Alessandro Stradella: Two-Part Sinfonias

Sanna, Alberto (2014) Alessandro Stradella: Two-Part Sinfonias. [Audio]

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Alessandro Stradella was one of the most talented composers of the seventeenth century. Today he is primarily known for his vocal works – cantatas, oratorios, operas – but equally exceptional are his instrumental compositions, especially those for two and three instruments. This is the first-ever period instrument recording of Stradella’s complete sinfonias in two parts for a soprano and a bass instrument. With this 2-CD set I question current understandings of instrumentation and sound ideal in the late seventeenth century. I aim to demonstrate that the concept of bass as ‘thorough bass’ (basso continuo) is ill-suited to make sense of contemporary notions of court music as much as I attempt to revitalize the more flexible yet historically viable category of ‘singing bass’ (basso cantante). I argue that the ideal instrument for the over-exposed role of the singing bass was either the violoncello (violone, violoncino, violoncello) or the archlute (arciliuto), as specified in numerous publications stemming from northern and central Italy between the 1660s and the early 1700s.

Item Type: Audio
Keywords: Historical performance, Stradella, Baroque
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Music (up to 30th April 2018)
Depositing User: Manuella Blackburn
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 15:33
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2017 15:33

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