Francesca Caccini - La liberazione di Ruggerio dall段sola di Alcina | Glossa GCD923902

Francesca Caccini - La liberazione di Ruggerio dall段sola di Alcina

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD923902

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 13th January 2017

Contents

Artists

Elena Biscuola
Mauro Borgioni
Gabriella Martellacci
Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli
Emanuela Galli
Raffaele Giordani
Yiannis Vassilakis
Allabastrina
La Pifarescha

Conductor

Elena Sartori

Works

Caccini, Francesca

La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina

Artists

Elena Biscuola
Mauro Borgioni
Gabriella Martellacci
Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli
Emanuela Galli
Raffaele Giordani
Yiannis Vassilakis
Allabastrina
La Pifarescha

Conductor

Elena Sartori

About

With this production of Francesca CacciniLa liberazione di Ruggerio dall段sola di Alcina, directed by Elena Sartori, an important stepping-stone in the development of 17th-century opera receives a superb new recording from Glossa. For much of her career  Caccini was a composer, a virtuoso singer, a teacher, a poet and a multi-instrumentalist  she worked at the Medici court, and was commissioned by the grand duchess of Tuscany, Maria Maddalena of Austria, to write this commedia in musica for performance in Florence in 1625. Very probably this was the first opera composed by a woman, and its performance in Warsaw in 1628 stands as the first documented Italian opera known to have been staged outside the peninsula.

Caccini痴 score, evoking not just the music of her father, Giulio, but that of Jacopo Peri and of Monteverdi in Venice, is full of musical diversity and originality. The libretto of La liberazione (by Ferdinando Saracinelli, working from Ludovico Ariosto痴 epic Orlando furioso) portrays the struggle between two sorceresses  one 組ood, Melissa, the other 粗vil, Alcina  over the young knight Ruggiero, who has been bewitched by Alcina. The singers recorded here for these roles are Gabriella Martellacci, Elena Biscuola and Mauro Borgioni, whilst other roles  in a score packed with vocal opportunities  are taken by Emanuela Galli, Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli and Raffaele Giordani.

Elena Sartori, who directs the ensembles Allabastrina and La Pifarescha, also contributes an illuminating booklet essay placing Francesca Caccini in her musical and biographical context.

Reviews

There are echoes of Monteverdi痴 L丹rfeo in the score痴 canzonettas, strophic arias and madrigal-like choruses, and the use of straight recitative for Melissa and much more wide-ranging music to suggest the wiles of Alcina. As conductor and harpsichordist Elena Sartori痴 performance with the combined forces of musicians Allabastrina and La Pifaresche demonstrates, it痴 a work that stands very firmly on its own feet dramatically.  Andrew Clements
BBC Music Magazine 8 March 2017

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