The Music of Maria Luisa di Borbone: Arias, Cantatas and Sonatas | Tactus TC740002

The Music of Maria Luisa di Borbone: Arias, Cantatas and Sonatas


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Label: Tactus

Cat No: TC740002

Barcode: 8007194106718

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd October 2020



The research work behind this CD is based on music of Maria Luisa of Borbone found in Parma at the Biblioteca Palatina. Infanta of Spain, Queen of Etruria married to Ludovico di Borbone Parma, Maria Luisa di Borbone became the ruler of Tuscany with the title of King of Etruria. A woman with a troubled life, oppressed by the political system of her time, since childhood she had been educated in music, which was a comfort and relief for the whole duration of her life. The collection does not show almost any authors contemporary to the queen, whose preferences were for the works and the edition of Louis XVI's era. Many of these works, that were no longer printed, were sumptuously manuscripted and bound, showing some aesthetic nostalgia for the ancien régime.

This CD is the result of the study of the music for harp of that collection, that is unique for the quantity and variety of works. Considering all the periodics and the titles of chamber music there are over three hundred compositions for harp, including over one hundred manuscripts. To the present day this is the biggest harp collection in Italy, and it still holds quite a few surprises to the lovers of this historic catalogue. The voice of Tania Bussi, and the violin of Paolo Mora, accompanied by the historical harp of Lorenzo Montenz, guide us to the discovery of these unpublished cameos.

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