Magazine article Gramophone

Stradella: 'The Stradella Project, Vol 4'

Magazine article Gramophone

Stradella: 'The Stradella Project, Vol 4'

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Stradella 'The Stradella Project, Vol 4' Santa Pelagia Roberta Mameli sop Raffaele Pe contr Luca Cervoni ten Sergio Foresti bar Ensemble Mare Nostrum / Andrea De Carlo Arcana (F) A431 (50' * DDD * T/t)

The sources of Santa Pelagia relate to performances in Modena in 1688--six years after Stradella was murdered in Genoa. It seems likely that the oratorio originated in Rome; the eminent scholar Carolyn Gianturco suggested that it might have been commissioned by Queen Christina of Sweden in 1673. Andrea De Carlo suspects that the parts for violins and viola in the Modena manuscript are not Stradella's own handiwork; he acknowledges there is already a recording of the oratorio that includes the disputed strings (Stradivarius, 2008), and argues that this allows him the liberty to pursue his own vision of how Stradella's voice parts can instead be accompanied by up to eight basso continuo instruments (viola da gamba, cello, violone, archlute, two theorbos, triple harp, harpsichord and organ); Ensemble Mare Nostrum's realisations range from sweet subtlety to vigorous spiciness in accordance to the emotion of the sung texts, and passages marked in the score as ritornellos are interpreted as improvisations over the bass line. …

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