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Cesti: Le Disgrazie D'amore

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>Cesti, Antonio : Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto dei Ciclopi, for orchestra
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Arias (2), for orchestra
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Ballo delle Scimmie, for orchestra
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Fine Balletto, for orchestra

Album Summary

>Cesti, Antonio : Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto dei Ciclopi, for orchestra
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Arias (2), for orchestra
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Ballo delle Scimmie, for orchestra
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Fine Balletto, for orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

Cesti was one of the most illustrious representatives of the seventeenth-century Venetian school of opera composers. He had an eventful and successful life and, like the murdered Stradella, he died in murky circumstances (probably by poisoning). The work recorded here dates from his period at the Viennese court, and is characteristic of Viennese opera's synthesis between comedy and parody and the moral, edifying dimension inherent to court opera.

'There's a freshness of invention in these early operas which is still immediately attractive today ... Musically there's much to appeal ... This is a performance which invites sustained listening. Partly it's the sheer variety of voices and moods which helps conjure up the action in the theatre of the mind, partly it's to do with Cesti's powerful recitative and arioso, but in large measure it is to do with the variety of pacing, careful characterisation and engaging singing from the cast under the direction of Carlo Ipata' (International Record Review)

'Most of these singers are accomplished, but the male soprano Paolo Lopez as Cupid is truly exceptional. The sound is good and the music is well-crafted with some echoes of Monteverdi's Poppea' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A lively and stylish performance' (Gramophone)

'A comedy of amorous intrigue, satirising the venal appetites of the gods in music that is graceful and shapely' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Maria Grazia Schiavo produces characterful recitatives and shows herself mistress of Baroque rubato in her arias. Zanasi creates a sympathetic and beleaguered husband... Maria Cecchi Fedi is, as ever, wonderfully expressive and natural in the role of Friendship. The excellent countertenor Martin Oro makes a meal of his juicy part as old lady Avarice... Francesco Ghelardini, enlivens the small part of Courtier with his beautiful timbre' (Opera News, USA)

The Guardian
It's nicely done, with some fine playing from Auser Musici under Carlo Ipata. Male soprano Paolo Lopez is an alluring Cupid, but Gabriella Martellacci (Flattery) and Carlos Natale (Deceit) have the best music and give the finest performances.

BBC Music Magazine
Most of these singers are accomplished, but the male soprano Paolo Lopez as Cupid is truly exceptional. The sound is good and the music is well-crafted.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Villa Agostini della Seta, Corliano, San Giuliano Terme (02/09/2009-02/15/2009).



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Works Details

>Cesti, Antonio : Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Notes: Villa Agostini della Seta, Corliano, San Giuliano Terme, Pisa, Italy (02/09/2009-02/15/2009)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto dei Ciclopi, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Notes: Villa Agostini della Seta, Corliano, San Giuliano Terme, Pisa, Italy (02/09/2009-02/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Arias (2), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Notes: Villa Agostini della Seta, Corliano, San Giuliano Terme, Pisa, Italy (02/09/2009-02/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cesti, Antonio : Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Notes: Villa Agostini della Seta, Corliano, San Giuliano Terme, Pisa, Italy (02/09/2009-02/15/2009)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Ballo delle Scimmie, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Notes: Villa Agostini della Seta, Corliano, San Giuliano Terme, Pisa, Italy (02/09/2009-02/15/2009)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cesti, Antonio : Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts
  • Performers: Carlos Natale; Martin Oro (Countertenor); Elena Fedi (Voice)
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Notes: Villa Agostini della Seta, Corliano, San Giuliano Terme, Pisa, Italy (02/09/2009-02/15/2009)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Fine Balletto, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Notes: Villa Agostini della Seta, Corliano, San Giuliano Terme, Pisa, Italy (02/09/2009-02/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cesti, Antonio : Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts
  • Performers: Martin Oro (Countertenor); Elena Fedi (Voice); Carlos Natale
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Notes: Villa Agostini della Seta, Corliano, San Giuliano Terme, Pisa, Italy (02/09/2009-02/15/2009)
  • Period Time: Baroque