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ASPROMONTE, FRANCESCA Prologue. Works by Monteverdi, Caccini, Cavalli, Landi, Rossi, Cesti, Stradella. Il Pomo D’oro / Enrico Onofri. Pentatone Classics SACD

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Aspromonte Francesca Prologue Il Pomo Enrico Onofri Pentatone Classics Sacd

Francesca Aspromonte:
Prologue

1 L’Orfeo: Toccata and Prologue Dal mio Permesso amato (La Musica): Caccini (1551-1618) 7.21
2 L’Euridice: Prologue Io che d’alti sospir (La Tragedia): Cavalli (1602-1676) 3.59
3 La Didone: Sinfonia and Prologue Caduta è Troia (Iride): Cavalli (1602-1676) 4.03
4 L’Eritrea: Prologue Nelle grotte arimaspe (Iride): Landi (1587-1639) 3.29
5 Il Sant’Alessio: Sinfonia and Prologue Roma son io (Roma) Rossi (1597-1653) 9.54
6 Il palazzo incantato overo La guerriera amante: Prologue Vaghi rivi (La Pittura) Cavalli (1602-1676) 3.22
7 L’Ormindo: Sinfonia and Prologue Non mi è Patria l’Olimpo (L’Armonia): Cesti (1623-1669) 7.24
8 Il Pomo d’oro, Sinfonia and Prologue Amore et Imeneo (La Gloria Austriaca): Stradella (1639-1682) 6.12
9 Sinfonia a due violini e basso: Cesti (1623-1669) 6.42
10 L’Argia: Sinfonia e Prologo De’ gotici splendori (Amore) Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682) 5.03
11 Prologo per musica. La Pace incatenata che dorme, si risveglia e dice: Con meste luci: Scarlatti (1660-1725) 9.19
12 Gli equivoci in amore, o vero La Rosaura: Sinfonia and Prologue Cessate, oh fulmini! (Venere) 7.35

Il Pomo D’oro / Enrico Onofri

The Opera before Opera
The prologue is a unique feature of early baroque opera: an opening scene where an allegorical figure enters the stage to prepare the audience for the musical drama to come. Thus Prologue is the musical introduction of Italian star soprano Francesca Aspromonte and her exclusive, long term engagement with Pentatone, promising great joy as well as drama in the years to come.

Prologue is a highly original album consisting of several prologues from early-baroque operas by Monteverdi, Caccini, Cavalli, Landi, Rossi, Cesti, Stradella and Scarlatti. Strung together, they form a representation in a single act, a theatre full of small, complete dramas: the opera before the opera.

Francesca Aspromonte is quickly establishing herself as a shining star in the Baroque firmament. She has curated this album together with musical director Enrico Onofri, who leads il pomo d’oro, one of the most important and successful period ensembles of today.

Pentatone Classics SACD PTC5186646



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