio : Caio Marzio Coriolano :: Presto
  • Performers: Carina Cosgrave (Violone); Anna Stegmann (Alto Recorder); Anna Stegmann (Basset Recorder)
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1723

>Ariosti, Attilio : Caio Marzio Coriolano :: Rinasce amor
  • Performers: Carina Cosgrave (Violone); Filippo Mineccia; Anna Stegmann (Alto Recorder); Anna Stegmann (Basset Recorder)
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1723

>Ariosti, Attilio : Caio Marzio Coriolano :: Spirate, o iniqui marmi
  • Performers: Carina Cosgrave (Violone); Filippo Mineccia
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1723

>Ariosti, Attilio : Caio Marzio Coriolano :: Voi d'un figlio tanto misero
  • Performers: David Alonso (Violin); Carina Cosgrave (Violone); Nadine Henrichs (Violin); Filippo Mineccia
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1723

>Ariosti, Attilio : Dario :: Voi del ciel pietosi numi
  • Performers: David Alonso (Violin); Carina Cosgrave (Violone); Nadine Henrichs (Violin); Filippo Mineccia
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Ariosti, Attilio : Tito Manlio :: Venga pur quel sì terribile
  • Performers: Carina Cosgrave (Violone); Filippo Mineccia
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1717

>Ariosti, Attilio : La profezia d'Eliseo nell'assedio di Samaria :: Sinfonia
  • Performer: Alon Portal (Violone)
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1705

>Ariosti, Attilio : Tito Manlio :: Col nemico di mia pace
  • Performers: Filippo Mineccia; Alon Portal (Violone); Anna Stegmann (Alto Recorder); Anna Stegmann (Basset Recorder)
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1717

>Ariosti, Attilio : La madre dei Maccabei :: Benché l'ultimo al tormento
  • Performers: Carina Cosgrave (Violone); Filippo Mineccia
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1704

>Ariosti, Attilio : Tito Manlio :: Aure care
  • Performers: Filippo Mineccia; Alon Portal (Violone)
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1717

>Ariosti, Attilio : La madre de' Maccabei :: Quando il mondo fabbricò
  • Performers: Carina Cosgrave (Violone); Filippo Mineccia
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1704

>Ariosti, Attilio : Caio Marzio Coriolano :: Io spero che in quei guardi
  • Performers: David Alonso (Violin); Carina Cosgrave (Violone); Nadine Henrichs (Violin); Filippo Mineccia
  • Conductor: Andrea Friggi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Odyssee
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1723