Stradella: Italian Arias

Stradella: Italian Arias
Composer Alessandro Stradella
Artist Harmonices Mundi
Claudio Astronio organ, harpsichord & concert master
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94258
EAN code 5028421942582
Release October 2011

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Alessandro Stradella composed in nearly every genre - sacred and secular, and is credited with composing the first instrumental concerto grosso, and many of his operas have accompanied recitatives. Two of them also contain the earliest mad scenes. It is perhaps in his vocal works that we can hear how innovative this composer was – Stradella posessed a rare feel and insight on the texts he set. Combined with his total mastery of counterpoint which produced extraordinary interplay between vocal and instrumental parts, he stands out among his contemporaries as a literary and musical dramatist of the highest order.

The themes of the arias all concern love in its various guises – adoration, tenderness, mad passion, longing, praising beauty and physical attributes, its harshness and fickle nature, the darker side of love that leads to jealousy, rage and spite, and finally to love’s dissolution…. with perhaps a return to its embrace one day.

Although the music is over 300 years old, and the names of the poets unknown, Stradella’s music speaks to us in a thoroughly modern way. This is music of emotional depth that sounds as fresh today as it did in the late 17th century.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2011.
- Sung texts with English translations.
- Period instrument performance

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Toccata in A Minor
  2. È pazzia l’innamorarsi
  3. Mio cor, che si fa?
  4. Che mi giovan le vittorie
  5. ‘Fedeltà!’ sinché spirto in petto avrò
  6. Adorata libertà, dal mio core non partite
  7. Parti, fuggi dal mio seno
  8. Il mio core per voi, luci belle
  9. Pria di scior quel dolce nodo
  10. Begl'occhi, il vostro piangere
  11. Se di gioie m'alletta il sereno
  12. Cara e dolce libertà
  13. Deh, frenate i furori
  14. Non fia mai, ah no, ch'io speri
  15. S'Amor m'annoda il piede
  16. Le luci vezzose volgetemi, o Clori
  17. Quanto è bella la mia stella
  18. Ogni sguardo che tu scocchi

Disk 2

  1. Chi mi disse che Amor dà tormento
  2. Pensier ostinato
  3. Al rigor di due tiranni
  4. Da Filinda aver chi può
  5. Speranze smarrite
  6. Il mio cor ch'è infelicissimo
  7. Dell'ardore ch'il core distempra
  8. Chi vuol libero il suo piè
  9. Delizie, contenti
  10. Chi non porta amor nel petto
  11. Chi avesse visto un core
  12. Dormite, occhi, dormite
  13. Deh, vola, o desio
  14. Avete torto, occhi miei cari
  15. Ti lascerò e a poco a poco
  16. Torna, Amor, dammi il mio bene
  17. Destatevi, o sensi, risvegliati, onore
  18. Avrò pur d'aspettar più?
  19. Bel tempo, addio, son fatto amante