Handel composed his chamber duets and trios – nine of them presented here – at various times in his career: some during his crucial period in Italy, when he imbibed the latest Italian style at its source (1707-9); some during his period in Hanover (1710-12); and some during his London years (in 1720, then again in 1740-5). Their demands are often virtuosic: here sopranos Roberta Invernizzi and Silvia Frigato share the honours with tenor Krystian Adam and baritone Thomas Bauer, and they are all up to the pieces’ demands, even if occasionally, when the semiquavers come thick and fast, the result feels a little dogged.
The German chamber ensemble Epoca Barocca’s seventh recording on the CPO label is a turn in a new direction, after six repertoire albums devoted to German composers, including Telemann, Hasse, Heinichen, Schaffrath, and Fasch, and a wonderful disc devoted to the underrated Giovanni Benedetto Platti, an Italian who spent most of his professional life in Würzburg. On their newest venture, simply titled Italian Love Cantatas , they team up with Italian soprano Silvia Vajente to present an attractive sampling of Italian chamber cantatas, mostly with obbligato instruments. Some of the music on this album, especially the last movement of the Vivaldi and the Neapolitan works by Mancini and Scarlatti, is pleasant but ordinary. However, the range of color, affect, and emotion achieved by Vajente and the ensemble adds so much depth and beauty that the effect is Baroque chamber music at its most intimate and satisfying.
"Musical Massage: Inside" is a set of deep relaxation and meditation performances by Silvia Nakkach. She arranged acoustic instruments, chants, and some electronics with overtone vocals and singing bowls to create atmospheres that embrace the soul and heal the heart. There are dozens - perhaps hundreds - of discs of this ilk. Each one has its own sonic integrity and its own niche in the world of healing music. This disc hits on several levels but it seems to be aimed - quite literally - at listeners' hearts. Deep listeners will feel the overtones surrounding their hearts and promoting stress relief.
La cantant Sílvia Pérez Cruz publicarà el 19 de febrer el disc ‘Domus’ (Universal Music, 2016), que conté les cançons de ‘Cerca de tu casa’, el film d’Eduard Cortés que també ha protagonitzat i que s’estrenarà a la primavera. Cançons amb dues vides paral·leles, segons la discogràfica, la de la banda sonora i la del disc.
Silvia (Rosario Blefari) works in a cafe and is less then thrilled with her life, which seems to be going nowhere. On her 27th birthday, she decides some changes are in order, but the most she seems able to decide upon is buying a canary as a pet. Silvia decides to take a trip to Italy; once she's there, she meets a man who politely informs here she isn't the only woman named Silvia Prieto listed in the phone book, which starts her wondering about the others.
Liner Notes by William Parker: “I see three small boats with three musicians crossing this lovely lake of sound they reach the shore and it began to rain sunlight”. If the same piece of music is played multiple times it will take on a new life at each performance. When improvisation is added the music becomes new music that did not exist before. The music I speak about is the music coming from “HEAR in NOW”, the trio consisting of Mazz Swift on violin, Tomeka Reid on cello and Silvia Bolognesi on bass. They begin by telling us stories, these stories have all kinds of twists and turns plots and counterplots. They may go back into history or move forward into the future.