Francesca Aspromonte: Prologue | Pentatone PTC5186646

Francesca Aspromonte: Prologue

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186646

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 18th May 2018

Contents

Works

Caccini, Giulio

L'Euridice
» Prologue: Io che d'alti sospir

Cavalli, Francesco

L'Eritrea
» Prologue: Ne le grotte arimaspe
L'Ormindo
» Prologue: Armonia's aria
» Sinfonia
La Didone
» Prologue: Caduta e Troia
» Sinfonia

Cesti, Antonio

Il pomo d'oro
» Prologue: Amore et Imeneo
» Sinfonia
L'Argia
» Prologo: De' gotici splendori
» Sinfonia

Landi, Stefano

Il Sant'Alessio
» Prologue: Roma son io
» Sinfonia

Monteverdi, Claudio

L'Orfeo
» Dal mio Permesso amato
» Toccata

Rossi, Luigi

Il palazzo incantato
» Prologue: Vaghi rivi

Scarlatti, Alessandro

Gli equivoci in amore, o vero La Rosaura
» Prologue: Cessate, oh fulmini!
» Sinfonia

Stradella, Alessandro

Con meste luci
» Prologo per musica
Sinfonia a 2 violini e basso

Artists

Francesca Aspromonte (soprano)
Il Pomo d’Oro

Conductor

Enrico Onofri

Works

Caccini, Giulio

L'Euridice
» Prologue: Io che d'alti sospir

Cavalli, Francesco

L'Eritrea
» Prologue: Ne le grotte arimaspe
L'Ormindo
» Prologue: Armonia's aria
» Sinfonia
La Didone
» Prologue: Caduta e Troia
» Sinfonia

Cesti, Antonio

Il pomo d'oro
» Prologue: Amore et Imeneo
» Sinfonia
L'Argia
» Prologo: De' gotici splendori
» Sinfonia

Landi, Stefano

Il Sant'Alessio
» Prologue: Roma son io
» Sinfonia

Monteverdi, Claudio

L'Orfeo
» Dal mio Permesso amato
» Toccata

Rossi, Luigi

Il palazzo incantato
» Prologue: Vaghi rivi

Scarlatti, Alessandro

Gli equivoci in amore, o vero La Rosaura
» Prologue: Cessate, oh fulmini!
» Sinfonia

Stradella, Alessandro

Con meste luci
» Prologo per musica
Sinfonia a 2 violini e basso

Artists

Francesca Aspromonte (soprano)
Il Pomo d’Oro

Conductor

Enrico Onofri

About

The prologue is a unique feature of early baroque opera: an opening scene where an allegorical figure enters the stage to prepare the audience for the musical drama to come. Thus Prologue is the musical introduction of Italian star soprano Francesca Aspromonte and her exclusive, long-term engagement with Pentatone, promising great joy as well as drama in the years to come.

Prologue is a highly original album consisting of several prologues from early-baroque operas by Monteverdi, Caccini, Cavalli, Landi, Rossi, Cesti, Stradella and Scarlatti. Strung together, they form a representation in a single act, a theatre full of small, complete dramas: the opera before the opera.

Francesca Aspromonte is quickly establishing herself as a shining star in the Baroque firmament. She has curated this album together with musical director Enrico Onofri, who leads il pomo d’oro, one of the most important and successful period ensembles of today.

Reviews

Francesca Aspromonte’s new disc on Pentatone, Prologue, finds this sparkling young Italian soprano tackling 11 such opening scenes by Italian composers including Cavalli, Cesti and Caccini, accompanied by Il Pomo d’Oro, under the direction of Enrico Onofri. The material is somewhat limiting – all those beginnings and no endings – but it gives her more scope than one might think.  Erica Jeal
The Guardian 24 May 2018

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