ALESSANDRO STRADELLA (1643-1682): Cantatas and Serenatas - Arsi già d’una fiamma, Or ch’ella dea notturna, Disperata rimembranza, lascia omai, Infinite son le pene.
Catalogue Number: 04W012
Description: At a time when opera was often denigrated by the Papacy, Stradella’s cantatas and serenatas proved enormously successful, their form housing a succession of recitatives, arias and instrumental pieces. The theme is the pain of love, to which Stradella responds with a limitless variety of expression and virtuosity, whether in the soprano echo effects of Arsi già di una fiamma, the near-operatic breadth of Or ch’alla dea notturna or the structural perfection of Infinite son le pene. Italian-English texts. Alessandro Stradella Consort; Estévan Velardi.