Pasquini - La sete di Christo (Passion oratorio, 1689)
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Cat No: CHR77398
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 19th February 2016
ArtistsFrancesca Aspromonte (soprano)
Francisco Fernández-Rueda (tenor)
Luca Cervoni (tenor)
Mauro Borgioni (baritone)
Pasquini belongs to the fortunate generation of composers who were under the patronage and sponsorship of such eminent personalities in Rome as Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni and Christina of Sweden, bringing forth the musical flowerings of the second half of the 17th century. In so doing, they made a decisive contribution to the stylistic and formal development of instrumental and dramatic vocal music in Italy up until the late Baroque period.
La sete di Christo is a Passion oratorio. Four protagonists meet under the cross of Jesus on Calvary: his mother Mary, St John, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus.
The score’s sublime quality is nowhere in doubt and its absolutely original music-dramatic solutions were later assimilated by Handel in Rome. The pulsing rhythm of the musical narration goes far beyond the conventional erudition of the text, leading to a breathtakingly intensive finale.
- La Vergine: Francesca Aspromonte (soprano)
- San Giovanni: Francisco Fernández-Rueda (tenor)
- Giuseppe d’Arimatea: Luca Cervoni (tenor)
- Nicodemo/Christo: Mauro Borgioni (baritone)
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