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LEGRENZI, G.B.: Sedecia (Il) [Oratorio] (Favero)

LEGRENZI, G.B.: Sedecia (Il) [Oratorio] (Favero)

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2012

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Favero, Riccardo


Riccardo Favero

Conductor

Walter Testolin

Soloist

Lia Serafini

Soloist

Raffaele Giordani

Soloist

Riccardo Favero

Soloist

Andrea Arrivabene

Soloist

Francesca Lombardi

Soloist

Oficina Musicum Chorus


Oficina Musicum Ensemble



Record Label
Dynamic

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 60:55
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18 Trio Sonatas, Op. 2: No. 15. La torriana

 
1 I. Allegro 1:21
 Riccardo Favero Conductor
2 II. Adagio 0:57
 Riccardo Favero Conductor
3 III. Adagio 1:40
 Riccardo Favero Conductor
4 IV. Allegro 0:27
 Riccardo Favero Conductor
     
 

Il Sedecia

 
5 Part I: Alla fuga, alla fuga (Chorus) 2:15
 Walter Testolin Soloist
6 Part I: Recitative: Cosi mentre dall'armi oppressa, e cinta (Narrator) 1:54
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
7 Part I: Recitative: Addio mia reggia, addio (Zedekiah) 0:54
 Raffaele Giordani Soloist
8 Part I: Aria: Io vi perdo, e v'abbandono (Zedekiah) 2:15
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
9 Part I: Recitative: Ma poiche avverso inesorabil Fato (Zedekiah) 0:27
 Walter Testolin Soloist
10 Part I: Aria: Armatevi il petto (Zedekiah) 0:57
 Raffaele Giordani Soloist
11 Part I: Recitative: Con tai voci premendo (Narrator) 0:50
 Walter Testolin Soloist
12 Part I: Recitative: Al luminoso lampo (First Son) 0:37
 Riccardo Favero Soloist
13 Part I: Aria: Son volubili piu d'aura (First Son) 1:23
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
14 Part I: Recitative: A tanti illustri esempi (Second Son) 0:55
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
15 Part I: Aria: Bella guancia, ch'al candore (Second Son) 1:14
 Walter Testolin Soloist
16 Part I: Recitative: Incoraggiti, e rincorati insieme (Narrator) 0:16
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
17 Part I: Trio: Duri scogli degl'affanni (First Son, Second Son, Zedekiah) 1:40
 Raffaele Giordani Soloist
18 Part I: Recitative: Ma perche pigra, e lenta (Zedekiah) 1:00
 Riccardo Favero Soloist
19 Part I: Recitative: Cosi dolente, e mesto (Narrator) 1:34
 Raffaele Giordani Soloist
20 Part I: Vivi, vivi, tra la gloria (Chorus) 1:50
 Raffaele Giordani Soloist
21 Part I: Recitative: Lusingava in tal guisa (Narrator) 0:49
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
22 Part I: Aria: Dal mio braccio fulminante (Nebuchadnezzar) 0:57
 Lia Serafini Soloist
23 Part I: Recitative: Ove puo mai (Nebuchadnezzar) 0:30
 Walter Testolin Soloist
24 Part I: Recitative: Appena udissi il suon di questi accenti (Narrator) 0:23
 Walter Testolin Soloist
25 Part I: Quanto deliri, o quanto (Chorus) 1:37
 Raffaele Giordani Soloist
     
 

18 Trio Sonatas, Op. 2: No. 4. La strasolda

 
26 I. Presto 1:30
 Riccardo Favero Conductor
27 II. Adagio 0:42
 Riccardo Favero Conductor
28 III. Allegro 0:44
 Riccardo Favero Conductor
29 IV. Presto 0:29
 Riccardo Favero Conductor
     
 

Il Sedecia

 
30 Part II: Recitative: Dopo longo viaggio (Narrator) 0:52
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
31 Part II: Aria: Quest'onda fugace (First Son) 1:34
 Raffaele Giordani Soloist
32 Part II: Aria: Quest'aura, che grata (Second Son) 1:01
 Andrea Arrivabene Soloist
33 Part II: Duet: Tutt'il tempo dissolve (First Son, Second Son) 0:57
 Lia Serafini Soloist
34 Part II: Recitative: Coraggiosi miei figli (Zedekiah) 0:46
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
35 Part II: Recitative: Di gia l'alba vicina (Narrator) 0:42
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
36 Part II: Siete vinti, e prigionieri (Chorus) 0:47
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
37 Part II: Recitative: Cinti d'aspre ritorte (Narrator) 0:32
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
38 Part II: Recitative: Pur al fine ti giunse (Nebuchadnezzar) 3:04
 Andrea Arrivabene Soloist
39 Part II: Aria: Su su svenategli (Nebuchadnezzar) 0:38
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
40 Part II: Recitative: Ferma, trattieni il ferro (Zedekiah) 1:41
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
41 Part II: Recitative: Saziati pur spietato (First Son) 0:41
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
42 Part II: Arioso: E sarammi la morte (First Son) 0:42
 Lia Serafini Soloist
43 Part II: Recitative: No, no la tua fierezza (Second Son) 0:23
 Raffaele Giordani Soloist
44 Part II: Arioso: Saro contento a pieno (Second Son) 0:26
 Lia Serafini Soloist
45 Part II: Recitative: Sara lieta mia sorte (Second Son) 0:20
 Walter Testolin Soloist
46 Part II: Recitative: Ma inferocito, indocile il tiranno (Narrator) 0:22
 Andrea Arrivabene Soloist
47 Part II: Recitative: Tronchera il cenno mio (Nebuchadnezzar) 0:27
 Lia Serafini Soloist
48 Part II: Recitative: Cosi cader trafitti (Narrator) 0:17
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
49 Part II: Duet: Padre, padre io manco (First Son, Second Son) 2:53
 Raffaele Giordani Soloist
50 Part II: Recitative: Al miserando oggetto (Narrator) 0:30
 Andrea Arrivabene Soloist
51 Part II: Recitative: Che ti par re superbo (Nebuchadnezzar) 0:44
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
52 Part II: Arioso: E che puote mirar la gloria mia (Nebuchadnezzar) 0:17
 Riccardo Favero Soloist
53 Part II: Recitative: Cosi trasser le luci all'infelice (Narrator) 0:21
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
54 Part II: Aria: Nabucco hai vinto, hai vinto (Zedekiah) 1:06
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
55 Part II: Aria: Io mortal Sisifo insano (Zedekiah) 0:46
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
56 Part II: Recitative: Offesi i tuoi decreti (Zedekiah) 0:17
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
57 Part II: Arioso: O figli, o luci, o ciel, o patria, o regno (Zedekiah) 0:25
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
58 Part II: Recitative: Iddio coglie, e non erra (Zedekiah) 0:14
 Andrea Arrivabene Soloist
59 Part II: Mortali apprendete (Chorus) 1:38
 Francesca Lombardi Soloist
     
 

18 Trio Sonatas, Op. 2: No. 3. La frangipana

 
60 I. Allegro 1:28
 Riccardo Favero Conductor
61 II. Allegro 0:53
 Riccardo Favero Conductor
62 III. Adagio 0:25
 Riccardo Favero Conductor
63 IV. Presto 0:39
 Riccardo Favero Conductor
 Favero, Riccardo


WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING
Giovanni Legrenzi’s oratory Il Sedecìa, which was performed on Sunday 29th March 1676 in Ferrara’s ”Chiesa della Confraternita della Morte”, was dedicated to Cardinal Sigismondo Chigi, legate of Ferrara and patron of the same confraternity. We learn as much from the oratory’s libretto, published in Ferrara by Alfonso Maresti, who signed the dedication. When he moved to Venice, where he was chorus master at the ”Ospedale dei Mendicanti”, around 1669, Legrenzi did not sever his links with the Ferrara circles. In Ferrara he had been chapel master at the ”Accademia dello Spirito Santo” from October 1656 to the beginning of 1665.
That institution had been founded in 1597 by the Bentivoglio family, who directed it for almost all of the 17th century, supporting the musician and staging his operas and oratorios, some of which on librettos by Ippolito Bentivoglio.
The libretto, by an anonymous author, tells the story of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, who reigned from 598 to 587 B.C. The son of Josiah, he was installed as king in place of Jehoiachin at the age of twenty-one by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who changed his name from Mattaniah to Zedekiah. Zedekiah fell under the ill-fated influence of those who opposed Nebuchadnezzar, ignored the advice of the prophet Jeremiah, and revolted against Babylon. After a long siege, Jerusalem fell, Zedekiah and his sons fled to the Jordan valley but were captured near Jericho.
Nebuchadnezzar had the sons killed under their father’s eyes, and then Zedekiah blinded and sent to Babylon, where he died in prison (Old Testament, Chronicles: 36:11-21; Jeremiah: 39:1-11).
The oratory begins with the fall of Jerusalem and the escape of Zedekiah and his sons; these events are recounted in the first part, while the second one picks up again with the fugitives’ apprehension and ends with the tragic epilogue.
The score, for voices and continuo, assigns the various registers according to the characters’ ”political” and dramaturgical roles, following an established practice in Baroque theatre music: soprano for the two sons, alto for the Narrator, tenor for Zedekiah, and bass for Nebuchadnezzar. The two kings are given the lower registers, with Nebuchadnezzar’s authority embodied by the lowest of all. In addition, there are a Chorus of Jews (SSATB) and a Chorus of Chaldeans (ATB).
Riccardo Favero’s instrumentation has Zedekiah supported by the viola da gamba, Nebuchadnezzar by the organ, each son by a violin, and the Narrator by the theorbo, while the Choruses are accompanied by three trombones and two cornets; keyboards and the bass bowed instruments are employed for the recitatives (the records of Venice’s ”Fava” Church mention a performance with theorbo, violone and spinet). Since, as it is often the case, the score has no instrumental introductions or an epilogue, to open the two parts of the oratory and close the second the present recording resorts to chamber sonatas taken from Legrenzi’s first instrumental collection, Sonate a due, e tre Op. 2, published in Venice in 1655 by Francesco Magni.

 "... For all the grimness of the subject, Legrenzi’s music is engaging and very enjoyable... This is a worthy recording debut that adds to our growing consciousness of where the oratorio came from..."

John Barker - American Record Guide - March/April 2013


 "... this is an extremely fine disc and although one can find examples of the three sonatas elsewhere in the catalogye, this disc really should be part of any collection of Baroque music."

 
Bertils van Boer - Fanfare - March/April 2012



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