Lost In A Labyrinth of Love and Longing
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).
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.
Total time: 01:21:34
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Church of Saint Anne, Prague, September 21-26, 2018
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
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|Release Date||May 3, 2019|
The Classical Music Collector
As perhaps befits her first album for a new label, Magdalena Kožená has returned to her roots, giving us a program of scenes from secular cantatas on tragic love, a favorite subject of Baroque composers, hence the title the Garden of Sighs.
She is joined in this colorful program by Czech early music orchestra, Collegium 1704, who are not only excellent performers in their own right but act as a repository of virtuoso players who work with other ensembles.
Of the composers, only two are familiar, Handel and Benedetto Marcello, while Leonardos Vinci and Leo have only recently come to notice—the last figure, Francesco Gasparini, is even now undeservedly obscure. All five are outstanding practitioners of Italianate late Baroque expressivity, and Ms. Kožená is the perfect interpreter of this highly dramatic music.
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