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Musical Intermezzi for Four Voices

Piccinni: Le donne vendicate

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2004

Originally recorded in 2003


I Barocchisti

Diego Fasolis

Mauro Buda

baritone - Ferramonte

Sylva Pozzer

soprano - Aurelia

Giuliana Castellani

soprano - Lindora

Vincenzo Di Donato

tenor - Count Bellezza


Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland


Carlo Piccardi


Gian Andrea Lodovici


Giuseppe Clericetti



Ulrich Ruscher

Record Label



Early Music

Total Time - 103:07
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Le donne vendicate

  The Revenge of the Women  
  Musical intermezzi for four voices in two parts  
  Libretto after Carlo Goldoni  
  First performed in the Teatro alla Valle, Rome during Carnival of the year 1763  
  Critical edition by Francesco Luisi  
  A production of ReteDue della Radio Svizzera di lingua italiani  
  First Part  
1 Sinfonia 5:09
  Scene 1  
2 'Questi fiori, onor d'Aprile' 4:02
  Lindora, Aurelia  
3 'Perché, invece de' lauri' 2:27
  Lindora, Aurelia  
4 'Un guerriero giovinetto' 3:54
  Scene 2  
5 'Oh, quest'è bella assai!' 1:16
  Lindora, Aurelia  
  Scene 3  
6 'Sono bello, io già lo so' 2:08
  Count Bellezza  
7 'Amabile Lindora' 2:51
  Count Bellezza, Lindora, Aurelia  
8 'Quel dar di tanto in tanto' 5:28
  Count Bellezza, Aurelia, Lindora  
  Scene 4  
9 'Io vi dico che le spese' 1:36
10 'Adesso, in questo punto' 3:17
  Ferramonte, Aurelia, Lindora  
  Scene 5  
11 'Ero ancora di tenera età' 3:29
  Scene 6  
12 'Queste bravure sue' 0:53
  Lindora, Count Bellezza  
13 'Le povere donne' 4:22
  Scene 7  
14 'Questa cosa va mal, va male assai' 0:18
  Count Bellezza  
15 'Dirò che son le donne' 3:10
  Count Bellezza  
  Scene 8  
16 'Spada, spada fatale' 3:21
  Ferramonte, Count Bellezza  
  Scene 9  
17 'Le sono obbligatissima' 6:12
  Lindora, Aurelia, Count Bellezza, Ferramonte  
  Second Part  
  Scene 1  
18 'Donne mie, noi siam l'offese' 1:28
  Lindora, Aurelia  
19 'Perdonatemi, o donne' 2:37
  Aurelia, Lindora  
20 'Attento, sotto un albero' 4:42
  Scene 2  
21 'Ci sono nell'impegno' 1:46
  Ferramonte, Aurelia  
22 'Per esempio, se il nemico' 3:43
  Scene 3  
23 'Quant'è sciocco se crede' 1:41
  Aurelia, Count Bellezza  
24 'Sì, l'ho detto, lo ridico' 2:15
  Count Bellezza, Aurelia, Lindora, Ferramonte  
  Scene 4  
25 'Il malan che vi colga! Oh, questa è bella!' 2:02
  Count Bellezza  
26 'Cara, quest'occhi miei' 4:13
  Count Bellezza  
  Scene 5  
27 'Avete inteso? Allor ch'io mi ritrovo' 4:01
  Ferramonte, Aurelia, Lindora, Count Bellezza  
28 'Infelici, pover'uomini' 3:15
  Scene 6  
29 'Se n'andorno, una volta!' 1:48
  Lindora, Count Bellezza  
30 'Tutto per voi farò' 6:22
  Count Bellezza, Lindora  
  Scene 7  
31 'Certo, siete un grand'uom! Negate, adesso' 1:58
  Aurelia, Ferramonte, Lindora  
32 'Venga pur: che bel piacere' 7:23
  Aurelia, Lindora, Ferramonte, Count Bellezza  
 Vincenzo Di Donato tenor - Count Bellezza
 Giuliana Castellani soprano - Lindora
 Mauro Buda baritone - Ferramonte
 Sylva Pozzer soprano - Aurelia
  Varous non-speaking characters  
  The action takes place in and around a pretty country villa near Bologna.  
 Diego Fasolis
  25-30 September 1999  
Chandos’ previous disc from Diego Fasolis was highly praised.

This is the only available recording of Le donne vendicate.

Niccolò Piccinni was a prolific and popular composer, writing some 120 operas in Naples, Rome, and in Paris, where he was singing tutor to Marie Antoinette. Unintentionally he became mixed up in the famous Querelle surrounding the operas of Gluck, which prompted the management of the Opéra to commission a setting of Iphigénie en Tauride from both composers. In time, Gluck’s proved more successful, and thus contributed to his greater reputation; however, Piccinni’s lively and tuneful work enjoyed an extraordinary degree of popularity in his day.

This ‘little farce’ – as it is identified in the dedication accompanying the libretto – consists of two intermezzi composed by Niccolò Piccinni to a text taken from Goldoni. The original text by the Venetian dramatist had already appeared in 1751 with music by another composer but even in projects that represented reworkings, Piccinni’s rapport with Goldoni is of fundamental importance in his output.

Le donne vendicate belongs to Piccinni’s early years in Rome, which saw his meteoric rise to fame. That the work was a notable success is evident from the number of scores which survived as far away as Austria, Germany, France and Poland. That success, in view of the clarity, effectiveness and purposefulness of the arias, the refined harmony and the masterly and dramatically apt handling of orchestral texture, can hardly be surprising.

The subject matter is an amusing battle of the sexes. Lindora and Aurelia are both in love with the vain and foppish Count Bellezza. His opinion that the female sex is hypocritical incenses the two women who seek vengeance for this insult. They urge Lindora’s uncle Ferramonte to challenge the Count, and though he is terrified at the prospect, he concurs, for he is secretly in love with Aurelia. The Count tries to re-endear himself by resuming his false flattery but to no avail, and the Count challenges him to a duel. The duel demonstrates the lack of courage and spirit that characterise the two combatants, so Aurelia bravely snatches Ferramonte’s sword and puts the terrified Count to flight. Lindora comforts him in his defeat and he proposes marriage to her after having promised to eat humble pie and ask pardon of the whole of the fairer sex. Aurelia accepts the Count’s apologies, and realises that Ferramonte ‘intends to avenge me / with the weapons of Love’ and at last accepts his offer of marriage.

'This recording uses a different critical edition (by Francesco Luisi; the Bongiovanni was by Lorenzo Tozzi) and adds a lot of music. It takes 34 minutes longer. It's also a better performance. A Gloriously bright, brisk overture - all earthy bounce and excitement - bodes well for the music to come. I Barocchisti (is that a real word?) is period instruments, including lute; their precise, slightly metallic sound rest well in the ear. The singers are generally better as well.'
American Record Guide

'This recording of an early Picinni inter-mezzo comes from Swiss Italian Radio, a source of previous welcome sets of 18th century operas.'
Early Music Review

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