ARTEMISIA Francesco Cavalli Artemisia Venice, 1657
La Venexiana Claudio Cavina
3 CDs and booklet in slipcase
La Venexiana Claudio Cavina
Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Artemisia Roberta Mameli, Artemia Valentina Coladonato, Oronta Maarten Engeltjes, Meraspe Andrea Arrivabene, Alindo Marina Bartoli, Ramiro Silvia Frigato, Eurillo Salvo Vitale, Indamoro Alberto Allegrezza, Erisbe Alessandro Giangrande, Niso
Recorded in Mondovì (Sala Ghisleri), Italy, in October 2010 Engineered by Matteo Costa Produced by Matteo Costa and La Venexiana Executive producer: Carlos Céster Design: Valentín Iglesias Booklet essay: Hendrik Schulze English Français Deutsch Español
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Music by Francesco Cavalli Libretto by Nicolò Minato Premiered in Venice in 1657
CD 1 Atto I
01 Sinfonia. Artemisia, Eurillo, Indamoro: Dure selci 02 Artemisia, Meraspe: Ecco il mio vago 03 Meraspe, Ramiro, Artemia: Dubbia m’appar 04 Oronta, Niso: Che saetti ed incateni 05 Alindo, Oronta, Niso: Son le luci ch’adoro 06 Ramiro, Artemia, Meraspe: Quando il cor 07 Artemisia, Artemia, Meraspe: Amori, eh? 08 Indamoro, Artemisia, Meraspe: Pur andò l’importuno 09 Meraspe, Artemisia, Eurillo, Ramiro: Gl’artefici o Regina 10 Erisbe, Niso: Su l’April 11 Artemia, Ramiro: Zeffiretti placidetti 12 Artemisia, Meraspe: Hor che soli restiamo 13 Artemisia, Meraspe, Alindo: Clitarco prenditi un fior 14 Oronta, Alindo, Niso: Gran favor! Gran mercede! 15 Artemia, Ramiro: Ardo, sospiro, e piango 16 Alindo, Artemisia, Meraspe: Già del vostro Nettuno17 Niso, Erisbe: Cari, cari vegetabili
CD 2 Atto II
01 Oronta, Alindo: S’Amor vuol così 02 Artemisia, Meraspe, Indamoro: Che sospiri Clitarco? 03 Artemia, Ramiro: Ver me un sol fiato 04 Niso, Erisbe, Eurillo: Perdon ti chiedo 05 Indamoro, Artemisia, Eurillo, Niso, Erisbe: Di trombe guerriere 06 Erisbe, Niso: Niso, Niso! 07 Meraspe, Artemisia: Cara, cara de gl’occhi miei 08 Artemisia, Alindo, Artemia, Meraspe: Ella è quì 09 Erisbe, Niso, Eurillo: Hor vieni ad abbellirmi 10 Artemia: Se Meraspe crudel 11 Meraspe, Artemisia: Altri è gradito 12 Meraspe, Artemisia, Alindo: Che gratie! 13 Artemia, Ramiro: Dir, ch’io v’amo 14 Artemisia, Indamoro: Indamoro! 15 Erisbe, Eurillo, Niso: Se tu vuoi ch’io t’ami
CD 3 49:15 Atto III
01 Artemia: Ch’io peni così 02 Artemisia, Artemia, Meraspe: Artemia? 03 Oronta, Alindo: Dammi morte 04 Artemisia, Meraspe: Ecco il mio bene 05 Artemisia, Indamoro, Meraspe, Artemia: Servi, ò là 06 Erisbe, Niso, Eurillo: Dite il vero, son nera? 07 Artemisia, Eurillo: Cor mio che sarà 08 Alindo, Artemisia: E che fia mai quel foglio? 09 Artemisia, Meraspe: Veggio venir Clitarco 10 Ramiro, Alindo, Artemia: Hor siate à preghi miei 11 Artemisia, Meraspe: Al fin vuole il mio Fato 12 Erisbe, Niso, Eurillo: Non oso alzar le ciglia 13 Meraspe, Oronta: Respiri, chiudete 14 Oronta, Indamoro, Artemisia, Meraspe: Ma’ sen viene Artemisia 15 Alindo, Artemisia, Eurillo: Regina? 16 Oronta, Meraspe, Artemisia, Alindo, Artemia, Ramiro, Eurillo: Ecco Alindo
About this CD
Where next for Claudio Cavina and La Venexiana after their exhilarating run of recordings of Monteverdi madrigals, operas and much more? One route is proving to be in the direction of Francesco Cavalli, the 17th century composer who spent much of his working life in Venice, starting off as a chorister in St Mark ’s Basilica when Monteverdi himself was in charge.
Although Cavalli has been known as a composer of Venetian seicento sacred music, it is his prolific contribution in the field of opera – where he became one of the leading figures involved in the development of commercial opera companies from the 1640s onwards – that has been receiving greater attention from artists in more recent times. And it is with a dramma per musica in Artemisia from the mid 1650s, with its tale of love, deceit and honour and the upholding of the virtues of the Venetian Republic (all this richly captured by the expressive style of Cavalli), that Cavina has chosen to contribute to that fresh look at Cavalli’s music on this new recording from Glossa.
Singers in the established style of La Venexiana, including the vocal star of ’Round M, Roberta Mameli and a recent finalist in the Handel Singing Competition in London in Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (who takes the role of the love-torn Queen Artemisia, a character strong enough to drink her dead husband’s ashes...) give vent to this glorious display of Venetian operatic splendour.
At Glossa we are very proud to salute the musical talents of our artists, whose splendid recordings ended 2008 receiving further critical approval, important echoes of how other music-lovers have been reacting across the year. Back in September 2008 Claudio Cavina of La Venexiana received its second Gramophone Award in London when their recording of Montervedi's L'Orfeo was voted by the UK magazine's critics as the winner in the Baroque Vocal category. [read more...]
Not for the first time in their illustrious career, Claudio Cavina and his Italian vocal and instrumental ensemble La Venexiana have just received a strong critical vote of approval for their artistry, with the announcement on Thursday September 25th that they have won a coveted Classic fM Gramophone Award. Claudio Cavina was on hand to collect the Baroque Vocal Award for 2008 (decided on by the specialist critics of the UK-based Gramophone magazine) at a ceremony held in London, UK for his and La Venexiana’s recording of the fabula in musica by Claudio Monteverdi, L’Orfeo.[read more...]
“I really do not think that there is one composer who can be rightly compared to this genius.”
In completing their masterful Monteverdi Edition, Claudio Cavina and La Venexiana have returned to the beginning – to the Madrigali a cinque voci… Libro primo – of Monteverdi’s exploration of the madrigalian art form, a journey which was to occupy the composer for more than 50 years of his life across his staying in the cities of Cremona, Mantua and Venice. In this First Book, published in 1587 when the composer was barely 20 years old yet demonstrably showing clear evidence of his approaching maturity, La Venexiana’s performances are again faithful to Monteverdi’s passion for the written word – above all to the weight theme of love. In this final release in the Monteverdi Edition Cavina adds a twist in the tail by including on this new CD the madrigals from the posthumous Libro Nono put together by the composer’s Venetian publisher. With the rerelease of La Venexiana’s recording of Il Terzo Libro (complete with a new essay penned by Stefano Russomanno), eight volumes now comprise Glossa’s Monteverdi Edition, all available within the attractively and imaginatively unified design style which has become the hallmark of the label. [read more...]