L’Estro d’Orfeo – Altri canti d’amor (2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

L’Estro d’Orfeo – Altri canti d’amor (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 49:55 minutes | 947 MB | Genre: Classical
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This first recording from the ensemble L’Estro d’Orfeo borrows its title Altri canti d’amor from a madrigal taken from Monteverdi’s Eighth Book. The program covers the Italian seventeenth century, and in particular the Northern Italian School, more precisely the Venetian sphere—Monteverdi, Marini, Merula, Cavalli, and so on. You’ll find purely instrumental pieces, as well as vocal ones—but let’s mention straight away that all the vocal pieces are performed here in instrumental versions. One might be surprised that these pieces singing of love are entrusted to instruments and not voices; this is precisely what the musicians from the L’Estro d’Orfeo want to demonstrate, that there are a thousand ways to sing about love. The aim is also to emphasize how, in this pivotal era, instrumental music is becoming increasingly important, leaving its usual role of accompaniment to embrace the one that’s much more gratifying, with its own technique and virtuosity that are developing quickly. The vocal parts are thus covered either by the cornetto or the string instruments.

“Using instruments instead of the voice may initially seem perverse for such a title, but to me, it suggests the idea of “other ways of singing about love”. We thus reaffirm the great value and importance that instruments started gaining in the first half of the 17th century, where they ceased serving merely as accompaniments to the voice and gradually became the main protagonist of the musical scene, attaining a level of virtuosity that had never been explored before.” – Leonor de Lera


1. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8, Canti Guerrieri: No. 1 Altri canti d’Amor, tenero arciero, SV 146
2. Biagio Marini: Sonata sopra “Fuggi dolente core”, Op. 22 No. 1
3. Barbara Strozzi: Cantate, ariette, e duetti, Op. 2: L’Eraclito Amoroso
4. Marco Uccellini: Sonate, correnti et arie, Op. 4: Aria No. 13 “Questa bella sirena”
5. Francesco Cavalli: Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne:, Act III, Scene 3: Aria “Lamento d’Apollo”
6. Tarquinio Merula: Canzoni overo sonate concertate per chiesa e camera, Op. 12: No. 20 Chiacona
7. Riccardo Rognoni: Ancor che col partire in A Minor
8. Francesco Cavalli: Musiche Sacre: No. 23 Canzon à 3
9. Marco Uccellini: Sonate over Canzoni, Op. 5: Sonata No. 9
10. Francesco Cavalli: La Calisto, Act II, Scene 1: Aria “Lucidissima Face”
11. Marco Uccellini: Sonate, arie et correnti, Op. 3: Aria Quarta sopra la Ciaccona à 3

L’Estro d’Orfeo
Leonor de Lera