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Rare recordings of two settings of Mary’s passionate Easter lament. For their second L’Oiseau Lyre disc, Il Giardino Armonico, again under their director Giovanni Antonini, are joined by celebrated mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink, for a project exploring the Passion of Christ as seen through the eyes of the Virgin Mary. The two central works are both vocal settings of the Virgin’s lament. The first, Il Pianto di Maria, was long thought to be by Handel – a clear reflection of its outstanding musical quality. It was not until the 1990s that handwriting experts established it as the work of the little-known Venetian composer Giovanni Ferrandini. The other key vocal work will be the World Premiere recording of an aria by Francesco Conti – composer to the Habsburg court of Vienna - in which the martyr Lorenzo, threatened with being burnt alive, refuses to deny his Christian faith. This deeply touching aria features a rarely heard ancestor of the modern clarinet, frequently used in ‘pathetic’ arias of the period – the soprano chalumeau. Short instrumental pieces form a musical setting around these vocal jewels, and include music by Caldara, Marini, Pisendel, Weiss and Vivaldi.
Vivaldi: Concerto In E Flat For Strings, RV 130, "Son Al Santo Sepolcro" - 1. Largo Molto
Vivaldi: Concerto In E Flat For Strings, RV 130, "Son Al Santo Sepolcro" - 2. Allegro Ma Poco Andante
Ferrandini: Giunta L'Ora Fatal
Ferrandini: Cavatina: Se D'Un Dio Fui Fatta Madre
Ferrandini: Ah Me Infelice!
Ferrandini: Cavatina Da Capo: Se D'Un Dio Fui Fatta Madre
Ferrandini: Ahimè Ch'Egli Già Esclama Ad Alta Voce
Ferrandini: Sventurati Miei Sospiri
Ferrandini: Sì Disse La Gran Madre
Ferrandini: Pari All'Amor Immenso
Ferrandini: Or Se Per Grande Orror Tremo La Terra
Marini: Passacaglio For Strings & Basso Continuo
Monteverdi: Pianto Della Madonna (Sopra Il Lamento D'Arianna)
Vivaldi: Concerto In D Minor For Strings, RV 129, "Madrigalesco" - 1. Adagio
Vivaldi: Concerto In D Minor For Strings, RV 129, "Madrigalesco" - 2. Allegro
Vivaldi: Concerto In D Minor For Strings, RV 129, "Madrigalesco" - 3. Adagio
Vivaldi: Concerto In D Minor For Strings, RV 129, "Madrigalesco" - 4. Allegro
Vivaldi: Sinfonia In B Minor, RV 169, "Al Santo Sepolcro" - 1. Adagio Molto
Vivaldi: Sinfonia In B Minor, RV 169, "Al Santo Sepolcro" - 2. Allegro Ma Poco
Conti: Sento Già Mancar La Vita
Pisendel: Sonata In C Minor For Strings & Continuo - 1. Largo
Pisendel: Sonata In C Minor For Strings & Continuo - 2. Allegro
“Fink sings… with fervour and unassuming charm, supported by the sensitive playing of Il Giardino Armonico. This talented ensemble comes into its own in the five short instrumental pieces on the disc. A satisfying issue, imaginatively devised and excellently performed.”
“…Monteverdi's Pianto della Madonna… an adaptation to sacred works - of the Lament from Arianna, composed in 1608. It works well, and Bernarda Fink sings it with an affecting mixture of restraint and passion. The instrumental pieces are done well, and this well planned disc is very desirable.”
21st April 2009
“The playing of Il Giardino Armonico under Giovanni Antonini is very fine, and the mezzo-soprano soloist Bernarda Fink is tremendously expressive.”
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