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Sergio Vartolo, Soloists of the Cappella Musicale di S. Petronio - Lamenti Barocchi (2011)

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Sergio Vartolo, Soloists of the Cappella Musicale di S. Petronio - Lamenti Barocchi (2011)

Sergio Vartolo, Soloists of the Cappella Musicale di S. Petronio - Lamenti Barocchi (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 885 Mb | Total time: 66:31+72:52+75:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.503241 | Recorded: 1995

The lament became a current and important feature of Italian Baroque monody, with its rhetorical and therefore dramatic connotations, generally set over a four-note descending bass line. The best known, though not the earliest, of these laments is probably Monteverdi's Lamento d'Arianna, a later version of which, with a sacred Latin text, was included in the composer's Selva morale e spirituale, published in Venice in 1641. In 1607 Monteverdi had provided the music for a favola in musica performed at the court of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga in Mantua, where the composer was maestro di cappella. Orfeo, with a libretto by Alessandro striggio, has a literary source in the Metamorphoses of Ovid. The success of Orfeo led to the creation of a new dramatic work, a tragedy in musica, in 1608, a deliberate attempt, as the pastoral Orfeo was not, to create a work that would in some way revive ancient Greek tragedy.

Sergio Vartolo - Girolamo Frescobaldi - Keyboard Music: Fantasie, Book 1; Ricercari; Canzoni Francesi (2002) 2CDs

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Sergio Vartolo - Girolamo Frescobaldi - Keyboard Music: Fantasie, Book 1; Ricercari; Canzoni Francesi (2002) 2CDs

Sergio Vartolo - Girolamo Frescobaldi: Keyboard Music (2002) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 757 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 310 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Naxos | # 8.553547-48 | Time: 02:12:00

This is a significant recording for several reasons. Sergio Vartolo has now recorded all of Frescobaldi’s keyboard music (the other issues were on the Tactus label). The Fantasie (1608) and Ricercari (1615) are the earliest of Frescobaldi’s keyboard publications (the latter being issued in the same year as the more famous first book of Toccatas), and as far as I’m aware neither had been issued complete before; so to get both together, and at super-budget price, is treasure-trove indeed. Frescobaldi fanatics need read no further. (Gramophone)

Sergio Vartolo, Cappella Musicale di San Petronia, Bologna - Cavalieri: Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo (1998)

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Sergio Vartolo, Cappella Musicale di San Petronia, Bologna - Cavalieri: Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo (1998)

Sergio Vartolo, Cappella Musicale di San Petronia, Bologna - Cavalieri: Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 418 Mb | Total time: 104:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | 8.554096/97 | Recorded: 1996

The changes in musical style that were taking place in Italy in the late 16th century came to a head in 1600, with the performance and publication of three path-breaking works: two settings of Rinuccini's libretto for Euridice by Giulio Caccini and Jacopo Peri, and Cavalieri's Rappresentatione. All three composers were associated with the Medici court in Florence, and they were bitter rivals in their claims to the "marvelous invention" of drammi posti in musica per recitar cantando, dramas in music in recitative style. Emilio de' Cavalieri (c1550-1602), a Roman nobleman who had been appointed superintendent of Lorenzo I's musical establishment, had lost ground in Florence to the other two and the Rappresentatione was first produced in Rome, probably as a challenge to the others, and its innovative nature was immediately recognized and warmly received.

Sergio & Maddalena Vartolo - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV 1080 (2009) 2CDs

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Sergio & Maddalena Vartolo - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV 1080 (2009) 2CDs

Sergio & Maddalena Vartolo - J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (2009) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 645 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:42:09
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.570577-78

Though unfinished at his death, Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Art of Fugue is both his musical last testament and a cornerstone of Western composition. At once a miracle of intellectual achievement, musical invention, technical challenges and emotional power, The Art of Fugue draws on all of Bach’s resources as a master of counterpoint. It is here performed, as the composer apparently intended, on harpsichord, by Sergio Vartolo who uses his own recently-published facsimile edition of the autograph score, and of the engraved first edition (1751/1752).

René Clemencic, Voci e strumenti Clemencic Consort - Antonio Sartorio: L'Orfeo (2000)

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René Clemencic, Voci e strumenti Clemencic Consort -  Antonio Sartorio: L'Orfeo (2000)

René Clemencic, Voci e strumenti Clemencic Consort - Antonio Sartorio: L'Orfeo (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 956 Mb | Total time: 62:21+44:16+51:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Fonit | # 8573 84103-2 | Recorded: 1979

Born in Venice, Sartorio composed 14 operas. He often made the long journey from Hanover, where he held the post of Maestro di Capella to the Duke of Brunswick, to compose and present new operas in his native city and recruit musicians for the German court. He is credited with introducing Italian opera to the Hanover court in 1672. Sartorio finally returned to Venice to be Maestro at St Mark’s where he composed sacred music, albeit not as much as the renowned Coffi might have been expected of him in that position.