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Carlo ARRIGONI Tiranni Affetti - Works for Mandolin and Voice - CDS7878 Accademia degli Erranti

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This release is a world première recording that allows us to rediscover the amazing talent of the 18th-century composer Carlo Arrigoni, whose oeuvre comprises oratorios, operas and a number of arias and cantatas.

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Born in Florence in 1697, where he held several jobs at Court, Arrigoni subsequently travelled to London, where he collaborated with Giuseppe Sammartini, and then to Vienna. A skilled musician (he played the lute, theorbo and mandolin) and an arranger, Arrigoni’s works were highly praised by the public and critics alike for his ability to merge the stylistic influences of his time (for instance Handel’s operas) within his own personal voice. He died in Florence in 1744.

The arias and cantatas featured in this programme were likely composed around 1737–38, during his Viennese period. In them we can fully appreciate the signature style of a mature composer, secure in the wealth of experience acquired during his European trips. His approach to composing is always recognisable and individual,characterised by rich creativity and exceptional mastery of the various techniques.
The works included in this release evoke a range of feelings: from moving arias imbued with sorrow and disenchantment, to lighter, more playful atmospheres which are characterised by lively rhythms. Drawing on the strength of his operatic experience, Arrigoni crafts scores that touch our most intimate sentiments, brilliantly evoking alluring and suggestive worlds of sound. An eclectic musician, Arrigoni admirably blends different styles and influences in his output, which ensures that his works never sound banal, but are characterised by a very personal and highly convincing imprint. His chamber music output is of historical and musical importance for us today.
The sonatas for mandolin contained in this album were published in 2018 by Davide Ferella himself (CDS7821), while the vocal music tracks are still unpublished and preserved on manuscript at the Yale library.

Recently founded, the Accademia degli Erranti takes its name from the homonymous Academy formed in Brescia in 1619. For over two centuries the Academy hosted some of the most enlightened intellectuals of the day, above all literary men such as Bartolomeo Dotti, and musicians such as Biagio Marini and Francesco Pollarolo. The ensemble’s musicians are all professionals who have worked at venues such as the Teatro alla Scala of Milan and collaborated with early music groups such as Europa Galante, Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri, L’Aura Soave and La Verdi Barocca. Their purpose is to rediscover repertoire and composers that are not known to the public at large, but of no less artistic-musical relevance than the more famous ones. The ensemble is also interesting for its line-up of performers: Barbara Altobello, violin, Davide Ferella, mandolin, Claudia Poz, cello, Marta Fumagalli, mezzo-soprano, Diego Cantalupi, archlute and theorbo, Gabriele Levi, organ and harpsichord. They promote the performance of vocal and instrumental music for small groups composed during the 17th and 18th centuries.
CD Title: TIRANNI AFFETTI - Works for Mandolin and Voice
Composer: CARLO ARRIGONI (1697- 1744)

Performers: Accademia degli Erranti
Davide Ferella, mandolin
Barbara Altobello, violin
Claudia Poz, cello
Diego Cantalupi, archlute
Gabriele Levi, organ and harpsichord
Marta Fumagalli, mezzo

CDS 7878 (1 CD)
Barcode: 8007144078782
Category: Instrumental
Audio Format: DDD
Notes: Ita / Eng
Recording place: “Pieve della Formigola”, Corticelle, Brescia - Italy
Recording date: 4th-5th-6th July 2019
Packaging: JEWEL BOX / Digital Album
Duration: 59:46 min.

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