Capriola Di Gioia

Arie da Concerto

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917720921
Catnr: EPRC 0023
Release date: 05 May 2017
1 CD
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€ 19.95
Evil Penguin
Catalogue number
EPRC 0023
Release date
05 May 2017

"elegant, spun melodies"

Klassieke Zaken, 04-8-2017

About the album

On this recording of Boccherini’s Arie da Concerto, the Belgian ensemble Capriola di Gioia defies the stubborn stereotyping of Boccherini as the gallant master of unsurpassable but insignificant melodies. Close listening to this marvellous music reveals a genius with a profound understanding of human psychology, and a rich harmonic palette to paint the smallest affective nuances. In these arias, Boccherini is rehabilitated as a true heir of Händel, a worthy contemporary to Haydn, and an early precursor of the belcanto of Bellini.
Met deze opname van Boccherini's Arie da Concerto, weerlegt het Belgisch ensemble Capriola di Gioia de hardnekkige misvatting van Boccherini als erudiet meester van de onovertroffen - doch pietluttige - melodieën. Als men echter aandachtig luistert, wordt duidelijk wat een genie hij was, die de menselijke psyche doorgrondde, en een harmonisch palet hanteerde, dat zelfs de kleinste nuances prachtig in de verf zette. Met deze arias wordt Boccherini in ere hersteld als de ware erfgenaam van Händel, de evenknie van tijdsgenoot Haydn en de voorloper van Bellini's belcanto.
Auf dieser CD mit Boccherinis Arie da Concerto widersetzt sich das belgische Ensemble Capriola di Gioia der hartnäckigen Stereotypisierung von Boccherini als galantem Meister unübertrefflicher, aber unbedeutender Melodien. Das genaue Hören dieser wunderbaren Musik zeigt ein Genie mit einem tiefen Verständnis der menschlichen Psyche und eine reiche harmonische Palette, um die kleinsten Nuancen zu malen. Durch diese Arien wird Boccherini als wahrer Erbe von Händel, ein würdiger Zeitgenosse für Haydn und als früher Vorläufer des Belcanto von Bellini rehabilitiert.


Driven by their mutual passion for the repertoire from the baroque era, Amaryllis Dieltiens (soprano) and Bart Naessens (organ / harpsichord) founded the ensemble Capriola Di Gioia in 2007. They enjoy the challenge of sharing this often very dramatic and moving music with their public, keeping within the historical context but also in a very personal and expressive way.

Both as soloists and in several ensembles Amaryllis and Bart have gained invaluable experience. They have worked with musicians of great renown and performed at numerous European venues. Consequently they have had the opportunity to develop their own musical personalities across a very extensive repertoire.

During its first years of existence the ensemble developed a clear direction and vision. Along with deliberate, intensively researched choices from the impressive repertoire for soprano and basso continuo, Capriola Di Gioia is rediscovering the purity of the compositions and striving for a compassionate, honest and pure interpretation of the text, both vocally as well as instrumentally. The result is a theatrical performance in which they engage with the public to arouse their empathy with each character.

The ensemble focuses on rarely performed repertoire for soprano and basso continuo. Some programs require extra musicians and on these occasions they involve young highly talented musicians from all over the world who have also lost their hearts to this wonderful music. The pleasure of making music comes first (as referred to in the name of the ensemble), but their considerable and never-ending passion, their extremely delicate approach and feeling for the repertoire from the baroque era results in a very warm and wholehearted treat for their public.

Capriola Di Gioia is increasingly being seen at Belgian and European grand stages like Festival of Flanders, Concertserie Beek, Bozar, early music festival in the Netherlands, concertgebouw Brugge etc… In 2011 they presented their first CD (recorded for the label Aeolus) with a unique selection from the well-known and lesser-known Italian baroque repertoire. In 2012 they recorded and released Stabat Mater by L. Boccherini. In 2013 a Christmas-CD was presented to the public and in October 2016 another CD was released with music by Buononcini, Scarlatti etc…

For their 10 year anniversary the ensemble will bring out 3 new CD’s in 2017!



elegant, spun melodies
Klassieke Zaken, 04-8-2017

Overall pleased you are on this quite successful rendition of the unknown repertoire, its "discovery" hopefully many other interpretations
Rondo Magazine, 03-8-2017

The orchestra shows great unity, fitting the lyrics perfectly and has eye for the details.
Luister Magazine, 01-7-2017

Amaryllis has been working on many CD recordings and in the coming season, new recording projects are on the rise again. In anticipation of this you should not miss her CD with the Boccherini concert halls. A discovery! Highly recommended.
Stretto, 28-6-2017

The beauty and flexibility of the voice of Amaryllis Dieltiens are particularly suitable for this repertoire. The texts of Metastasio also allow a varied dramatic expression. The small baroque orchestra mainly has a supporting function in these works but does not sound routine at all. The recording on the EPR label sounds very clear and natural.
Klara, 01-6-2017

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