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Francesca Aspromonte|Prologue (Monteverdi, Caccini, Cavalli, Landi, Rossi...)

Prologue (Monteverdi, Caccini, Cavalli, Landi, Rossi...)

Francesca Aspromonte - Il Pomo d'Oro - Enrico Onofri

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A record made up entirely of prologues from operas and baroque oratorios: this album isn't short on spice. Prologues are completely different from the – purely orchestral – overtures of later operas, as in the baroque era, after a short instrumental introduction, we'd get right into the action, often with a sung allegorical exposition of the setting and the story. Soprano Francesca Aspromonte and Enrico Onofri have collected these allegories with il pomo d’oro (the ensemble has decided that its name will be all lowercase), taken from the late 16th century with Monteverdi and Caccini up to the first quarter of the 18th century with Alessandro Scarlatti, via the rich beauty of the middle 17th century of Cavalli, Rossi, Stradella and Cesti. The listener will have to come to terms with the fact that the opera will never really start, that these are only the premises, the first tremblings, tantalising tasters, aimed at captivating the audience. Don't forget that in those days, it wasn't the custom to remain silent before the start of a show, and it took all the talents of the allegorist to finally get the fans' full attention. We reckon that Francesca Aspromonte will have no trouble captivating her audience. © SM/Qobuz

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L'Orfeo, SV 318 (Claudio Monteverdi)

1
L'Orfeo: Toccata - Prologo: Dal mio Permesso amato a voi ne vengo
Francesca Aspromonte
00:07:22

Claudio Monteverdi, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble - Francesca Aspromonte, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 PENTATONE (P) 2018 PENTATONE

L'Euridice (Giulio Caccini)

2
Prologo: Io che d'alti sospir, "La Tragedia"
Francesca Aspromonte
00:03:58

Giulio Caccini, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble - Francesca Aspromonte, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 PENTATONE (P) 2018 PENTATONE

La Didone (Francesco Cavalli)

3
Didone: Sinfonia - Prologue: Caduta è Troia
Francesca Aspromonte
00:04:03

Francesco Cavalli, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble - Francesca Aspromonte, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 PENTATONE (P) 2018 PENTATONE

Eritrea (Francesco Cavalli)

4
Prologue: Nelle grotte arimaspe
Francesca Aspromonte
00:03:29

Francesco Cavalli, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble - Francesca Aspromonte, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 PENTATONE (P) 2018 PENTATONE

Sant'Alessio (Stefano Landi)

5
Il Sant'Alessio: Sinfonia - Prologue: Roma son io, ch'il soglio
Francesca Aspromonte
00:09:54

Stefano Landi, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble - Francesca Aspromonte, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 PENTATONE (P) 2018 PENTATONE

Il palazzo incantato, ovvero La guerriera amante (Luigi Rossi)

6
Prologue: Vaghi rivi
Francesca Aspromonte
00:03:22

Luigi Rossi, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble - Francesca Aspromonte, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 PENTATONE (P) 2018 PENTATONE

L'Ormindo (Francesco Cavalli)

7
Ormindo: Sinfonia - Prologue: Non mi è Patria l'Olimpo
Francesca Aspromonte
00:07:24

Francesco Cavalli, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble - Francesca Aspromonte, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 PENTATONE (P) 2018 PENTATONE

Il Pomo d'Oro (Antonio Cesti)

8
Sinfonia - Prologue: Amore et Imeneo
Francesca Aspromonte
00:06:12

Antonio Cesti, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble - Francesca Aspromonte, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 PENTATONE (P) 2018 PENTATONE

Sinfonia No. 8 for 2 Violins and Continuo in A Minor (Alessandro Stradella)

9
Sinfonia No. 8 for 2 Violins and Continuo in A Minor
Il Pomo D'oro
00:06:42

Alessandro Stradella, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 PENTATONE (P) 2018 PENTATONE

L'Argia (Antonio Cesti)

10
Sinfonia - Prologue: De' gotici splendori
Francesca Aspromonte
00:05:03

Antonio Cesti, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble - Francesca Aspromonte, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 PENTATONE (P) 2018 PENTATONE

Con meste luci (Alessandro Stradella)

11
Con meste luci
Francesca Aspromonte
00:09:19

Alessandro Stradella, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble - Francesca Aspromonte, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 PENTATONE (P) 2018 PENTATONE

Gli equivoci in amore, o vero La Rosaura (Alessandro Scarlatti)

12
Sinfonia - Prologue: Cessate, oh fulmini!
Francesca Aspromonte
00:07:37

ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble - Francesca Aspromonte, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 PENTATONE (P) 2018 PENTATONE

Album review

A record made up entirely of prologues from operas and baroque oratorios: this album isn't short on spice. Prologues are completely different from the – purely orchestral – overtures of later operas, as in the baroque era, after a short instrumental introduction, we'd get right into the action, often with a sung allegorical exposition of the setting and the story. Soprano Francesca Aspromonte and Enrico Onofri have collected these allegories with il pomo d’oro (the ensemble has decided that its name will be all lowercase), taken from the late 16th century with Monteverdi and Caccini up to the first quarter of the 18th century with Alessandro Scarlatti, via the rich beauty of the middle 17th century of Cavalli, Rossi, Stradella and Cesti. The listener will have to come to terms with the fact that the opera will never really start, that these are only the premises, the first tremblings, tantalising tasters, aimed at captivating the audience. Don't forget that in those days, it wasn't the custom to remain silent before the start of a show, and it took all the talents of the allegorist to finally get the fans' full attention. We reckon that Francesca Aspromonte will have no trouble captivating her audience. © SM/Qobuz

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