sabato 24 dicembre 2011

La Sublime Porte: Voix d'Istanbul

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Jordi Savall is a fearless performer who is fascinated with facilitating musical dialogues between Eastern and Western traditions. --Npr

The Sublime Porte (Sublime Gate) was the name of the open court of the sultan, led by the Grand Vizier. It got its name from the gate to the headquarters of the Grand Vizier in Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, where the sultan held the greeting ceremony for foreign ambassadors. It was an ancient Ottoman practice to make the gates of cities and kings palaces places of assembly. Later the name came to refer to the Empire s position as gateway between Europe and Asia. Following the success of the album Istanbul, Jordi Savall crosses new boundaries between Orient and Occident. This time, the vocal traditions of the Ottoman Empire, Armenia and the Jewish Diaspora are brilliantly resuscitated. Instrumental interludes enable us to enjoy this journey through time and space. In addition to Hespèrion XXI, this album features the elite of Turkish traditional musicians under the inspired direction of Maestro Savall.

Gürsoy Dinçer: chant
Montserrat Figueras: chant
Lior Elmaleh: chant

Pierre Hamon: ney
Pedro Estevan: percussion
Jordi Savall: lira, vielle, rebab & direction

Et musiciens de

Georgi Minassyan: duduk
Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian: duduk
Gaguik Mouradian: kemençe

Derya Türkan: kemençe
Yurdal Tokcan: oud
Murat Salim Tokaç: tanbur
Hakan Güngör: kanun
Fahrettin Yarkın: percussion

Nedyalko Nedyalkov: kaval

Yair Dalal: oud

Dimitri Psonis: santur et morisca

Driss El Maloumi: oud

With my best for peace and happiness wishes to everyone

venerdì 23 dicembre 2011

Domenico Scarlatti - Sonatas for Viola d'Amore

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A deep musicological research concerning Domenico Scarlatti solo sonatas was done in 2008 by Valerio Losito and Andrea Coen: this work has determined that at least four sonatas for solo instrument and basso continuo are actually written for Viola d'amore. This discovery makes possible to relocate in a unified view the apparent incongruities of these sonatas, attributed over the years to many different instruments, like violin, mandolin, flute, oboe, etc.
This discovery has already been acquired by the musicological literature in an essay by Coen and Losito (COEN, Andrea LOSITO, Valerio Ipotesi sulla destinazione strumentale di cinque sonate per strumento melodico e basso continuo di Domenico Scarlatti, in Domenico Scarlatti Adventures, Essays to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of His Death, a cura di Massimiliano Sala e W. Dean Sutcliffe, Ad Parnassum Studies vol. 3, Bologna, Ut Orpheus, 2008, pp. 225 - 240).


1. Sonata in D minor, K. 90 (L. 106)
2. Sonata in G major, K. 91 (L. 176) (7:19)
3. Sonata in C minor, K. 73 (L. 217) (2:29)
4. Sonata in F major, K. 78 (L. 75) (2:11)
5. Sonata in D minor, K. 77 (L. 168) (5:38)
6. Sonata in G major, K. 79 (L. 80) (2:45)
7. Sonata in G major, K. 80 (1:29)
8. Sonata in G minor, K. 88 (L. 36) (7:57)
9. Sonata in D minor, K. 89 (L. 211) (11:58)

Valerio Losito, viola d'amore
Andrea Coen, harpsichord

giovedì 22 dicembre 2011

G.F.Handel - Ottone

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'Ottone is, even for Handel, unusually rich in lovely, heartrending arias' (The Times)

'Everywhere, the dexterity and resource of Robert King's Consort lend enchantment' (The Independent)

'Superbe' (Compact, France)


James Bowman (alto) Ottone
Claron McFadden (sop) Teofane
Michael George (bass) Emireno
Jennifer Smith (sop) Gismonda
Dominique Visse (alto) Adelberto
Catherine DenJey (mez) Matilda

The King's Consort
dir. Robert King

martedì 20 dicembre 2011

Handel in Italia

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For the second Glossa Portrait release the spotlight falls upon a singer who, since the 1990s, has been excelling in broad swathes of Italian Baroque music, whose qualities had remained under-performed and under-appreciated until musicians of sufficient quality and understanding of such repertoire had emerged. The soprano Roberta Invernizzi has been one such musician, gifted with an ability to master the technical, expressive and temperamental challenges set by composers of that time. Many are the recordings of the music of Vivaldi, Monteverdi and Alessandro Scarlatti graced by Invernizzi’s sparkling presence (and she has also added a scintillating theatrical verve to many of the incursions into Neapolitan opera buffa in the company of Antonio Florio).

Given Roberta Invernizzi’s notable successes on stage (and on recordings) in portraying some of Handel’s more famous female characters from the operas of his maturity, it was an inspired choice of Fabio Bonizzoni to involve the Milanese singer in his series of Le Cantate Italiane di Handel, and Invernizzi appeared on no less than five of the seven discs in that greatly-admired series. This two-disc Portrait album draws on those recordings to highlight the delicious characterizations of Invernizzi in Handel’s vivid and visceral portrayals of nymphs and goddesses such as Diana, Cloris, Amarilis, Lidia and Fili, Arcadian characters one and all but nonetheless human in personality. Alongside the opportunity to experience the “feminine” viewpoint explored through arias from Handel’s Italian Cantatas there is a chance also to enjoy with this new release the instrumental qualities of players found in Fabio Bonizzoni’s La Risonanza.


Arias from Italian Cantatas

CD I [60:46]

from Le Cantate Italiane di Handel, Vol. 1:

Tra le fiamme, HWV 170
01 Tra le fiamme
02 Pien di nuovo e bel diletto
03 Voli per l’aria

Pensieri notturni di Filli, HWV 134
04 Giacché il sonno a lei dipinge
05 Ha l’inganno

Il delirio amoroso, HWV 90
06 Sonata (instr.)
07 Un pensiero voli in cielo
08 Per te lasciai la luce
09 Lascia ormai le brune vele
10 In queste amene

Figlio d’alte speranze, HWV 113
11 Troppo costa
12 Sia guida, sia stella
13 Brillava protetto

from Le Cantate Italiane di Handel, Vol. II:

Diana cacciatrice, HWV 79
14 La Marche (instr.)
15 Alla caccia, alla caccia
16 Foriera la tromba

CD II [61:23]

from Le Cantate Italiane di Handel, Vol. V:

Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, HWV 96
01 Ouverture (instr.)
02 Cor fedele
03 Quell’erbetta
04 Fermati! No, crudel
05 Tra le fere la fera più cruda
06 Un sospiretto d’un labbro pallido
07 Vivere e non amar, amare e non languir

from Le Cantate Italiane di Handel, Vol. VI:

Olinto, pastore arcade, HWV 143
08 Sonata (instr.)
09 Oh! Come chiare e belle
10 Al suon che destano
11 Alle voci del bronzo guerriero

from Le Cantate Italiane di Handel, Vol. VII:

Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122
12 Felicissima quest’alma
13 Ardi, ardori e preghi
14 Una guerra ho dentro il seno
15 Come in ciel benigna stella
16 Deh, lascia addolcire

Agrippina condotta a morire, HWV 110
17 Orrida, oscura
18 Renda cenere il tiranno
19 Se infelice al mondo
20 Su, lacerate il seno

Roberta Invernizzi, soprano
Romina Basso, alto
Thomas E. Bauer, bass

La Risonanza
Fabio Bonizzoni, harpsichord & direction

J.S. Bach - Oboenwerke - 3 CD

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CD 1


Konzert A-dur fur Oboe d'amore, Streicher und Basso Continuo (BWV 1055)
Konzert d-moll fur Violin, Oboe, Streicher und Basso Continuo (BWV 1060)
Konzert F-dur fur Oboe, Streicher und Basso Continuo (BWV 1053)
Concerto in F major for Oboe, Strings and Basso Continuo
Konzert D-dur fur Oboe, Flote und Violin
(transkription des Konzertes D-dur fur drei Violinen
rekonstruktion des Konzertes C-dur fur drei Cembali BWV 1064 von Alexei Utkin, 2003)

Concerto in D major for Oboe, Flute and Violin
(transcription of the Concerto D-majeur for Three Violins
reconstruction of the Concerto C-dur for Three Harpsichords BWV 1064 by Alexei Utkin, 2003)

Total time [62:18]

Alexei Utkin (oboe, oboe d'amore)
Maria Chepurina (flute)
Pyotr Nikiforov (1st violin)

CD 2


Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major BWV 1066
Sonata in G minor for Oboe and Harpsichord BWV 1030b
Concerto in D minor for Oboe and Violin BWV 1043
(transcription. A. Utkin, 2003)
Italian Concerto in F major for Harpsichord BWV 971

Total time [62:47]

Alexei Utkin (oboe)
Pyotr Nikiforov (1st violin)
Anna Karpenko (harpsichord)

CD 3


Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major BWV 1069
Concerto in D minor for Oboe, Strings and Basso Continuo BWV 1059
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in A minor BWV 1067
(transcription of Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor BWV 1067 A. Utkin, 2003)

Total time [59:17]

Alexei Utkin (oboe)

Hermitage Orchestra

lunedì 19 dicembre 2011

G.F.Handel - Deidamia

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Despite being Handel's last Italian opera composed for London before he turned his full attention to English oratorios, Deidamia shows that Handel was still at the peak of his powers. Alan Curtis's recording reveals the subtlety in Handel's musical characterisations of Ulisse (brilliantly sung by Anna Bonitatibus) and Deidamia (a stunning and emotional performance by Simone Kermes). Il Complesso Barocco demonstrate that the score has many beauties that were almost entirely unfamiliar to even the most dedicated Handel lovers.


Deidamia: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Ulisse: Anna Bonitatibus (Mezzo Soprano)
Achille: Anna Maria Panzarella (Soprano)
Nerea: Dominique Labelle (Soprano)
Fenice: Furio Zanasi (Baritone)
Licomede: Antonio Abete (Bass)

Il Complesso Barocco
dir. Alan Curtis