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'I Dilettanti'

Magazine article Gramophone

'I Dilettanti'

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'I dilettanti'

Astorga In queste amene selve Benedetti La Gelosia Bigaglia Piu ch'io cerco del mio bene Maccari Non mi si dica piu B Marcello Lucrezia Ruggieri Armida abbandonata--Deh m'adita, o bella Dea; Vinto son della mia fede Xavier Sabata counterten Latinitas Nostra / Markellos Chryssicos hpd

Aparte [F] AP093 (59' * DDD)

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This has a genuinely interesting concept: music for alto voice and basso continuo by six accomplished dilettante composers, some of whom were aristocrats or professional men who composed and performed simply out of artistic and philological inclinations. Some don't fit the profile perfectly: Giacomo Maccari was a paid tenor at St Mark's from about 1720; his Non mi si dica piu is performed by Xavier Sabata and the continuo trio of Latinitas Nostra with complete emotional commitment and dramatic directness, albeit not without a few exaggerated solecisms.

Baron Emanuele d'Astorga eventually inherited his Sicilian family's title and estates in 1714, and later held official positions in Spain; the melancholic centrepiece of In queste amene selve is performed sweetly by Sabata, Theodoros Kitsos (theorbo), Iason Ioannou (cello) and Markellos Chryssicos (harpsichord). …

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