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Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676): Sospiri d'amore, opera duets and arias / Giulia Semenzato, soprano; Raffaele Pe, alto; La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina

Album Summary

>Cavalli, Francesco : Eritrea
>Cavalli, Francesco : Orimonte
>Cavalli, Francesco : Veremonda
>Cavalli, Francesco : Statira
>Cavalli, Francesco : Ciro
>Cavalli, Francesco : Muzio Scevola
>Cavalli, Francesco : Ormindo
>Cavalli, Francesco : Scipione Affricano
>Cavalli, Francesco : Egisto
>Cavalli, Francesco : Elena
>Cavalli, Francesco : Pompeo Magno
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Notes & Reviews:

Two of the brightest singing talents to have emerged from Italy in recent years, Giulia Semenzato and Raffaele Pe, join forces for Sospiri d'amore, a dazzling celebration of operatic arias and duets by that Baroque master of amorous emotions, Francesco Cavalli. Soprano and countertenor are supported by a modern master of Italian Baroque style in Claudio Cavina, who directs La Venexiana (Cavina has also led the Glossa recording of Cavalli's 1656opera Artemisia).Working in Venice with some of the best Italian librettists around in the mid-seventeenth century, Cavalli mined rich emotional seams concerning love in his operas - from tragedy to comedy, from profundity to frivolousness, through to sensuality and vivacity - conjuring up a stream of productions which enjoyed great artistic and financial success; his influence travelled far and wide, and even just in the immediate period of the Baroque this included Rameau, Lully and Handel and Purcell. With five full-scale duets amongst the solo arias, ariosos and recitar cantando, this new Glossa recording gloriously shows off the talents of two artists who have been gathering important stage experience in the operas of Cavalli: the Venetian Semenzato and the Lombard Pe (who made his debut on the label with The Medici Castrato). Space is also found for one of the vocal genres which Cavalli can lay claim to instigating - the dramatic lamento, here in the form of Lassa, che f from Statira. In addition, an intriguing picture of Cavalli and his operatic inspiration is to be found in the booklet essay written by Olivier Lexa.

The Guardian, 18th May 2016
The performances have Cavina's sense of slight understatement about them... in solo arias and together, Semenzato and Pe are a beguilingly smooth-toned and compelling pair of soloists, always treating the words as if they mean something dramatically, and are not merely supports for Cavalli's elegant musical lines.

CD Review, 19th March 2016
Raffaele Pe... carries the drama well right from the evocative opening narration ... the Ghislieri Choir makes the most of its few interjections... Cappella Neapolitana and conductor Antonio Florio inject as much colour behind the text as they can.

CD Review, 14th May 2016
Another Cavalli collection that offers seductive delights.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2016
Claudio Cavina and his ensemble are joined by two exceptional young soloists, soprano Giulia Semenzato and countertenor Raffaele Pe, who lead their listeners through the emotional highs and lows of some of the composer's lesser-known operas... [this is] a recital of carefully chosen excerpts, many of which send you off in search of the complete opera.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lodi (Teatro alle Vigne), Italy (12/2015).



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>Cavalli, Francesco : Eritrea :: O luci belle
  • Performer: Giulia Semenzato
  • Conductor: Claudio Cavina
  • Ensemble: La Venexiana
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1652

>Cavalli, Francesco : Orimonte :: Qui cadè al tuo piè
  • Performer: Giulia Semenzato
  • Conductor: Claudio Cavina
  • Ensemble: La Venexiana
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Cavalli, Francesco : Veremonda :: Né meste più
  • Performer: Giulia Semenzato
  • Conductor: Claudio Cavina
  • Ensemble: La Venexiana
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1652

>Cavalli, Francesco : Statira :: Lassa, che fò
  • Performer: Giulia Semenzato
  • Conductor: Claudio Cavina
  • Ensemble: La Venexiana
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1655

>Cavalli, Francesco : Ciro :: Corone ed honori
  • Conductor: Claudio Cavina
  • Ensemble: La Venexiana
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1654

>Cavalli, Francesco : Statira :: Vanne intrepido o mio bene
  • Performer: Giulia Semenzato
  • Conductor: Claudio Cavina
  • Ensemble: La Venexiana
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1655

>Cavalli, Francesco : Muzio Scevola :: L'aspetta feroce
  • Performer: Giulia Semenzato
  • Conductor: Claudio Cavina
  • Ensemble: La Venexiana
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Cavalli, Francesco : Ormindo :: D'Amor non si quereli
  • Performer: Giulia Semenzato
  • Conductor: Claudio Cavina
  • Ensemble: La Venexiana
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1644

>Cavalli, Francesco : Scipione Affricano :: Io misero fui Rege
  • Conductor: Claudio Cavina
  • Ensemble: La Venexiana
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1664

>Cavalli, Francesco : Egisto :: Hor che l'Aurora
  • Conductor: Claudio Cavina
  • Ensemble: La Venexiana
  • Running Time: 10 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1643

>Cavalli, Francesco : Elena :: Io chiudo nel core
  • Performer: Giulia Semenzato
  • Conductor: Claudio Cavina
  • Ensemble: La Venexiana
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1659

>Cavalli, Francesco : Pompeo Magno :: Alpi gelate
  • Performer: Giulia Semenzato
  • Conductor: Claudio Cavina
  • Ensemble: La Venexiana
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1666

>Cavalli, Francesco : Ormindo :: Sì, sì, che questa notte
  • Performer: Giulia Semenzato
  • Conductor: Claudio Cavina
  • Ensemble: La Venexiana
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1644