Camilla de Rossi - Sant’ Alessio | Pan Classics PC10347

Camilla de Rossi - Sant’ Alessio

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Label: Pan Classics

Cat No: PC10347

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 10th June 2016

Contents

Artists

Graham Pushee (countertenor)
Rosa Dominguez (soprano)
Agnieszka Kowalczyk (soprano)
William Lombardi (tenor)
Musica Fiorita

Conductor

Daniela Dolci (harpsichord, direction)

Works

Rossi, Camilla de

Sant' Alessio (oratorio)

Artists

Graham Pushee (countertenor)
Rosa Dominguez (soprano)
Agnieszka Kowalczyk (soprano)
William Lombardi (tenor)
Musica Fiorita

Conductor

Daniela Dolci (harpsichord, direction)

About

Several women are known to have composed music in northern Italy and Austria during the period 1670 to 1725. Of those women, though there is no remaining biographical information, Camilla de Rossi (fl. 1707–1710) has by far the most surviving works. The only known biographical detail about Camilla is her Roman citizenship: she always signed the title pages of her manuscripts as Romana, or a woman of Roman descent. Where she learned the skills as a musician and as a composer are entirely unknown today.

Rossi composed four oratorios for solo voices and orchestra, all of which were commissioned by Emperor Joseph I of Austria and performed in the Imperial Chapel in Vienna. In many details the style of the instrumental parts resemble those of Arcangelo Corelli, who at this time was Rome’s musical magnet, so to speak, and whose Classical instrumental works were extensively studied by every composer. The elaborate fashioning of the individual voices, the variety of tonal colours and the diversity in the orchestration are, besides the plasticity of the representation of the musical effects, characteristic of Camilla de Rossi’s oratorios.

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