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Cherubini: Arias & Overtures / Maria Grazia Schiavo, Carlo Ipata

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>Cherubini, Luigi : Il Giulio Sabino
>     Sinfonia. Adagio - Allegro
>     Sinfonia. Adagio
>     Sinfonia. Allegro vivace
>     I mesti affetti miei
>Cherubini, Luigi : Ifigenia in Aulide
>     Aria. Turbata ai dubbi accenti
>Cherubini, Luigi : Pieces for La grotta di Trofonio
>     Ouverture
>Cherubini, Luigi : Demophoon
>     Sinfonia
>Cherubini, Luigi : Ti lascio adorato mio ben, recitative and rondo, for voice & orchestra
>Cherubini, Luigi : Armida abbandonata
>     I mesti affetti miei
>     Sinfonia
>Cherubini, Luigi : Mesenzio, re d'Etruria
>     Sinfonia

Album Summary

>Cherubini, Luigi : Il Giulio Sabino
>Cherubini, Luigi : Ifigenia in Aulide
>Cherubini, Luigi : Pieces for La grotta di Trofonio
>Cherubini, Luigi : Demophoon
>Cherubini, Luigi : Ti lascio adorato mio ben, recitative and rondo, for voice & orchestra
>Cherubini, Luigi : Armida abbandonata
>Cherubini, Luigi : Mesenzio, re d'Etruria
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following acclaimed discs exploring some of the more fascinating byways of the Italian eighteenth century, Auser Musici and its founder director Carlo Ipata turn to the man Beethoven regarded as the finest of his contemporaries, Luigi Cherubini. It is not difficult to understand why Beethoven was so impressed: this is music full of character and seriousness of intent, from the strong jawed sinfonia for the opera Armida abandonnata, written when Cherubini was just twenty-two, to the dark drama of the overture to Démophon (which unaccountably failed to wow Parisian audiences). And there are vocal delights too, showcasing virtuosity that looks forward to Rossini and sung here with effortless agility by soprano Maria Grazia Schiavo.

Gramophone Magazine
Schiavo displays a nimble coloratura technique, phrases elegantly and makes much of her words... The Tuscan period band Auser Musici are robust rather than specially subtle partners, with, as recorded, a distinctly abrasive string tone. But there is no doubting the energy and commitment of their playing.

The Guardian
What really surprises here, however, is that the lofty master of the severely sculpted phrase kicked off his career by writing coloratura showstoppers of fashionable difficulty for the divas of his day... Schiavo's coloratura generates the thrill of an athlete leaping hurdles. But when she essays anything like a sustained line, you're aware of shallowness in the tone.

International Record Review
These are the first performances I have heard by Auser Musici, technically and musically a notably accomplished original-instrument ensemble. Its founder, Carlo Ipata, gives Cherubini's music his considerable all.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Pisa, Teatro Verdi (10/2010).



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Works Details

>Cherubini, Luigi : Il Giulio Sabino :: Sinfonia. Adagio - Allegro
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Ensemble: Auser Musici
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1786

>Cherubini, Luigi : Il Giulio Sabino :: Sinfonia. Adagio
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1786

>Cherubini, Luigi : Il Giulio Sabino :: Sinfonia. Allegro vivace
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1786

>Cherubini, Luigi : Ifigenia in Aulide :: Aria. Turbata ai dubbi accenti
  • Performer: Maria Schiavo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1788

>Cherubini, Luigi : Pieces for La grotta di Trofonio :: Ouverture
  • Performer: Maria Schiavo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1790

>Cherubini, Luigi : Démophoon :: Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1788

>Cherubini, Luigi : Ti lascio adorato mio ben, recitative and rondo, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Maria Schiavo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Running Time: 10 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1789

>Cherubini, Luigi : Armida abbandonata :: I mesti affetti miei
  • Performer: Maria Schiavo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1782

>Cherubini, Luigi : Armida abbandonata :: Sinfonia
  • Performer: Maria Schiavo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1782

>Cherubini, Luigi : Il Giulio Sabino :: I mesti affetti miei
  • Performer: Maria Schiavo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1786

>Cherubini, Luigi : Mesenzio, re d'Etruria :: Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1782