Ensemble Demesure & Juliette De Banes Gardonne – Caresana Secular Chamber Cantatas (2019) [FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Ensemble Démesure & Juliette De Banes Gardonne – Caresana Secular Chamber Cantatas (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 53:19 minutes | 933 MB | Genre: Classical
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Secular cantatas of love and tragedy by a Neapolitan precursor of Pergolesi, in world premiere recordings.

Born in Venice, Cristofaro Caresana (c.1640-1709) made his career in Naples as a singer, organist, choirmaster and composer. Both sacred and secular vocal works survive but have been very little known beyond libraries. This album affords a rare opportunity to get to know a lively 17th-century musical voice, interpreted by a young early-music group.

Ensemble Démesure present eight cantatas, all based on time-honoured Classical themes. Scored for solo voice and continuo, they alternate recitative and aria, though the distinction between the two genres is often blurred. On occasions the recitatives tend in the direction of arias, whereas the arias themselves are more structured in form. In this they represent a perfect synthesis of Venetian and Monteverdi-style musical narrative, in an idiom typical of the style that made Naples the musical capital of Italy at the time of Caresana’s maturity.

La Rosa is dedicated to the flower symbolic of passion, in which thorns and petals are associated with lovelorn grief and intensity of feeling. Il Narciso tells the story of the young man who drowns having fallen in love with his own reflection in the water. Folk melodies and artful technique also combine to produce an affecting lament in the cantata Viver senza speranza (To live without hope). The closing item on the album is Tancredi sulla morte di Clorinda, setting a text famously treated by Monteverdi, to whom Caresana pays humble tribute.

01. Viver senza speranza
02. Cantata “La Rosa”
03. Volevo un dì combattere
04. Nella stagion novella
05. La dove il bel sebeto
06. Cantata “Il Narciso”
07. Tancredi sulla morte di Clorinda

Juliette De Banes Gardonne, mezzo-soprano
Ensemble Démesure