Stradella - Santa Pelagia (oratorio a quattro voci e strumenti) | Stradivarius STR33792

Stradella - Santa Pelagia (oratorio a quattro voci e strumenti)

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Label: Stradivarius

Cat No: STR33792

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 26th May 2008

Contents

Artists

Laura Antonaz (soprano)
Alessandro Carmignani (alto)
Fabio Furnari (tenor)
Walter Testolin (bass)
Ensemble Vocale Festina Lente
I Musici di Santa Pelagia

Conductor

Maurizio Fornero

Works

Stradella, Alessandro

Santa Pelagia

Artists

Laura Antonaz (soprano)
Alessandro Carmignani (alto)
Fabio Furnari (tenor)
Walter Testolin (bass)
Ensemble Vocale Festina Lente
I Musici di Santa Pelagia

Conductor

Maurizio Fornero

About

Stradella composed this oratorio while in Rome on a commission from Queen Cristina in 1673. The only records of performances of the work are from 1688 and 1693 at the court of Francesco d'Este in Modena.

The oratorio would seem to refer to the dancing-girl at Antioch in Syria who was converted to the Christian faith by the bishop of Edessa, after which she led the life of a hermit in a cave on the Mount of Olives. Rather than offering a biography of the girl, the librettist presents Pelagia's inner conflict as she vacillates between enjoying the delights of the world and abandoning them for the good of her soul.

The oratorio results in a score that is more lyrical than dramatic, but very moving and lovely, with long and winding phrases of great length which encourage a calm and singing rendition.

Premiere Recording.

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