Sergio Foresti | Abchordis Ensemble | Andrea Buccarella

L'aureo serto

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917292428
Catnr: CC 72924
Release date: 07 October 2022
1 CD
€ 19.95
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72924
Release date
07 October 2022

About the album

Born in Naples in 1686 and deceased in the same city in 1768 Nicola Antonio Porpora is today considered as one of the most important composers of his generation, as well as a fundamental point of reference for the history of eighteenth-century music.

That Porpora was an excellent writer for the human voice and an excellent singing teacher is a fact that seems to have never been forgotten over the centuries that separate us from his artistic and biographical exploit.

For Porpora and his singers vocal virtuosity was primarily a fundamental linguistic tool to communicate ideas, and not merely a display of circus tricks. There is obsessive attention to detail, an intellectually sophisticated vision of the melodic line and its relationship with the accompaniment.

Porpora is part of that generation of Neapolitan composers of birth or formation (like Leonardo Vinci and Leonardo Leo) who were largely responsible for a series of important stylistic innovations that deeply affected the contemporary Italian opera scene. These innovations were clearly exported to the international scene from the mid-1720’s and had their peak in the 1740’s.

The compilation on this CD offers the listener, in this context, an interesting benefit. It combines arias of very different characters and chronological and geographical origins. They are written for different performers in different contexts, and are part of works that belong to different genres. They are the perfect tools to show the high value of a singer as well as the composer’s ability to allure the listener’s ears to bewitch the listener’s intellect.
Der 1686 in Neapel geborene und 1768 in derselben Stadt verstorbene Nicola Antonio Porpora gilt heute als einer der bedeutendsten Komponisten seiner Generation und als grundlegender Bezugspunkt für die Musikgeschichte des achtzehnten Jahrhunderts.

Dass Porpora ein hervorragender Komponist für die menschliche Stimme und ein hervorragender Gesangslehrer war, ist eine Tatsache, die in den Jahrhunderten, die uns von seiner künstlerischen und biografischen Nutzung trennen, nie in Vergessenheit geraten zu sein scheint.

Für Porpora und seine Sänger war die stimmliche Virtuosität in erster Linie ein grundlegendes sprachliches Mittel, um Ideen zu vermitteln, und nicht nur eine Vorführung von Zirkuskunststücken. Die Liebe zum Detail, eine intellektuell ausgefeilte Vision der melodischen Linie und ihrer Beziehung zur Begleitung sind obsessiv.

Porpora gehört zu jener Generation neapolitanischer Komponisten (wie Leonardo Vinci und Leonardo Leo), die für eine Reihe wichtiger stilistischer Neuerungen verantwortlich waren, die die zeitgenössische italienische Opernszene nachhaltig beeinflussten. Diese Innovationen wurden ab Mitte der 1720er Jahre eindeutig auf die internationale Bühne exportiert und erreichten in den 1740er Jahren ihren Höhepunkt.

Die Zusammenstellung auf dieser CD bietet dem Hörer in diesem Zusammenhang einen interessanten Vorteil. Sie vereint Arien von sehr unterschiedlichem Charakter und chronologischer und geografischer Herkunft. Sie wurden für verschiedene Interpreten in unterschiedlichen Kontexten geschrieben und sind Teil von Werken, die zu verschiedenen Gattungen gehören. Sie sind die perfekten Instrumente, um den hohen Wert eines Sängers sowie die Fähigkeit des Komponisten zu zeigen, die Ohren des Zuhörers zu verführen, um den Intellekt des Zuhörers zu betören.


Sergio Foresti (1968) is a virtuoso Italian baritone. He first graduated in both opera singing and piano at the conservatory of Modena (Italy) and a decade later also in vocal chamber music in Florence (Italy). From the start of his career, he explored several musical styles in depth. In polyphonic music, for about 15 years he took the bass part in many concerts and recordings of renaissance madrigals with Concerto Italiano. He even worked with the Italian medieval group LaReverdie.

As a soloist he performed sacred music from the early nineties on. His debut in opera in 1998 was as Alcandro in Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade. Since then he worked with important conductors like René Jacobs, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, and Jordi Savall. He performed on many stages all over Europe.

In 2012 Sergio Foresti moved from Rome to Berlin. He decided to study all over again the belcanto style of singing, which came to life with the invention of opera around 1600. He focused on technical qualities, such as the even placement of the voice, legato singing, flexibility of the voice, and ornamentations like trills. He looked for technical and stylistic insights in the old treatises. He realized that the early recordings of great singers of the past are a treasure trove of examples of how the belcanto principles can be put into practice. He came to the conclusion that music above all is created to move the soul, and that this is the approach he wants to follow.

From this deepened understanding of belcanto, he restudied his operatic and chamber music repertoire. Always working from the music score, he looks for meaningful ways to express the harmony between text and music. While maintaining a strong link to baroque music, he performed in operas of Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti. In 2018 he released a collection of Italian cantatas of Antonio Caldara with Ensemble Stile Galante. This collection of arias for Giuseppe Maria Boschi is the realisation of and old dream, in collaboration with the fantastic Abchordis Ensemble under Andrea Buccarella.



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