Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)

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01The Early Years2008111020110718

Donald Macleod explores Cavalli's life and music, covering a broad range of his early music, from sacred to secular, whilst charting the composer's early years and evolving career in Venice.

Didone (Act 1 finale)

Mediterraneo Concento

Sergio Vartolo (conductor)

Salve Regina

Andrew Wright (organ)

Choir of Westminster Cathedral

Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

Cantate Domino

Lia Serafini (soprano)

Il Viaggio Musicale

Canzona a 4

The Parley of Instruments

Peter Holman (director)

Magnificat

Veronika Kincses, Eva Andor (soprano)

Eva Jablonkay, Katalin Seregelly (alto)

Attila Fulop, Janos B Nagy (tenor)

Laszlo Polgar, Endre Uto (bass)

Bela Bartok Chorus

Orchestra of the Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest

Gabor Baross (conductor)

La calisto (excerpt from Act 3)

Alessandra Mantovani (soprano)

Maria Bayo (soprano)

Graham Pushee (countertenor)

Marcello Lippi (baritone)

Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Concerto Vocale

Rene Jacobs (director)

Donald Macleod explores Cavalli's early compositions, including the Cantate Domino of 1625

Donald Macleod explores Cavalli's life and music, covering a broad range of his early music, from sacred to secular, whilst charting the composer's early origins and evolving career in Venice.

Naxos, 8.557746,

Track 1

Decca 4887162,

Track 9

Tactus TC590001,

Track 2

Hyperion CDA66970,

Track 6

Hungaroton HCD12920,

Track 19.

Harmonia Mundi HMC 901515.17,

Disk 3, tracks 10-15

02The Sacred Music Legacy2008111120110719

Donald Macleod focuses on the publication of Cavalli's little-known sacred music, revealing his rise through the hierachy of St Mark's, Venice, and his relationship with the distinguished Monteverdi.

Festive Overture

The Art of Trumpet, Vienna

Leonhard Leeb (director)

O quam suavis

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)

Artaserse

O bone Jesu, O Jesu amabilis

Carys-Anne Lane (soprano)

Rodrigo del Pozo (tenor)

Elizabeth Kenny (theorbo)

Fred Jacobs (theorbo)

Peter Holman (director)

Messa Concertata (Kyrie)

Seicento

The Parley of Instruments

Canzona a 8; Canzona a 3

Concerto Palatino

Bruce Dickey, Charles Toet (directors)

Vespero delli cinque laudate

Coro Claudio Monteverdi di Crema

Quoniam

Ensemble of Renaissance Bassoons

Ensemble de Saqueboutiers

Bruno Gini (conductor)

03An International Composer2008111220110720

Donald Macleod considers Cavalli's period as a prolific and trendsetting composer of opera, popularising the emerging combination of aria and recitative, as well as the lament.

Muzio Scevola (excerpt from Act 1)

Glenda Simpson (mezzo-soprano)

London Early Music Group

James Tyler (director)

Gli amori d'Apollo e di Dafne (excerpt from Act 2)

Assumpta Mateu, Fabiola Masino (soprano)

Luisa Maesso (mezzo-soprano)

Mario Zeffiri (tenor)

Orquesta Joven de la Sinfonica de Galicia

Alberto Zedda (director)

La Didone (Act 1, Sc 6)

Yvonne Kenny (soprano)

Hilary Summers (mezzo-soprano)

Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble

Thomas Hengelbrock (director)

Egisto (excerpt from Act 2)

L'ormindo (excerpt from Act 1)

Hugues Cuenod (tenor)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Raymond Leppard (director)

Giasone (excerpt from Act 1)

Gloria Banditelli (mezzo-soprano)

Michael Schopper (bass)

Chorus and Concerto Vocale

Rene Jacobs (director)

La Calisto (excerpt from Act 1)

Dominique Visse (countertenor)

Gilles Ragon, Barry Banks (tenor)

David Pittsinger (bass)

Concerto Vocale

Donald Macleod considers Cavalli's rise to fame through the early stages of Italian opera.

Hyperion CDA66153 track 6

Naxos 8.660187 disk 2 tracks 1-2

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472773542, disk 1 track 8

Hyperion CDA66153, track 8

Decca 444529-2, disk 1 track 6

Harmonia Mundi HMC 901282.84, disk 1, track 16

Harmonia Mundi HMC901515.17 diSk 1, tracks 19-22

04An Invitation From Cardinal Mazarin2008111320110721

Donald Macleod explores the composer's ill-fated visit to France in 1660 - when he was invited to compose an opera for the marriage of Louis XIV - and his operatic career's subsequent demise.

Orimonte (excerpt)

Xerse (excerpt)

Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Raymond Leppard (conductor)

Ercole Amante (Prologue)

Jean-Denis Monory (narrator)

Francoise Masset, Celine Ricci (soprano)

Francois-Nicolas Geslot (countertenor)

Florian Westphal (bass)

Le Choeur du Marais

La Simphonie du Marais

Hugo Reyne (director)

Eliogabalo (excerpt from Act 1)

Andrew King (tenor)

London Early Music Group

James Tyler (director)

Statira, Principessa di Persia (excerpt from Act 2)

Maria Ercolano, Maria Grazia Schiavo, Roberta Andalo (soprano)

Giuseppe de Vittorio, Rosario Totaro (tenor)

Cappella de'Turchini

Antonio Florio (director)

Ormindo (excerpt from Act 2)

Anne Howells (mezzo-soprano)

John Wakefield (tenor)

Federico Davia (bass)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Raymond Leppard (director)

Donald Macleod explores the demise of Cavalli's career in opera.

Erato EDC88100, track 8

Erato EDC88100, track 6

Hyperion CDA66153, track 3

Naïve OP30382, disk 2 tracks 7-9

Decca 444529-2, disk 2 track 10-11

05 LASTThe Requiem2008111420110722

Donald Macleod explores Cavalli's last sacred work, the requiem he composed for his own funeral, and his highly detailed will, which not only provided precise requirements for his annual memorial service, but also for the distribution of his lucrative estate.

Son ancor pargoletta

Gerard Souzay (tenor)

Dalton Baldwin (piano)

Missa pro defunctis

Paolo Zuccheri, Riccardo Coelati (violins)

Vittorio Zanon (organ)

Cantica Symphonia

Giuseppe Maletto (director)

Donald Macleod explores Cavalli's last sacred work: the requiem he wrote for his funeral.

Claves CD 50-2412, track 1

Stradivarius STR 33665, track 6, 7-8, 9-10, 12-13