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Antonio Caldara: Nigella e Tirsi / Antonio Bononcini: Tigrane, re d'Armenia / Tommaso Bernardo Gaffi: Ditemi che Cos'e

April 3, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 3, 2009
  • Release Date: April 3, 2009
  • Label: Berlin Classics
  • Copyright: Copyright Control
  • Total Length: 1:18:16
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  • ASIN: B003JOGA4O
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,759 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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A wonderful compilation of 17th C baroque arias and cantatas, some solo, some duet, sung by two of the most skilled baroque-niks on the musical stage today and accompanied by "Lautten Compagney", a period-instrument ensemble based in Berlin. Of the composers, the best known are Antonio Caldara and the Bononcini brothers. Predictably, it's the 'operatic' cantata "Nigella e Tirsi" by Caldara, featuring both singers, that highlights the program. Still, the other composers included -- Gasparini, Alveri, Orlandini, Ariosti, Porta, and Gaffi -- were all masters of the baroque idiom and the works performed on this CD are full of sparkle and charm.

The Lautten Compagney has expanded itself for this recording; besides the usual complement of strings and keyboard, it features some highly skilled wind players here: flute, oboe, two bassoons, two trombones, and a chalumeau, that ancestral clarinet which seldom sounds as promising as one hopes. On this CD, the first track, by Francesco Gasparini, is an instrumental aria featuring the chalumeau in lieu of the human voice; wonder of wonders, it sounds wonderful! Tirsi's aria from the Caldara cantata, sung gloriously by mezzo Ann Hallenberg, features the pair of 17th C bassoons in an obbligato counterpoint that is immensely fun to play and to hear. The bassoons get other opportunities to prove their worth in several compositions. I suspect you'll be impressed by the 'vocal' quality they achieve. Of the several CDs performed by Lautten Compagney that I've heard, this is easily the most successful and enjoyable.

However, lest you think I only praise and never criticize 'historically informed' performances, I do have two very minor concerns about this CD. One is the 'imbalance' of skill between the two singers.
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