Mozart - Il sogno di Scipione | Signum SIGCD499

Mozart - Il sogno di Scipione

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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD499

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 13th October 2017

Contents

Artists

Klara Ek (soprano)
Soraya Mafi (soprano)
Krystian Adam (tenor)
Robert Murray (tenor)
Chiara Skerath (soprano)
The Mozartists

Conductor

Ian Page

Works

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Il sogno di Scipione, K126

Artists

Klara Ek (soprano)
Soraya Mafi (soprano)
Krystian Adam (tenor)
Robert Murray (tenor)
Chiara Skerath (soprano)
The Mozartists

Conductor

Ian Page

About

The Mozartists continue their continuing complete Mozart opera recording series with the one-act dramatic serenade Il sogno di Scipione, K126.

Composed in 1771 as a celebratory homage to Prince Archbishop Sigismund Schrattenbach of Salzburg, the Archbishop died before the piece could be performed. In the spring of 1772 Mozart amended the work so that it could be used in honour of Schrattenbach’s successor, Hieronymus Colloredo – the only necessary change was to alter the name of the dedicatee in the final recitative.

The story of Scipio’s Dream takes place in c.148 BC, while the celebrated Roman general is a guest in the palace of his ally Massinissa, King of Numidia (in modern day Tunisia). As Scipio falls into a deep sleep, he dreams that the allegorical figures of Fortuna (Fortune) and Costanza (Constancy) appear to him in Elysium and demand that he should choose one of them to follow for the rest of his days.

“Typical generosity from Page and company; his programming always goes beyond the call of duty in bringing the obscure to light and offering true revelation.” – The Arts Desk

Cast:
- Costanza: Klara Ek (soprano)
- Fortuna: Soraya Mafi (soprano)
- Publio: Krystian Adam (tenor)
- Emilio: Robert Murray (tenor)
- Licenza: Chiara Skerath (soprano)

Reviews

The Orchestra of Classical Opera, playing on period instruments about a semitone below today’s pitch, are quite wonderful: a special bouquet to Gavin Edwards and Nick Benz, whose B flat alto horns take them into the stratosphere. The singers, most of them new to me, are just as fine. ... Ian Page presides over a charming performance, with well-paced recitatives and appropriate, sometimes extravagant decoration. This is minor Mozart, done supremely well.  Richard Lawrence
Gramophone October 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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