Pergolesi: Cantatas and Concertos

Pergolesi: Cantatas and Concertos
Composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Artist MUSICA PERDUTA:
Valentina Varriale soprano
Mauro Borgioni baritone
Mauro Squillante mandolin & colascione lute
Renato Criscuolo cello & artistic direction
Monika Toth, Danuta Zawada violins
Ottavia Rausa viola
Luca Marzetti double bass
Alberto Bagnai harpsichord & organ
Francesco Ragni organ
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94763
EAN code 5028421947631
Release April 2014

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During his short life, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi was a prolific composer. A noted writer of early opera, among his most famous works are Il prigioniero superbo and La serva padrona. But it was his Stabat Mater that would assure his place in music history, commissioned by the Confraternità dei Cavalieri di San Luigi di Palazzo for a Good Friday dedication to the Virgin Mary. The work remains one of the most popular sacred pieces of all time, and is still performed and recorded today.

To celebrate the third centenary of Pergolesi’s birth (2010), MVSICA PERDVTA combed through many original 18th-century manuscripts and scores kept in the library of the Sacro Convento in Assisi, uncovering hitherto unpublished editions featuring three cantatas by the composer: Nel chiuso centro (L’Orfeo), Luce degli occhi miei and La Maddalena al sepolcro. The music of the latter is reminiscent of the Stabat Mater and could even be considered a worthy sequel to the great work. This theory refutes the idea that the final details on the Stabat Mater were completed the day Pergolesi died.

MVSICA PERDVTA is a cultural organisation, founded in 2007 by Renato Criscuolo and Valerio Losito and created with the intention of casting previously unpublished works by celebrated 17th- and 18th-century composers into the limelight. After thorough research in archives and libraries, the group gives concert performances of the discovered works, often using period instruments. Championed composers include Vivaldi, Handel, Pergolesi and Scarlatti.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2012.
- The untimely death of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi at age 26 robbed the musical world of one of the greatest talents of the 18-th century. During his short life Pergolesi was a prolific composer, he wrote more than his immortal Stabat Mater, deservedly one of the most popular and best known sacred works of the Baroque.
- This new recording presents two first recordings of Cantatas, on secular texts for vocal soloists and instrumental ensemble, works of deep emotion and profundity, worthy companions to the Stabat Mater.
- Musica Perduta is a cultural organisation delving deep into historical archives, unearthing unpublished works by the Italians masters of the 17th and 18th century. Earlier issues on Brilliant Classics include Cello Sonatas by Zuccari (94306) and unpublished Italian Cantatas by Handel (94426).
- Contains liner notes and performer biographies in English and Italian and the complete sung texts.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Orfeo, Op. Posth.: I. Recitative. Nel chiuso centro
  2. Orfeo, Op. Posth.: II. Aria. Euridice dove sei?
  3. Orfeo, Op. Posth.: III. Recitative. Si che pietà non v’è
  4. Orfeo, Op. Posth.: IV. Aria. O d’Euridice
  5. Concerto in B-Flat Major, Op. Posth.: I. Allegro
  6. Concerto in B-Flat Major, Op. Posth.: II. Largo
  7. Concerto in B-Flat Major, Op. Posth.: III. Allegro
  8. Luce degli occhi miei, Op. Posth.: I. Recitative. Luce degli occhi miei
  9. Luce degli occhi miei, Op. Posth.: II. Aria. Ove tu ben mio non sei
  10. Luce degli occhi miei, Op. Posth.: III. Recitative. Ma seppure il destino
  11. Luce degli occhi miei, Op. Posth.: IV. Aria. Contento forse vivere
  12. Sinfonia in F Major, Op. Posth.: I. Comodo
  13. Sinfonia in F Major, Op. Posth.: II. Allegro
  14. Sinfonia in F Major, Op. Posth.: III. Adagio
  15. Sinfonia in F Major, Op. Posth.: IV. Presto
  16. La Maddalena al sepolcro, Op. Posth.: I. Recitative. Presso lo speco
  17. La Maddalena al sepolcro, Op. Posth.: II. Aria. Gesù mio, e dove sei?
  18. La Maddalena al sepolcro, Op. Posth.: III. Recitative. Si che pietà non v’è
  19. La Maddalena al sepolcro, Op. Posth.: IV. Aria. Or che riveggio

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