A due alti / Cavina, Mineccia, Pe, La Venexiana

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Filippo Mineccia and Raffaele Pe – two of the most compelling international countertenor voices currently around – unite to deliver a recital of Baroque vocal duets, in A due alti, a programme for Glossa which demonstrates that there was much music of quality being composed in this genre beyond that by Handel. Testament to that is the increasing interest on record in recent years of vocal music by the other composers represented on this recording – Steffani, Bononcini, Caresana and Marcello. Such was the brisk demand in aristocratic circles for these intimate duets from the 1680s onwards (even princesses commissioned them!), especially up through Italy and across the German lands, that active opera composers such as the London rivals, Handel and Bononcini, were as attracted to them as were fervent detractors of opera such as Marcello. In them the Mediterranean sensuality of the vocal line was reconciled with the Northern European taste for counterpoint. With the voices of Pe and Mineccia blending attractively together or taking on distinct characters as demanded by the music, Claudio Cavina brings all his innate musical understanding and experience in shaping this beguiling music and bringing out its delicate subtleties from the cello, harp, theorbo and harpsichord which make up La Venexiana on this occasion. Stefano Russomanno delves into the history of the vocal duet and provides a fascinating commentary to the mellifluous music-making of the two countertenors.



Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: GCD920942


  • UPC: 8424562209428


  • Label: Glossa


  • Composer: Agostino Steffani, Benedetto Marcello, Cristofaro Caresana, George Frideric Handel, Giovanni Bononcini


  • Conductor: Claudio Cavina


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: La Venexiana


  • Performer: Filippo Mineccia, Raffaele Pe



Works:


  1. Felice chi vi mira

    Composer: Benedetto Marcello

    Ensemble: La Venexiana

    Performer: Filippo Mineccia (Alto), Raffaele Pe (Alto)

    Conductor: Claudio Cavina


  2. Caro autor di mia doglia, HWV 182a: Caro autor di mia doglia

    Composer: George Frideric Handel

    Ensemble: La Venexiana

    Performer: Filippo Mineccia (Alto), Raffaele Pe (Alto)

    Conductor: Claudio Cavina


  3. Lamento degl'occhi per non potersi vedere l'un con l'altro

    Composer: Cristofaro Caresana

    Ensemble: La Venexiana

    Performer: Filippo Mineccia (Alto), Raffaele Pe (Alto)

    Conductor: Claudio Cavina


  4. Lontan dall'idol mio

    Composer: Benedetto Marcello

    Ensemble: La Venexiana

    Performer: Filippo Mineccia (Alto), Raffaele Pe (Alto)

    Conductor: Claudio Cavina


  5. Io mi parto

    Composer: Agostino Steffani

    Ensemble: La Venexiana

    Performer: Filippo Mineccia (Alto), Raffaele Pe (Alto)

    Conductor: Claudio Cavina


  6. Per la morte di Ninfa

    Composer: Giovanni Bononcini

    Ensemble: La Venexiana

    Performer: Filippo Mineccia (Alto), Raffaele Pe (Alto)

    Conductor: Claudio Cavina


  7. Lasciami un sol momento

    Composer: Giovanni Bononcini

    Ensemble: La Venexiana

    Performer: Filippo Mineccia (Alto), Raffaele Pe (Alto)

    Conductor: Claudio Cavina


  8. Duetti da camera, Op. 8: No. 7, Sempre piango - Sempre rido

    Composer: Giovanni Bononcini

    Ensemble: La Venexiana

    Performer: Filippo Mineccia (Alto), Raffaele Pe (Alto)

    Conductor: Claudio Cavina