Il giardino dei sospiri – Kozena

Collegium 1704, Magdalena Kozena, Vaclav Luks

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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.

 

Tracklist

1.
Benedetto Marcello - Arianna abbandonata - Prestissimo
02:51
2.
Benedetto Marcello - Arianna abbandonata - Adagio assai
02:07
3.
Benedetto Marcello - Arianna abbandonata - In minuet. Presto
00:49
4.
Benedetto Marcello - Arianna abbandonata - Recitative - Dove, misera, dove
02:37
5.
Benedetto Marcello - Arianna abbandonata - Aria - Come mai puoi
11:01
6.
Benedetto Marcello - Arianna abbandonata - Recitative - Se fia che pensi, o caro
01:09
7.
Benedetto Marcello - Arianna abbandonata - Aria - Che dolce foco in petto
05:56
8.
Leonardo Vinci - Maria dolorata, Sinfonia - (Allegro)
02:09
9.
Leonardo Vinci - Maria dolorata, Sinfonia - Largo
00:25
10.
Leonardo Vinci - Maria dolorata, Sinfonia - (Minuet)
02:06
11.
Francesco Gasparini - Atalia - Aria - Ombre, cure sospetti
05:09
12.
Leonardo Leo - Or ch'e dal sol difesa (Angelica e Medoro) - Aria - Or ch'e dal sol difesa
07:44
13.
Leonardo Leo - Or ch'e dal sol difesa (Angelica e Medoro) - Recitative - Siedi, siedi ben mio
02:33
14.
Leonardo Leo - Or ch'e dal sol difesa (Angelica e Medoro) - Aria - Che detto avranno mai
05:19
15.
George Frideric Handel - Agrippina - Sinfonia
03:35
16.
George Frideric Handel - Qual ti riveggio, oh Dio, HWV 150 - Recitative - Qual ti riveggio, oh Dio
00:40
17.
George Frideric Handel - Qual ti riveggio, oh Dio, HWV 150 - Aria - Empio mare, onde crudeli
07:09
18.
George Frideric Handel - Qual ti riveggio, oh Dio, HWV 150 - Recitative - Amor, che ascoso neY suoi
00:42
19.
George Frideric Handel - Qual ti riveggio, oh Dio, HWV 150 - Aria - Se la morte non vorra
06:55
20.
George Frideric Handel - Qual ti riveggio, oh Dio, HWV 150 - Recitative - Questi dalla mia fronte
00:56
21.
George Frideric Handel - Qual ti riveggio, oh Dio, HWV 150 - Aria - Si muora, si muora
08:39
22.
George Frideric Handel - Qual ti riveggio, oh Dio, HWV 150 - Recitative - Ecco, gelide labbra
01:03

Total time: 01:21:34

Additional information

Label

SKU

PTC5186921

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Original Recording Format

Producer

Christoph Franke

Recording Engineer

Erdo Groot

Recording Location

Church of Saint Anne, Prague, September 21-26, 2018

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 64

Release Date May 3, 2019

Press reviews

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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