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Italian Love Cantatas by Steffani, Vivaldi, Scarlatti

Audio Samples

>Steffani, Agostino : Spezza, Amor (Amor, break your bows), cantata
>Vivaldi, Antonio : All'ombra di sospetto, cantata for voice, flute & continuo, RV 678
>Lotti, Antonio : Cantata "Ti sento, O Dio, bendato", for voice & chamber ensemble
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Di Fille vendicarmi vorrei, chamber cantata for soprano & continuo
>Mancini, Francesco : Quanto dolce e quell' ardore, cantata for soprano, oboe & continuo
>Bononcini, Antonio Maria : Idol mio, mio bel tesoro, cantata for voice & continuo

Album Summary

>Steffani, Agostino : Spezza, Amor (Amor, break your bows), cantata
>Vivaldi, Antonio : All'ombra di sospetto, cantata for voice, flute & continuo, RV 678
>Lotti, Antonio : Cantata "Ti sento, O Dio, bendato", for voice & chamber ensemble
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Di Fille vendicarmi vorrei, chamber cantata for soprano & continuo
>Mancini, Francesco : Quanto dolce e quell' ardore, cantata for soprano, oboe & continuo
>Bononcini, Antonio Maria : Idol mio, mio bel tesoro, cantata for voice & continuo
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The oboe was often employed as a wordless partner of the singer - and the special appeal of such poetic dialogue is presented here in exemplary fashion by some of the best-known masters of the Italian baroque. Soprano Silvia Vajente joins the Epoca Barocca ensemble and engages in highly intensive discourse. Her ability to do so lies in the fact that she was originally trained on the oboe. The vocalist captivates the listener above all with her tenderly swelling tones and with her gently finished, carefully cushioned phrase conclusions.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Silvia Vajente has a pleasant and flexible voice, needed for the intricate coloratura of this repertoire. If it had just a little more color, which will probably come with time, it would have blended more effectively with the other instruments (she was a professional oboist until 2000). The entire ensemble of period instruments offers sensitive support. Of the two main wind soloists, I found Alessandro Pigué (oboe) just a bit more expressive than Marcell Gatti (flute), whose tone is a bit too breathy. In his short solo in the Steffani cantata, Veit Scholz (bassoon) is outstanding. In sum, a very good recording of unusual repertoire that should be explored further. Texts and translations.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (02/2008); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (12/2007).



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>Steffani, Agostino : Spezza, Amor (Amor, break your bows), cantata
  • Performer: Silvia Vajente (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Silvia Vajente
  • Ensemble: Epoca Barocca
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (02/2008); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (12/2007)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Vivaldi, Antonio : All'ombra di sospetto, cantata for voice, flute & continuo, RV 678
  • Performer: Silvia Vajente (Soprano)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (02/2008); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (12/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: by 1742

>Lotti, Antonio : Cantata "Ti sento, O Dio, bendato", for voice & chamber ensemble
  • Performer: Silvia Vajente (Soprano)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (02/2008); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (12/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Di Fille vendicarmi vorrei, chamber cantata for soprano & continuo
  • Performer: Silvia Vajente (Soprano)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (02/2008); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (12/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Mancini, Francesco : Quanto dolce è quell' ardore, cantata for soprano, oboe & continuo
  • Performer: Silvia Vajente (Soprano)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (02/2008); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (12/2007)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1738

>Bononcini, Antonio Maria : Idol mio, mio bel tesoro, cantata for voice & continuo
  • Performer: Silvia Vajente (Soprano)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (02/2008); Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal (12/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio