Stradella: San Giovanni Battista (CD) – Le Banquet Céleste

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Stradella: San Giovanni Battista (CD) – Le Banquet Céleste

Composer: Alessandro Stradella
Artists: Paul-Anthoine Bénos-Djian, Alicia Amo, Olivier Dejean, Gaia Petrone, Artavazd Sargsyan, Thibault Givaja, Damien Guillon, Le Banquet Céleste
Conductor: Damien Guillon
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Alpha
CD Release Date: March 27, 2020

A composer who led a dissolute life and ended up stabbed to death in Genoa, Stradella nevertheless left a distinctive stamp on the history of music. He is situated at the intersection of several stylistic paths and periods, at the crossroads between opera and sacred drama, since his output, and especially San Giovanni Battista (St. John the Baptist), marks the encounter of the great Roman oratorio inherited from Carissimi with the Venetian opera of Cavalli. Stradella is also close to the next generation, that of Scarlatti and Handel. His music is characterized by liveliness, expressiveness and profound humanity. Although San Giovanni Battista enjoyed genuine success when it was premiered in 1675, it was only in 1949 that the work was exhumed from the libraries.



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