Fago - Cantatas for Solo Voice and Continuo Vol.2 | Toccata Classics TOCC0437

Fago - Cantatas for Solo Voice and Continuo Vol.2

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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0437

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 28th September 2018

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About

Nicola Fago (1677–1745) was one of the leading practitioners of the chamber cantata, a kind of mini-opera for voice and ensemble brought to perfection by several generations of composers working in the aristocratic courts in Naples. The six examples by Fago recorded here – for the first time – reveal him to have been a master of the genre. They are dramatic, full of rhythmic excitement and stuffed with catchy tunes. Fago’s cantatas are contrasted with five toccatas for solo cello by his fellow Apulian, Francesco Paolo Scipriani (1678–1753). This recording is the second of a series of three Toccata Classics albums dedicated to Fago’s cantatas, and part of a wider exploration of Pugliese composers.

The Italian countertenor Riccardo Angelo Strano, born in 1988, is one of the rising stars of the world of opera. After graduating in opera singing at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague in 2012, he saw his career begin to take off with invitations from opera houses, concert halls and festivals all around the world for a repertoire that ranges from Renaissance to contemporary music, always with a special focus on Italian Baroque composers.

The Cappella Musicale ‘Santa Teresa dei Maschi’ (STM) is based in Bari in the heel of Italy and is named after a Baroque church there. STM is one of the few period-instrument orchestras established in southern Italy and has given first performances there of some of the immortal masterpieces of Baroque music – Bach’s St John Passion, for example, in March 2015. This Fago recording is another step in an STM project intended to bring to an international audience music by the many composers who lived and worked in Apulia, re-discovering their forgotten scores and making them available with recordings on Toccata Classics.

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