Il giardino dei sospiri - Kožená, Luks

Il giardino dei sospiri - Kožená, Luks

PentaTone Classics  PTC 5186725

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal

Benedetto Marcello: Arianna abbandonata - Cantata
Leonardo Vinci: Sinfonia from Maria dolorata - Oratorio
Francesco Gasparini: 'Ombre, cure sospetti' from Atalia
Leonardo Leo: 'Or ch'è dal sol difesa' from Angelica e Medoro
George Frideric Handel: Sinfonia from Agrippina, Ero e Leandro or Qual ti riveggio, oh Dio - Cantata, HWV 150

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo)
Collegium 1704
Václav Luks (conductor)


On her first PENTATONE album, Czech star mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená returns to the baroque repertoire that launched her early career. Il giardino dei sospiri is a collection of scenes from secular cantatas on tragic love, ranging from Handel’s Qual ti riveggio to new editions of works by Leo (Angelica e Medoro), Marcello (Arianna abbandonata) and Gasparini (Atalia). These vocal works are connected through instrumental pieces by Handel (sinfonia of Agrippina), Vinci (sinfonia from Maria dolorata). Initially conceived as a scenic project, Il giardino dei sospiri offers a richly-faceted and profoundly moving aural drama. Kožená interprets the tragic heroines of these love stories with fervour, accompanied by Václav Luks and Collegium 1704.

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