LEONARDO LEO (1694-1744): Dalla morte alla vita di S. Maria Maddalena.
Catalogue Number: 08W017
Reference: GB 2579/80-2
Description: At first sight, this 1722 work might appear to be a musical version of a morality play but the combination of the religious and the sensual, (set on the Amalfi coast!), made this Neapolitan take on the dramma sacro (sacred drama) typical of an age when spectacle was beginning to turn into an industry – in Naples as elsewhere in Europe – more concerned with worldly entertainment than edification of the faithful. The score, in fact, turns out to be a veritable compendium of arias di furore, di paragone, di gelosia etc. 2 CDs. Italian-English texts. Agata Bienkowska (soprano), Gianluca Pasolini (tenor), Enrico Torre (countertenor), Giuseppe Naviglio (bass), Baroque Orchestra “La Confraternita de’ Musici”; Cosimo Prontera.