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Cesti: Le disgrazie d' Amore Import


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  • Conductor: Carlo Ipata
  • Composer: Cesti
  • Audio CD (January 12, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B002W8IIQG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Prologo. Sinfonia
2. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Prologo. Sarabanda
3. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Prologo. Sarabanda
4. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 1. Scene 1. Dunque Padre inuman - / Aria. E dove
5. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 1. Scene 2. E dove labile rivolge il piè
6. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 1. Scene 2. Duet. Deh non entriamo
7. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 1. Scene 3. Olà? che fate olà? - / Duet. Se solo d'Amore
8. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 1. Scene 3. Lascia quell'Arco indegno!
9. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 1. Scene 4. Padron, che abbiam di nuovo - / Duet. O mostro rabbioso
10. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 1. Scene 5. Aria. A che porto al fianco l'armi
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Disc: 2
1. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 2. Scene 4. Aria. Io non mi lusingo
2. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 2. Scene 6. Se Amor, come s'intende
3. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 2. Scene 7. Saran forse avventori
4. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 2. Scene 8. Ecco Amor ritornato
5. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 2. Scene 9. O che propizia sorte
6. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 2. Scene 10. Aria. Non vi pensai - / E dove vai?
7. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 2. Scene 11. Quest'Amicizia in fine
8. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 2. Scene 12. Ecco appunto la vecchia
9. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 2. Scene 12. Insegnarti poss'io
10. Le disgrazie d'Amore, opera in a prologue & 3 acts: Act 2. Scene 12. Aria. Amore non fa - / Vedi pur di trovarti
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Editorial Reviews

Cesti was on of the most illustrious representatives of the seventeenth-century Venetian school of opera composers. He had an eventful and successful life and, like the murdered Stradella, he died in murky circumstances (probably by poisoning). The work recorded here dates from his period at the Viennese court, and is characteristic of Viennese opera's synthesis between comedy and parody and the moral, edifying dimension inherent to court opera.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rollo Tomassi on April 3, 2011
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Recommended for all. This is that rare thing in baroque opera--a delightful, mirth-filled romp. Cesti, a contemporary of Cavalli, was a well-traveled post-Monteverdian composer who'd seen a lot and heard a lot in seicento Europe. He wrote this work late in his career (1667) when the new art of opera was beginning to get some pushback from the Catholic Church for its glorification of pagan mythology. Librettists and composers cleverly solved this problem by (as here in "Le disgrazie...") not dropping mythology as a subject matter per se, but rather satirizing it--thus getting to have their cake and eat it too. Here the Olympian deities suffer from all-too-human foibles: endless squabbling, clumsy lusting, and petty jealousy and greed--not in the classical Hellenistic way of mirroring the human condition, but more like Shakespeare's low characters. In other words, what we have here is a kind of early baroque, gentle opera buffa. It seems like a road that one might naturally expect Italian composers to go down--but a road that would be ignored later by the weightier tradition of opera seria.

The story (by librettist Francesco Sbarra) begins with husband-and-wife Vulcan and Venus, the victims of a forced marriage, in an argument worthy of Ralph and Alice Kramden, Cupid steps in to try to mediate, but this merely causes both husband and wife to turn on him. The little love god is eventually annoyed enough to bite the ear of Vulcan. After this affront, he's chased off. At this point, much of the rest of the story follows Cupid's travels in search of a way to heal the marriage.
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