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Prigioniero D'Amor

Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
14-09-2018
Label:
Barcode:
0850869006121
Packaging:
Digipak
Catalog Number:
VXR0005
Prigioniero D'Amor
Prigioniero D'Amor

Description

The Aberdeen Early Music Collective performs Cantatas and Trio Sonatas by Giovanni Maria Ruggieri. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri (c. 16691714) was a Venetian composer and impresario, a colourful character whose music is as fascinating as his biography. Something of a wheeler-dealer, Ruggieri was guilty of embezzlement and was even imprisoned for debt when his attempts at staging his own opera failed spectacularly. Ruggieri's Trio Sonatas and Cantatas are far more elegant than his chaotic lifestyle would suggest, but still display much of the man's inventive spirit. Whilst rooted in late 17th-century style, they demonstrate a keen desire for effect and an interest in experimentation.

The Trio Sonatas were composed for the church. It seems likely that Ruggieri was aiming to impress the dedicatee of these works, Leopold I, the Habsburg Emperor and an ecclesiastical figurehead, for whom music in Viennese churches was of paramount importance. As one might expect, the 'church style' of Trio Sonata was suitable for performance in that setting: restrained and 'learned'. Yet, as the pieces on this disc demonstrate, Ruggieri pushed the boundaries, combining the learned style with modern techniques and moments of experimentation. Slow movements are solemn, with an air of gravitas and steeped in musical rhetorical gesture, while idiomatic writing propels the faster movements. Dance style is merged with fugal technique (the final movement of Sonata 7 is a fugal gigue), and the musical quality is quite remarkable.

The poetic themes explored in Ruggieri's Cantatas are typical of both cantata literature and Arcadian poetry of the time. Nos. 1 and 8 agonise over unrequited love while No. 6 revels in newly discovered love. No. 7 bemoans the separation from the desired one. The duet (No. 12) deals with love, loss and death.

The Aberdeen Early Music Collective is a flexible ensemble, formed in 2014 with musicians from Aberdeen, Basel, and Manchester. The group performs repertoire from the 15th to the 18th centuries on historical instruments and invites guest musicians from around the world to collaborate on projects showcasing the fruits of recent researches in musicology by scholars in Aberdeen.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 8: Lidio, Non Ho Più Core (Sinfonia)
  3. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 8: Lidio, Non Ho Più Core (Recitativo: Lidio, Non Ho Più Core')
  4. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 8: Lidio, Non Ho Più Core (Aria: Caro, Che Fai Languir)
  5. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 8: Lidio, Non Ho Più Core (Recitativo: Vivo Essempio Di Fede)
  6. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 8: Lidio, Non Ho Più Core (Aria: Altro Cor Che Te, Cor Mio)
  7. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Sonata In G Minor, Op. 4, No. 2 (Adagio)
  8. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Sonata In G Minor, Op. 4, No. 2 (Allegro)
  9. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Sonata In G Minor, Op. 4, No. 2 (Adagio)
  10. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Sonata In G Minor, Op. 4, No. 2 (Allegro)
  11. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 6: Da Due Pupille (Recitativo: Da Due Pupille)
  12. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 6: Da Due Pupille (Aria: Occhi Belli)
  13. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 6: Da Due Pupille (Recitativo: Ahimé Ché Di Già Vedo)
  14. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 6: Da Due Pupille (Aria: Se Godete Al Mio Pianto)
  15. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 6: Da Due Pupille (Recitativo Con Cavata: Con Voglia)
  16. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 1: Io Seguo E Adoro (Aria: Io Seguo E Adoro')
  17. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 1: Io Seguo E Adoro (Recitativo: Numi Celesti)
  18. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 1: Io Seguo E Adoro (Aria: So Che Viver Tormentato)
  19. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 1: Io Seguo E Adoro (Recitativo: Soffrirò Si)
  20. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 1: Io Seguo E Adoro (Aria: Il Sol Della Mia Vita)
  21. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Sonata In A Major, Op. 4, No. 7 (Adagio)
  22. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Sonata In A Major, Op. 4, No. 8 (Allegro)
  23. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Sonata In A Major, Op. 4, No. 9 (Adagio)
  24. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Sonata In A Major, Op. 4, No. 10 (Allegro)
  25. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 7: Aure, Voi Chognor Dintorno (Aria: Aure, Voi Chognor Dintorno)
  26. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 7: Aure, Voi Chognor Dintorno (Recitativo: Ditegli Che Lontano)
  27. Giovanni Maria Ruggieri - Cantata Op. 5, No. 7: Aure, Voi Chognor Dintorno (Aria: Mi Lusinga Speranza Fallace)
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