ALESSANDRO STRADELLA (1639-1682): Ester.
Catalogue Number: 09O015
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Probably written before his flight from Rome in 1677, this operatically dramatic oratorio calls for soloists, chorus and continuo (no instrumental parts survived, so apparently, the conductor has devised his own continuo part - a rich group too: gamba, cello, violone, trombone, theorbo, guitar, harp, harpsichord and organ - so you may think you're listening to an orchestra). No texts. Silvia Piccollo, Elisa Franzetti (sopranos), Vicky Norrington (mezzo), Riccardo Ristori, Mattero Armanino (basses), Il Concento; Luca Franco Ferrari.