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Nuria Rial, Valer Sabadus - Sacred Duets (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Nuria Rial, Valer Sabadus - Sacred Duets (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Alessandro Scarlatti (1660–1725), Bernardo Pasquini (1637–1710), Giovanni Paolo Colonna (1637–1695), Domenico Gabrielli (1651–1690), Giovanni Bononcini (1670–1747), Giuseppe Torelli (1658–1709), Antonio Lotti (1667–1740), Antonio Caldara (1670–1736), Nicola Antonio Porpora (1686–1768)
Artist: Nuria Rial, Valer Sabadus
Title: Sacred Duets
Genre: Classical, Vocal Music
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:00:31
Recorded: Riehen, Landgasthof Riehen, 18–21/03/2016


Sony Classical present Italian duets and arias with baroque stars Nuria Rial and Valer Sabadus. The Spanish soprano Nuria Rial and the countertenor Valer Sabadus are both stars of the booming baroque music scene. Nuria Rial is a bright soprano with her “addictive timbre“ and Valer Sabadus's velvety "dramatic, crystal clear and lyric voice" (Süddeutsche Zeitung) are for the first time united in one recording. With the excellent Kammerorchester Basel they send the listener on a voyage of discovery to Italy, to lesser known music by Alessandro Scarlatti, Giovanni Paolo Colonna, Giovanni Gabrieli, Antonio Lotti, Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Bernardo Pasquini and Antonio Caldara. The arias and duets are mainly from oratorios, which have already fascinated many listeners.


Aside from Carissimi’s Jephte and the oddity that is Emilio de Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di Anima, e di Corpo, it’s hard to think of a 17th-century oratorio that is still part of the contemporary repertoire. This new release from Sony Classical might be dressed up as a star vehicle, but is really a bold and beautifully researched showcase for a repertoire badly in need of a champion.
To encounter Scarlatti’s San Casimiro, re di Polonia, Gabrielli’s San Sigismondo, re di Borgogna or Porpora’s Il Verbo in carne for the first time through their duets is to enter by the back door. Duets, as Giovanni Andrea Sechi’s generous booklet-notes make clear, are the exception rather than the rule in these oratorios, and it’s good to have them interspersed here with arias that inevitably display greater stylistic variety and musical sophistication.
Giovanni Colonna’s aria ‘Su l’arco d’amore’ from Salomone amante is all graceful, filigree melody and sensuous, dovetailing accompaniment in the violins, a starry advertisement both for Colonna’s work itself and for Spanish soprano Nuria Rial, whose vocal agility and purity are as striking as ever here. She’s at the fore also in Pasquini’s more emotional and expansive ‘Vaga rosa’ (Sant’Agnese) and the lyrical ease of Bononcini’s ‘Cor imbelle’ (La conversione di Maddalena), but it’s young countertenor Valer Sabadus who gets the more athletic arias – fiery and explosive in Porpora’s ‘Quasi locuste che intorno’ (Gedeone) and Caldara’s glorious ‘Si pensi alla vendetta’ (La frode della castita).
In duets, Sabadus’s smoky, rounded countertenor makes an effective foil for Rial’s bright soprano, bringing depth and colour to the blend, while retaining his own tonal identity. If these numbers are less distinctive than the arias, then they’re still attractive, gently appealing pieces, especially when enlivened by the crisp, interventionist accompaniments of the Kammerorchester Basel, led from the violin by Julia Schröder. A lovely change from the many Handel duet discs on offer. --Alexandra Coghlan, Gramophone




[b]Tracklist:[/b]
ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI (1660–1725)
San Casimiro, re di Polonia | Firenze 1705 | Libretto: Anon.
1 Duetto: Al serto le rose 2.58
BERNARDO PASQUINI (1637–1710)
Sant’Agnese | Modena 1685 | Libretto: Benedetto Pamphili
2 Aria: Vaga rosa 3.34
GIOVANNI PAOLO COLONNA (1637–1695)
Salomone amante | Bologna 1679
Libretto: Giacomo Antonio Bergamori
3 Duetto: Partite dolori 2.53
4 Aria: Su l’arco d’amore 4.13
DOMENICO GABRIELLI (1651–1690)
San Sigismondo, re di Borgogna
Modena 1689 | Libretto: Domenico Bernardoni
5 Aria: Aure voi de’ miei sospiri 5.49
GIOVANNI BONONCINI (1670–1747)
La conversione di Maddalena | Wien 1701 | Libretto: Anon.
6 Aria: Cor imbelle a due nemici 3.29
GIUSEPPE TORELLI (1658–1709)
Concerti grossi op. VIII | Bologna 1709
Concerto VIII con un violino che concerta solo
7 I. Vivace 3.34
8 II. Adagio 0.29
9 III. Allegro 2.09
ANTONIO LOTTI (1667–1740)
L’umiltà coronata in Esther | Wien 1714 | Libretto: Pietro Pariati
10 Duetto: Sempre fido, sempre grato 3.44
ANTONIO CALDARA (1670–1736)
La frode della castità | Roma 1711 | Libretto: Anon.
11 Aria: Si pensi alla vendetta 2.59
Santa Francesca romana | Roma 1710 | Libretto: Anon.
12 Duetto: È ristoro a un cor che pena 4.35
NICOLA ANTONIO PORPORA (1686–1768)
Il Verbo in carne | Napoli 1747/48
Libretto: Giovanni Giuseppe Giron
13 Duetto: Lascia ch’io veda almeno 6.38
Gedeone | Wien 1737 | Libretto: Francesca Manzoni Giusti
14 Aria: Quasi locuste che intorno 3.59
Il martirio di San Giovanni Nepomuceno
Venezia c. 1730 | Libretto: Carlo Emanuele d’Este di San Martino
15 Duetto: Della fragile mia vita 9.21



Personnel:
Nuria Rial, soprano (1–4, 6, 10, 12, 13, 15)
Valer Sabadus, countertenor (1, 3, 5, 10–15)
Julia Schröder, solo violin (5–9)
Simon Linné, solo theorbo (5)
Hristo Kouzmanov, solo cello (5)
Kammerorchester Basel



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