Conversazioni I: Cantatas from a Cardinal’s Court | Avie AV2197

Conversazioni I: Cantatas from a Cardinal’s Court


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Label: Avie

Cat No: AV2197

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 18th July 2011



Rising star countertenor Andrew Radley, with harpsichord virtuoso Julian Perkins and his period instrument ensemble Sounds Baroque, mirrors the conversazione, or musical gatherings, of 17th and 18th century Italy with a programme of dramatic cantatas and magical instrumental works.

In the late 17th century, all roads really did lead to Rome for the aspiring musician. There, wealthy aristocrats-turned-priests and Catholic nobility from across Europe vied for cultural status through artistic patronage. In particular, the young Pietro Ottoboni (1667–1740) reigned supreme among patrons of music, supporting among others Caldara and Albinoni, Alessandro Scarlatti and his son Domenico, and Handel, all of whom inspired and were inspired by one another. Musical gatherings of the time – called conversazione – often featured dramatic cantatas as well as virtuoso instrumental showpieces such as the works featured on this album.

Recalling this fertile musical era, these entertaining vocal works are performed with aplomb, interspersed with virtuosic harpsichord works performed to perfection by Perkins.

With this, the first in a series of conversazione recordings, Sounds Baroque celebrates the passion, theatricality and sheer variety of music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Critical acclaim:
Countertenor Andrew Radley seized his opportunities, with strongly projected singing” - Opera magazine

Julian Perkins is “a leader in the new generation of keyboard virtuosi.” - Cambridge Early Music

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