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'Arias for Caffarelli'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Arias for Caffarelli'

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'Arias for Caffarelli'

Cafaro L'lpermestra--Rendimi piu sereno Hasse Siroe--Fra l'orror della tempesta; Ebbi da te la vita Leo Demofoonte--Misero pargoletto; Sperai vicino il lido Manna Lucio Vero--Cara ti lascio, addio. Lucio Papiro--Odo il suono di tromba guerreria Porpora Semiramide riconosciuta Passaggier che sulla sponda Pergolesi Adriano in Siria--Lieto cosi talvolta Sarro Valdemaro Un cor che ben ama Vinci Semiramide riconosciuta--In braccio a mille furie

Franco Fagioli counterten

Il Pomo d'Oro / Riccardo Minasi

Naive (F) V5333 (78' * DDD)

Fagioli sings Caffarelli's bespoke Italian arias

Caffarelli sang in London for only one season (1737/38), and neither of his Handelian roles is represented in Franco Fagioli's survey, which concentrates exclusively on the Neapolitan school of composers associated with the notoriously pompous castrato. The lavish book places style above substance: most of the six essays are inexcusably under-length (several needlessly repeat information) and fail to explain the dramatic contexts of the 11 arias. There are lots of pretty illustrations but a few are irrelevant--most bizarrely the portrait of George I of Great Britain (d1727). …

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