Auser Musici / Carlo Ipata

Antonio Cesti: Le disgrazie d'Amore

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Antonio Cesti's Le disgrazie d'Amour is a comic opera from 1667 that played very well in its day, though not as well as his slightly later Il pomo d'oro, which proved the defining smash of Cesti's short career. Time enough has passed to expunge the repertoire of anything that may have served as a hit to Cesti in the past, and sometimes performing groups have an excellent grasp of what opera from a composer to revive based on the quality of a work itself, rather than its perceived popularity at a given time. Carlo Ipata and Auser Musici's Cesti: Le disgrazie d'Amour on Hyperion is an excellent example of that. This is thoroughly charming, genuinely funny opera that would make for a terrific evening's entertainment in any era. The band sounds great and the rank of solo singers is likewise superlative, though Cristiana Arcari is a standout in the role of Allegria. A complete libretto is included with the disc and the booklet contains a detailed summary; moreover, a video of Auser Musici's production may be found on the web, worth checking out owing to its clever and creative staging. Musically it's such a strong recording that some listeners may not need regular recourse to the libretto for this one; stylistically the work represents opera in a state of being one step forward from Monteverdi and anyone who would be interested in hearing what that sounds like will embrace this with enthusiasm.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Le disgrazie d'Amore
1 00:47 Amazon
2 01:20 Amazon
3 04:19 Amazon
4 01:20 Amazon
5 02:58 Amazon
6 02:44 Amazon
7 00:58 Amazon
8 01:42 Amazon
9 04:27 Amazon
10 01:38 Amazon
11 05:41 Amazon
12 02:16 Amazon
13 02:04 Amazon
14 01:48 Amazon
15 Le disgrazie d'Amore
15 01:50 Amazon
Le disgrazie d'Amore
16 02:45 Amazon
17 01:50 Amazon
18 02:43 Amazon
19 02:18 Amazon
20 01:51 Amazon
21 01:42 Amazon
22 01:46 Amazon
23 01:17 Amazon
24 02:48 Amazon
25 01:31 Amazon
26 01:13 Amazon
Le disgrazie d'Amore
27 01:26 Amazon
28 02:33 Amazon
29 01:43 Amazon
30 Le disgrazie d'Amore
30 02:32 Amazon
Le disgrazie d'Amore
31 02:33 Amazon
32 03:22 Amazon
33 02:37 Amazon
34 02:10 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Le disgrazie d'Amore
1 03:30 Amazon
2 03:14 Amazon
3 01:16 Amazon
4 01:15 Amazon
5 00:36 Amazon
6 01:01 Amazon
7 04:28 Amazon
8 01:58 Amazon
9 01:28 Amazon
10 01:56 Amazon
11 02:00 Amazon
12 03:42 Amazon
13 02:42 Amazon
14 00:45 Amazon
15 Le disgrazie d'Amore
15 00:22 Amazon
Le disgrazie d'Amore
16 00:41 Amazon
17 00:21 Amazon
18 00:29 Amazon
Le disgrazie d'Amore
19 00:43 Amazon
20 Le disgrazie d'Amore
20 00:38 Amazon
21 01:29 Amazon
Le disgrazie d'Amore
22 00:57 Amazon
23 01:17 Amazon
24 01:09 Amazon
25 Le disgrazie d'Amore
25 04:34 Amazon
Le disgrazie d'Amore
26 01:08 Amazon
27 01:18 Amazon
28 01:15 Amazon
29 00:58 Amazon
30 Le disgrazie d'Amore
30 02:17 Amazon
Le disgrazie d'Amore
31 01:31 Amazon
32 00:55 Amazon
33 01:15 Amazon
34 00:59 Amazon
35 Le disgrazie d'Amore
35 03:11 Amazon
Le disgrazie d'Amore
36 03:32 Amazon
37 03:39 Amazon
38 01:57 Amazon
39 01:02 Amazon
40 Le disgrazie d'Amore
40 03:25 Amazon
Le disgrazie d'Amore
41 02:57 Amazon
42 01:49 Amazon
43 01:41 Amazon
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