Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Anna Netrebko "Tribute to Pergolesi" on Deutsche Grammophon

Listen to "Nel chiuso centro"
The German label is set to release its latest recording project, featuring Anna Netrebko, on March 18 in Europe. Arriving during Eastertide, Tribute to Pergolesi is taken from performances of live concerts in July 2010 at Baden-Baden and also features mezzo-soprano Marianna Pizzolato with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the direction of Antonio Pappano. It was also an event to coincide with Pergolesi's tercentenary. In addition to the full Pergolesi Stabat Mater, the disc also contains the cantatas "Nel chiuso centro" (Netrebko) and "Questo è il piano, questo è il rio" (Pizzolato). There will be a standard jewel case version as well as a deluxe prestige edition that will come with a bonus DVD.


Listen to "Stabat Mater"
"For her concerts in July 2010, Anna Netrebko chose to take a risk. Rather than stick to the tried-and-tested route of Russian repertoire (her Iolanta in Baden-Baden in 2009 received dazzling reviews) or recitals of opera arias, she decided to programme works from a period with which she is not often associated – the Baroque. She opted to concentrate on the music of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, whose tercentenary was being celebrated in 2010. Although he died tragically young, Pergolesi wrote an important comic opera (La serva padrona) which influenced the future
development of the whole genre, and a Stabat Mater which became one of the most frequently printed pieces of sacred music of the 18th century. The latter, a cantata for two voices and a small chamber orchestra, was known and admired by Mozart and has remained popular – with both specialists and non-specialists in Baroque repertoire – into our own times. Fortunately she found a team of colleagues who were up for the ride, too. The management of the Festspielhaus had long been keen to host maestro Antonio Pappano and his Santa Cecilia orchestra from Rome. On this occasion the scheduling fairy waved her wand, and the opportunity finally arose. The conductor was delighted to work with Anna Netrebko again (he had recently finished a run of
Manon with her at Covent Garden) and agreed to her Pergolesi idea with enthusiasm. Although the Santa Cecilia orchestra is not a period-instrument ensemble, they often collaborate with Baroque conductors such as Ton Koopman and have a thorough understanding of period style. For his own first fully Baroque programme with the orchestra, Antonio Pappano decided to use a small number of players and employed the Baroque specialist concertmaster Alessandro Moccia to lead the ensemble. It was Antonio Pappano, too, who suggested the young, rising-star Italian mezzo Marianna Pizzolato for the lower voice part in the Stabat Mater. He wanted a singer whose sound would not only be a good blend with Anna Netrebko’s, but who would be able to form a real emotional and musical partnership with the soprano – a 'sisterhood,' as he came to call it. As the concerts subsequently proved, his choice could hardly have been better." [Source]
Standard jewel case release in Japan

Cover art for release in Germany

Special cover art for France release

Deluxe "Prestige Edition" made in E.U.

The deluxe "Prestige Edition" features a bonus DVD

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