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Castrapolis - Neapolitan Cantatas and Arias

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Catalogue numberBIS-2585 SACD
Release date2022-10-07
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time81:27

During the 17th and 18th centuries, Naples’ fame as a musical centre attracted travellers, composers, instrumentalists and virtuoso singers alike. Among the aspiring musicians, the most highly-trained and sought-after were the castrati, promising boys aged between 8 and 12 who were subjected to an operation intended to preserve the exceptionally pure timbre of their treble voice. Forever virginal beings whose superhuman voices mesmerized their listeners they were nicknamed angiolilli, ‘little angels’, and sang in the most important churches and theatres of ‘Castrapolis’, a term coined to describe the southern capital and its high concentration of castrato sopranos.
Nicolò Balducci is one of the rapidly rising countertenors and sopranists of his generation. Together with the ensemble Dolci Affetti, directed by the renowned recorder player Dan Laurin, he here performs arias and cantatas by Hasse, Porsile, Sarro and Alessandro Scarlatti. All four composers were associated with Naples and knew how to highlight these extraordinary voices, at a time when opera and the chamber cantata represented the most fashionable musical genres both in Italy and abroad. The program is completed with a concerto for harpsichord by Domenico Auletta, with Anna Paradiso performing the solo part.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Hasse, Johann Adolf
  from Ciro riconosciuto
01 Aria 'Non piangete, amati rai' 07:51 $ 1.88 USD
  Composer: Porsile, Giuseppe
  from Il ritorno di Ulisse alla patria 19:11
02 Aria 'Sventurato chi piagato' 01:45 $ 0.42 USD
03 Aria 'Tu sei crudel così' 02:51 $ 0.68 USD
04 Aria 'Apri Cirene i lumi' 05:36 $ 1.34 USD
05 Aria 'Fiero sdegno dell'alma guerriero' 02:42 $ 0.65 USD
06 Aria 'Quel volto vezzoso' 03:15 $ 0.78 USD
07 Aria 'Mi preparo a trionfar' 03:02 $ 0.73 USD
  Composer: Scarlatti, Alessandro
  Quella pace gradita 18:24
08 Sinfonia 03:58 $ 0.95 USD
09 Recitative 'Quella pace gradita' 01:08 $ 0.27 USD
10 Aria 'Crudel tiranno amore' 04:52 $ 1.17 USD
11 Recitative 'O voi selve beate' 00:42 $ 0.17 USD
12 Aria 'Care selve, soggiorni di quiete' 02:23 $ 0.57 USD
13 Recitative 'Lungi da me, tiranno amore' 01:09 $ 0.28 USD
14 Aria 'Teco, o mesta tortorella' 04:12 $ 1.01 USD
  Composer: Auletta, Domenico
  Concerto in C major 18:27
15 I. Allegro 06:37 $ 1.59 USD
16 II. Larghetto 07:33 $ 1.81 USD
17 III. Allegro 04:17 $ 1.03 USD
18 Dimmi bel neo che fai 00:40 $ 0.16 USD
  Composer: Sarro, Domenico Natale
  Dimmi bel neo che fai 11:53
19 Recitative 'Dimmi bel neo che fai' 00:57 $ 0.23 USD
20 Aria 'Così amor mi dasse in sorte' 02:58 $ 0.71 USD
21 Recitative 'No m'inganna il pensiero' 01:03 $ 0.25 USD
22 Aria 'Che vaneggia quest' alma smarrita' 04:11 $ 1.00 USD
23 Recitative 'Si neo chiamarti deggio' 00:29 $ 0.12 USD
24 Aria 'Si tu puoi darli ò cara' 02:15 $ 0.54 USD
  Composer: Traditional
25 Tarantella del Gargano 04:50 $ 1.16 USD
  Album total 81:27
ComposerAuletta, Domenico
Hasse, Johann Adolf
Porsile, Giuseppe
Sarro, Domenico Natale
Scarlatti, Alessandro
Counter-tenorBalducci, Nicolò
OrchestraDolci Affetti
DirectionLaurin, Dan
HarpsichordParadiso, Anna
RecorderLaurin, Dan
SpeakerBalducci, Nicolò
Baroque guitarSol, Dohyo

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