Pergolesi - Adriano in Siria
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Cat No: 4830004
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 4th November 2016
ConductorJan Tomasz Adamus
Pergolesi was a musical genius cut off in his prime. Famed for his Stabat Mater, even though he died aged just 26 he had already completed four opera seria; Adriano in Siria is the third of these.
Composing for only around a decade before he succumbed to tuberculosis aged 26, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi was so well known for his music that “the instant that his death was known, all Italy manifested an eager desire to hear and possess his productions …” (Charles Burney).
With a libretto by Metastasio, Adriano in Siria is a complicated yet understandable and empathetic tale of love, set against a problematic political backdrop.
Adriano in Siria enjoyed a lavish premiere in 1734, starring the great mezzo-soprano castrati, Caffarelli. To play the same role (Farnaspe), Decca’s new recording features the modern-day Caffarelli – Franco Fagioli. Featuring a first-rate cast of Romina Basso, Yuriy Mynenko, Dilyara Idrisova, Juan Sancho and Cigdem Soyarslan; accompanied by the exuberant Polish orchestra Capella Cracoviensis under the baton of Jan Tómasz Adamus.
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