Magazine article Gramophone

'A Due Alti'

Magazine article Gramophone

'A Due Alti'

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'A due alti' Bononcini Lasciami un sol momento. Per la morte di Ninfa. Sempre piango/Sempre rido ... Caresana Lamento degii occhi ... Handel Caro autor di mia doglia, HWV182O B Marcello Felice chi vi mira. Lontan dall'idol mio Steffani lo mi parto Filippo Mineccia, Raffaele Pe countertens La Venexiana / Claudio Cavina Glossa (F) GCD920942 (79' * DDD * T/t)

Countertenors Filippo Mineccia and Raffaele Pe form a vocally impressive and well-matched duo for this selection of duetti da camera from the first half of the 18th century. Unlike operatic duets, where characters are usually in dialogue with each other or duelling from opposing perspectives, these chamber works frequently present musically equal partners, often performing the same text. As such they broadly follow the development of the solo chamber cantata with familiar recitative and aria structures, and highly nuanced texts.

If that all makes it sound a bit dry, then it will be a relief to know that the music is anything but. This disc opens with Benedetto Marcello's joyful Felice chi vi mira; ma piu felice chi per voi sospira ('Happy are those that can look at you; but happier are those who sigh for you . …

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