Conversazioni I: Cantatas from a Cardinal's Court / Andrew Radley, countertenor

Audio Samples

>Caldara, Antonio : Clori mia bella clori, cantata for voice & orchestra
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Senza il core del mio bene (2 versions), solo cantata for voice & continuo in E minor (or C minor)
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Clori vezzosa e bella, chamber cantata for alto & continuo
>Handel, George Frideric : Toccata for Harpsichord in G minor
>Handel, George Frideric : Capriccio in G minor, HWV 483
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 30/L 499 "The Cat's Fugue"
>Handel, George Frideric : Vedendo Amor, cantata, for alto & continuo, HWV 175
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 430/L 463
>Handel, George Frideric : Mi palpita il cor, cantata, HWV 132

Album Summary

>Caldara, Antonio : Clori mia bella clori, cantata for voice & orchestra
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Senza il core del mio bene (2 versions), solo cantata for voice & continuo in E minor (or C minor)
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Clori vezzosa e bella, chamber cantata for alto & continuo
>Handel, George Frideric : Toccata for Harpsichord in G minor
>Handel, George Frideric : Capriccio in G minor, HWV 483
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 30/L 499 "The Cat's Fugue"
>Handel, George Frideric : Vedendo Amor, cantata, for alto & continuo, HWV 175
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 430/L 463
>Handel, George Frideric : Mi palpita il cor, cantata, HWV 132
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In the late 17th century, all roads really did lead to Rome for the aspiring musician. There, wealthy aristocrats-turned-priests and Catholic nobility from across Europe vied for cultural status through artistic patronage. In particular, the young Pietro Ottoboni (1667 - 1740) reigned supreme among patrons of music, supporting Caldara and Albinoni, Alessandro Scarlatti and his son Domenico, and Handel, all of whom inspired and were inspired by one another. Musical gatherings of the time - called conversazione - often featured dramatic cantatas as well as virtuoso instrumental showpieces such as the works featured on this album. Recalling this fertile musical era, rising star countertenor Andrew Radley with Julian Perkins and his London-based period instrument ensemble Sounds Baroque, dispatch these entertaining vocal works with aplomb, interspersed with virtuosic harpsichord works performed to perfection by Perkins. With this, the first in a series of conversazione recordings, Sounds Baroque celebrates the passion, theatricality, and sheer variety of music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Classic FM Magazine
There's a seductive tonal warmth (sometimes too seductive) to his voice. The countertenor does let loose the cutting edge of Handel's Mi palpita il cor...It's hearting to discover yet another group of young musicians, fuelled by intellectual curiosity and a corporate commitment to excellence, with enterprise and genuine flair. Roll on Conversazione II.

Gramophone Magazine
Andrew Radley demonstrates tender story-telling skills during the soft "Camminando lei pian piano"...In gentle arias [his] singing has affectionate intimacy and delicacy (such as Caldara's lovely last aria, "Parto mio ben costante"). I look forward to Volume 2.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009).



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Works Details

>Caldara, Antonio : Clori mia bella clori, cantata for voice & orchestra
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Senza il core del mio bene (2 versions), solo cantata for voice & continuo in E minor (or C minor)
  • Performer: Andrew Radley
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1752

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Clori vezzosa e bella, chamber cantata for alto & continuo
  • Performer: Andrew Radley
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Toccata for Harpsichord in G minor
  • Performer: Julian Perkins (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1715

>Handel, George Frideric : Capriccio in G minor, HWV 483
  • Performer: Julian Perkins (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720-1721

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 30/L 499 "The Cat's Fugue"
  • Performer: Julian Perkins (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Vedendo Amor, cantata, for alto & continuo, HWV 175
  • Performer: Andrew Radley
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1708

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413
  • Performer: Julian Perkins (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 430/L 463
  • Performer: Julian Perkins (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Handel, George Frideric : Mi palpita il cor, cantata, HWV 132
  • Performer: Andrew Radley
  • Conductor: Julian Perkins
  • Ensemble: Sounds Baroque
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Hampstead, London (12/08/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710